ISFSI 2019 Fall Instructor Development Conference - Call for Proposals

Presenting at the ISFSI's Annual Fall Instructor Development Conference provides an opportunity to build your professional network and experience lifelong learning with lifelong friends. Presenting a content-rich session individually or as part of a team is a wonderful way to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas.

The conferences' program will showcase future directions, best practices, lessons learned, and solutions to industry wide issues within the conference educational track. Join the industry's leading fire instructor professional development conference and ISFSI esteemed instructors. Challenge yourself and the audience.

September 26 & 27, 2019
Covington, Georgia

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 March 1, 2019. 

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.


Proposals are selected to ensure the conference offers a comprehensive, objective, and unique program. Proposals will be reviewed by the annual conference committee and proposal reviewers using the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic: Is the topic of relevance, importance, value, and/or interest to instructor professional development?
  • Proposed topic coverage: Does the proposal adequately cover content related to the proposers' learning objective or key stated outcomes? What will attendees gain from the session? 
  • Presenter knowledge: Does the presenter or presenters have sufficient knowledge, expertise, and authority to address this topic based on evidence provided in the proposal and/or prior experience with or knowledge of the presenter?
  • Engagement strategies: Does the presenter include specific strategies relevant to the event size, audience, and maturity of topic for engaging participants in the session content, and do those strategies align with the session's learning objectives/outcomes?

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.

Delivery Choices

Your proposal will be carefully evaluated and may be accepted for any of the following formats below, depending on the scope of the content and engagement strategies proposed. Regardless of the delivery method chosen, your session should be innovative, thought provoking, and engaging.

Spark Training Talks:

Highly engaging, punchy 15-minute talks where presenters use creativity and innovation to spark the audience with their content. Sessions will be featured throughout the conference program, featuring a lineup of fast and furious content ranging from leadership inspiration to training tactics. Powerpoint presentations limited to four slides. 

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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