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Submissions for CHESPRA Conference Presentations

Each year, the Chesapeake School Public Relations Association invites leaders in the fields of public relations, communications, public engagement and public education to submit proposals for the regional conferences.  

Submit your proposals by Fri, Feb. 23, 2024


  • Proposals will be accepted through Fri., Feb. 23, 2024.
  • Individuals who submit session proposals will be notified via email whether their proposals are accepted by March 1, 2024.
  • All presenters accepted through the call for proposals process must be registered to attend the Spring 2024 Conference, but you do not have to register to attend before submitting a proposal. 
  • After proposal notifications go out, accepted speakers will be asked to register for the conference if you have not yet done so.
  • You do not have to be a member of CHESPRA in order to submit a proposal. 
  • You may submit multiple proposals, but please be mindful that due to limited session capacity, only one proposal may be accepted.
  • Vendor submissions are not accepted through the call for proposals process, but a school division/district may submit a proposal with a vendor co-presenter if the proposed presentation does not include a sales pitch for vendor products and services. 

Ideas for proposals:

  • Spotlight story: Crisis and how district managed it

  • Political issues and their impact on public education

  • Artificial Intelligence (with different spin than Fall 23 presentation)

  • Opioid Issue: How districts are collaborating

  • Panel on Innovative tools or methods that have been impactful

  • Media Relations panel - Larger vs smaller districts

  • Feel free to be creative!

Presentation Options and Guide:

  • 25-Minute Roundtable Sessions
  • Panel Discussions
  • 60-Minute Presentations
    • 10-15 minutes Back Story – to include background information on the topic
      • What? 

      • When? 

      • Why? 

      • Who?

      • Specific/Pertinent Details?

    • 30 minutes Communications: Examples and Samples of the Communications/Public Information/PR materials
      • What did you learn?

      • What did you take away from the experience?

      • What would you do differently?

      • Glows and Grows

    • 10-15 minutes Q&A with Attendees

Considerations that make an impact:

  • Remember your Audience – address all roles involved (Communications, Web, Print, Video/Photo etc.)
  • Share Pictures
  • Share News articles
  • Share Social Media posts
  • Branding or Messaging Campaign materials
  • Share Handouts (print or electronic) with attendees