October 25–27, 2017 | New York, NY

Call for Proposals

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Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2017


Share Your Knowledge

Help us develop the program for Forum 2017—submit a proposal for a main conference session. The strength of the conference stems from sessions developed and led by dedicated educators and professionals like you.

Session Topics

The College Board is seeking roundtable and panel presentation sessions that foster discussion of best practices in education or highlight innovative programs to increase access and promote student success.

Be sure to read the writing guidelines before you start writing. We are especially interested in sessions that address the topics listed below.



Admission policy, college selection, college transfer, issues seen by first-generation students, diversity and international recruitment, student applications, increasing retention, and demonstrated interest.


Advocacy and Policy

Review of policies, practices, and resource allocation at the federal, state, and district level; policy recommendations; and policy evaluation.



Increasing graduation rates, college transition, student advising, recommendation letters, and building college culture.

Best practices, innovation and trends in college counseling, advisement, academic support and transition, implementation and use of data for the Advanced Placement Program®, SAT Suite of Assessments, and Khan Academy®. Also, special populations, including students with disabilities and underrepresented and rural students.


Educational Equity

All practices related to improving college access for traditionally underrepresented students including students of color, women, and rural students.


Financial Aid

College pricing and affordability, student loan eligibility, debt repayment, FAFSA, student aid, financial literacy, award letters, and financial aid distribution.


Instruction and Assessment

STEM, AP, SAT, college readiness, instruction techniques, teacher perspectives, student perspectives, remediation, and summer/bridge programs.



Increasing student success through partnerships among high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and community-based organizations.


Professional Development

Instruction or coaching on a program or service, and career growth mentoring.


Session Logistics


All main conference sessions are scheduled to run for 75 minutes. You should plan your session to allow for sufficient Q&A time—for panel presentations, leave at least 15 minutes.


All rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector and screen. Additional requests are subject to approval. Please note that we may not be able to honor all AV requests, especially late requests and last-minute, on-site requests.

Guidelines and Procedures

  • Submit a proposal only if you have secured funding from your institution to attend the conference and only if you (and your copresenters, if any) are available to present at any time during the conference.
  • Sessions can include up to four presenters (five, if there will be a moderator. A moderator is not required and should only be included if his or her role is limited to chairing or introducing the session).
  • All presenters and moderators are given a discounted main conference registration fee.
  • Presenters and moderators are responsible for their own travel, hotel arrangements, and expenses.
  • If your session proposal is accepted, we may ask you for additional materials, including a presentation outline and a résumé/CV for each presenter.
  • Submit no more than two proposals, either as a lead presenter or copresenter. Get consent before you list other individuals as copresenters and provide their contact information.
  • As a lead presenter, you are responsible for sharing with your copresenters all information you receive from College Board staff about conference policies and logistics.
  • All session titles and descriptions, along with presenter names, job titles, and states, are published in the official conference program and mobile app, and will be edited for consistency and accuracy. We also ask that you supply a contact email address to be included in the program.

See the presenter FAQs page for more information.

Note: Session proposals promoting the purchase of books, materials, or services will not be considered for the conference program.

Because of space and time limitations, not all qualified proposals can be accepted. If your proposal is not accepted for this year's conference, please consider submitting one next year.

Notification of Decision

The Forum 2017 Program Planning Committee will review all proposals and notify you of its decision on your proposal on or before June 2, 2017.


Questions? Email us.

Writing Guidelines

Follow these guidelines when preparing your session proposal.

Read the Guidelines

Presenter FAQs

Get answers to your questions about presenting a session at Forum 2017.

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