Florida College Access Network (FCAN) is pleased to issue a call for presentation proposals for the 2019 Florida College Access Network Summit at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL on May 7-8, 2019. Submissions are due October 15, 2018.

Now in its 7th year, the FCAN Summit is the premier event where education stakeholders from multiple sectors come together to network, learn, and inspire one another about preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs. The 2019 summit will include exceptional keynote speakers, breakout sessions on topics relevant to college access and student success, networking opportunities, and exhibitors demonstrating the latest tools and resources. We anticipate 400 attendees at the 2019 event.

This year’s theme is Candid Conversations. During the two-day event, we will delve into how issues of equity — including race/ethnicity, income, urban and rural residence, age, and disability — impact Florida’s students. The 2019 FCAN Summit will explore innovations, best practices, and collaborative initiatives to close opportunity gaps and help Floridians access and achieve a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential. With a focus on Candid Conversations, the summit will highlight evidence-based approaches, lessons learned from the field, and policy developments that accelerate progress and spark meaningful change.

In developing your presentation proposal, we encourage you to consider the needs and interests of a broad spectrum of attendees, including professionals in K-12 education, higher education (colleges, universities, and technical schools), non-profit service organizations, philanthropy, business, workforce development, and government. Successful presentations will encourage ample audience interaction beyond Q&A at the end of the session.

View a copy of the 2018 Florida College Access Network Summit brochure to see breakout sessions from the previous year.

Preferred Criteria for Breakout Sessions

  • Align with the summit theme: Candid Conversations.
  • Focus on traditionally underrepresented populations (i.e. racial/ethnic minority students, first-generation students, adult learners, urban core and rural students, students with disabilities).
  • Include the student voice and experience (i.e. students are presentation members, and/or videos or examples of student stories are shared).
  • Focus on one or more postsecondary pathways, including career and technical education, two-year degrees, and four-year degrees.
  • Address one or more of the following categories: college access, affordability, postsecondary success, collective impact, career readiness/workforce development, measuring outcomes (research & data).
  • Feature tools, resources, and/or programs that are evidence-based and/or data informed.
  • Highlight collaborative work and partnerships across sectors and institutions (where applicable).
  • Appeal to more than one sector/audience segment.

Presentation Information

  • Sessions will be one hour long and include a Q&A portion — plan 15-20 minutes for audience questions.
  • FCAN will not consider presentations that serve as a “sales pitch” of a product or service.
  • Presentation rooms will have audio/visual equipment including computer, LCD projector, and screen.
  • Presenters must submit PowerPoint slide decks and other materials for attendees two weeks before the event.
  • Conference registration is required for all selected presenters at a discount rate of $225.
  • FCAN will formally notify you of proposal acceptance via email by December 3, 2018.

Proposals are due October 15, 2018 — click here to submit a proposal.

For questions about submitting a proposal, please contact Kimberly Lent at klent@floridacollegeaccess.org

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