Call for Presentations

Share Your Expertise as an Esteemed VISION Presenter Submit Your Session Proposals by March 1!

ACTE’s CareerTech VISION is the premier annual gathering of career and technical education (CTE) professionals. Happening Dec. 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas, VISION features an exciting, educational and inspirational agenda packed with hundreds of concurrent sessions, an Expo and Career Pavilion, awards and recognition programming, and a rich array of networking opportunities.

This year, we are seeking session proposals that address the 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. While we welcome proposals across all CTE issues and content areas, member feedback has indicated that the following content is most needed:

  • Sessions targeted to educators working in specific disciplines of CTE (i.e. business and marketing; family and consumer sciences; health science; engineering and technology; the skilled trades; law and public safety; arts, media and entertainment; etc.), particularly sessions on instructional best practices and curriculum planning and mapping
  • Postsecondary-focused sessions
  • Sessions for administrators on topics like program marketing, grant management and fundraising
  • Sessions on critical and timely CTE issues like the educator pipeline (recruitment, retention, and professional and leadership development) and work-based learning

As an esteemed VISION presenter, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Build your professional network and portfolio
  • Gain professional recognition of your expertise by other CTE, business and industry leaders
  • Be a part of the vibrant community that makes VISION the must-attend event for CTE professionals
  • Learn from your peers and leaders in the field by taking advantage of the conference's comprehensive agenda covering high-quality secondary and postsecondary CTE
  • Receive a speaker discount on conference registration

ACTE is looking for representatives from a variety of backgrounds, expertise and experience to craft informative and relevant programming. We encourage individuals from all career levels across the entire CTE field to submit proposals! Our selection committee will be evaluating the content of submissions on the relevance and importance of the topic, the depth of content to be presented, the practical application of the content, audience engagement strategies, and how well the individual session fills a unique need in the VISION program.

Please read this entire document before submitting a proposal.

The deadline for all session proposal submissions is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. Central.

PRESENTATION TIPS – VISION presentations are intended to be presented by the field to the field. While ACTE greatly appreciates companies supporting CTE and education through products and services, promoting or selling products and services during program sessions is strictly prohibited. ACTE’s CareerTech VISION offers Exhibitor Workshops for purchase designed for this purpose. Proposals promoting products, materials, or services will not be considered for program sessions. Individuals who wish to purchase an Exhibitor Workshop should contact exhibitsales@acteonline.org.

Program sessions will be scheduled for 45 minutes. Be sure to craft your presentation in a way that allows ample time for Q&A or other interactive elements. Outstanding sessions foster audience interaction and engagement through questions, discussions, problem-solving, hands-on activities, experiments, and more. Participants want to be “doing,” not just “getting.”

The best sessions present varied and diverse perspectives, provide information that can be easily applied in the classroom or institution, or inspire change. Attendees appreciate detailed information about how to implement a new program, initiative, or strategy; analysis of a problem or issue; and focused conversation. Also keep in mind how your session can be applicable across institutions of multiple locations, types, and sizes.

Effective sessions will also provide meaningful presentation materials or online resources that allow the participants to further their learning experience. It is expected that presenters will provide electronic presentation materials, handouts, and/or follow-up materials for participants before, during, or after the event. Participants should walk away with a clear understanding of how to implement the content of the presentation into their practice and be provided with the resources, such as electronic hand-outs or templates, to do so.

Additional tips for session proposals:

  • Sessions that are focused on a specific CTE program, topic, or target audience have a higher chance of being accepted than sessions marketed to “everyone.”
  • Attendees are looking for interactive, practical sessions, with information they can take home and use immediately in their classrooms, programs, and institutions. Emphasize and elaborate on how you will meet these goals in your session submission.
  • Consider the time available – only 45 minutes – when crafting your session. Choose a topic that you can provide enough information on in that time so that attendees can easily replicate or implement the program, practice, or initiative once they return home.
  • Be sure your title is descriptive of your session content – catchy and interesting titles are great, but attendees will need to be able to search for keywords and identify your content quickly just by reading your title.

CALL FOR PROPOSAL SYSTEM

You must submit your proposal using our online system. Emailed and mailed proposals will not be accepted. You must create an account through our website 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.
 

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.

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

  • Title of Session: 10 words 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, try to include the phrase “work-based learning” in your title.
     
  • Short Session Description: 200 words maximum; may be edited for marketing purposes. Describe the content of your presentation. Please be specific about the topics to be covered and what attendees will learn.
     
