Call for Session Proposals

VirginiaCAN is currently accepting session proposals for the annual conference scheduled for December 11–13, 2017 at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

Submit proposals by October 2nd by completing this formPlease review the information below, before submitting. And feel free to share this opportunity with others who may be interested.

Proposal Development and Submission Guidance

VCAN is encouraging proposals for innovative workshop sessions that emphasize participation and contribute to the delivery of an informative and exciting conference experience. For ideas for interactive sessions, click here. We will give priority to proposals with a format that allows the audience to connect with and learn about important college access and success topics in a new way. Preference will also be given to sessions that have never been presented at the VirginiaCAN conference. Please be sure to notify all presenters included in your proposal prior to submitting.

Presentation Formats

Sessions will be 75 minutes each. Your session should consist of no more than 75% lecture and include interactive learning. Formats may include traditional styles such as panel presentations, lectures with Q&A, roundtables, demos, and hands-on workshops.

A new presentation format option this year is 7-14-28! Today’s culture demands variety and concise information that can be processed quickly. In response, we are introducing the 7-14-28 alternative presentation format. The 7-14-28 presentation style is a rapid-fire showcase of ideas, innovations, and/or theories.

Speakers have:

  • 7-minutes to talk/present their information,
  • 14 slide number restriction, and a
  •  28-point font size minimum for any text.

7-14-28 allows speakers to focus on the essentials of their subject, while offering an audience the chance to enjoy multiple presentations in one sitting. Presentations on similar or related topics will be grouped together to fill one 75-minute concurrent session. Time for questions and answers will also be allotted. We are hoping for at least 6 proposals to make this format a go this year! Take the challenge and help us provide attendees with an alternative learning format. Suggested topics for this format include Pathways to Higher Education or Partnerships for Success.

Session Topics 

VirginiaCAN is looking for sessions to cover a variety of topics such as college awareness and readiness, college affordability, partnerships for success, rural/urban initiatives, parent engagement, equity, special populations, 21st century skills, STEM programs, financial aid and literacy, research/data/evaluation, student success in postsecondary education and pathways to higher education/training. Presenters can share best practices, programs, tools and resources, research, etc.

Selection Notification 

The conference committee will review all proposals and send selection notifications via email to primary contacts shortly after the submission deadline. Preference will be given to sessions that have never been presented at the VirginiaCAN conference and or sessions that utilize the new 7-14-28 presentation format described above.

Conference Registration

Presenters are not required to register for the conference unless they wish to attend other sessions, including keynotes, breakouts, and meals. Conference registration will open online on September 5. Additional conference and registration information will be posted here, as available.

For questions, email