Presentation Submission Process

All submitted presentations will be included in our breakout session interest survey that will be reviewed by the past few years of conference attendees. Past participants will indicate the sessions they are most interested in attending. We use this information to help determine the courses for WABE 2020. Session submissions for the 2020 WABE Annual Conference were due by December 31, 2019. If you missed the deadline, we are still accepting post-deadline submissions in case of cancellations. Presenters will be contacted by the end of January with acceptance notifications.

Presentation Benefits

We always like to say thank for you presenting by including one complimentary conference registration per breakout session accepted. The complementary registration discount will be added after you upload your presentation documents to the WABE app. Presentation discounts are no longer able to be split between multiple presenters. Be sure to indicate who would receive the discount if accepted. You must register for the conference to attend sessions and meals outside of your accepted presentation for your discount to be applied. Thank you for your assistance.

WABE provides the following in each breakout room

  • Projector and screen


  • All presentation teams are required to provide their own laptop.
  • All presenters must complete attendee registration.
  • Must provide session handouts on the app by April 1.
  • Vendor presentations must be partnered with a school district presenter.
  • Additional AV requests can be made during the submission process. If the requests result in additional charges, presenters will need to make payment before the items will be ordered.

Presenter Guidelines

  • Your presentation should be based on a strategy or practice you have used in your classroom, school or district. It should be based on some evidence of success with English learners.
  • Open with a “hook”, an activity that will get the attention of the crowd. It doesn’t have to be a joke, but it should be engaging and connect the people to your topic. Often a turn-and-talk about what people already know about the topic is useful, and sets the ground.
  • Have some kind of a handout. It doesn’t have to be your whole PowerPoint; just enough to cover your main points and provide a place to take notes.
  • State the objectives. Tell people why they are there.
  • Give some information, then let people process – talk with their neighbors.
  • Give some more information, then have a hands-on activity or some movement. People will remember the information if they have a memorable EXPERIENCE.
  • Have a back-up plan. Anything can and often does go wrong, especially with tech you are unfamiliar with. Have your presentation on a flash drive. Have an activity ready (see #5, 6 above). Never let them see you sweat!
  • Close with a ticket out or some other way for people to review what they learned.


Please contact Sean Fleming, 206.227.0669