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2020 CPRA Annual Conference Call for Session Proposals

Do you have an idea for a session that you would like to see featured at the 2020 Annual Conference? If so, we invite you to contribute to our Call for Conference Session Proposals. Your input will ensure that the Conference Planning Committee considers a broad spectrum of topics.

 We have made the difficult but important decision to convert our physical conference into a virtual one in order to maintain the safety of our attendees, staff and Industry Partners/ Exhibitors.  The Professional Development team is working hard at exploring options for the best possible virtual event and we’ll be in touch with all of you as soon as we have more details! 

The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to July 24th.

Submit Your Proposal

Proposal Tips

Below are some tips on submitting a successful proposal.  Some of the sections are tips on how to complete/answer certain questions on the proposal form, others are just general tips for a successful proposal.  It is highly recommended that you refer to this page as you complete your proposal.

Session Description

Provide a clear explanation of how the need for the course was identified. Also, identify the gap between the existing condition and the desired condition on the lines below. This should identify a problem and solutions to the problem. Remember, this description will appear in all marketing material. This is your opportunity to grab the interest of the audience!

Session Length

The total length of a presentation should add up to:

  • 1.25 hour session includes a 15 minute intro and Q&A
  • 2.5 hour session includes a 15 minute intro and Q&A

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are statements that specify what learners will know or be able to do as a result of a learning activity. Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, or attitudes and are measurable behavior or performance objectives.

  • Provide at least three observable and measurable learning outcomes.

    Learning outcomes are statements which describe a desired condition – that is, the knowledge, skills, or attitudes needed to fulfill the need. They represent the solution to the identified need or issue. Learning outcomes provide direction in the planning of a learning activity. They help to:

          1. Focus on learner's behavior that is to be changed
          2. Serve as guidelines for content, instruction, and evaluation
          3. Identify specifically what should be learned
          4. Convey to learners exactly what is to be accomplished

    When writing Learning Outcomes, use verbs that are observable and measurable. Since the learner's performance should be observable and measurable, the verb chosen for each outcome statement should be an action verb which results in overt behavior that can be observed and measured. Sample action verbs are: compile, create, plan, revise, analyze, design, select, utilize, apply, demonstrate, prepare, use, compute, discuss, explain, predict, assess, compare, rate, critique

    Certain verbs are unclear and subject to different interpretations in terms of what action they are specifying. Such verbs call for covert behavior which cannot be observed or measured. These types of verbs should be avoided: learn, understand, know, appreciate, become aware of, become familiar with, etc.

    Example: Upon completion of the session, the participant will be able to assess limitations and capabilities of various types of surveillance equipment and select appropriate equipment to ensure adequate coverage of a given area. 

    Presentation Outline

    Each proposal must include a presentation outline. The outline must show the sequence of instruction and planned instructional strategies. Include times and relate the outline to the Learning Outcomes above (i.e. Introduction, 5 min, lecture).

  • Provide include at least five outline bullets that relate to your learning outcomes.


The maximum number of speakers for sessions are:

  • Two for a 1.25 hour session
  • Three for a 2.5 hour session

Expenses for speakers who work in the field of Parks and Recreation field and/or who are members of CPRA will not be reimbursed. CPRA will negotiate terms with other approved speakers. If your session will utilize a panel of speakers, CPRA may reach out to you for more detail and planning.

General Proposal Tips

Session proposals that present a complete overview of a topic are the ideal type of proposal. Keep in mind, complete session proposals compete more successfully.

Sessions should provide a variety of perspectives. Do not propose a session in which three team members from the planning department talk about the same project. Provide comparisons from community to community, from different perspectives within the community, from different parts of the country, or from differing points of view. We're looking for multifaceted discussions.

Understand that all your speakers are giving a live presentation; make certain your speakers are good speakers.

Put effort into the proposal. The more thought you put into the proposal up front, the smoother the process of pulling your session together will be. Be certain to review and edit your proposal. It may be helpful to have someone else look it over to make certain your ideas are expressed clearly.

Consider using elected and appointed officials or colleagues from allied professions, agencies, and departments as speakers.

If your proposal is selected, we request that you remain as flexible as possible regarding your session’s assigned day and time within the conference schedule. Speakers always get a complimentary one-day conference pass for the day they speak.


Please don’t hesitate to contact CPRA Office at 303-231-0943 or