PromiseNet 2019

We are pleased to announce the call for session proposals for the 2019 PromiseNet Conference.

The PromiseNet Conference convenes national P-20 education and city leaders, innovators, practitioners, and funders from across the country in a community of practice to learn together and imagine the next phase of higher-education innovation and community transformation.

The conference will focus on best-practices of building Bridges to Opportunity - from creating Promise initiatives and forging vital partnerships at the local, state, and national level, breaking data and research on impact and outcomes for students and communities, to sustaining Promises through innovative fundraising strategies.

The call for proposals is your opportunity to submit a pitch to host or organize a session at this year’s conference. The 2019 conference will take place November 4-5 at the University of California - Berkeley Campus. We anticipate over 500 attendees and a total of 20 break-out sessions.

The strongest proposals will include:

  • Direct attention to equity and access

  • Ample opportunity for participant interaction and tangible takeaways for implementation

  • Representation from multiple perspectives and communities

  • The transformative potential of place-based strategies that improve education and workforce opportunities for all individuals and for the communities where they reside and work.

PromiseNet Proposals could fall into one or more of the following themes, or could represent a novel perspective:

  • Promise Design: How does program design impact outcomes for students and communities?

  • Research and Evaluation: How do we know we are having an impact for students and communities?

  • Sustaining your Promise: What are best practices for fundraising, communication, and community engagement?

  • College Awareness & Access: What are effective partnership and program models to further college awareness and access?

  • College & Career Success: What are effective partnership and program models to further college and career success?

  • Community & Economic Development: What are the broader impacts of a Promise initiative to a community? What are effective strategies for engaging and aligning the broader community in support of Promise program goals?

  • College Promise for Institutional and Community Transformation: How are community colleges and universities playing a role in the Promise movement?

Conference sessions can be any of the following formats, but proposals that demonstrate the intent for interactive information exchange will be weighted more heavily:

  • Interactive Workshop

  • Presentation & facilitated Q&A

  • Panel

Folks are encouraged to apply as a full panel. However, if you are an individual that would like to share an idea or perspective as a part of a larger session that conference organizers would plan, you may also submit an RFP.

If you think you have a compelling practice, lesson, or idea to share at PromiseNet, click here for the PromiseNet 2019 Presentation application form.

Forms are due by July 12. You will be notified no later than early August.

Please contact Jessie Stewart for further information and questions: