Types of Presentations

Demonstration/Presentation (20 or 50 minutes): A demonstration describes or shows audience members how to do something, e.g. a technique for teaching or testing language which affects development of one or more language skills. A presentation is designed for sharing a variety of aspects of teaching, e.g. a successful teaching strategy, activities, curriculum ideas and materials.

? The program summary should provide a brief description of what you will demonstrate or present and how it will be shown (video demonstration, audience participation, etc.)

Panel (50 minutes): A panel explores a specific issue from the differing points of view expressed by participants.

? The program summary should include a list of presenters and a statement of the issue to be discussed, a summary of the different viewpoints and/or types of information to be included.

Paper (20 minutes): A paper tells about something that you are doing in relation to theory or practice.  Often this type of information is presented using audio-visual aids and is accompanied by handouts. A paper can be a research paper, description of an action research project or capstone or thesis work.

? The program summary should be a condensed version of the content (central idea, argument or purpose, procedures, conclusions, specific applications or implications)

Workshop (50 minutes or 2 hours): A workshop provides participants with a “hands on” experience in developing methods or materials, analyzing research data, or solving a specific research/teaching problem.  In a workshop, there is very little lecturing; rather, the emphasis is on audience involvement.

The program summary should include a description of the goals of the workshop, the theoretical framework or approach, the tasks to be performed by the audience and the materials to be provided.

Submitting a Proposal

The deadline for receipt of proposals is June 15, 2014.

All proposals need to be submitted online.  Please click on this link for the form:

We encourage you to provide as much detail as possible in the description of your session to help the review committee in the process of selecting proposals.

The contact person for each proposal will receive immediate email confirmation of the receipt of proposal. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please re-submit or email the Proposal Committee Chairs. You may also contact one of the conference chairs listed below.  Notification of proposal acceptance will be emailed to the contact person only by early August.

Presenters receive a reduced rate for the conference, but all presenters are required to register.


For general questions about the conference, please contact the conference co-chairs:

Chelsea Nutting,

Kristin Klas,


Interested in submitting a proposal to the 2014 Minnesota English Learner Education conference? The information below will help you.

What does a good proposal look like? Click here for examples:

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Ready to submit your proposal? The Call for Proposals link is here.

The rubric used for judging the proposals is currently being updated in consideration of the conference merger and will be posted very soon!

MELEd Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Do not include your name in the summary or abstract of your proposal.  Including your name in the summary or in the abstract will automatically exclude your proposal from consideration.  All proposal reviewers will use the evaluation criteria and scoring rubric below.  Total possible score is based on a scale of 15 points.