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Deadline: August 30, 2019

Sharing Your Knowledge

The College Board's A Dream Deferred™: The Future of African American Education conference assembles education professionals from across the nation to discuss new solutions and approaches that will help African American students succeed. 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

A Dream Deferred is 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 A Dream Deferred, 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 A Dream Deferred 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.

Proposal Requirements and Review

Your session proposal will be reviewed by the A Dream Deferred National Advisory Committee, a cross-professional group of educators from across the country. Your proposed session should:

  • Present programs, practices, or models that have been effective with, developed by, and/or created for African American students;
  • Specify how the work presented has a positive impact on African American students;
  • Include a practitioner or panel composed of practitioners (such as teachers, counselors, financial aid and enrollment professionals, or administrators);
  • Be scheduled for approximately 60 minutes, including 10 minutes for Q&A; and
  • Present work that can be replicated in other settings.

The committee will evaluate your proposed session using these criteria:

  • Relevance: Is the content of the session significant and aligned with conference topic areas? Can it be used to help African American students succeed?
  • Innovation: Will the session present creative new solutions, insights, or approaches?
  • Perspective: Does the proposed session represent multiple perspectives on the topic? Does it address both student and professional experience?
  • Effectiveness: Will the session present ideas or strategies that are supported by data and have proven successful in the classroom?
  • Application: Is the session applicable to a broad spectrum of K–12 or higher education communities? Will it suggest methods for implementing ideas or strategies?
  • Interactivity: Does the proposed session encourage interaction with attendees, i.e., discussions, activities, simulations, gaming, or other ways to engage the audience?

The committee will review all proposals and notify you of its decision no later than November 18, 2019.

Session Subject Areas

We are especially interested in sessions that address these subjects:

  • Programming and activities that lead African American students to apply to four or more colleges or universities.
  • Changing what’s expected of students in order to improve academic achievement.
  • Overcoming challenges to student success, such as the lack of role models, persistent poverty concerns, community pressures, and a sense that the education system is failing.
  • Improving multicultural recruitment and retention, both in rigorous courses that lead to college readiness and at higher education institutions.
  • Developing, implementing, and assessing innovative teaching strategies and successful academic programs.
  • Helping African American students explore career aspirations through careful planning and by assessing their abilities, interests, and goals.
  • Establishing a consistent student support and counseling services model to assist students who have potential as first-generation college students.
  • Supporting students in transition from high school to college and from community college to a four-year institution.
  • Demystifying funding and financial aid so that education professionals can better serve their students.
  • Leading advocacy initiatives and implementing policy changes.
  • Creating P-20 partnerships and involving parents, families, and the community in supporting their students all the way through college.
  • Programming, activities, and best practices for students and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Conference Costs

All presenters must register for the conference—presenters are offered a discount on the conference registration fee. Presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel arrangements, and expenses. Submit a session proposal only if you are able to secure funding to attend the conference and are available to present at any time during the conference.

A/V Equipment and File Sharing

Presenters will have access to an LCD or digital projector, screen, speakers, and standard VGA cables for a PC laptop. You must bring your own connectors if you plan to use a Mac computer. The College Board cannot assist with the distribution of digital presentation materials to attendees. If you want to share your presentation with attendees, include a slide with contact information and instructions for requesting a copy. Remove any proprietary information before distributing presentations.

Other Considerations

Given time and space constraints, as well as our need to develop a balanced program, we may not be able to accept all exceptional proposals. If your proposal is not accepted for this year's conference, we encourage you to consider submitting a proposal for other College Board conferences.

All session titles and descriptions, along with presenter names, job titles, institutions, and states are part of the official conference program and will be edited for consistency and accuracy.


Questions? Contact us at [email protected].