VirginiaCAN is currently accepting session proposals for the annual conference scheduled for December 4-6, 2019 at the Omni Richmond Hotel. Click here to submit session proposals by September 20, 2019. Please review the information below before submitting.

We would appreciate you sharing this opportunity with others who may be interested.

Proposal Development and Submission Guidance

VirginiaCAN encourages proposals for innovative workshop sessions that inform the conference attendee through audience participation and deliver exciting content that adds to the conference experience. For ideas on interactive sessions, click here. The proposal review committee gives priority to proposals with a format that allows the audience to connect with the presenter(s) and learn about important college access and success topics in a new way. Preference is also given to session topics that have not been presented at recent VirginiaCAN conferences. Please be sure to notify all presenters included in your proposal of these expectations prior to submission.

Presentation Formats

Sessions are 75-minutes each. The session should consist of no more than 70% lecture and include interactive learning. Formats may include traditional styles such as panel presentations, lectures with Q&A, roundtables, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops.

Session Topics 

VirginiaCAN seeks 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, effective management of access/success organizations, policy advocacy and pathways to higher education/training. Presenters should share related best practices, lessons learned, programs, research, tools and resources, etc.

Selection Notification 

The conference committee will review all proposals and send selection notifications via email to primary contacts (lead presenters) shortly after the submission deadline. Preference will be given to sessions and topics that have never been presented at the VirginiaCAN conference.

Conference Registration

Presenters are not required to register for the conference unless they wish to attend other sessions, including keynotes, breakouts and meals. General conference and registration information will be posted at the main conference page, as available. Please visit the website routinely for updates. 
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