ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2018 Abstract Submission

ACTE’s CareerTech VISION is the premier annual gathering of CTE professionals in an exciting, educational, informative and inspirational agenda packed with CTE sessions, expo show and career pavilion, awards and recognition, and a rich array of networking opportunities. VISION 2018 will be held November 28 – December 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Thank you for your interest in wanting to help mold and shape the program for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018. We are seeking high-quality proposals that address a full range of issues facing CTE educators, administrators and other key stakeholders as they seek to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Our selection committee will be focusing on innovative ideas or new approaches to key challenges within CTE, and choosing sessions that feature evidence-based, high-quality career and technical education (CTE) program of study elements. Quality sessions will seek to engage the audience and provide attendees with practical, “how to” ideas and resources that will directly impact CTE programs and student achievement. Sessions are typically 60 minutes in length and should allow time for questions. The deadline for presentation proposal submissions is March 14, and all proposals are peer-reviewed.
Please read this information before submitting a proposal

Call for Proposal System

You must submit your proposal using our online system. Emailed, faxed, and mailed proposals will not be accepted. You must create an account through our website in order to submit your proposal. If you previously submitted a proposal for VISION 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017, you already have an account. Please use the search function to locate your account. If you are new, you will need to create an account.

For a printable PDF of the proposal process, please click here.

Proposal Submission

The information gathered during this process will be used to promote the programming at VISION and to prepare marketing materials. Please be sure that the information you provide is complete, accurate and grammatically correct.
  • Presentation Title: 10 word maximum; may be edited for publication
  • Short Session Description: 50 words maximum; may be edited for publication
  • Category: You will also be asked to identify the ACTE Division that your session most closely aligns to. This is the Division that will review your session. The ACTE Divisions are:
    • Administration: business, management, and administration
    • Agricultural Education: For Agricultural Education submission, please visit the NAAE website for their call for proposal information.
    • Business Education: communications, IT, financial, economics
    • Career Cluster: sessions within the Career Cluster strand exemplify the features of the National Career Cluster Framework, supporting secondary to postsecondary transitions, the full continuum of career awareness, exploration and preparation for learners, and CTE programs of study across the entire world of work. Sessions in this strand also focus on the connection between policy and practice in advancing high-quality CTE for all.
    • Engineering and Technology Education: STEM, digital & electronic media arts, architecture, manufacturing, transportation, logistics 
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Education: nutrition/wellness, life management, career development
    • Guidance and Career Development: leadership and advocacy for school counselors, guidance and career development professionals
    • Health Science Education: health occupations, human services
    • Marketing Education: advertising, entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism, public relations, social media marketing
    • New and Related Services: IT, international, professional development, research, ROTC, safe schools, special populations
    • Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education: career and technical training for postsecondary and adult audiences
    • Trade & Industrial Education: carpentry, masonry, electrical and construction, automotive technology, HVAC, drafting and manufacturing, cosmetology
    • Other, Please Specify: These are typically sessions that cover broad industry topics that don’t align with other categories, or sessions that cover multiple topics or categories.
  • High-quality CTE Framework: You will be asked to determine if your session addresses any of the elements of ACTE’s high-quality CTE Framework. You can read more about what is included under each element at, and will be allowed to choose up to two of the following 12 elements:
    • Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum
    • Sequencing and Articulation
    • Student Assessment
    • Prepared and Effective Program Staff
    • Engaging Instruction
    • Access and Equity
    • Facilities & Equipment
    • Business & Community Partnerships
    • Career Development
    • CTSOs
    • Worked-based  Learning
    • Data and Program Improvement
  • Session learning objectives: 3-5 specific objectives that describe what participants will learn or gain from the session 
  • Detailed Description (500 words maximum): A more thorough description of the content and structure of your session. You must address the following:
    • How the session topic reflects innovation or new ideas or approaches within CTE.
    • The evidence base for the program, strategy or concept that is being presented. Evidence base may include prior or related research, evaluation results, student achievement data, etc.
    • Strategies presenters will use to engage a diverse audience and allow for audience participation or interaction.
    • What attendees will gain from the session that they can take back home and use in their schools, institutions or classrooms. Include tangible examples of tools/resources that will be provided to attendees
  • Presenter(s) full contact information, including the following:
    • First and Last Name
    • Organization/Company/Institution Name – No acronyms
    • Organization/Company/Institution Address
    • Phone Number
    • Email Address
  • Presenter Bio – 150 words maximum
  • Presenter headshot for use on the website/app – (Optional) Photo must not be larger than 1024 pixels and must be in RGB color format

