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Five Tips for a Successful AACTE Annual Meeting Proposal

Last year, AACTE received a record-setting 513 session proposals for its 2017 Annual Meeting in Tampa. Given the limited number of spaces available for presentations, we were able to accept only 44% of the proposals received.

Looking to present at AACTE’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Baltimore? Then you will want to make your proposal stand out from the others. To help increase your chances of being selected in our competitive, peer-review process, here are five tips to help your proposal rise to the top:

  1. Follow the Format – Reviewers evaluate proposals based on 10 criteria and elements outlined in the Presenter Expectations. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these prior to writing your proposal.
  2. Make Your Title Clear – The title of your proposal is the first thing a reviewer sees. Choose a title that clearly conveys the area of study encompassed by your proposal.
  3. Adhere to the Session Type – For the 2018 Annual Meeting, AACTE has created several new session types, designed to actively engage attendees in the learning experience. When submitting a proposal, you will be asked to identify the type of session you want to present. Even if you have previously submitted a proposal, be sure to familiarize yourself with these new AACTE session types in advance, and then construct your proposal so that it reflects the format and goals of the session type you choose.
  4. Identify Your Proposal’s Relevancy – You know your research and work well, but how will AACTE’s Annual Meeting attendees relate to it? Accepted proposals not only expand the knowledge base of the profession but also connect the research to other current issues in the field. Of course, your proposal should also address the specific information requested in AACTE’s official Call for Proposals.
  5. Engage the Audience – A winning presentation is one that stimulates AACTE’s attendees and encourages participation. Your audience not only should be involved in the learning process but should leave with information or practices that can be applied toward their individual research and development as well.

Think you have an innovative idea for a session at AACTE’s 2018 Annual Meeting? Be sure to submit your proposal by May 30 for consideration.


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Matthew Wales

Senior Director, Meetings, Events, and Special Projects

Comments (2)

  • sharon brennan

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    Hi Matt – I saw the question about word limit on proposal but can’t find an answer on the website. I, too, have that question. Please remind me of the word limit. Thanks! sb

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