About CLEAR’s Annual Educational Conference
CLEAR’s Annual Educational Conference is structured to provide an open forum for balanced discussion with varied perspectives to illuminate issues in regulation.
This will expand our collective understanding of issues and inspire CLEAR members and conference attendees to more creative solutions in our regulatory environments.
The 2014 Program Committee invites proposals for conference sessions supporting the theme “Promoting Regulatory Excellence.”
The Program Committee will make final determinations as to which track your proposal fits.
Programming Track Mission Statements
Details about each of the program tracks
can be found online. The purpose of the conference is to help regulators carry out their responsibilities and develop new ideas. Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities exist for those with services, programs or products to assist in this effort, but these services or products are not acceptable topics for sessions. Presentations must not have a commercial message for a particular organization or company or be perceived as a sales pitch.
CLEAR conference sessions fit into the following formats:
- three-hour pre-conference workshop,
- one-hour early bird session or
- one- to 1 1/2-hour breakout session.
We expect to select two pre-conference workshops, two early birds and 28 breakout sessions (seven in each programming track). The three-hour pre-conference workshops offer a chance to delve deeper into a particular topic and often involve a panel of speakers and more audience interaction through hands-on exercises or group activities. Often, several proposals dealing with the same topic can be combined by the committee into a pre-conference workshop in order to present multiple perspectives on a topic, but proposal submitters also have the option to designate their own proposal as a pre-conference workshop. The pre-conference workshops and the early birds generally include interaction and facilitated discussion and are in roundtable seating. Breakout sessions can be in roundtable seating for a discussion format or theater-style seating for a presentation format. Please be sure to specify your preferred format on the submission form.
Interactive sessions with opportunities for facilitated discussion, as well as sessions with a case-based approach, are preferred. Preference will be given to sessions that include proven and well-regarded speakers and sessions that focus on outcomes and learnings rather than a narrative approach. Sessions should include international content and multiple perspectives on issues. A balanced view of issues and a diversity of perspectives, spanning both health and non-health professions, should be presented. Joint submissions that span the interests of multiple programing tracks are also encouraged.
CLEAR has an audience response system, i>Clicker, that is available for use during conference sessions to enhance the engagement and interaction with attendees.
The platform is very simple, providing an opportunity for presenters to insert questions or polls into their PowerPoint presentations and get attendee feedback in real time.
Questions can be in a multiple-choice, true-false or yes-no format.
More information about the i>Clicker system is available at www.clearhq.org/resources/iclicker.pdf
CLEAR can accommodate up to two sessions per timeslot for the use of i>Clickers.
If you are interested in using this audience response system in your session, please check that box on the form.
Proposals dealing with any topics relevant to the four programming tracks are certainly welcome, but the following list includes some of the current trends and themes in professional and occupational regulation and topics requested by CLEAR constituents.
- health care changes (reform)
- credentialing opportunities for transitioning service members and veterans
- efficient work processes, communication between staff of the same agency as well as with staff at other state boards or agencies
- enhancing customer service
- doing more with less
- interprofessional regulation
- new approaches to assessing practice competencies and experience
- leveraging technology, taking a lead role instead of catch-up mode with our licensees and industry, social media
- interjurisdictional mobility
- economic pressures driving regulation
- discipline of unlicensed practitioners
- overlapping and expanding scopes of practice
- the move toward multi-profession regulation
- safety and security issues for agency staff and board members
- better informing the public—public awareness and outreach
- differing approaches to continuing competency
- regulation of new professions
- assessing the performance of regulatory boards
- interprofessional or interdisciplinary collaboration
- how stakeholders can successfully work with regulatory agencies
- discipline hearings and pre-hearings
- mental health or substance abuse regulatory compliance
- human resources, employee training
- alternate dispute resolution
- guidance in website design and best practices
- access to care in underserved geographic areas
- media scrutiny and reacting to a crisis
- increased public expectations, regulator accountability
Required Information for Proposals
- Session title, abstract, full description and learning objectives
- Name and contact details of submitter
- Name and contact details of proposed coordinator, moderator and speakers
- Brief summary of speakers’ past speaking experience
- Recommended session length and format
The abstract should be 75–100 words. The abstract and the learning objectives will be printed in the conference brochure and on-site program. The full session description should be a 250– to 500-word description of your proposed session. Please describe the major themes, challenges, trends, lessons learned, successes and failures, and application possibilities for other regulatory bodies that will be addressed in the session. Please be as complete as possible to allow the review committee to fully understand the scope and goals of your session. Proposals should reach CLEAR’s office by December 6, 2013 to ensure consideration.
Proposal Review Process
Any updates or changes to a proposal must be emailed to email@example.com
by November 15 to be included in the committee’s review. The review process begins immediately after the November 15 deadline.
Please submit by November 15 to guarantee that your proposal is included in this review.
During early January, the committee will recommend sessions for the conference program.
Please be advised that the Program Committee reserves the right to accept your proposal in full as an individual session or combined with other proposals as a collaborative session in the interest of providing a balanced program. Changes may be made to session titles and descriptions in order to fit better with the overall program and theme.
Your willingness to work with individuals proposing similar or related topics is appreciated.
Please be advised that acceptance of a proposal does not necessarily indicate acceptance of all of the recommended speakers.
A member of the Program Committee may contact you for additional information; however, this does not indicate improved chances of acceptance. Your proposal will be evaluated based on the following evaluation guidelines and criteria.
- The subject matter is relevant to the CLEAR conference theme.
- The topic is new, interesting, or reflects a popular topic from past conferences.
- The proposal includes clearly stated learning objectives.
- The session description is comprehensive, yet concise.
- The speaker(s) is/are experienced and well-rated.
- The speaker(s) is/are from CLEAR member organizations.
- The session reflects international elements.
- The subject matter is applicable across multiple professions.
- The session includes audience participation or Q&A.
- The proposal is comprehensive (includes coordinator, moderator & speakers).
Submitters will be notified in late-January regarding the status of their proposals.
Confirmation of Receipt of Proposal
Please include the submitter or contact person’s email address on your submission form. You will receive an email confirmation indicating that your proposal has been received. If you do not receive confirmation, please call 859-269-1802.