Call for Proposals

ACTE’s CareerTech VISION is the premier annual gathering of career and technical education (CTE) professionals. CareerTech VISION features an exciting, educational, informative and inspirational agenda packed with sessions, an expo show and career pavilion, awards and recognition, and a rich array of networking opportunities. 


This year, CareerTech VISION will look a bit different. In an effort to include more participants in the valuable professional development experience, we’re planning a hybrid approach to delivering a high-quality experience. ACTE’s 2021 CareerTech Hybrid VISION will be held Dec. 1–4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and online 


We are seeking proposals that address a full range of issues facing CTE educators, administrators and other key stakeholders as they strive to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st century economy. A great conference requires great sessions! ACTE is looking for representation from a variety of backgrounds, expertise, and experience to craft informative and relevant programming. We encourage a wide range of proposals from individuals at any career level from the CTE Field. 2021 CareerTech VISION will be a conference that meets the many needs of a national audience of CTE professionals and we cannot do this without your help. Our selection committee will focus on innovative ideas or new approaches to key challenges within CTE, and they will choose sessions that feature evidence-based, high-quality career and technical education program of study elements. Quality sessions will engage the audience and provide attendees with practical, “how to” ideas and resources that directly impact CTE programs and student achievement. 


This year, we are seeking both virtual and in-person proposals. Please read this entire document before submitting a proposal. 

NOTE: All in-person presenters who are invited to deliver a session will be required to sign a health waiver  

The deadline for all presentation proposal submissions is  

April 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., central 


IN-PERSON PRESENTATIONS – 45-minute presentation incorporating ample time for Q&A or other interactive elements 

Outstanding session proposals originate from a variety of inspirations—your experiences, questions you want to discuss, a topic you heard elsewhere, current events, or achievements. Outstanding sessions foster audience interaction-by asking questions of them, having them respond to prompts or engaging in discussion to generate more ideas on your topic. Discuss your idea with colleagues and reach out to peers and industry partners to develop a concise and clear plan. The best sessions present varied perspectives and correlated ideas or themes that allow attendees to grow in their professional development, can be easily applied in the classroom or institution, or inspire change. People enjoy nuts and bolts instruction, analysis of a problem or issue, and focused controversy and debate. Make sure to incorporate ample time for Q&A either within, or at the end of, the presentation. CareerTech VISION is the perfect opportunity to introduce differing perspectives in these areas. Your meeting room will be equipped with a lectern, microphone, screen, and LCD projector. You will be required to provide your own laptop. It is important to note when designing your session that you will need to follow social distancing guidelines within the meeting room. While these may change, at this time that means participants must remain six feet apart. Some traditional audience engagement activities may not be possible, but be creative! 
VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS - 45-minute presentation incorporating ample time for Q&A

As a virtual presenter, you will not be required to attend the conference in person. ACTE will provide the platform to deliver the session. All accepted session speakers will be required to   submit a pre-recorded presentation to be delivered within a 45 minutes time block. Presenters will be assigned a date & time for their recorded session to be distributed through the virtual platform and required to virtually participate in ts delivery to respond to audience questions through a text-based chat system. Make sure to incorporate ample time for Q&A either within, or at the end of, the presentation. For example, you may limit your video to 30 minutes to allow 15 minutes of question time in the chat at the end, or you may plan to respond to questions in the chat throughout the presentation. The deadline to submit your pre-recorded session will be October 1, 2021. Presenting virtually provides a great opportunity to include content experts that might not have been able to attend in-person.  


Part of effective professional development is providing meaningful presentation materials and online resources that allow the participants to further their learning experience. It is expected that presenters for both in-person and virtual 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. 



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, you already have an account. Please use the search function to locate your account. If you are submitting a proposal for the first time, you will need to create an account. 



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. 

Below are the questions that you will be asked during the proposal submission. 

  • Session Type (Required): You will asked to choose whether your session should be considered for the in-person or virtual portion of the event.  

  • Title of Session (Required): 10 word maximum; May be edited for publication. Please be sure to include keywords in your title to ensure searchability. Ex. If your session is about work-based learning, please include the phrase “work-based learning” in your title. 

