Building the Culture of Learning.

Virtual Summit | August 11-12, 2021 

Interested in submitting a proposal?

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise at the Transforming Leanring Summit! The purpose of the Transforming Learning Summit is to inspire educators who are transforming systems and practices for the success of ALL students by making the learning experience relevant and meaningful.  

The theme of the 2021 Summit is Building the Culture of Learning. It will be held virtually August 11-12, 2021. Be a part of networking, learning, engagement, and inspiration in this collaborative virtual environment!

The conference creates an annual opportunity for practitioners, leaders and stakeholders within the state’s education community to come together to advance learning and share best practices. The success of the Summit depends on engaging and informative presentations from K-12 education professionals like you who represent diverse backgrounds, settings and positions. 

If you want to showcase a particular area of expertise, or an experience that could benefit your peers and help Transform Learning, we want to hear from you! 

The Transforming Learning Summit will bring together hundreds of leaders and professionals from across the spectrum of K-12 educational settings and functions, along with their private, public and civic sector partners.

Attendees come from public and charter schools, school districts, nonprofit/advocacy groups, state agencies and education professional associations. Attendee positions include:

Alternative School Directors Principals
Classroom Teachers/Teacher Coaches Regional Centers of Excellence Staff
Counselors/Psychologists Regional Co-op Staff
Curriculum Leaders School Administrators
District Administrators and Coordinators School Board Members
Educational Technology Coordinators Special Education Directors
ESL/TESOL Teachers and Coordinators State Agency, Board and Council Members
Intermediate District Staff Superintendents

The Transforming Learning Summit is seeking session proposals that reflect best practices in professional development and reflect the best thinking in the field of K-12 education. To deliver exceptional learning experiences, preference may be given to proposals that feature an interactive presentation style, supports the conference’s purpose and theme, and delivers an effective mix of the following:


  • Reflect evidence-based practice, cutting-edge content and innovative solutions
  • Explore issues important to a mixed audience of K-12 education professionals
  • Present a compelling case with evidence supported by research or data

Experience design:

  • Stimulate and provoke discussion, audience engagement, and outcome-focused design
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and development of new competencies and “take-aways”
  • Use methods that draw out relevant past knowledge and experiences.

Thoughtful consideration of the audience:

  • Target audience represents diverse functions, cultures, settings and geographies.
  • Provide approaches for diverse types of learners
  • Demonstrate relevance of lessons through “real-life” case studies and best-practices.

Sessions at the Transforming Learning Summit are learning experiences and are noncommercial. Under no circumstances should a presentation be used for direct promotion of a speaker’s product, service, or other self-interest.

If you are a commercial company/ organization doing business within the K-12 field as a product and/ or service provider, you are invited to submit a session proposal within the following guidelines:

  • Sessions at the Transforming Learning Summit must be educational and noncommerical. 
  • Presentations should be focused on a specific case study or example of a specific application of a product or service within a classroom, school, district or other education-related setting, ideally co-presented with a K-12 education partner/ customer. 

No submissions from commercial companies/organizations will be accepted outside of these guidelines.

Please visit the Sponsorship Page for more information on all sponsorship opportunities.

Conference Agenda is coming soon! 

Session format options
Adult learners usually prefer to engage in self-directed learning. The Transforming Learning Summit seeks to offer a variety of learning formats with a range of instructional methods that give attendees more control over setting priorities and choosing the right content, materials, and methods that match their learning styles and objectives. 

  • Interactive Learning Session (60 minutes) – Engage educators in this session through sharing core content through presentation, then turn it over to the educators to construct their knowledge through discussion, collaborative work time, or creation of something they can bring back to their schools. This session should include a wrap-up of how the core content can be implemented using the knowledge they constructed in the session.
  • Rapid Fire Sessions (5 -10 minute presentations) – A five to ten minute presentation illustrating an example of transforming learning from a classroom, school or district. These concise speaking slots lend themselves to a more storytelling presentation style, with the number of PPT slides limited and focused on images and graphics to illustrate examples.

As you reflect on your proposal, please consider topics that support the Summit’s purpose and theme (Building a Culture of Learning) and that fit into the following learning pathways (tracks) for the Summit program. While proposals may address more than one area, you will be asked to select one which is the best fit. Some examples of topics are listed after each pathway. There are many other topics that can fit under each pathway.

  • Equity –i.e. school stories/reflections from meaningful work around equity; culturally responsive teaching strategies and activities, developing and using culturally responsive learning assessment, empowering student voice and passion, building accountable relationships, and encouraging multiple ways for students to share their learning, flexible and different curriculum pairings in an effort to reach all students 
  • Human Element of Assessment – i.e. use of authentic assessments; methods for conferring with students around assessment data; using formative, common, and summative assessments in a school assessment system; using achievement levels, summative results, and depth of knowledge to inform instructional planning, creating a balanced and coherent system of assessment to transform learning in a school system
  • Mental Health (student and educator) – i.e. impact of adverse childhood experiences on learning, trauma informed teaching, strategies for cultivating/maintaining adult mental health, empathy, social/emotional learning, effective Tier 1 and 2 interventions, how positive school culture influences positive student result
  • Student-centered Learning – i.e. cooperative learning, inquiry-based learning, integrating technology in a student-centered classroom, project-based learning, student involvement in performance evaluation
  • Building a Culture of Learning – i.e. building professional learning communities, fostering educator and student engagement, being a lead learner, involvement of parents, caregivers and the community, tracking and analyzing school culture data, etc. 
  • Using Technology to Transform Learning – i.e. modern approaches to advance learning, enhacing engagement with technology, innovative ways to impact student achievement, technology & equity, using data to inform practice. etc. 

