Call for Proposals

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.

Thank you for your interest in wanting to help mold and shape the program for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2019. VISION 2019 will be held December 4-7, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

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 8, 2019.

Please read ALL of 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 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018, 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.

Submitting a Proposal

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.

  • Title of Session (Required): 10 word maximum; May be edited for publication
  • Short Session Description (Required): 50 words maximum; May be edited for publication
  • Program Session Category (Required)
  • 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.
  • High-quality CTE Elements (Required)
  • 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.

Program Session Categories

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. Descriptions of all of the ACTE Divisions are available at to help you select the best fit. The ACTE Divisions are:

  • Administration
  • Agricultural Education (For Agricultural Education submission, please visit the NAAE website for their call for proposal information)
  • Business Education
  • Engineering and Technology Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Guidance and Career Development
  • Health Science Education
  • Marketing Education
  • New and Related Services (including sections in IT, international, professional development, research, ROTC, safe schools, special populations and more)
  • Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education
  • Trade & Industrial Education
  • 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.
  • 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 Elements

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 three 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Engaging Instruction: This element addresses instructional strategies within a student-centered learning environment that support student attainment of relevant knowledge and skills.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Other/Not Applicable: Choose this option if your session addresses other aspects of CTE not captured by the 12 categories. This could include sessions that address federal, state and/or local policy and advocacy or CTE’s role within a larger system, such as regional or state career pathways or sector strategies.

Exhibitor 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:

  • 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.
  • While ACTE greatly appreciates companies that support CTE and education through products and services, promoting and selling of products and services during program sessions is strictly prohibited. ACTE’s CareerTech VISION includes a series of exhibitor workshops 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 program 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 2019 Speaker Registration fee. The discount Speaker Registration fee is $295 for ACTE members and $385 for nonmembers. This discounted fee must be paid by July 12, 2019. Speakers who pay after this date will be required to pay the full prevailing registration rates listed below.





VISION & CareerTech Expo ACTE Member




VISION & CareerTech Expo Non-member





  • 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 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 2019 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, December 5, Friday, December 6, or Saturday, December 7. 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 or saved for edit later, 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.

Speaker agreement

By submitting a proposal for ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2019, you agree to:

  1. Pay the Speaker Registration Fee.
  2. Present your session on Thursday, December 5, Friday, December 6, or Saturday, December 7.
  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 the end of April.

If you have questions, please contact us at

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