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Deadline: May 25, 2018

Sharing Your Knowledge

Help us develop the programs for the 2019 regional forums—submit a proposal for a conference session. The strength of the regional forums stems from sessions developed and led by dedicated professionals like you. Share your experiences, creative solutions, and insights by submitting a session proposal that showcases a program or partnership that has a positive impact on students.

Describing Your Session

The regional forums are a venue for all education professionals to share their ideas—sessions can be led by teachers, college presidents, financial aid officers, school counselors, or any other professional from across the broad spectrum of education. Given the great range of ideas and audiences at the regional forums, your description should make the topic and primary or target audience of your session completely clear.

Keep in mind that, if accepted, your session title and description will be published online and in the conference program. All regional forum attendees should be able to quickly read your description and clearly understand what will be learned in your session. Avoid using abbreviations, acronyms, or references that attendees might not be familiar with.

Session Topics

We are especially interested in sessions that address these topics:


Admission policy, college selection, college transfer, issues encountered by first-generation students, diversity and international recruitment, student applications, increasing retention, and demonstrated interest.

Review of policies, practices, and resource allocation at the federal, state, and district level; policy recommendations; and policy evaluation.

Increasing graduation rates, college transition, student advising, recommendation letters, and building a college-going culture.

Best practices, innovation and trends in college counseling, advisement, academic support and transition, implementation and use of data for the Advanced Placement Program®, SAT Suite of Assessments, and Khan Academy®. Also, special populations, including students with disabilities and underrepresented and rural students.

All practices related to improving college access for traditionally underrepresented students including students of color, women, and rural students.
College pricing and affordability, student loan eligibility, debt repayment, FAFSA, student aid, financial literacy, award letters, and financial aid distribution.
STEM, AP, SAT, college readiness, instruction techniques, teacher perspectives, student perspectives, remediation, and summer/bridge programs.
Increasing student success through partnerships among high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and community-based organizations.

Proposal Requirements and Review

Proposals will be evaluated by each regional forum program planning committee, 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 composed of member-practitioners (such as teachers, school and outreach counselors, financial aid and enrollment professionals, 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.

Session Logistics


All main conference sessions are scheduled to run for 60 minutes. You should plan your session to allow for sufficient Q&A time—for panel presentations, leave at least 10 minutes.

Guidelines and Procedures

  • All presenters and moderators are given a discounted main conference registration fee.
  • Submit a proposal only if you have secured funding from your institution to attend the conference and only if you (and your copresenters, if any) are available to present at any time during the conference.
  • Sessions can include up to four presenters (five, if there will be a moderator). A moderator is not required and should only be included if his or her role is limited to chairing or introducing the session).
  • Submit no more than two proposals, either as a lead presenter or copresenter. Get consent before you list other individuals as copresenters and provide their contact information.
  • As a lead presenter, you are responsible for sharing with your copresenters all information you receive from College Board staff about conference policies and logistics.
  • All session titles and descriptions, along with presenter names, job titles, institutions, and states, are published in the official conference program and mobile app, and will be edited for consistency and accuracy. We also ask that you supply a contact email address to be included in the program.

Note: Session proposals promoting the purchase of books, materials, or services will not be considered for the conference program.

Because of space and time limitations, not all qualified proposals can be accepted. If your proposal is not accepted for this year’s conference, please consider submitting one next year.

Notification of Decision

All proposals will be reviewed by regional forum teams and you will be notified of the decision on your proposal on or before September 1, 2018.


Questions? Email us.