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Call for Presenters OSTC 2021
Call for Presenters OSTC 2021
Oregon Statewide Transition Conference
Fri, November 13, 2020 — Fri, January 15, 2021
THIS EVENT IS 100% FREE!

OSTC 2021 March 31st - April 7th

Call for Presenter Applications, Open From November 16th - January 15th


Submit Your Application to Present


Call for presentation submissions are invited that address one of the five strands: Education, Employment, Independent Living, Wellness and Equity

Presentations should provide information related to:

  • Supporting transition aged youth
  • How your presentation aligns with the topical strand you indicated
  • Clearly defined learning objectives, and a description of practical knowledge or strategies that participants would learn
  • How your presentation engages participants in the current climate (COVID, Virtual Learning, Equity, Stress Fatigue, ect.)

 

*See full presentation rubric for OSTC virtual 2021 at bottom of page

 

Virtual conference considerations:

  • Presentations will be provided both synchronous (live with in person attendees) and asynchronous (pre-recorded, or recorded live sessions shared during a later time at the conference)
  • What this means: if you have a session that is pre-recorded that is fine, if you are offering an in person session that is fine as well. Our goal is to try and offer as many presentations as possible to all attendees. This means that if you present a ‘synchronous’ session you may be asked if it can be recorded and shared as an asynchronous option during a later time in the conference.
  • Limited number of session presentations.
  • What this means: In past years OSTC has supported between 60-70 presenters during the 2 day conference. This year, despite the longer time frame, we are only opening 30 session slots for presenters. Because of this there is a firm deadline for applications to present and the grading rubric will be used more vigorously. Additionally, we will be focused on ensuring that the variety of topics as well as agency representatives (as speakers) is presented as equitably as possible.
  • The virtual nature of this conference means that we will be utilizing Zoom for live presentation sessions.
  • What this means: To make this process as smooth and accessible as possible presenters will be offered training around the basics of Zoom, as well as the given the opportunity to utilize the different features (such as breakout rooms and polls). All presenters will also have in session support during the conference to navigate technology issues that might arise.

 

 

In depth topic strand explanations:


Topic Strand #1: Education

Presentations submitted under this topical strand should address innovative and promising practices that assure youth play a vital role in their transition from school to adult life. Sessions should be engaging and provide attendees with practical descriptions/examples of innovative programs and/or partnerships in the community that support a student in all aspects of their transition from school to adult life.

Examples of potential session topics in this category:

  • Virtual WIOA/Pre-Employment Strategies in the community
  • Accessible/virtual/limited in-person curriculum and assessment tools used for transition planning
  • Sustaining virtual successful transition programs
  • Unique strategies for student and family engagement in the IEP process
  • Connecting with students, and connecting them to peers virtually
  • Preparing students for post-secondary options



Topic Strand #2: Employment

Presentations submitted for sessions under this topical strand should address employment focused outcomes for transition aged students. This can include agency partnerships towards employment outcomes, utilizing school and community based business, strategies on approaching employers and customizing jobs, promoting self-advocacy in the workplace, employment solutions for rural areas, or preparing a student for entering the workplace. Sessions should be engaging and provide attendees with insight into evidence based practices with a focus on current trends and practices in the Oregon employment market, geared towards supporting transition aged youth.

Examples of potential session topics in this category:

  • Current labor market trends
  • Student workforce opportunities
  • Development of paid/non-paid work experiences
  • Employer/agency partnerships
  • Disability disclosure
  • How to engage an employer in hiring transition aged youth
  • Assistive technology solutions for students on the job
  • Current models of employment experience/development



Topical Strand #3: Independent Living

Presentations submitted for sessions under this topical strand should address independent living for transitional aged youth. Topics can include, financial literacy, soft skills for employment, community involvement and participation, community safety, self-advocacy, healthy lifestyle, communication skill building, and conflict resolution. Sessions should be engaging and provide attendees with resources and tools that support students to function independently in society.

Examples of potential session topics in this category:

  • Budgeting for your future
  • Navigating Social Security and SSI-Entitlement to Benefits and age 18 transition
  • Community services/supports that can enhance your lifestyle
  • How to navigate life independently with a disability
  • Being an active participant in your community virtually

 

 

Topic Strand #4: Well Being

Presentations submitted under this topical strand should address practices to create and sustain, self- management, mindfulness and positive mental health for students and professionals. Sessions should be engaging and provide attendees with practical descriptions/examples.

Examples of potential session topics in this category:

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Trauma informed care
  • Social Emotional Strategies
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Navigating the virtual world safely
  • Self-care practices

 

 

Topic Strand #5: Equity

Presentations submitted under this topical strand should address practices to create and sustain, Equitable practices/understandings in interpersonal engagements, workplace interactions, educational settings, and community. Focus being on how to support transition aged youth in navigating sensitive subjects, self-advocating, and creating safe spaces for self-expression and open positive discussions. Sessions should be engaging and provide attendees with practical descriptions/examples.

Examples of potential session topics in this category:

  • Understanding and respecting culture differences
  • Promoting positive acceptance and inclusive strategies for classrooms
  • Leading comprehensive discussions on sensitive topics
  • Supporting LBGTQIA+ youth
  • Creating a safe and supportive environment for transition aged youth
  • Navigating hard conversations respectfully

 

Presentation Application Submission Rubric (PDF)


Conference Registration Fee and Multiple Presenters

Speakers that are invited to present at 2021 Oregon Statewide Transition Conference will be allowed one (1) free admission to the event. If there is a secondary presenter/support presenter that is NOT planning to attend the full conference please let us know and we will make sure that they have access to your presentation room at the time of the conference (for no charge). If Accommodations are needed please indicate on application. 

 

Please note: Oregon Statewide Transition Conference Planning Committee reserves the right to edit session titles and descriptions to allow for accuracy, consistency, and clarity in all conference materials.

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