18th Annual Wisconsin Head Start Association Training Conference

February 24-26, 2020
at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells

 Call for Presenters

Conference overview:

Wisconsin Head Start Association is hosting the 18th annual training conference titled Head Start Strong: 2020 and Beyond. This theme references the strength and resiliency found in every Head Start student, parent, volunteer and staff member. The 2020 Annual Conference will be an exciting opportunity for professional development and we are currently seeking proposals for training sessions.  Whether you are a seasoned presenter, or this be your first time, we encourage you to submit your proposal to participate in this amazing conference where over 500 people attend.

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Head Start, Early Head Start, Parents, Tribal, Migrant, Even-start, Child Care, Birth-to-Three, Home visiting, Advocates, Higher Education, ECE students, state partners, CCR&R, Health care partners, social service advocates, mentors, and all ECE professionals.

Training session/presenter guidelines:

WHSA has been able to deliver high quality professional development and networking opportunities for our members and community partners through the generosity of great professionals like you sharing their expertise. WHSA does not pay presenter expenses to present at the conference. WHSA offers a reduced full 2 ½ day conference registration fee of $135 each for up to two presenters, and free registration for the one day of your presentation, including complimentary lunch and breaks.

Session format, topics and length:

Workshop sessions are 1 ½ hour in length. The committee will entertain 3 hour proposals with supporting documentation. Topic themes can have a wide range of focus as identified on the proposal form. Proposals should contain learning objectives that reflect developmentally appropriate practices, Head Start values around family engagement and current research and theory.

AV & equipment:

A screen and AV cart will be provided in each room by the WHSA. NEW THIS YEAR: I am happy to announce that WHSA will be providing a projector in each training room at the Annual Conference. This means that you no longer need to bring your own projector (unless you want to which is fine). Projectors will be set up for either VGA or HDMI input. Please bring whatever adapters may be necessary for your computer. Presentations should not be contingent on internet access.

Lodging and marketing materials:

Presenters are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and copies of handouts. Digital copies of all handouts should be submitted to Brian at the below email address by January 24th, 2020 so that they can be uploaded to the online conference program. WHSA prohibits all presenters from selling and/or marketing items within a training session.  WHSA provides conference exhibit space and offers advertising space in the conference program. Interested presenters and others may visit our 2020 Call for Exhibitors web page or contact Brian at WHSAassist@whsaonline.org to secure exhibit or ad space.


Presentation Proposals Deadline Extended: December 15th, 2019

Additional questions:

Please contact Brian Stults at WHSAassist@whsaonline.org with specific questions or to submit additional information to accompany your proposal.  Please put in the subject line “2018 Conference proposal”.



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