Session Proposal Guide

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The Prizmah Conference 2023

 

Thank you for your interest in the Prizmah Conference 2023! The Prizmah team is excited to learn about your session ideas and to build powerful learning experiences together. This page contains important information and frequently asked questions about submitting a session proposal for the Prizmah Conference - we strongly encourage you to read through it before submitting your proposal. Scroll down for more information on presenter types, session formats, session design process and timeline, and frequently asked questions.

Download a PDF of the session proposal form questions and evaluation rubric.

Presenter Types

We are accepting proposals from two types of presenters for the Prizmah Conference 2023

Partner Presenters
Field Presenters
Facilitators and trainers from organizations working to advance Jewish day schools, and who can share leading practices and/or develop participants’ professional capacities. School or community leaders who want to share a resource, idea, or approach in an Ignite Presentation or who want to facilitate a Peer-Led Round Table on a topic of shared interest.
Partner Presenter proposals are being accepted now! Proposals will be accepted until Friday, July 15, 2022. Field Presenter proposals accepted August 8 - September 16, 2022

 

Conference Theme

The theme of the Prizmah Conference 2023 is Creative Spirit. Together, leaders from schools, communities, organizations, foundations, Federations, BJEs, universities and research institutions, educational institutions, and professional service providers, will celebrate the spirit of creativity that they bring to their work every day, and explore the creative competencies that they can apply to impact students, schools, and communities.

Session Formats

Prizmah Conference sessions:

  • Meet the emergent needs of the leaders of the Jewish day school and yeshiva field, including professionals and lay leaders.
  • Address ideas and trends shared across the field.
  • Develop participants’ capacities as Jewish day school leaders and share leading practices that will move schools and communities forward.
  • Empower participants to integrate and apply their learning within their particular context and practice.
  • Foster belonging, build connections, and work to strengthen the community of Jewish day school and yeshiva professionals.
  • Have a solid grounding in data, research, and knowledge.
  • Connect participants to their own creativity and expose them to fresh ideas and approaches.
 

As you design your proposal, please review the session formats below and choose one that is the best fit.

Based on feedback from past Prizmah Conferences and other Prizmah gatherings, we are differentiating the types of sessions that Partner Presenters and Field Presenters will present. Partner Presenter sessions (Expert Presentations, Panel Discussions, and Learning Labs) are designed to develop participants’ capacities as Jewish day school leaders. Field Presenter sessions (Lightning Presentations and Peer-Led Round Tables) are designed to share leading practices that will move schools and communities forward.

Session Format
Participants Will
Presenter(s) Will
Proposals Accepted From
Expert Presentation
1 - 2 presenters
75 minutes
  • Develop their capacities as a day school leader.
  • Reflect on how content might be relevant to their own contexts or interests.
  • Share their expertise and perspectives, targeted to an engaged audience.
  • Offer opportunities for participant reflection and questions.
Partner Presenters
Panel Discussion
2 - 4 presenters
75 minutes
  • Learn about new ideas, approaches, and tools.
  • Integrate multiple perspectives into their practice.
  • Share their expertise and perspectives in a moderated conversation with other experts and / or field leaders.
  • Engage with questions relevant to a diverse audience.
  • Offer opportunities for participant reflection and questions.
Partner Presenters
Learning Lab
1 - 3 presenters
75 minutes
  • Play-test or experiment with an idea, resource, or approach.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Create tangible takeaways to apply in their own school.
  • Teach participants how to use cutting-edge tools and techniques.
  • Create a hands-on learning experience.
  • Facilitate conversations on how ideas, resources, or approaches can be applied to different contexts.
Partner Presenters
Ignite Presentation
10 presenters
5 minutes each
  • Learn about several innovative ideas or unique approaches in rapid-fire succession.
  • Reflect on how they might apply these ideas or approaches to their own context.
  • Share a 5-minute presentation (20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds) along with 5-10 other field leaders united by a common theme.
Field Presenters
Peer-Led Round Table
1 - 3 presenters
75 minutes
  • Engage in conversation with their peers around a topic of shared interest.
  • Collaborate to generate ideas and solutions.
  • Identify and frame ideas and broad concepts for conversation.
  • Facilitate a structured conversation among participants.
Field Presenters

 

Session Design Process and Timeline

 
Propose
Evaluate
Design
Present
  Review the guidelines on this page, write your proposal, and submit it through the RFP system. The Prizmah team will review your proposal, evaluate it based on our rubric, and either accept or decline your proposal. The Prizmah team is excited to partner with you to design your session. If your proposal is accepted, you will meet once or twice with us to share feedback and work together to create a meaningful learning experience. Facilitate your session at the Prizmah Conference!
Partner Presenters Partner Presenter proposals are being accepted now! Proposals will be accepted until Friday, July 15, 2022. Partner Presenters will be notified about next steps by Monday, August 31, 2022. Design meetings will take place from August through December. January 8 - 10, 2023
Field Presenters Field Presenter proposals will be accepted August 8 - September 16, 2022. Field Presenters will be notified about next steps by Friday, November 4, 2022. Design meetings will take place from November through December. January 8 - 10, 2023

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many session proposals should I submit? Am I more likely to be accepted if I submit more than one proposal?