For-profit Entity Presentations

Proposals promoting products, materials or services will not be considered for program sessions. Individuals who wish to present at an exhibitor workshop should contact Jim Waterhouse at

In order to help to clarify this rule, please consider the following: - Concurrent sessions that include ANY relationship with a for-profit entity as presenters must include the names and contact information in the CFP.
  • ACTE encourages and welcomes concurrent session content that relates to employers/business and industry in the context of a component of a CTE program, such as work-based learning, business advisory groups and linkages to school-based activities.
  • While ACTE greatly appreciates companies that support CTE and education through products and services, promoting and selling of products and services during concurrent sessions is strictly prohibited. ACTE’s CareerTech VISION includes a series of vendor sessions and the CareerTech Expo designed for this purpose.
  • Example of what is prohibited: Session is built around a product and all content focuses on the product.
  • Example of what could be allowed: Session mentions a product in relation to the topic but only in passing and in reference to the content of the session.
  • ACTE will be monitoring concurrent session feedback to ensure that session content is appropriate. Thank you for your adherence to these rules!

Presenter Responsibilities

  • ALL accepted presenters MUST remit a VISION 2018 Speaker Registration fee. The discount VISION Speaker Registration fee is $295 for ACTE members and $475 for nonmembers. This fee must be paid by July 13. Speakers who pay after this date will be required to pay the full prevailing registration rate. Please note this fee covers your registration to VISION.
  • All meeting rooms will include a podium and mic, screen and LCD projector. ACTE does NOT provide laptop computers. It will be the speaker’s responsibility to provide their own laptop. If using an Apple device or tablet, presenters need to provide the appropriate projector connection (dongle). 
  • Part of effective professional development is providing meaningful presentation materials and online resources that allow the participants to further their learning. It is expected that presenters provide electronic presentation materials, handouts and/ or follow-up materials for participants before, during, or after the event. Presenters are expected to develop effective interactive activities to ensure participants experience the best professional development opportunity.
  • Accepted speakers and co-speakers are responsible for ALL VISION 2018 related expenses, including speaker registration, travel, lodging and meals.
  • By submitting a proposal you agree to present at any time during the meeting. Program sessions will be scheduled on Thursday, November 29, Friday, November 30, or Saturday, December 1. Sessions will be 60 minutes in length.

Other Information

Proposals that include open flame cooking demonstrations will not be accepted due to fire regulations.
  • If you are submitting a proposal on someone’s behalf, please do not submit your contact information. The information entered will appear on our website and other marketing material. Please submit the information for the actual speaker(s). Please make sure you do not use all caps when entering in speaker information.
  • Each person may submit a maximum of two proposals. If you submit more than one proposal, please be sure to submit them both under one username and password. Please do not create a second username and password when submitting subsequent proposals.
  • Once your presentation has been successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation email (usually within 24 hours). If you do not receive a confirmation email that means your presentation was not successfully submitted. Please be sure to click the submit button. Presentations that have not been successfully completed and submitted will not be reviewed and will automatically be removed from our database.

Speaker Agreement

By submitting a proposal for ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2018, you agree to:
  1. Pay the Speaker Discounted Registration Fee by July 13. If not, you will be responsible for paying the prevailing full registration rate.
  2. Present your session on Thursday, November 29, Friday, November 30, or Saturday, December 1.
  3. Permit ACTE to edit presentation titles and descriptions for length and content.
  4. Agree to allow ACTE to use your session and contact information for promotion.
  5. Permit ACTE to record and redistribute your session for marketing purposes.

Presentation Notifications

Submitters will be notified about the status of their proposal via email by May.

If you have questions, please contact us at

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