Request for Session Proposals

NETA is pleased to announce a request for session proposals for the 2020 NETA Conference, which is dedicated to providing meaningful in-person professional development to support the public media system. This year, NETA is seeking session proposals for 1-hour breakout sessions as well as 3-hour pre-conference sessions. Sessions should align to the conference theme, The Future of Education and Media, and fit into one of the five tracks listed below.

Before submitting a proposal, please carefully read through the following information about session tracks, delivery format, space and timing, proposal form, timeline, selection process and more. To help you prepare, please review this planning guide to see the full proposal form questions.

The online proposal form will be open from 10am EDT on Monday, July 8, 2019 until 11:59pm EDT on Friday, August 9, 2019. The link to the proposal form is at the bottom of this page.

Session Tracks

Session producers are encouraged to develop topics that align to the conference theme and explore one of the following tracks, with an emphasis on education and/or community engagement, cross-disciplinary or multi-station collaboration, best practices, lessons learned, replicable initiatives, and demonstrable impact.

Media in the Classroom

Topic Ideas: media literacy, digital citizenship, insights on new learning models/behaviors/trends, emerging media/edtech, how PBS LearningMedia and PBS KIDS is being used by teachers, caregivers, and/or parents for supplemental instruction.

Community Engagement

Topic Ideas: reaching rural communities, educators, parents, general audience; turning outward and showing the shift to deep community engagement, promotion/marcom, community partnerships.

Station Management/Sustainability

Topic Ideas: management best practices, career growth, education business models, education development/fundraising, education metrics and analytics, interdisciplinary collaboration, legal, telling our story, marketing and communications.


Topic Ideas: multi-platform content creation and collaborative/interdisciplinary content creation models, ATSC 3.0, 360 video, XR (VR/AR), educational, general audience, lifelong learning, rural storytelling/programming.

Youth Voices

Topic Ideas: reaching 8-18 year olds, youth journalism, advisory groups, content creation, community connections, digital engagement.

Space & Timing

There is space for approximately 33 total sessions*

  • 3 Pre-conference sessions offered on Sunday, January 26, 2020

  • 30 Breakout sessions offered on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

    *subject to change

Format Options

3-hour Pre-conference Session

Pre-conference sessions provide participants a deeper exploration of topics, facilitated by leaders with experience in those areas. These sessions should be highly interactive and give participants the chance to discuss in-depth approaches to challenges they are facing, share solutions, and learn strategies.

1-hour Breakout Session

These sessions are opportunities to share topics of interest, lesson learned, foresight, or evidence of impact related to the conference tracks. These can be done solo or have multiple presenters (i.e., panel, moderated interviews, debate, stacked presenters, etc.). These sessions should be innovative, thought provoking, and engaging.

Both session formats should have clear learning outcomes.



Primary Producer

NETA requests that one primary producer is identified for each session. The primary producer is the main point of contact for NETA and responsible for organizing session content, speakers, and other logistics.


All accepted presenters are responsible for registering for the conference, paying the conference registration fee, and securing and paying for travel and lodging. The primary producer of the session is responsible for coordinating these details with each of the session presenters. Registration will open in October 2019.

Sharing Resources

The primary producers will be responsible for uploading session resources (deck, documents, etc) immediately following the presentation. These resources will be shared with conference attendees and NETA membership following the conference. If your proposal is selected, you will be provided with instructions on uploading your presentation materials.

Selection Process

Breakout session proposals will be selected through a review process that includes systemwide online voting, review by the NETA Peer Learning Communities Executive Committee, and NETA Leadership. The primary producer listed on the session proposal form will be notified of the status of their proposals in October 2019.



July 8


Open breakout session RFP form


August 9


Deadline to submit session proposal


September 9-13


Online voting open


September 23-27


Review with NETA Leadership and PLC Executive Committees


October 1(week of)


Notification sent to all session submitters


October 15


Announce line-up of sessions




Strategy meetings with session producers


November 22


Deadline for Final session details


February 3


Deadline to upload final deck/materials

Proposal Form

The breakout session proposal online form will open on July 8, 2019 and close on August 9, 2019. To help you prepare, please review this planning guidethat includes the questions and information that will be requested.


All breakout session proposals must be submitted online.


For more information, contact Rachel Morrison Parsons, NETA Education at