The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education are seeking presentation proposals for 54 one-hour breakout sessions to occur during the 2021 Student Success Summit.

The Student Success Summit will be held in 2021.

Every breakout session should present an actionable resource or takeaway that participants can utilize and/or replicate once they return to their respective communities and places of work.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Only presentations submitted by individuals representing non-profit and public organizations will be considered. (Presentations from for-profit vendors will NOT be considered). Due to space and time constraints, it is likely that not all submissions will be accepted.

Only sessions that highlight effective practices, actionable resources, and an active-learner structure enabling participants to apply concepts to their own practices will be considered. Collaborative presentations are encouraged.


All presenters must also register for the Student Success Summit and are strongly encouraged to attend the entire conference.

Travel expenses

Expenses associated with traveling to the conference, including mileage, lodging, and parking, are the responsibility of the presenter and attendees.


Rooms will be set up with theater seating. Presenters should attempt to integrate activities to engage audience participation. In keeping with the conference theme, workshop formats are strongly encouraged.


We will provide a laptop, screen and projector. Other items may be made available by request. Please indicate any additional needs on your presentation proposal form.

Conference Tracks

Presentations will be categorized within the following tracks:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Community
  • Elementary Education
  • High School Education
  • Institutional Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Military Partnerships
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Workforce
Suggested Topics:

Past presentations have focused on the following topics:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance
  • Attracting and Serving Adult Learners
  • Behavior and Mental Health
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Career Exploration and Preparation
  • College Access and Awareness Initiatives
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Partnerships
  • Early Grades Instruction and Transition
  • Early Warning Indicators
  • Effective Mentoring Models (including peer-to-peer models)
  • Exemplary Programs
  • Financial Aid Awareness and Instruction
  • Grant Writing
  • Higher Grades Instruction and Transition
  • IEPS for ALL Students
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Local Solutions
  • Middle Grades Instruction and Transition
  • Military Partnerships
  • Multiple Pathways to Completing Education
  • Overcoming Social/Emotional Barriers
  • Parent and Family Engagement
  • Partnership Building
  • Postsecondary Instruction and Transition
  • Progressive Technology
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Voice
  • System Wide Student Support and/or Inter-System Collaboration
  • Transitions for Students with Disabilities
  • Transitions Bridge Programs
  • Utilizing Data Effectively
  • Virtual Classrooms
  • Workforce Development