  • Short Session Description (Required): 50 words maximum; May be edited for publication 

Program Session Information (Required) 

  • Target Audience: Sector:  
  • Which sector of CTE is your session primarily targeted toward: 
    • Secondary CTE (middle school and high school programs) 
    • Postsecondary CTE (also including programs for adults/dislocated workers, apprenticeships, etc) 
    • Cross-sector (applicable across secondary and postsecondary sectors or specifically about cross-system alignment, such as dual enrollment programs) 
  • Target Audience: Role 
  • Who would benefit most from attending your session? 
    •  Administrators: Individuals responsible for oversight of multiple CTE programs or program areas (including individuals at the institution, district/region or state level) 
    • Instructors, counselors or student support staff: Teachers, faculty, counselors, advisers, work-based learning/career development coordinators, paraprofessionals and others who directly provide services for CTE learners 
  • Target Audience: Content Area:  Is your session applicable across CTE subject areas, or primarily related to one specific CTE discipline? Please read the descriptions of each content area carefully. 
    • All CTE disciplines (i.e. classroom management, integration of academics into CTE, work-based learning, etc.) 
    • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 
    • Business and Marketing 
    • Engineering and Technology Education (includes engineering, STEM, computer science and IT program areas) 
    • Family and Consumer Sciences 
    • Health Science 
    • Trade and Industrial (includes architecture & construction; manufacturing; transportation, distribution & logistics; and energy program areas) 
    • Arts, A/V Technology and Communications 
    • Law and Public Services 
    • Other Specific Discipline (You will be asked to specify) 
  • High-Quality Elements 
Please choose the quality elements that are most aligned to your session. You may choose up to two, and must rank them in the order that they are applicable to the content you plan to present. Choose the element in the first box that is most closely aligned to your content, and use the second box to choose an additional element if desired. Descriptions of the elements are available at and below. 
  1. Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum 
  2. Sequencing and Articulation 

  3. Student Assessment 

  1. Engaging Instruction 

  1. Prepared and Effective Program Staff   

  1. Access and Equity 

  1. Business and Community Partnerships 

  1. Student Career Development  

  1. Facilities, Equipment, Technology and Materials 

  1. Work-based Learning  

  1. Career and Technical Student Organizations 

  1. Data and Program Improvement 

  1. NEW: System Supports (Policy, Funding, Research, Systems and Labor Market Alignment, Career Clusters, Marketing, etc.) 

  • Session Learning Objectives (Required): 3-5 specific objectives that describe what participants will learn or gain from the session 

  • Evidence Base (Required): 100 words maximum. Describe how the session addresses an evidence-based program/practice (with research findings or positive evaluation linked to student outcomes) or incorporates other relevant research and data to demonstrate the quality of the content. 

  • Innovation (Required): 100 words maximum. Describe how the session addresses an innovative program/practice or provides new ideas or approaches within CTE. 

  • Audience Engagement (Required): 100 words maximum. Describe how the session will engage a diverse audience and allow for audience participation or interaction. 

  • Practical Application (Required): 100 words maximum. Describe practices or resources that attendees will be able to take home and use in their schools, institutions or classrooms. These could include handouts, website links for further information and/or specific, actionable strategies. 

  • Audience Expertise Level: Select the most applicable level of expertise audience members should have for your session: 

  • Basic: Session presents introductory concepts and general understanding of the topic; learners have minimal to no prerequisite knowledge   

  • Intermediate: Session presents detailed, in-depth materials and instruction; learners have some prerequisite knowledge  

  • Expert: Course presents detailed training on specific topics with opportunities to be fully engaged with materials and activities, learners have extensive prior knowledge or experience with the topic 

  • Presenter(s) Full Contact Information (Required): 

  • First and Last Name 

  • Organization/Company/Institution Name – No acronyms 

  • Organization/Company/Institution Address 

  • Phone Number 

  • Email Address 

  • Presenter Bio (Required): 150 words maximum. 

  • Presenter Headshot for Use on the Website/app (Required): Photo must not be larger than 1024 pixels and must be in RGB color format. 



You will be asked to determine if your session addresses the elements of ACTE’s Quality CTE Program of Study 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. 

  1. Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum: This element addresses the development, implementation and revision of the program of study curriculum, including the relevant knowledge and skills taught in the program and the standards on which they are based. 

  1. Sequencing and Articulation: This element addresses the key components of the definition of a program of study and the articulation, coordination and collaboration that support programs of study, career pathways and accelerated learning. 

  1. Student Assessment: This element addresses the types and quality of assessments used in the program of study, including the types of knowledge and skills that should be assessed, and assessments that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials. 

  1. Prepared and Effective Program Staff: This element addresses the qualifications and professional development of program of study staff, including secondary CTE teachers, postsecondary CTE faculty, administrators and other personnel. 

  1. Engaging Instruction: This element addresses instructional strategies within a student-centered learning environment that support student attainment of relevant knowledge and skills. 

