Describing Your Session
Conference sessions can be led by teachers, college faculty, school administrators, school counselors, or any other professional from across the broad spectrum of education. Given the great range of ideas and audiences at the AP Annual Conference, your description should make the topic and 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 conference attendees should be able to quickly read your description and clearly understand what they’ll learn in your session. Avoid using abbreviations, acronyms, or references that attendees might not be familiar with.
Proposal Review and Requirements
All proposals will be reviewed by the AP Annual Conference Steering Committee using the scoring rubric.
College Board is an authorized provider of continuing education units (CEUs) by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for us to grant CEUs, all sessions must have measurable learning outcomes. Your proposed session must include clear learning outcomes and describe the actual skills participants will develop during the session.
Examples of measurable learning outcomes:
- “Participants will examine a model AP program from Dalton High School, and then develop three to five strategies for implementing best practices in their own schools and classrooms.”
- “Participants will create a lesson plan to teach analysis of narrative structure through a discussion of an author’s intentions.”
- “By learning about different assessment methods, participants will compare the effectiveness of formative and summative assessments. Participants will then design three formative assessment activities that they can use.”
Please keep in mind that because of the need for a balanced program and also because of time and space limitations, not all qualified proposals can be accepted. If your proposal isn’t accepted for this year's conference, consider submitting one next year.
The AP Annual Conference Steering Committee will review all proposals and we will notify you of its decision on your proposal on or before March 2, 2020. You’ll have one week to confirm your intent to present at the conference. Before confirming, be sure to secure any funding for your attendance. It’s important to ensure you’ll be able to attend before you commit to presenting to avoid gaps in your subject area in the program. Taking a spot in the program that could have gone to another session is unfair if you will not be able to deliver your session.
Building and Improving Your AP Program
Sessions in this category examine state and district AP initiatives and show participants how to use data to improve an AP program, build and/or strengthen higher education partnerships, motivate students in an AP subject, or develop AP Vertical Teams/curriculum alignment.
Sessions in this category show participants how to use data/assessments to determine instructional strategies, examine strategies for DBQs and FRQs, or assess strategies for text analysis. Participants may also learn how to teach a certain content area.
Equity and Access
Sessions in this category explore differentiating strategies or introduce participants to various policies, programs, and services to build equity and access. Sessions in the category are delivered by members of the AP Development Committees. They provide attendees with data on the current year’s exam results.
Sessions in the category are delivered by members of the AP Development Committees. They provide attendees with data on the current year’s exam results. Do not select this category unless you are a Development Committee member delivering a 2020 Exam Results session.
Instruction and Assessment
Sessions in this category show participants how to design, plan, and sequence instruction or use resources to provide students with an enhanced instructional experience. These sessions also help participants understand difficult concepts to teach and learn, deepen knowledge of a specific time period, increase understanding of major issues within a content area, or explore strategies to assess student knowledge.
Sessions in this category will help participants understand difficult concepts to teach/learn, deepen knowledge of a specific time period, increase understanding of major issues within a content area, or explore strategies to assess student preparedness for AP Exams.
All main conference sessions are scheduled to run for 75 minutes. You should plan your session to allow for sufficient Q&A time.
All rooms are equipped with a microphone, LCD projector, and screen. Additional requests are subject to approval. Please note that we may not be able to honor all AV requests, especially late requests and last-minute, on-site requests. Session rooms are set theater style (all seats, no tables) with the exception of Chemistry and Biology sessions; no exceptions can be made.
Guidelines and Procedures
Submit a proposal only if you’ve secured funding from your institution to attend the conference and only if you’re available to present at any time on July 17 and 18. We cannot guarantee that your session will be scheduled on a particular day.
Presenters are offered a discount on the main conference registration fee. Note that presenters must pay to attend the conference.
Presenters and copresenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel arrangements, and expenses.
Submit no more than two proposals, either as a lead presenter or copresenter. Obtain lead and/or copresenter consent before you list these individuals. Remember to provide their contact information.
As a lead presenter, you’re responsible for sharing with your copresenters all information you receive from College Board staff about conference policies and logistics.
Don’t forget to check in with the registration desk when you arrive at the conference to get your name badge, conference program, and venue map. This is a chance to ask any last-minute questions you may have about your upcoming presentation.
Session proposals promoting the purchase of books, materials, or services won't be considered for the conference program. Individuals who wish to promote a product should contact Christine Schmidt at [email protected] to discuss exhibitor or sponsor opportunities.
Questions? Email [email protected].