Workshop & Poster Presentation Proposals

The summit aims to provide the highest-quality learning experience and content available to leaders in the home visiting early education field on an annual basis. Attendees are eager to learn and engage with presenters and colleagues from across the field.

Comprised mainly of four constituent groups (state and federal systems leaders, researchers, program/practice leaders and policy advocates), attendees seek information that supports their role as decision-makers and influencers in the field. Accordingly, each workshop session is an important opportunity for speakers to engage leaders on the most pressing and innovative issues concerning the field today. During the formation process of your proposal, we encourage you to think critically about how you can maximize the forum to advance the needs of the field.

Workshop proposals will be reviewed by members of the summit’s steering committee. The following criteria will be used to select proposals:

  • The session provides relevant and innovative content. Preference will be given to presentations that align with the field-building vision of the summit by highlighting important issues surrounding systems building, innovative and/or field-advancing practice(s), and creative/unique collaborations and partnerships.
  • The session will engage attendees in the learning and discovery process by actively facilitating attendee involvement. Speakers are expected to provide perspective and insight on critical issues facing the field through dialogue, storytelling, case studies, lessons learned, etc. Accepted proposals will include examples of how attendees will be engaged throughout the session.
  • Participants are provided multiple strategies that expand thinking and can be applied to practice.
  • The session’s content and speakers promote inclusion and diversity within the context of the presentation and broader home visiting field.


Presentations within the summit’s four domains (advocacy, policy, practice and research) may focus on a variety of issues related to home visiting. Areas of interest for this summit include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Child welfare and home visiting collaborations
  • Early home visiting and poverty
  • Engaging public and new partners in advocacy
  • Equity and diversity
  • Global initiatives
  • Health care and home visiting partnerships
  • Innovative funding and marketing strategies
  • Multi-generational parenting
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Professional development
  • State systems building (education, health care, child welfare, etc.)
  • Translating the effectiveness of home visiting for policymakers
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Use of technology in home visiting
  • Using data and research to drive advocacy and policymaking

Other topic areas are also welcome.


We encourage you to employ a presentation format that engages your colleagues in discussion and learning by going beyond the basic dissemination of information. Workshops may follow one of the following formats, or you may submit a proposal with an alternative format:

Facilitated Content: Traditional breakout sessions explore topics of common interest using innovative, thought-provoking content blended with audience participation. Presenters act as content leaders, presenting short segments of content and then lead engaging activities, group discussion and participant reflection segments on how to apply their new knowledge to practice.

Panel Discussion: Panels generally include two to three presenters who represent multiple institutions and/or perspectives on the same issue. Presenters create an engaging moderated discussion with dialogue, storytelling, case studies and lessons learned to help participants apply concepts. The use of a discussant/moderator is encouraged to structure the session and facilitate audience engagement.

Round Table/Conversation: This session will include one to two topic experts with experience providing group facilitation to serve as session host(s). The session’s topic will be introduced by the host(s) and may include a short presentation at the start. The majority of the session is dedicated to answering questions and fostering discussion, peer learning and networking. Round table sessions will be limited to 50 participants and be configured in a circle to encourage participation.

Poster Presentation: Traditional poster sessions use a visual representation of your work/findings to engage attendees around one issue/topic facing the field. This session will start the summit on the evening of Wednesday, January 30. Additional opportunities to display posters on January 31–February 1 will be made available.



  • Presenters are required to complete the workshop requirement form that will be sent with the approval notification in June.
  • We request presenters provide a short biography and picture for engagement and promotional purposes.
  • During the submission process, be prepared to include information on the role each presenter will have during the session.
  • Workshops are limited to three presenters. Submissions with three or more presenters will be asked to provide a written explanation providing a rationale for additional presenters.
  • Presenters interested in having materials available on the event’s mobile app must submit presentation by Friday, January 18, 2019.
  • Workshops are 90 minutes in length.
  • Presenters are not permitted to sell products before, during or after their session.
  • Presenters will have the opportunity during the submission process to indicate if you would like your workshop to be considered for a poster presentation.
  • Presenters will be required to complete registration and pay a reduced conference rate of $199.

HARC Summit Collaboration
We look forward to another exciting year of collaboration as we partner to feature selected Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) presentations at the 2019 National Home Visiting Summit. HARC will host their annual meeting directly preceding the summit on January 29–30, 2019. HARC will launch their call for proposal process later this spring, separate from the National Home Visiting Summit. Those interested in speaking at both conferences will need to submit proposals for each conference. For more information visit the HARC website.



We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new online abstract management system. This year, you will be able to create a username and password, upload speaker bios and headshots, save and edit your proposal and more. Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming your submission. A member of our event team will contact with you a decision in mid-July. You can download a complete list of submission questions for all proposal types.

Important Dates

Open call: April 2–May 25, 2018

Deadline to submit proposal: Friday, May 25 at 5pm/Pacific Time

Decisions made by: mid-July (all submissions will be notified via email)


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