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Submit a CPSI ProposalDEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2017

Our presenters are our Leaders, and they are the heart and soul of CPSI. CPSI is a special conference in which Leaders and Presenters donate their time to support the mission work of CEF so that others might learn Creative Problem Solving in a nurturing and supportive environment.

CPSI 2018 will be held in June 19-24, 2018, at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.

Before submitting a proposal, be sure to read all the guidelines on this page.

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(You might want to download this PDF of the complete proposal form to review what content we are asking for. Please only use the PDF for reference; do not complete and submit the PDF itself.)

We are currently accepting proposals that reflect cutting-edge topics and focus on trends in creativity, creative thinking, innovation, Creative Problem Solving, and change leadership.

The CPSI 2018 theme is IGNITE. Please connect your proposed content to this theme, as appropriate.

Proposals must be submitted by December 15, 2017.

Here are the types of programs and sessions for which we are seeking leaders and proposals:

Core CPS Program: Core Creative Problem Solving (CPS) courses run three days and include Springboard to Creative Problem Solving, CPS Tools & Techniques, Facilitating CPS, and Training CPS.

Prerequisites to Lead Core Track Programs:
– MUST have previously completed all Core CPS courses at CPSI or received comparable training from recognized organizations, such as the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) at SUNY Buffalo State.
– MUST present clear evidence of recent facilitation and training skills in the latest CPS methods.

Immersion Programs: These are three-day deep dives into content related to creativity and innovation.
Spark Workshops: One-day sessions designed to ignite your thinking. These experiential workshops run on the first day of CPSI and all participants can choose one for the day. Core program leaders may also submit a Spark session proposal.
Extending/Breakout Sessions: These smorgasbord 60- to 90-minute concurrent sessions are offered once during the week of CPSI. Extending sessions expand the CPSI experience with shorter topics that cap the day’s work with inspiration and exploration.

The CPSI Program Team considers many factors when selecting sessions, including the CPSI program theme (IGNITE) and content, target audience, format, presenters, overall balance, new and repeated sessions, and similar sessions. The Review Committee is comprised of the CPSI Program Team, seasoned CPSI leaders, CEF board members and CEF staff.

Proposals are reviewed based on the following criteria:

Fits CPSI Teaching Philosophy: Sessions should engage interactive learning, applied imagination, and creative thinking and problem solving. Sessions can cover personal, professional, or global topics related to creativity. We encourage organizational case-study session proposals from corporations, nonprofits, schools and universities, as well.
Proposal Completion: All required fields must be completed and written in clear and concise language. Our Program Team reserves the right to edit proposals for clarity, content, brevity and marketing.
Relevant to the Creative Process: Your session should have an obvious connection with the creative process. This connection may also include aspects of the creative person (behavior), creative product (outcome), and creative place (environment).
Outcome Based: The learning objectives are clearly articulated.
Expertise: The presenter has documented knowledge, experience and expertise to lead the proposed session.
Previous Evaluations: Feedback from previous CPSI evaluations will be considered (where applicable) in determining the acceptance of proposals submitted. If you have never presented at CPSI before, we may follow up for references. (Note: Workshop descriptions that do not match the workshop experience, and workshops that do not provide resources (i.e., worksheet, access to the deck, etc.), often get lower evaluation scores from the participants.)
Logistical Support: Proposals that put extraordinary demands on CPSI logistics, AV or other resources are discouraged.

Submission Guidelines
1. DEADLINE: All proposals must be received by December 15, 2017.
2. You may apply to lead a Core CPS Program, plus submit up to two session proposals (either individually or as part of a team), via the same proposal form.
3. You may add up to two co-presenters on Spark, Immersion and Extending/Breakout proposals (for a total of three presenters, including yourself).
4. If you have never presented at CPSI before, we may follow up with you for references and additional information.
5. All CPSI programs, workshops and sessions are experiential and interactive. CPSI does not accept proposals for the delivery of lectures or academic papers.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your proposals!

The Creative Education Foundation recognizes the deep commitment made by its Leaders and Presenters to apply their extensive knowledge and experience to CPSI. Your expertise and registration fees ensure CPSI’s quality and CEF’s viability as a nonprofit organization. We acknowledge this commitment and show our appreciation through reduced Leader and Presenter registration fees, which include nearly all meals (housing and travel are separate and covered by the presenter). The Individual Full Registration Fee is $1700.

Programs Approximate Program Commitment Time at CPSI Discounted Leader/Presenter Registration Fee (including meals). You Pay …
Core CPS Courses* 3 days (approx. 17 hours) $550
Immersion Courses 3 days (approx. 17 hours) $550
Spark Sessions 1 day (approx. 8:30-5:00) $750
Extending / Breakout Sessions 60-90 minutes $900
YouthWise 4-1/2 days (approx. 24 hours) $400

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