Frequently Asked Questions
How can I convince my supervisor that attending CG17 would be a benefit to my school and/or district?
The following letter can be downloaded and personalized.
What is the WiFi password?
There is no password needed to access the wifi at CG17. You will need to reconnect to the wifi as you travel from room to room but the password remains the same. Be rest assured, your connectivity will rock! We take wifi very seriously.
When are proposals due? When will I know if my proposal has been accepted?
All proposals are due by December 30, 2016. No late entries will be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be emailed to all who submitted a proposal by January 30, 2017.
How does the Selection Committee determine which proposals are selected?
The Proposal Selection Committee combines all results and assigns concurrent sessions based on highest scores and strands. Please note that this is a competitive process and not all submissions will be accepted. The goal is to match up each of the strands, grade levels, and content areas and to provide attendees with the highest quality variety of sessions that will meet the diverse needs of educators and leaders from around the state. The Program Committee prepares the final speaker matrix for Common Ground 2017. This matrix matches sessions to rooms with requested equipment and tries to avoid conflicting sessions on the same topic. (Even with these efforts, there may be some overlap.)
How will I receive my discount when registering?
When you receive your acceptance email (by January 30, 2017), you will find your discount code. Enter this on our registration site and your account will automatically be credited your discounted rate.
Who can attend the Welcome Reception and Dinner?
Everyone! Simply register for the dinner when you register for the conference. Enjoy all you can eat crabs, shrimp, corn on the cob, hushpuppies, and beverages while you dance the night away with our CG17 DJ.
What equipment is available on-site for presenters?
Keep in mind that Common Ground 2017 will provide a high- speed wireless internet connection, microphone, projector, connection devices, and speakers for your laptop.
Note: All other equipment needed for the presentation, including peripheral devices, Interactive Boards, DVD players, cameras, etc. must be brought by the presenter. In addition, please bring your own “connection devices” such as adapters and dongles to attach to a standard VGA projector as these may not be available from the Equipment Committee.
Can I earn CPD credit for attending CG17?
Yes! In order to apply for MSDE credit, you must receive stamps from speakers, presenters, keynotes, poster sessions (limit two stamps), makerspace, Twitter chat, and the Leadership Luncheon throughout the conference. Upon completion, return your completed form to the Registration Desk to receive a CPD form. CPD forms must be submitted to your LEA for credit.
Will there be a location for presenters to store materials when not presenting?
Unfortunately space constrictions no longer allows for storage of presenters materials.
How will I share materials and resources with attendees?
Presentations and resources will be uploaded to the CG17 mobile app. In addition, we will be utilizing Twitter and Instagram throughout the conference - hashtag #cgmd17
Is there a CG17 app?
Yes! The 2017 Common Ground app will enable users to create a personal agenda, upload and access presenter materials, check out speaker listings, and utilize social networking to connect with other attendees. There will be onsite app support throughout the entire day on May 4th and from 7:30-9:30am, May 5th.
The app will be available for download closer to the conference. Be sure to check back for future updates.
Can I ride the OC Bus for free?
Yes! Simply show your conference badge and you will be able to ride the bus for free during the duration of the conference.
Where is the lost and found?
The CG17 lost and found is located at the registration desk in the Performing Arts Center Lobby.