Call for Presentation Proposals

2017 New CTE Teacher Conference

November 6-8, 2017 | Crowne Plaza Hotel | Austin, Texas

The New Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Conference is a professional development program sponsored by the Texas Education Agency. It is designed to help new CTE teachers gain the knowledge and resources needed to be successful in the CTE classroom. Conference planners are seeking presentation proposals from experienced CTE professionals who would like to share their knowledge and resources with new CTE teachers. All sessions should provide attendees with specific skills, strategies, tools, and/or resources that new CTE teachers can readily use in their CTE classrooms.

Please note that this conference is sponsored with state and federal funds for new Texas CTE teachers. No presentations that sell, solicit, or promote the sale of vendor products can be permitted. All presentations must be reviewed and approved by the Texas Education Agency in advance.

Presentation Details and Deadline

  • Dates: November 6-8, 2017
  • Presentation length: 45 minutes
  • Set-up time: 10 minutes prior to the session unless other arrangements are confirmed in writing.
  • Room set up: All rooms will be set classroom style unless other arrangements are confirmed in writing.
  • AV Equipment: LCD projector and screen will be set-up in each meeting room. Presenters are responsible for all other AV equipment.
  • Laptop computers: Presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptops.
  • Handouts:  Copies of handouts and presentation materials will be made available to participants electronically through the conference app and Livebinder.  Presenters will be responsible for bringing hard copies of handouts if desired.
  • Audience: Participants will be new CTE teachers with less than four years of CTE teaching experience. Attendance at most breakout sessions is expected to be 25-30 people. Some presentations may be selected in advance as “mega-breakouts” with as many as 70-80 attendees.

Deadline for proposals: June 30, 2017

Review and Selection of Proposals

Conference planners will review each proposal carefully. Proposals will be accepted based on the following criteria:

  • Career Cluster Focus: Conference planners would like to offer multiple sessions targeting each of the sixteen nationally designated Career Clusters®, Therefore, one consideration will be which cluster(s) the presentation is best suited. Presenters will be asked to indicate on the proposal form which Career Clusters the presentation is designed to serve.
  • Presentation Focus: Conference planners will be looking for presentations that offer valuable instructional resources and strategies specific to the career and technical education classroom. Presenters will be asked to indicate the presentation focus on the proposal form. The form also allows the presenter to enter the presentation title and a summary of its content.
  • Learning Objectives: Conference planners will assess the quality of the proposals based on the clarity and appropriateness of the learning objectives for new CTE teachers. Presenters will be asked to describe the presentation’s learning objective(s).
  • Additional Information and Documentation: The proposal form includes space to include additional information if necessary. You also will be able to attach one (1) file to the online application. Presenters may want to include their resumes, a sample of their presentation materials, or other documentation. The document can be a PDF, Word document, photo, or other digital file.
  • Phone Interviews: Conference planners may be contacting presenters for additional information and references before making final presentation selections for the New CTE Teacher Conference.

Steps for Submitting Presentation Proposals

Step 1: Open the online presentation proposal form by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

Step 2: Complete the online form, double-check your entries, and then click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the form.

Step 3: Wait 15-30 minutes to receive a submission confirmation email from CTE Professional Development Programs. If it is not received, check your spam, junk mail, and clutter folders. If you do not receive a confirmation email, email or call 361-825-5966 to verify that your submission was received and to request a duplicate confirmation email.

Step 4: The confirmation email will include all of the information that was entered on the proposal form. If you discover an error, you may email corrections to DO NOT SUBMIT A DUPLICATE PROPOSAL.

Step 5: Presenters will be notified by August 31, 2017 whether their presentation proposal was accepted. Questions regarding your proposal’s status should be emailed to Please note that correspondence from the planning committee will be send to the Primary Contact listed on the proposal form.