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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Diamonhead Education Center
Burnsville, MN

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We invite you to share your insights and knowledge with colleagues as a presenter of an educational session at our Summer Leadership Institute.

Submit your session below!

What is Summer Leadership Institute?

This is a full day of engaging professional development designed especially for those that currently hold a leadership position (directors, supervisors, managers, assistant directors), those that aspire to a leadership position (teachers and other professionals), and those that support leaders and leadership (coaches, trainers and consultants) to examine and deepen their knowledge, skills and abilities in topics relevant to leadership.

Sessions will be 1.5 hours in length.

Participants appreciate sessions with practical tips and applications that can be implemented right away, and those that are interactive.

What is this year's theme?

This year's theme is Becoming Our Best Self. Directors, managers, supervisors and administrators carry a heavy load of work and responsibility and are faced with many critical decisions every day. This can be demoralizing, and can lead to stress and even burn out.

The term "self-care" is everywhere these days, and is often connected to purchasing something to make you happier or less stressed. Help us re-frame the conversation and examine ways to recharge, to build or rebuild a life we're not regularly escaping from.

This institute is designed to re-inspire those that need it, to help leaders find inspiration, and to support the skills needed to inspire others.

Topics of interest include:

  • Leadership/Leadership Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Self-Care (Health & Wellness)
  • Training, Coaching & Consulting
  • Other

We are committed to creating a diverse, safe and welcoming space for participants to learn and share. We want to make sure we receive session proposals from the widest audience possible, including from you! All proposals are welcome and will be considered. We will give special attention to those that incorporate the theme of the event.

What are the benefits of presenting?
  • Presenter honorarium
  • Opportunity to present at a well-known event with leaders in the field of early childhood and afterschool
  • Enhance your credibility and stature in the field
  • Contribute to your community's expertise
  • Challenge yourself in a new way
  • Free registration to the event

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Accepted sessions will be notified by Friday, May 31, 2019.


For questions or more information, please contact Kristen Wheeler Highland at or 651-789-3587.

Provide a description of 50 words or less for your presentation as you want it to appear in the program. Please pay close attention to your description so participants have an accurate feel for the session content. Please write your description in the third person.

Each session is 1.5 hours in length. There is also an option to request a joint session in the afternoon, meaning that Session B & Session C would be combined to create one 3-hour session (participants will still take a snack break from 2:00-2:30 p.m. and come back to the same session afterwards).

1. Presenters are responsible for providing copies of any handouts.

2. With permission, the full PowerPoint presentation will be made available electronically to registered attendees after the event.

3. All correspondence will be via email with Presenter 1.

4. Presentations are not to be used as an opportunity to “showcase” or “sell” business, services or products in any way.

5. We value your time and expertise and understand that when you present at the Summer Leadership Institute, you are sharing more than your knowledge. For that reason, a $75 honorarium per session will be provided. We will also waive the registration fee for each presenter. This entitles each presenter to all food included in the registration fee, and the option to attend sessions and earn professional development credits.

6. Confirmation notifications with logistical information will be emailed by May 31.

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