Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

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

2021 Raising the Bar Call for Proposals June 15th, July 20th, August 17th

Virtual Summer Series
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 2021 Raising the Bar Conference will be June 15th, July 20th and August 17th held virtually!

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 2021 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
  • Business and Industry Engagement
  • Leadership 2021
  • Holistic Self-care for the Workforce Professional
  • Strategies for Serving Special Populations or Individuals with Barriers
  • Other (please explain)

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 45 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 5:00 PM on April 30, 2021.

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 the end of day, May 14, 2021.

Other Information

  • Presenters will receive FREE conference registration the day/s they are selected to present.
  • We will provide training and tech checks for the selected virtual platform prior to the conference.

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

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