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Elements of a Successful Annual Meeting Proposal: What it Takes to Present at AACTE’s 2022 Annual Meeting

Tips graphicAlthough entirely virtual, participants were amazed at the volume of opportunities to engage with scholars, network with fellow colleagues, and collaborate on topics important to education and educator preparation during AACTE’s 2021 Annual Meeting. With over 150 presentations addressing the theme of “Resisting Hate, Restoring Hope: Engaging in Courageous Actions,” attendees united in efforts to disrupt inequities while educating for inclusion and change. And as AACTE eagerly begin preparations to meet in-person at the 2022 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, participants will play a vital role as we “Rethink, Reshape, Reimagine, Revolutionize: Growing the Profession Post Pandemic.

Ready to be a part of the change during AACTE’s 2022 Annual Meeting in New Orleans? Year after year, demand to present at the Annual Meeting continues to remain high, and only the “best of the best” content is ultimately selected for presentation during the conference. Want your proposal to be a cut above the rest? Then be sure to follow these tips for submitting a competitive proposal:

  1. Follow the Format – Your proposal will be evaluated based upon the 10 criteria outlined in the Expectations for Presentations. Familiarize yourself with these prior to writing your proposal. Remember, any information that directly identifies either the author(s) or the institution(s) must not be included.
  2. Structure Your Session – 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 of your selected session type.
  3. Speak to the Strand – Address not only the conference theme, but one of the strands as well. Review AACTE’s official Call for Proposals, select the strand your work best supports, and ensure your proposal answers one or more of its guiding questions.
  4. Talk about Takeaways – Reviewers will be looking for outcomes that attendees can implement, and your proposal should outline what knowledge those attending your session can both gain and apply at their institutions.
  5. Engage Authentically – Prepare a proposal that presents your story and uses your experiences. Successful proposals engage attendees and incorporate multiple viewpoints and feedback.

Want to join us in “rethinking” and “reimagining” educator preparation? Submit your proposal by May 28 and join us in “growing the profession post pandemic.”


Matthew Wales

Vice President, Member Services & Events