You are welcome to submit up to two session proposals. Only 150 out of 345 sessions proposed were accepted for the Prizmah Conference 2019. In order to increase the likelihood that your proposal will be accepted, we ask that you only put forward your most creative and compelling ideas that bring something new to the field or move a conversation forward in a novel way.

Can I submit a proposal with someone else?

Yes! Collaboration among presenters leads to richer sessions, and we encourage you to develop your session in partnership with others. Be sure to add your co-presenters when you submit your proposal.

May I promote my product or service in my session?

Prizmah Conference sessions facilitate conversations about ideas and trends shared across the field, and therefore should not be designed for the express purpose of promoting or selling any particular product or service. If you are interested in promoting your work, we encourage you to learn more about our exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities.

What questions will I need to answer on the proposal form?

How are session proposals evaluated?

Session proposals are reviewed and scored by Prizmah team members with content-area expertise. The Prizmah team will use the following metrics to evaluate your session proposal.

  • The extent to which your session meets the emergent needs of the leaders of the Jewish day school and yeshiva field, including professionals and lay leaders.
  • The extent to which your session addresses ideas and trends shared across the field.
  • The extent to which your session is grounded in data, research, and knowledge.
  • The extent to which your session empowers participants to integrate and apply their learning within their particular context and practice.
  • The extent to which your session fosters belonging, builds connections, and works to strengthen the community of Jewish day school and yeshiva professionals.
  • The extent to which your session connects participants to their own creativity and exposes them to fresh ideas and approaches.

How will the Prizmah Conference create a culture of belonging for all participants?

We are striving to design the Prizmah Conference as a space that fosters belonging among Jewish day school and yeshiva leaders. Our field is diverse, and we believe that the diversity of the field should be reflected among our presenters. The session proposal form will ask some questions that will help the Prizmah team understand your background and think deeply about how we might, together, create an intentional culture of belonging at the conference and in our field, and help lift up traditionally underrepresented voices in the Jewish community. This effort is a work in progress; we appreciate your partnership and invite your feedback.

Are presenters compensated? Is there a registration discount available for presenters?

The Prizmah Conference is designed by the field and for the field, and we are proud to be one of the leading opportunities for leaders of the Jewish day school and yeshiva field to share ideas and approaches. Generally, we do not provide an honorarium, travel and hotel reimbursement, or discounted registration to Partner Presenters and Field Presenters who submit sessions through the session proposal process.

Early bird registration discounts are available until November 15, 2022, and discounts are also available to Prizmah Network schools that bring a team of four or more participants and to participants from schools with 150 students or fewer. For more information about pricing and registration, visit the Prizmah Conference website.

How do I register for the Prizmah Conference?

By submitting a session proposal, you agree that you will register for the Conference once registration opens on August 29, 2022. For more information about pricing and registration, visit the Prizmah Conference website.

What COVID precautions will be in place?

Prizmah prioritizes the health and safety of our community. We closely monitor CDC, local health authority, and Prizmah medical advisory team guidance for gatherings, and will follow those guidelines. Conference participants, presenters, exhibitors, and our Prizmah team are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Full Covid safety protocols will be shared with participants in Fall 2022 and updated as needed.

Is there a Prizmah team member who can help me design my session proposal or provide guidance?

Your session proposal is the start of a conversation - we are specifically looking for presenters who are excited to partner with us to design high quality learning experiences for our participants. If your session is accepted, you will meet once or twice with a member of the Prizmah team to share feedback on your proposal and work together to create a meaningful learning experience.

If you have questions about the session proposal process, or want to learn more about the conference, feel free to schedule a 15-minute meeting with Daniel Infeld, Prizmah’s Director, Conference and Gatherings. You may also reach out to Daniel with questions at danieli@prizmah.org.

Please note: when you submit your proposal, you will be prompted to create an account to submit your proposal, even if you already have a prizmah.org account. This proposal system is not connected with the prizmah.org website.