NOVEMBER 4–6, 2019


The Fusion program will showcase innovative solutions from educators from across the country—and could include yours! We want to hear why something you’ve tried worked. This is your opportunity to share research-informed or evidence-based best practices that have improved teaching and learning in your 

school, district or educational community.

Your presentation should be innovative, thought-provoking and engaging—

we want you to dazzle and inspire the Fusion attendees!

What works? We want to learn from you!

  • An overview of your work that highlights the unique challenge, solution, key insights and evidence—we want to know how you defined and measured success so we can understand how it worked for you! 
  • Immediately following the talks, EdSurge will host a modified one-hour World Cafe activity to support attendee discussion and we invite you to be one of our conversation leaders! You’ll have the opportunity to further share your experience in a small group setting with attendees specifically interested in learning more about your work.

10-Minute Lightning Round Talk:

  • Design an experience that will help your colleagues to “peek under the hood” and deeply understand the challenges, processes, insights or research behind your work. 
  • Create opportunities for attendees to debate, discuss, question or brainstorm and consider how they might be able to implement some of your expertise in their own settings. 
  • Workshop should be at least 50% interactive—with plenty of time for participants to talk and share! 
  • Option to present as a team.

1-Hour Interactive Workshop:

There are two ways to showcase your work at Fusion:

  • Be from any level of a school system—classroom, school, district, post-secondary, county, state—or a community-based organization. If you’re interested in speaking as a company, please see our sponsorship opportunities.
  • Showcase a specific practice that improved teaching and learning for students and/or educators.  
  • Be aligned with one of the four learning tracks of the conference.

Proposals should:

Fusion Learning Tracks: Which best fits your work?

For example:

social-emotional learning, family engagement, early learning, brain science, etc.

For example: 

personalized learning implementation, data privacy, artificial intelligence, AR/VR, digital curriculum tools, etc.

For example: 

career technical education, microcredentials, MOOCs, workforce development, etc.

For example:

innovations in equity models, restorative justice practices & models, the digital divide, school wrap-around models, maker-spaces, etc.

Your proposal will be evaluated by a team of experts. Selected proposals will ensure that Fusion offers a comprehensive, 

non-promotional and diverse range of exemplars of what’s working in education today.

Selection Process

Presentation format and considerations:

  • Timing: 10-Min Lightning Talk OR a 1-Hour Interactive Workshop
  • Content-rich: Include grounded examples or data
  • Evidence-based: Showcase why it worked and how you know. Consider sharing any assessments, observational data, measures of impact or frameworks used.
  • Relevant stakeholders: Who was involved? Who did it impact?
  • Take it further: What can others learn from your experience? What has changed because of this work? Tell us about the good and the bad! How might attendees translate this work to their own settings?
  • Engaging: Include visuals or other engagement strategies.
  • Interactive workshop: Include specific activities to stimulate discussion, debate, brainstorming or sharing!
  • Dr. Justin Aglio, Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation, Montour School District, PA
  • Dr. Cederick L. Ellis, Sr., Superintendent of Education, McComb School District, MS
  • Barbara Means, Executive Director, Digital Promise Global
  • Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah, Director of Elementary & Instructional Support Services, Norwalk La Miranda USD, CA
  • EdSurge

The Fusion proposal 

review team includes:

Ready to be a Fusion 2019 speaker?

All submissions are due by June 1, 2019

Registration: All accepted presenters will receive one complimentary Fusion registration with a discount for team presentation members (full-price ticket is $649 for educators). You'll receive a special code to register for the conference by July 31st and will be responsible for securing and paying for your travel and lodging. Please plan and budget accordingly before submitting your proposal. (EdSurge Fusion will not be able to cover any additional costs such as travel and lodging expenses or other presentation materials.) Student presenters (K-12, college and graduate) and one chaperone, if needed, will receive a complimentary registration.

Sharing resources: Presenters will be asked to participate in a content review call to share an overview of their talk or workshop at least one month prior to Fusion and to upload related resources at least three weeks prior to their presentation. (See bottom of submission forms for specific dates and expectations.) These resources and your answers to the submission questions will provide support for the presentation and also become a part of the Fusion 2019 Playbook (a workbook for attendees). If your proposal is selected, you will be provided with instructions for uploading your presentation materials.

Need-to-Know Notes

Know someone who should be a speaker for Fusion 2019?

Send us an email with their name and information and we’ll send them an invitation to apply!

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