ACTE Vision 2014 Abstract Submission


Dear Colleague:

ACTE invites you to submit a program session proposal for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2014, November 19-22, 2014 at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN.

We are seeking high-quality proposals that address a full range of issues facing CTE educators.

Proposals should include “how to” strategies and/or evidence-based research.

Please read ALL of this information before submitting a proposal.

What is the deadline to submit a proposal?
All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST, on March 28, 2014.

New Call for Proposals System
ACTE is using a new call for proposals system, so everyone who wishes to submit a proposal must register in the system.

How are proposals selected?
All proposals are peer-reviewed. Final decisions will be made by April 30, 2014. In an effort to promote new and diverse groups of presenters, reviewers will give strong preference to presenters who submit sessions not previously presented at an ACTE conference. High quality proposals that include best practices and "how-to" strategies are of particular interest.

How will I know if my presentation has been accepted?
Submitters will be notified about the status of their proposal via email in May 2014.

What do I need to know to submit a proposal?

* ALL accepted presenters MUST pay a VISION 2014 Speaker Registration fee. The Speaker Registration fee is $295 for ACTE members and $475 for nonmembers. If you pay a Speaker Registration fee you do not pay additional registration fees.

* You will NOT be permitted to make your presentation until the registration fee is paid.

* Accepted speakers and co-speakers are responsible for ALL VISION 2014 related expenses, including registration, travel, lodging and meals.

* Each person may submit a maximum of two proposals, either as a main presenter or co-presenter.

* Please do not submit a proposal for someone else.

* Please do not submit a proposal unless you can present at anytime during the meeting. (Thursday, Friday or Saturday)

* If a presentation uses ANY kind of vendor materials, that information and the name of the vendor must be revealed in the program presentation information.

* Do not use acronyms or all CAPS (or all lower case)in your name, affiliation, address, title or description.

* The lead speaker is responsible for sharing VISION 2014 information with co-speakers. Selling or promoting products or services is not allowed in program sessions.

Limits on Number of Presenters and Submitted Presentations

There is a limit of four presenters (including a moderator, if needed) allowed for each program session. Presenters may not be involved in more than two sessions.

Resumes or CVs
Speakers are required to include a resume or CV. It should include previous speaking engagements.

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

Program Session Themes
Your must select a theme and a division or category for your proposal from the following:

VISION 2014 Program Session Themes

Safe and Effective Learning Environments
How are educational institutions creating safe and effective environments for teaching and learning in both the physical and digital realm? School design, traditional and cutting-edge school safety procedures, safety literacy integrated into the curriculum, counseling and community engagement are all now important considerations for learning institutions.

Assessments and Credentials
How can and are CTE educators moving beyond traditional forms of assessments to reflect formative and performance-based tools? How do using data-driven instruction and project-based learning support outcomes? How are credentials and new assessments demonstrating a more accurate reflection of students’ career readiness, and how can you incorporate such assessments and credentials into your programs?

Transitions Among Secondary, Post-secondary and Workforce
How can CTE programs support students as they transition in their career paths? Sessions in this theme will explore the policies and practices that create seamless pathways among educational levels and the workforce, including strategies such as course sequences, credit-transfer agreements, stackable credentials and more!

Innovation in Business and Education Partnerships
How are businesses and industry that support CTE programs leading to increased student success and college and career readiness? How are these partnerships developed, maintained and measured for effectiveness?

Advocacy and Public Relations
How can you ensure your CTE programs have the resources and support needed to be successful? Sessions in this theme will focus on effectively telling your CTE story and working with others to influence awareness, policy and support for your programs.

Educator Preparation and Support
How can educators achieve classroom success amid the ever-changing landscape of education and workforce requirements? Sessions in this theme will involve innovative examples of pre-service and in-service training, professional development, evaluation and support programs that help create effective educators.

Classroom Tools and Strategies
Our CTE audience wants to know what tools, techniques and approaches work with today’s diverse learners. Sessions in this theme go beyond simply promoting the benefits of a proven solution, but provide attendees classroom-ready resources or strategies that they can put into action when they return from VISION to the classroom.

Work-based Learning
This theme will explore new and emerging strategies for increasing work-based learning and how they impact student success. Through a variety of work-based learning experiences students see, firsthand, how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities. Sessions may focus on, but are not limited to, examples that show how to establish effective apprenticeships, career fairs, field studies, guest speakers, job shadows, service and experiential learning and student internships.

Business Education
Engineering and Technology Education
Family and Consumer Education
Guidance and Career Development
Health Science Education
Marketing Education
New and Related Services
Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education
Trade and Industrial Education

Program Session Logistics
All meeting rooms include a podium and mic, screen and LCD projector. ACTE does NOT provide laptop computers. Depending on the format of the session, meeting rooms are set in theater-style, classroom or round-tables and vary in size.

What are the presentation formats?
Hands-on Lab
Roundtable Discussion

Speaker Agreement

By submitting a proposal for ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014, you agree to the following:
1. Pay the Speaker Registration Fee
2. Have your session presented on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday
3. ACTE reserves the right to edit presentation titles and descriptions for length and content.

Thank you for your proposal!

If you have questions, please contact Marguerite Leishman at


Registration is now open

Early-bird deadline July 7 
This year's VISION days are November 19-22, 2014. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Register today!

Housing is now open

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Important Dates

March 31, 2014

Registration is now open

July 7, 2014

Early-bird registration deadline

July 8, 2014

Advance registration opens

October 17, 2014

Advance registration deadline

October 18, 2014

VISION late rate registration opens

October 24, 2014

Deadline for cancellations/refunds

October 27, 2014

Online housing reservations closes


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