The InterAct CLASS Summit is an annual event focused on supporting great teaching through the power of classroom interactions. Each year, the Summit brings together hundreds of change-makers from the field of education to share strategies and inspire action across every layer of the educational systems they serve.
At its core, the CLASS is a measure; its impact is realized through strong data collection systems and intentional, aligned learning and coaching solutions. That’s why our focus this year is Measure with Purpose.
Lightning Talk (10–15 minutes)
An opportunity to give a short, focused talk on a topic with a larger, seated audience—think TED Talk format.
Presenter(s) share their expertise and insight on a topic as well as an opportunity for audience engagement, small group discussions, or question and answer time.
Presenter(s) have more time to engage the audience, have tangible outcomes, and create discussions. There are fewer two hour slots, so sessions must have a strong set of learning outcomes.
When are proposals due? All proposals must be submitted by end of day on December 3.
When will I find out if my proposal has been accepted? We will inform you if your submission is accepted on January 17.
Who attends? Leaders from across the field of early childhood and K-12 educational systems attend the Summit, including educators at every level: statewide decision-makers, administrators, instructional coaches, and assessors. The majority of attendees are interested in hearing an early childhood focus (birth to eight years).
Does my session need to focus on CLASS only? No! We've had a number of popular sessions that are more loosely tied to CLASS, including trauma-informed care, mindfulness, sign language, and more. We do find that participants want to be able to make connections to their work and their common tie is usually the CLASS tool, so being able to either implicitly or explicitly tie it back to CLASS is appreciated. See last year's schedule for examples.
What's the average session size? Sessions will have between 60 and 150 attendees.
What sessions have been popular at past conferences? From the feedback we received after previous InterAct CLASS Summits, we know people like to hear a story. They like to hear about the bumps in the road and how you got over them—the successes and failures. Attendees have let us know that they are particularly interested in attending more sessions around research, coaching, diversity and equity, countering bias, and supporting dual language learners. Last year's most visited sessions were about coaching and professional development, and they celebrated a community of continuous improvement.
How are proposals selected? A small group of reviewers will blindly review all proposals against a rubric. This means that reviewers will not see who submitted proposals until final selections have been made. They will be looking to see sessions that are interactive, relevant for the audience, and purposeful.
Do I need to submit my slides with my proposal? No.
Will sessions be shared out during/after the Summit? Presenters can submit slides beforehand to be shared in the CLASS Learning Community. All shared slides will be added to the CLC after InterAct. However, sharing slides or handouts is optional for presenters.
Do presenters get a registration discount? Yes! One presenter per session gets a discount purchase rate: