CALL FOR 2015 EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS
The Solar Power International Education Committee protects and enhances the conference’s outstanding reputation by guiding the development of exceptional educational sessions that are timely, forward thinking, and well reviewed. Our ongoing success relies on engaging highly qualified professionals with expertise in content areas to lead our sessions. That is the principal responsibility of the SPI Education Committee.
Education Committee members help to drive the solar industry forward by creating educational programs that are focused on: (1) delivering the skills necessary to continue industry growth, and (2) identify and analyze upcoming trends that drive industry innovation. Committee members are visionary leaders that drive projects forward. SPI educational programming aims to illuminate issues that will impact the industry within the next 36 months. Accordingly, Committee members should display an understanding of current and emerging solar challenges and trends. Committee members represent the solar industry: a diversity of expertise, background, geographic location, market segment, and perspectives. A strong preference for members will be given to members of SEIA and/or SEPA.
The Education Committee will work with Solar Energy Trade Show (SETS) staff and shall limit its activities to advising on matters that directly concern the educational opportunities at annual SPI events. Committee member responsibilities include the following:
- Actively promote Solar Power International;
- Monitor industry trends, public policy developments, regulatory landscape changes, and other committee member areas of expertise that could be topics for educational offerings;
- Identify programming needs and demand within SPI participants, industry leaders, and other industry professionals;
- Recommend industry and other leaders whose participation at or involvement with SPI would benefit solar industry attendees; and
- Provide review, analysis, and commentary of SPI events based on committee member and other attendee feedback.
There are many roles within the Education Committee for interested individuals, including:
- Commitment: 4 – 10 hours. October 23, 2014 – One 2-hour, in-person meeting in Las Vegas at SPI’14 (October 23, 2-4 pm. November – time via email.
- Description: Work with other Committee members at SPI 2014 to frame the high-level topics and tracks that we will offer at SPI 2015.
- After the meeting, in November, work collaboratively with 2-to-4 other Committee members to develop a vision and outcome goals for each track (i.e., clarification of the needs, problems, issues of the track’s target market segment).
- Commitment: 2 – 4 hours. December 5 to 17, 2014 – via an on-line system
- Description: Reviewers will received 20+ abstracts, based on their individual subject matter expertise, for review within their designated track. A short training will be available addressing how to access your assigned abstracts, how to grade the abstract, how to submit comments, and answer questions.
- Commitment: 14 – 20 hours (excluding in-person meeting). Late January – inperson meeting in DC or Anaheim. two days excluding travel. April-to-September 2014 – 2 hours per month
- Description: Develop at least one session for SPI 2015. On a series of conference calls, work with presenters and event staff to develop a session based on reviewed presentation abstracts. Each session should apply adult education best practices (i.e., formats that transition away from didactic instruction and disjointed panels into more participatory formats). SETS will support your work with a series of webinars (presented by SETS for the speakers).
|Wednesday, September 24||Application closes at 11:59 p.m. pacific|
|Friday, September 26||Applicants receive notification of decision via email|
|Thursday, October 23||In-person meeting at SPI in Las Vegas|
|Monday, November 3||2015 Call for Proposals opens|
|Wednesday, December 3||2015 Call for Proposals closes|
|Friday, December 5||Proposals sent to reviewers|
|Wednesday, December 17||Reviews due by 11:59 p.m. pacific|
|Friday, December 19||Review results sent to session chairs|
|Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 (Tentative)||In-person meeting in Anaheim, CA or Washington, D.C. – TBD|
|Friday, April 3||Speakers receive notification via email|
|Friday, May 1||Education program live on SPI website|
|Thursday, May 14||Speaker Webinar|
|June||Session Conference Call #1|
|July||Session Conference Call #2|
|August||Session Conference Call #3|
|Monday, August 24||Final presentations due|