All proposals must be submitted using the Transforming Learning Summit online proposal website. Upon submitting a proposal, you will receive an automatic confirmation for your records if it was submitted successfully.

Plan your submission in advance. We suggest that you first collect your thoughts for your proposal. Collect contact information and biographies from your co-presenters before beginning the form. Session proposals require clear and concise titles, persuasive learning outcomes-focused descriptions in a short and long version, and three action-oriented learning outcomes that answer the question “upon completion of this session, participants will be able to…”. The following is the order and type of questions asked on the online proposal submission form:

  • Primary Presenter Name, Position, Organization, Address, Phone and Email
  • Previous Speaking Experience (optional upload of video)
  • Applicable Social Media
  • Primary Presenter Bio (character limit applies)
  • Primary Presenter Headshot (image upload)
  • Additional Presenters Questions – (List each Co-Presenters Names, Positions, Organizations, and Emails)
  • Presentation Title (character limit applies)
  • Suggested Learning Pathway
  • Presentation Format
  • Presentation Abstract (character limit applies)
  • Detailed Presentation Description (character limit applies)
  • Presentation Specifics (Target Audience, Content Difficulty, Learning Outcomes, etc.)
  • Presentation Accessibility

Federal and State law require that public conference information systems, venues, tools and content be accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, Fusion Learning Partners is committed to ensuring the Transforming Learning Summit is accessible to a diverse audience.

How will you present your session in a way that is accessible (slides, videos, etc.) to everyone who attends? NOTE: All electronic files provided to Fusion for attendees are required to be accessible. Visit the State of Minnesota’s accessible documents page for training and other resources.

We seek to create a premiere event for the K-12 education field, and therefore priority will be given to those sessions that meet the following criteria:

Timely Does the topic address a current or emerging concern?

Relevant How significant is the topic to the theme and purpose of the conference?

Clarity Is the proposal clear and understandable?

Engaging – Is the session designed to engage the audience?

Non-Commercial – Commercial companies/organizations are invited to submit a session proposal within the guidelines as stated in the General Guidelines section.

Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form. Proposals sent by email will not be considered. Presenters may submit more than one submission.

The online submission form closes on Friday, April 2nd, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. CST. Incomplete and/or late proposal submissions are accepted by invitation only.

The person listed as the lead presenter will be automatically notified of receipt by an email sent to the address that you provide. If you do not receive such a notification, please contact {Fusion staff} to confirm that your proposal was received. You will be able to return to the proposal to edit it until the submission deadline on April 2nd at 4:00 p.m. CST. Information on how to do so will be included in the automated email.

Submission of a proposal does not guarantee inclusion in the program. Fusion Learning Partners reserves the right to work with presenters to revise presentation titles, reassign the identified topic area and edit session descriptions for promotional and program publication purposes.

How are proposals reviewed/accepted?
An advisory committee with diverse representation of K-12 settings and functions will meet to review, rate and prioritize ALL proposals to determine which ones will be selected for the 2021 Transforming Learning Summit.

When are proposals selected?
Final selections will be made the week of April 5th. Confirmation letters will be sent to selected lead presenters at this time.  Signed confirmation letters will be due back to Fusion Learning Partners on April 30th, 2021.

Session scheduling
The Advisory Committee will schedule selected sessions. All types of sessions will be scheduled to minimize topic overlap. Some presenters may be asked to repeat their sessions.

Presenter honorarium
For each proposal selected, one presenter/moderator/facilitator will receive a complimentary registration for the day of the conference ($99 value) which includes access to all sessions. No additional compensation is available. Co-presenters will pay a discounted rate of $50 to attend. All presenters will be required to register prior to the event using an online registration system. 

Once a session has been accepted and listed online, cancellation imposes a serious burden. Do not submit a proposal if you are uncertain that you will be able to fulfill your obligation to organize and conduct the session.

April 2nd, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. CST – deadline to submit online proposal form

Week of April 5th – proposals selected and lead presenters notified

April 15th – Attendee registration opens 

April 30thsigned presenter agreement forms due

Beginning Mid July – virtual training sessions; presenters will be able to test their session with their assigned co-hosts and a small group of staff/volunteer “attendees”

Week of July 26th – final session times sent to lead presenters

July 30th – presenter PowerPoint slide deck and handouts due

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About Fusion Learning Partners

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Program Advisory Committee:

Dave Blanchard (Chair), St. Cloud State University, School of Education, Teacher Development

Danijella Duvnjak, Director of Teaching and Learning – HCPA

Angie Freese, Founder at Playmakers, LLC

Greg Keith, Director, Division of School Support, MN Department of Ed

Jessica Moore, Secondary Coordinator of Curriculum – ISD 742

Jinna Collins-Jwacu, Elementary Teacher – Monroe Elementary

Molly Dengler, Assistant Principal of Student Services – KIPP Minnesota