IPMBA Annual Conference

Teach at the Conference

Call for Instructors and Workshop Proposals Form

Please complete and return the Call for Instructors and Workshop Proposals Form by July 18, 2014.  Further instructions are included on the form.  Please read them carefully. 

​Overview, Terms and Conditions

Introduction

IPMBA’s Annual Conference, the premier training event for public safety cyclists, attracts participants from around the country and the world.  Participants of all skill levels attend; some to learn basic skills, others to improve their existing skills, and yet others to master advanced skills.  They all have one thing in common – a desire stay on top of the latest developments in the field of public safety cycling.  

Target Audience

Most conference participants are law enforcement officers who patrol by bike on a full or part-time basis.  The rest are members of EMS bike teams, who mostly operate part-time or for special events only, and security officers who patrol a variety of settings.  The cycling experience of attendees ranges from novice to highly skilled.  Some serve in a supervisory/administrative capacity.

Most attendees seek to improve their bike handling skills and engage in mission-specific practical exercises.  Workshops designed to demonstrate ways bikes can be used to address common public safety problems and challenges are popular.  Innovative ideas based on current issues and emerging technologies/training methods are welcome and encouraged.         

Selection Procedure

A selection committee will review all resumes and workshop proposals that are prepared in accordance with the guidelines outlined in this Call for Instructors and Workshop Proposals.  Selections will be made based on relevance of subject, clarity of presentation as reflected by the proposal outline, and presenter background and teaching experience.  The Selection Committee will evaluate proposals solely on the basis of the information provided.  If the Committee requires supplemental information or clarification, you will be contacted. 

Notification

Proposals are due by July 18, 2014.  You will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by late September.  Please do not call IPMBA or the Education Director regarding the status of your proposal. 

Pre-Conference Courses (April 11-15, 2015)

You MUST be an active IPMBA Instructor in good standing in order to apply to teach for a pre-conference course and meet any other course-specific requirements.  Courses to be offered are to be determined.

Conference Workshops (April 16-18, 2015)

You may apply to be a “core” workshop presenter and/or submit a proposal for a workshop.  Workshop proposals are generally given preference.  

Workshops are scheduled from 0915 – 1815 on Thursday, April 16, and from 0815 – 1500 on Friday, April 17, with the exception of those requiring nighttime riding conditions.  Workshops can be 1.25 hours, 2.75 hours, or 4.25 hours in length.  All-day sessions (5.5 hours, not including lunch break) will also be considered.  Longer time blocks are not available due to other conference activities.  Although every effort will be made to accommodate special circumstances, you must be able to present your workshop on the day(s) and time(s) assigned.

“Core” workshops are sessions, mostly on-bike, offered regularly that are not associated with any specific instructor.  As a core workshop presenter, you are typically responsible for delivering an established lesson plan and coordinating with co-instructors as necessary.  You must be an active IPMBA Instructor in good standing to be selected as a core workshop presenter.  (Note:  If you are selected as a core workshop instructor, you will be assigned to teach workshops other than any you submit and are accepted, if applicable.) 

Guest Presenters

You are not required to be an IPMBA Instructor to submit a workshop proposal; proposals are accepted from guest presenters (typically content experts outside of IPMBA) and the general membership.

Compensation

As a nonprofit educational association, IPMBA does not provide monetary compensation to presenters. 

Registration Fees

Certified IPMBA instructors selected as pre-conference instructors, core workshop instructors, and/or workshop lead presenters will receive complimentary conference registration. 

Workshop co-presenters who are not also selected as pre-con or core workshop instructors will be required to register and pay the conference registration fee. 

Guest presenters who are not IPMBA instructors or members are not required to pay the registration fee. 

Lodging, Travel, and Meals

Active IPMBA Instructors who are selected as pre-conference and/or core workshop instructors will be eligible for lodging (room & tax only) starting the day before their teaching assignment through and including Wednesday night (if teaching during the pre-conference); and/or starting on Wednesday through and including Friday night (if teaching during the conference). 

NOTE!  You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations, paying the hotel charges and submitting a request for reimbursement, accompanied by a receipt, equal to your share (50%) of the room & tax charges for the covered period.  Contact information for other instructors will be provided to assist you in finding a roommate to cover the other half of the charges.  If you do not room with another instructor or if your roommate is not teaching for the same period, you will be responsible for half of the room and tax charges for those nights.

Single-workshop lead presenters, co-presenters, and guest presenters are not eligible for complimentary lodging. 

All instructors and presenters are responsible for their own transportation costs (airfare, mileage, parking, etc.). 

Lunch is provided each day during the pre-conference and on Wednesday and Thursday during the conference; all other meals are your responsibility.   

Conference Workshop Handouts

Instructors may provide handout material to workshop attendees at their discretion.  It is recommended that handouts for distribution be available on a flash drive for easy transfer to attendees.  Instructors who choose to also use paper handouts are responsible for the duplication costs of all their handout material.

Conditions 

Presenters will be expected to: 

  • Submit any changes, deletions, additions, and/or presenter changes that occur between submission of this form and the event to IPMBA for approval.
  • Avoid commercialism and refrain from promoting and/or disparaging specific products and/or services, whether their own or someone else’s. 
  • Accept assignments as lead or co-presenter for workshops on an as-needed basis (core instructors only).
  • Accept assigned co-presenters as required to maintain an acceptable instructor/student ratio (for on-bike sessions).
  • Maintain high standards of professionalism and adhere to the IPMBA Instructor Code of Conduct (to be distributed upon confirmation.) 
  • Return requested paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Avoid incorporating any copyrighted material for which express permission has not been granted into presentations or handout material. 
  • Notify IPMBA immediately if unable to attend and/or fulfill teaching obligations.

Questions?

Email IPMBA.

Call for Instructors and Workshop Proposals Form

Please complete and return the Call for Instructors and Workshop Proposals Form by July 18, 2014.  Further instructions are included on the form.  Please read them carefully.