Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The Maryland Workforce Association’s, “Raising the Bar” Conference is returning once again.

2022 Raising the Bar Conference Sept. 12-14 at the LIVE! Hotel in Hanover, MD.

Workshop Solicitation

The Maryland Workforce Association’s, “Raising the Bar” Conference is returning once again. The conference is a great opportunity for in-depth conversations and networking for workforce and educational professionals to discuss innovative workforce development solutions for job seekers, youth, and businesses.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act challenges our system to be creative, flexible, and innovative in the delivery of these solutions.

Bring your challenges, ideas and evidence based solutions and join us as we explore promising practices in developing the best workforce system in the Country.

The 2022 Raising the Bar Conference will be September 12-14 at the LIVE! Hotel in Hanover, MD.

The conference will focus on the development of front line workforce, employment, and training staff, identify innovative practices in workforce development, including sector partnerships, the resurgence and evolution of apprenticeships, industry trends, and in-demand jobs. The conference draws attendees from the entire state of Maryland and nearby states.

Workshop Proposals

Of significant interest are proposals that address innovation, effective delivery of services, and workshops that provide information, tools or ideas that are practical and easily replicated.

The 2022 Raising the Bar Conference will include workshops organized around six tracks and workshops selected will reflect content for beginner, intermediate, and expert level professionals.

  • Building an Innovative Workforce System Workshop topics may include, but are not limited to best practices in work-based learning, pre-apprenticeship, internship, work and learn models; managing new service delivery during the pandemic and beyond, and strategic K-20 initiatives.
  • Business and Industry EngagementWorkshop topics may include, but are not limited to providing customized training, responding to changes in labor market, ensuring impactful job fairs, and designing employer-focused services.
  • Leadership Workshop topics may include, but are not limited to, succussion planning, retention of staff, creating impactful partnerships, ensuring diversity and equity at all levels of the workforce system, and public policy
  • Self-care for the Workforce ProfessionalWorkshop topics may include, but are not limited to, stress management, career management, managing secondary trauma, and improving team dynamics.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workforce SystemWorkshop topics may include, but are not limited to working with long-term unemployed, working with special population, assisting individuals with disabilities, and working with older job seekers.
  • Other

Submission

Workshop audiences will include people interested in learning about innovative methods to serve clients in all aspects of the workforce development system, public policies that support the effective delivery of services, and workshops that provide information, tools or ideas that are practical and easily replicated.

Workshops are 75 minutes of content, with an additional 15 minutes for Q&A; and should encompass best practices, which have demonstrated measures of success. All proposals must be submitted online and must be complete. Required information includes:

  • Workshop Title (10 words or less)
  • Workshop description in 200 words or less
  • Intended Outcomes and Learning Objectives for the Participants
  • Workshop Track/s
  • Presenter contact information and bios, include a one-minute video describing your workshop
  • Explanation of how the program, initiative or strategy was proven to be effective.

Workshop titles may be edited to prepare the conference program. Workshop proposals must be submitted online at no later than Friday, May 13th at 5PM.

Content must be informational and educational, not commercial. Presentations that are sales pitches for products or services will be eliminated from consideration.

Review Process

Raising the Bar’s Conference Committee will evaluate proposals based solely on the information submitted. Presenters, titles and content are expected to correspond to the proposal and substitutions of content or presenters require prior approval. Once a workshop has been accepted, no changes of speakers or workshop content will be allowed without prior approval. Presenters selected will be asked to complete a “Presenter Agreement” form.

Principal presenters will be notified whether their workshops have been accepted by Wednesday, May 25th at 5PM.

Other Information

  • Presenters will receive FREE conference registration the day/s they are selected to present.
  • AV equipment will be available, however, presenters should bring their own laptop.

For more information, please contact: mdrtb@marylandworkforceassociation.org and include RTB Call for Proposals in the subject line.