ISFSI 2018 Fall Instructor Development Conference - Call for Presentations

Do you have what it takes to present at the annual ISFSI Instructor Development Conference in 2018? We need your expertise and your performance to inspire and educate others.

Submit a presentation today for the ISFSI Instructor Development Conference, the premier conference for fire instructor professional development to be held September 25-29, 2018 in Tinley Park, Illinois.

In 2017, the ISFSI Fall Instructor Development Conference program was bursting at the seams with exceptional content and eager-to-learn attendees! In 2018, we're looking for speakers to continue the momentum and help us build the best professional development program yet. Join the industry's leading fire instructor professional development conference and ISFSI esteemed instructors.

Challenge yourself and our audience - aim to make your session standing-room only!

The Instructor Development Conference provides educational sessions for instructor development based on the following areas:

  • Technology
  • Leadership
  • Professional Development
  • Training Innovations and Evaluations
  • Training Safety
  • NFPA and Certifications
  • Modern Student
  • Firefighter Safety and Health
  • Adult Learning Methodology

If you think you have what it takes to inspire the ISFSI community, submit your proposal before February 15, 2018

Submission Guidelines

When suggesting a topic, please make sure:

  • Your content is interesting and relevant. Conference sessions are meant to challenge attendees on relevant and timely topics while focusing on instructor development.
  • Session includes interactive learning styles that involve audience collaboration, provide how-to's and real world applications while engaging all learning styles.
  • Title should be descriptive so attendees know what to expect.
  • Consideration is given to the educational tracks listed above


What are we looking for when reviewing submissions:

  • Is the presenter someone who can credibly address the subject in-depth?
  • Will attendees receive information by attending the session that would be unique, fresh, germane to their interests and challenges, and could not be located easily in some other fashion.
  • Is the presentation current or new, high-quality and/or timely.
  • Real world. Does the presentation show that people are actually doing this, or is it just in theory.
  • What will attendees gain from this session? What are the learning objectives? What will attendees take home to their department?

Speaker Expectations

If your proposal is selected, we expect you to:

  • Commit to presenting - no last minute switch outs.
  • Share your presence at the event with your social networks. Speakers that are active online and help drive attendance are more likely to be asked to return to speak again (pending good review).
  • Meet deadlines for hotel bookings, slides, abstracts, etc.
  • Contribute at least one article and short video about the content of your session to be posted on the ISFSI website, social media and newsletter.
  • Stay for the full length of the conference to engage attendees outside of their session.
  • Provide a handout(s) for the attendee binder.
  • Speakers, presenting a single presentation or keynote address will be reimbursed for travel and will receive a complimentary registration to the full conference. Individuals who are only delivering a Spark Training Talk will not be reimbursed for travel.

Presentation Formats

Spark Training Talks:

Spark training talks are similar to the popular TED talks - allowing participants, speakers and sponsors to share a brief 15-minute discussion on a topic of their choice - sparking creativity and innovation.

Single Presentations:

Issue-oriented, provides concrete examples, and contains both practical and theoretical information. Post mortems and case studies are included in this category.


Topical, visionary, inspirational - that's what we are looking for in our keynote speaker. Experience, inspirational or motivational speakers who can address innovative approaches to achieve better results.


Panels take many different viewpoints on a topic or issue and combine them in one debate session with a moderator. Debate among panelists (with very different view points) is welcome and audience participation time should be accounted for.

What's Required

  • Detailed description of your prospective conference session to be used in website marketing media and the newsletter. (not required for Spark Training Talks)
  • Shortened description of your prospective conference session to be used in printed marketing material, limited to 100 words and written specifically for the attendee.
  • Short bio (max 50 words) describing your education and experience in the fire service. The submitted bio will be used for marketing and promotional materials.
  • Name, title, picture and contact information for each speaker/instructor.
  • Title of session/presentation.
  • Three to five minute marketing video of presentation (including those submitting for Spark Training Talks)
  • Learning objectives must be listed separately.
  • Time limit of 60-90 minutes for each session.
  • Take-away for attendees from presentation.
  • Description of special equipment needed for presentation.

Submit Your Presentation:

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