Call for Proposals

The 2017 College Board Regional Forums will highlight successful partnerships across the many professions and sectors of the education spectrum. We aim to highlight successful partnerships with high schools and two- and four- year colleges, enrollment officers and school counselors, admission and financial aid professionals, and curriculum leaders and academics, among others.

When submitting a session proposal, please share your experiences, solutions, and insights by showcasing programs and partnerships that have a real impact on student opportunity.

Regional Forum 2017 will explore the best ways to deliver opportunity to all students by:

  • Highlighting innovative programs that increase access and promote student success at the K–12 and college level
  • Fostering discussion of best and next practices in areas from admission and financial aid to counseling and partnerships, from policy and advocacy to instruction and assessment

Interested in submitting a proposal? Here's what you need to know:

The submission deadline for session proposals is Friday, May 13, 2016.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Program Planning Committees in each of the six regions of the College Board. Each committee is a cross-professional group of educators from across the region.

A strong preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Draw on the perspectives of multiple institutions rather than a single institution or program;
  • Include panels of member-practitioners (such as teachers, school and outreach counselors, financial aid and enrollment professionals, and administrators);
  • Specify how students are positively impacted by the work of the presenter(s), and their organization(s); and
  • Present work that can be replicated in other settings.

Conference Dates and Locations:

Middle States: March 15-17, Brooklyn, New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge
Midwestern: Feb. 26-28, Indianapolis, Westin Indianapolis
New England: March 1-3, Boston, Intercontinental Boston
Southern: Feb. 15-17 Atlanta, Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway
Southwestern: Feb. 22-24 Houston, JW Marriott Houston
Western: Feb. 8-10 Orange County, Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

Conference Format and Submission Requirements: 

  • Session blocks are 60 minutes. Organizers should plan for no more than 50 minutes of content and 10 minutes of Q&A.
  • Submitters (organizers) must confirm with session presenters that they are able to present at any time during the regional forum. Session slots are assigned to create a balanced program.
  • There is a limit of four presenters per session (five including a moderator).
  • Moderators are not required except for Roundtable Discussions. Only include a moderator if the individual's role will be limited to chairing or introducing the session.
  • If you (the submitter) are also presenting, list your name in both the submitter and presenter fields on the submission form (see below for submission requirements).
  • Presenters and moderators pay a discounted registration fee. Detailed registration information will be available in early September.

When submitting your proposal you will be asked to:

  • Enter detailed contact information including the name, job title, institution, state, and email for the submitter (yourself), moderator and presenters.
  • Select the audience/topic area most relevant to your presentation. General descriptions of the topic areas are below.
    • Admission topics include: Admission policy, college selection, college transfer, issues seen by first generation students, diversity and international recruitment, student applications, increasing retention, and demonstrated interest.
    • Advocacy and Policy topics include: Review of policies, practices, and resource allocation at the federal, state, and district level; policy recommendations, and policy evaluation.
    • Counseling topics include: Increasing graduation rates, college transition, student advising, recommendation letters, and building college culture.
    • Educational Equity topics include: All practices related to improving college access for traditionally underrepresented students including students of color, women, and rural students.
    • Financial Aid topics include: College pricing and affordability, student loan eligibility, debt repayment, FAFSA, student aid, financial literacy, award letters, and financial aid distribution.
    • Instruction and Assessment topics include: STEM, AP, SAT, college readiness, instruction techniques, teacher perspectives, student perspectives, remediation, and summer/bridge programs.
    • Partnerships topics include: Increasing student success through partnerships among high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and community based organizations.
    • Professional Development topics include:Instruction or coaching on a program or service, and career growth mentoring.
  • Enter a short title (limited to 75 characters) that describes your session.
  • Enter a short description (limited to 1,000 characters) that describes your session. This should quickly introduce your session and identify key participant learning outcomes.
  • List two participant learning outcomes (limited to 1,000 characters). Provide a one- to two-sentence background on each learning outcome mentioned in your abstract.

All session titles and abstracts, along with presenter names, job titles, and state, are part of the official conference program and will be edited by the regional forum teams for consistency and accuracy.

Submit a proposal