  • Session Learning Objectives: 3-5 specific objectives that describe what participants will learn or gain from the session.
  • Target Audience Description: 150 words maximum. Describe the intended audience for your presentation. What type of VISION attendee will benefit from this session? For example, share the roles, types of institutions, and experience level of attendees whom you hope to reach with your content. Be as specific as possible when describing who this presentation is designed for. Think about if you could personally invite people to attend this session, what are their characteristics?
  • Target Audience Role
    Who would benefit most from attending your session? Think about who would implement or apply the information you are sharing.

     
    • Administrators: Individuals responsible for oversight of multiple CTE programs or program areas (including individuals at the institution, district/region or state level)
    • Teachers/faculty: Individuals responsible for direct program operation and classroom instruction
    • Career development/work-based learning professional: Individuals that aid students in engaging in career development activities (including school counselors, college advisers, work-based learning coordinators, placement coordinators, etc.)
    • Other audience (You will be asked to specify)
  • Education Level Focus:
    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.)
    • Both (applicable across both secondary and postsecondary sectors or specifically about cross-system alignment, such as dual enrollment programs)
  • CTE Program 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 (these sessions should be submitted through our partners at NAAE)
    • Arts, Media and Entertainment
    • Business and Marketing
    • Engineering and Technology Education (includes engineering, STEM, computer science and IT program areas)
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Health Science
    • Law and Public Safety
    • Trade and Industrial (includes cosmetology; architecture and construction; manufacturing; transportation, distribution and logistics; and energy program areas)
    • Other Specific Discipline (You will be asked to specify)
  • High-Quality Elements
    Please choose the quality elements that are most aligned with your session. You may choose up to two and must rank them in the order that they apply to the content you plan to present. You will choose the element in the first set of options that is most closely aligned to your content, and use the second set to choose an additional element if desired. Descriptions of the elements are available at www.acteonline.org/high-quality-CTE-tools and below.
  1. Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum
  2. Sequencing and Articulation
  3. Student Assessment
  4. Prepared and Effective Program Staff
  5. Engaging Instruction
  6. Access and Equity
  7. Facilities, Equipment, Technology and Materials
  8. Business and Community Partnerships
  9. Student Career Development
  10. Career and Technical Student Organizations
  11. Work-based Learning
  12. Data and Program Improvement
  13. System Supports (Policy, Funding, Research, Systems and Labor Market Alignment, Career Clusters, Marketing, etc.)
  • Audience Engagement: 150 words maximum. Describe how the session will engage a diverse audience and allow for audience participation or interaction.
  • Practical Application: 150 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.
  • Additional collateral: You will have the opportunity to upload a file that provides additional information, such as a flyer or existing slide deck about your topic. Please do not create anything new for this proposal, this is just an opportunity to share a few more details about your topic, or an example of something you might share with attendees.
  • Presenter(s) Full Contact Information
  • Presenter Bio: 150 words maximum
  • Presenter Headshot for Use on the Website/App: The photo must not be larger than 1024 pixels and must be in RGB color format.
  • CTE Learn Interest: You will be asked whether you have any interest in submitting a course on our CTE Learn platform on the topic you are submitting as a session proposal. If you choose yes, someone will contact you with additional information. You can learn more at www.ctelearn.org/downloads/CTE_Learn_Authoring_Opportunities.pdf.
     

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 www.acteonline.org/professional-development/high-quality-cte-tools, and will be allowed to choose up to two of the following 13 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 a 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 supports 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, and curricula that help 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 the collections, 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.

Presenter Responsibilities
We are delighted to offer discounted speaker registration fees, which all accepted presenters are required to remit.

VISION 2024 AND CAREERTECH EXPO

 

Early
Thru 8/15

Advanced
Thru 10/13

Regular
After 10/13

VISION & CareerTech Expo ACTE Member

 

$460

$510

$560

VISION & CareerTech Expo Non-member

 

$650

$700

$750


Accepted speakers and co-speakers are responsible for ALL VISION 2024 related expenses, including speaker registration, travel, lodging and meals.

By submitting a proposal, you agree to present at your assigned time during the conference. Program sessions will be scheduled on Thursday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 6, or Saturday, Dec. 7. The final schedule will be released this summer. Please note that your session date/time may change after the summer. Please be sure to check your service center account before making any travel arrangements.

Additional 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. Please note that 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. We are looking for fresh and timely topics!
  • Meeting rooms will be equipped with a lectern, microphone, screen, and LCD projector. You will be required to provide your own laptop.

Speaker Agreement
By submitting a proposal for ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2024, you agree to:

  • Pay the reduced speaker registration fee
  • Present your session on Thursday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 6, or Saturday, Dec. 7
  • Permit ACTE to edit presentation titles and descriptions for length and content
  • 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 June 2024. If you have questions, please contact us at jalston@acteonline.org.

The deadline for all session proposal submissions is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. Central.

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