  1. Access and Equity: This element addresses program of study promotion, student recruitment and strategies that support access and equity for various student populations, including by gender, race and ethnicity, and special population status (such as individuals with disabilities, individuals from economically disadvantaged families and English learners). 

  1. Facilities, Equipment, Technology and Materials: This element addresses the alignment, appropriateness and safety of the physical/material components of the program of study, including laboratories, classrooms, computers, industry-specific equipment, and tools and supplies that support learning. 

  1. Business and Community Partnerships: This element addresses business and community partner recruitment, partnership structure and the wide variety of activities partners should be engaged in to support the program of study and ensure programs are aligned with workforce needs. 

  1. Student Career Development: This element addresses strategies that help students gain career knowledge and engage in education and career planning and decision-making, including career counseling, career assessments, curricula that helps students learn about careers, information about educational opportunities and workforce trends, and job search information and placement services. 

  1. CTSOs: This element addresses CTSOs, which are organizations for individuals enrolled in CTE programs that engage in activities as an integral part of the instructional program, including the delivery and availability of CTSO opportunities for student skill and leadership development. 

  1. Work-based Learning: This element addresses the delivery of a continuum of work-based learning involving sustained, meaningful interactions with industry or community professionals that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in a given career field. Experiences may be delivered in workplaces, in the community, at educational institutions and/or virtually, as appropriate, and include a range of activities such as workplace tours, job shadowing, school-based enterprises, internships and apprenticeships. 

  1. Data and Program Improvement: This element addresses collection, reporting and use of data for continuous evaluation and program improvement, as well as appropriate access to relevant data. 

  1. System Supports: This newer category within ACTE’s High-quality Initiative covers the structures and supports that must be in place to advance high-quality CTE programs of study at the local level. Examples of these structures and supports include federal, state and/or local funding, policy and advocacy; CTE’s role within a larger system, such as regional or state career pathways or sector strategies; research or marketing that advances CTE broadly; or delivery structures that can support program development and implementation, like career academies or Career Clusters. 

Exhibitor Presentations 

While ACTE greatly appreciates companies that support CTE and education through products and services, the promotion and sale of products and services during program sessions is strictly prohibited. ACTE’s CareerTech VISION includes a series of exhibitor workshops designed for this purpose. Proposals promoting products, materials or services will not be considered for program sessions. Individuals who wish to present an exhibitor workshop should contact Jim Waterhouse at

In order to help to clarify this requirement, please consider the following: 

  • Program 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 program 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. 

  • 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 monitor program session feedback to ensure that session content is appropriate.  Thank you for your adherence to these requirements! 

Presenter Responsibilities 

ALL accepted presenters MUST remit a VISION 2021 speaker registration fee.  Registration fees are as follows. 





Virtual VISION & CareerTech Expo ACTE Member 






Virtual VISION & CareerTech Expo Non-member 




In-Person VISION & CareerTech Expo ACTE Member 




In-Person VISION & CareerTech Expo Non-member 





Accepted speakers and co-speakers are responsible for ALL VISION 2021 related expenses. For in-person presenters, those expenses include: 

  • Speaker registration, travel, lodging, and meals 

For virtual presenters, those expenses include: 

  • Webcam, internet fees, and laptop 

By submitting a proposal, you agree to present at your assigned time during the conference. Program sessions will be scheduled on Thursday, December 2, Friday, December 3, or Saturday, December 4. The final schedule will be released in June. 

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 materials. Please submit the information for the actual speaker(s). Please make sure you do not use all caps when entering 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 or saved for editing at a later time, 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 or saved. Presentations that have not been successfully completed and submitted will not be reviewed and will automatically be removed from our database. 

  • Please avoid submitting sessions that are identical to those presented at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION in previous years, as these sessions will not be accepted.  

Speaker agreement 

By submitting a proposal for ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2021, you agree to: 

  • Pay the reduced speaker registration fee 

  • Present your session on Thursday, Dec. 2, Friday, Dec. 3, or Saturday, Dec. 4 

  • Upload virtual session recordings to the conference site by October 1, 2021 

  • Permit ACTE to edit presentation titles and descriptions for length and content 

  • Agree to allow ACTE to use your session and contact information for promotion 

  • Permit ACTE to record and redistribute your session for marketing and instructional purposes 

Presentation Notifications 

Submitters will be notified about the status of their proposal via email by May 31, 2021. 

If you have questions, please contact us at 




The deadline for all presentation proposal submissions is  

April 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., central 



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