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2025 ERB Connections National Conference

April 2-4, 2025
Austin, Texas
Illuminating Pathways, Eliminating Roadblocks

We're looking for presenters!

We are seeking dynamic educators, administrators, admission staff, subject matter experts, and thought leaders to share their insights and expertise and submit a conference session proposal for consideration.

Submission Deadline

August 23, 2024

Notification of Acceptance

September 30, 2024

Why submit a proposal?

Showcase Your Expertise
Present your innovative strategies, research findings, and successful practices to a national audience.
Network with Peers
Engage with fellow educators, industry leaders, and ERB experts to foster meaningful connections.
Drive Student Growth
Share actionable insights and strategies that support the holistic development of students.
Be a Thought Leader
Contribute to dynamic conversations that illuminate pathways and eliminate roadblocks in education.
Enjoy Special Savings
If selected, you will receive a discounted registration rate of $595, saving $400 off the regular member rate.

Session Topics

We are looking for proposals that embrace our conference theme and showcase the presenter’s expertise in at least one of the following areas:
Data-Driven Strategies

Innovative approaches to using data to support student growth

Student Well-Being

Strategies beyond academic assessment to nurture the whole child

Educational Leadership

Insights on effective leadership practices in independent schools

Teaching and Learning

Best practices, instructional strategies, and curriculum development


Best practices, equitable use of assessment, and important measures in the admission process

School Culture

Building inclusive and supportive school environments

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Integrating SEL into curricula and fostering environments that support students' social and emotional development

Session Types

Presenters are asked to select a session format that best showcases their topic and presentation.
Listen and Learn

Topic-specific educational talk or presentation

Case Study

A well-researched and compelling narrative related specifically to the presenter's experience at their school


Two independently submitted micro-presentation (30-minute) proposals on cohesive topics are combined into an unmoderated session


Audience participation and presenter interaction are central to the session


Idea for a great panel topic. If selected, the ERB program team will build a diverse slate of panelists related to the proposed topic. Panels will be moderated.

Facilitated Breakfast Conversation

A conversational experience where educators share their best practices and innovative ideas while sharing a meal


Interactive wellness session for attendees


We are looking for proposals that appeal to a diverse group of attendees and help build connections across disciplines and responsibilities.

Teacher/Faculty  |  Counselor/Well-Being Personnel  |  Technology Director/Innovation Specialist  |  Test Administration personnel  |  Instructional Coach/Director   |  School Leadership/Administration  |  Curriculum Specialist/Director of Teaching and Learning  |  Educational Consultant/Trainer  |  Admission/Development Professional  |  Data and Analytics Personnel

Selection Criteria

Successful proposals will inspire our community to engage in meaningful conversations and spark creativity in our work to foster educational communities that support well-being and academic excellence. All proposals will be reviewed and rated by our National Conference Proposal Review Committee with the following criteria in mind:

The proposal clearly expresses the session's connection to the conference theme and chosen topic


The degree to which the session offers new insight or original thinking as it relates to the field of education, use of data, assessment, admission, or well-being


Demonstration of alignment to current educational trends and/or teaching and learning conditions

Session Design

The degree to which the proposal inspires high engagement and clear calls-to-action for attendees—immediate application, considered follow-up, or further exploration


The proposal succinctly details the session's purpose and key learnings for session participant

Attention to Detail

All sections of the proposal submission form are complete with correct spelling and grammar

Demonstration of topic expertise and presenting experience

Submit your session proposal

Submissions must be received by Friday, August 23, 2024.

Before submitting your proposal, please review the full set of Submission Guidelines and FAQs below to ensure your session aligns with the conference theme and focuses on one of the specified areas.

Want more information about session proposals?

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Kelly Bornmann,

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