Important; The Pile of Business Documents on the DeskThe Call for Proposals is closed except for sessions within the Public Policy Strand – due February 1.

We had over 50 proposals submitted and we are in the process of a blind peer-review. Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2018 sessions!


NAPE envisions a world where every person is able to fulfill their potential through equal access to and equity in educational options that lead to the entire spectrum of career choices.

To get there requires leaders, thinkers, doers — each who are challenging the status quo, transforming culture, influencing people and initiating change.

Are you doing work that aims to increase student access, educational equity and workforce diversity? 

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is accepting proposals until January 7, 2018, for its annual National Summit for Educational Equity, and you are invited to submit to present. The Summit takes place April 16-19, 2018, at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. This year’s theme is Building Bridges to Strengthen Access, Equity and Diversity.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your message in front of hundreds of thought-leaders, change-makers, and practitioners.


We are seeking proposals that align to any of five strands.

  • Best practices for equitable learning environments: Topics may include racial equity, gender equity, cultural competence, disability services, support services for students with disabilities or other populations with high needs, transition to postsecondary services, open-education resources, or financial supports for low- income students.
  • Increasing access and equity in CTE and STEM: Topics may include innovative programs, increasing student access and success, engaging underrepresented populations, or dual/concurrent enrollment.
  • Building a diverse workforce: Topics may include employer engagement, work-based learning, apprenticeship, badging, certifications, internships, competency-based education, credit for prior learning, or transition to employment services for students with disabilities.
  • Equitable leadership practices: Topics may include leading with equity in mind, leading institutional change, or leading equitable environments.
  • Public Policy—Supporting equity and education: Topics may include- local policies proven to close equity gaps; local, state, and/or national collaborations impacting educational equity policy; advocacy strategies; or understanding equity policies in ESSA, IDEA, WIOA, Perkins, TANF, or civil rights laws.


This conference is designed for educators, workforce development professionals, and advocates dedicated to removing barriers to equitable opportunity in education and the workforce. The program will highlight strategies and solutions for preparing a diverse workforce for high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. Proposals should be drafted to address the following audiences: secondary/postsecondary educators, career and technical education and workforce development professionals, researchers, administrators, counselors, data specialists, business representatives, and/or nonprofit staff.

Proposal Tips and Guidelines

Workshops are 60-75 minutes in length. Successful presenters:

  • have firsthand experience with their topic and understand their audience;
  • provide practical-application-focused information;
  • engage participants in an activity or hands-on learning;
  • provide useful handouts for workshop attendees; and
  • present effective strategies focused on one or more special populations or other underrepresented groups.

Registration Information

Presenters must register for the Summit and must cover all expenses associated with travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals (other than those provided during the conference). The hotel room rate for the 2018 NSEE is $223 + tax. Presenters who choose to attend the conference only for their session will not be required to pay a registration fee. Full conference registration includes breakfast, lunch, and reception on Tuesday, breakfast on Wednesday, and breakfast and lunch on Thursday. Daily rates are also available.

Early Bird (2/16/18): NAPE Members, $545; Nonmembers, $650

Regular: NAPE Members, $624; Nonmembers, $729

Audiovisual Needs and Handouts

NAPE will provide a projector and screen for the presentation. All other audiovisual needs must be provided by the presenter—including laptop, internet access (via a personal hotspot), adapters, speakers, etc. An electronic copy of presentations must be uploaded to a digital folder prior to the conference.

How to Apply

All submissions must include all the information requested. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The submission deadline is January 7, 2018, and there will be no extension. Notification letters will be sent to the primary presenter via email early February of 2018. If selected to present, then you will have two weeks to notify NAPE of your of acceptance to present. The following information will be required:

Presenters: name, job title, organization, address, city, state, zip, phone, email, brief biography, head shot, social media links

Description of Presentation: 

  • Title of Presentation (to appear in the program guide)
  • Conference strand
  • Type of presentation: research/evaluation, tools, implementation/practice, outreach, other
  • Population(s) that your presentation will focus on: Single Parents, Individuals with Disabilities, Older Workers, Displaced Homemakers, Youth, Individuals Pursuing Nontraditional Careers, Individuals with Limited English Proficiency, Underrepresented Groups in STEM, Economically Disadvantaged, Veterans or Military Personnel, Adult Learners, Specific Ethnic/Racial Population, Other
  • Intended audience for your presentation and your expectations about their level of experience with your topic.
  • Abstract (max. 500 characters including spaces) that describes your presentation. The abstract will be used for the program guide. NAPE reserves the right to edit the abstract.
  • Full description (max. 10,000 characters including spaces) of the proposed presentation. Because successful presenters will meet the criteria noted in the ‘proposal tips and guidelines’ section, please include explanations to each in your description.

Availability: Identify the day(s) you are available to present (Tuesday, April 17, 2018 and/or Thursday, April 19, 2018)

DEADLINE: Please submit your proposal prior to January 7, 2018.

Let’s increase our capacity to influence change by sharing and learning from one another!