Criteria for Successful Proposals

Each session is 40-55 minutes in length. Your proposal should:

  • Show originality and creativity
  • Be relevant to the Summit theme and current issues impacting Career and Technical Education
  • Engage participants in a variety of ways, including an activity or hands-on learning
  • Provide information and resources audience can apply to their work

Proposals should fit into one of the following strands:

  • Career & College Readiness
  • Employer Engagement & Workforce Development
  • Legislation, Policies & Accountability
  • Partnerships
  • Teaching & Learning Strategies

Proposal Information

Be prepared to give the following information in the proposal form.

  • Title of your proposed presentation (Maximum: 10 words)
  • Brief Description of Presentation. This description will be used in the conference program. (Limited to 75 words)
  • Abstract. Give a brief summary for the selection committee. (Limited to 125 words)
  • Lead Presenter Contact Information
  • Co-Presenter Name(s)

Rubric for Selection

  • Proposals must provide high quality and comprehensive professional development for Minnesota CTE practitioners: secondary or postsecondary educators, education and workforce advisors and counselors, education and workforce administrators, state or local CTE coordinators/directors, and/or community and business partners.
  • Proposals are reviewed based on 1) clarity of proposal description, 2) originality and creativity 3) relevance to conference these and/or current CTE issues, 4) participant engagement and hands-on learning activities.
  • Proposals from exhibitors and for-profit companies will be considered as long as the proposal offers information that is beneficial to attendees, is relevant to CTE and is NOT intended as a sales pitch.
  • Presentations should provide information participants can implement immediately in their classrooms and programming.
  • Demonstrates promising practices, researched-based strategies, interactive and innovative use of multimedia and dynamic interactions among co-presenters are encouraged.
  • Presenters must agree to allow the planning committee to use the session description and presenter information for promotion, including social media, if applicable.

Requirements for Presenting

  • Presenter(s) agree to present during the time slot assigned by the planning committee. Accepted presenters will receive a draft schedule and must confirm participation.
  • Presenter(s) are required to register for the conference and pay the attendee registration fee.
  • Presenter(s) are responsible for all expenses, including travel and lodging.
  • Presenters will provide their own handouts and visual aids for workshop attendees.
  • Provide planning committee with an electronic copy of your presentation materials to post on the Summit website to further the professional development of attendees. 

Deadline and Review Process

  • June 30, 2017: Deadline to submit proposals
  • August 1, 2017: Notification letters sent to the primary presenter

Each proposal is reviewed by committee members comprised of Career and Technical Education consortia members and state leaders using the criteria listed above.

NOTE: The information gathered during this process will be used to promote the programming at the CTE Works! Summit and to prepare the printed program, website, mobile and social media profiles. Be sure that the information you provide is complete, accurate and grammatically correct.

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Audiovisual Needs and Handouts

Presenters will have access to a laptop, LCD projector and screen during their presentation. Presenters are responsible for providing their own handouts. An electronic copy of presentations and handouts must be sent to  one week before the conference for posting on the conference website immediately after the Summit.


Proposal FAQ

Q: I am submitting a proposal that includes more than one presenter. Will all presenters be notified of acceptance/denial?

No. We will only notify the lead presenter via email. If you are the lead presenter, we ask you to please notify your co-presenters when you get confirmation.

Q: Do presenters need to register and pay the conference fee?

Yes. All presenters, including co-presenters, must register and pay the fee. Presenters who choose to attend the Summit only for their workshop are not required to pay a registration fee, however, lunch and conference services are reserved only for presenters registered to attend the full day.

Q: What if I want to submit an application to be an exhibitor too?

You may apply for both but do not register for the conference until after you are notified if your exhibitor application and/or presentation proposal are accepted. The registration fee for exhibitors is different than the fee for presenters. If you need further clarification, please contact the Summit Chair, Denise Felder at or (651) 201-1789.