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The Top 5 Tips to Writing a Successful AACTE Annual Meeting Proposal

Top TipsThe reviews are in, and AACTE’s 2020 Annual Meeting was its most successful and engaging learning opportunity yet! Under the theme “Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change,” attendees explored and developed methods and strategies to infuse equity and inclusivity into preparation and practice. And looking to the 2021 Annual Meeting, attendees will continue to revolutionize the profession by “Resisting Hate, Restoring Hope: Engaging in Courageous Actions.”

Want to feature your work during AACTE’s 2021 Annual Meeting in Seattle? Each year, AACTE receives many more proposals for consideration than can be accommodated, and only the “best of the best” content makes its way into the programming for the conference. So take note, because you will want to follow these tips to submit a competitive proposal:

  1. Attention to Detail Matters – Your proposal will be evaluated based upon the 10 criteria and formatting elements outlined in the Expectations for Presentations. Familiarize yourself with these prior to writing your proposal. And don’t forget, information that directly identifies either the author(s) or the institution(s) must NOT be included in the proposal.
  2. Think Your Proposal Through – You will be asked to identify the type of session you want to present at the Annual Meeting. Review the AACTE session types, and ensure your proposal reflects the format and goals outlined in the session type of your choice.
  3. Address the Theme and Strand –Your proposal should not only address the conference theme, but one of the strands as well. Carefully read AACTE’s official Call for Proposals, select which strand your work best supports, and ensure your proposal addresses one or more of its guiding questions.
  4. Offer an Outcome – Annual Meeting attendees are looking for takeaways they can implement upon return, and your proposal should tell reviewers what knowledge those attending your session will gain and apply at their institutions.
  5. Collaboration is Key – Proposals should both develop new insights and build a greater understanding around an issue or topic.  Accepted presentations most often incorporate multiple viewpoints and encourage engagement with attendees.

How will you engage in “restoring hope” within the profession? Submit your proposal by June 10 and join us in “engaging in courageous actions.”


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Matthew Wales

Vice President, Member Services & Events