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2019 NEA National Leadership Summit Request for Proposals

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado
March 15 – March 17, 2019

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 8, 2018

Presenters will be notified of selection by November 6, 2018

The National Education Association is looking for dynamic presentations for its annual National Leadership Summit, March 15 – March 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the Summit is to develop activist leaders and prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead relevant, thriving associations and to lead in their professions. The Leadership Summit is designed to support experiential learning that provide opportunities for NEA members and leaders to develop the knowledge and skills articulated in NEA’s Leadership Competency Framework ( The Summit is intended for all NEA members and leaders, regardless of experience level, membership type or educator category.  With that in mind, NEA views a request for proposal as a solicitation that is focused on leadership development content, specifically aligned with the purpose and design of the summit.

While we have yet to determine a theme for the 2019 Summit, those submitting an RFP should ensure that their proposal is in alignment with and supports the goal, as described in the 2018-2020 Strategic Framework:

Goal: To achieve our mission, and realize our vision of a great public school for every student, we, the NEA, will grow and strengthen our Association and promote quality public education by:

  • advancing opportunities that will identify, organize, and engage new and early career educators; amplify the voices of all educators; support our members’ professional growth; and promote social justice for our students, our communities, and our nation;
  • securing a pro-public education environment for students, educators, and families; and
  • building the capacity of the local, state and national union to ensure the success of public education.

We are seeking proposals for interactive sessions, workshops, and other formats that allow participants to understand how their leadership can help them, their colleagues, and the organization win on the most pressing issues facing public education, their profession, their union, and the labor movement. Proposals are expected to include ways for leaders to share sustainable solutions, and to return to their schools districts, worksites and affiliates with new ideas, skill sets and a plan of action. The session should be high energy, intense and provide a different kind of experience for our NEA leaders.

We hope you plan on being a part of the 2019 NEA National Leadership Summit.

Submit a proposal

We strongly encourage you to preview the RFP form prior to completing a proposal. Click here.

Click here to review the updated leadership competencies and curriculum outlines.

Explore the NEA Leadership Competency Guide  
(PDF, 4.7 MB, 32 pgs.)

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