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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? 

We are currently seeking Public Policy proposals

  • Public Policy—Advocacy and policy education around federal legislation and regulatory policies which support and protect equity and diversity in education and workforce development: Subject matter may address federal initiatives focusing on closing the skills gap; federal funding and appropriations for secondary and post-secondary programs, career and technical education (CTE), recognized Apprenticeship programs, STEM, AI and Automation and the Future of Work; equity policies and strategies pertaining to gender, race, ethnicity, disability, underrepresented populations, veterans, re-entry and ESL; Legislative focus may include (but not limited to) HEA, WIOA, Title IX, Dual Enrollment, Equal Pay, civil rights and social justice initiatives.

Due to the transitionary nature that is the U.S. Congress, Public Policy submissions ONLY will receive an ‘extended submission deadline of January 25, 2020 – after the State of the Union. Public Policy workshop slots are limited so interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their proposals for consideration as soon as possible. Please indicate if your proposal has any media restrictions. Like all other NAPE workshop submissions, Public Policy proposals must include all of the information requested. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Notification letters/emails will be sent to the primary presenter via email by or before February 20, 2020. Selected presenters will have two weeks to accept the invitation.

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



This conference is designed for educators, workforce development professionals, and advocates dedicated to removing barriers to equitable opportunity in education and the workforce. 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.

To Apply

All submissions must include the following information. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The submission deadline is December 6, 2019. Notification letters will be sent to the primary presenter via email before the end January of 2020. Selected presenters will have two weeks to accept the invitation.

Presenter Information:
Name, job title, organization, address, city, state, zip, phone, email, brief biography, headshot and social media links.

Description of Presentation:
Title of Presentation

– 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.

Identify the day(s) you are available to present (Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and Thursday, April 23, 2020)

Proposal Tips and Guidelines
Workshops are 60 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.
  • align with the theme of the conference.

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.

DEADLINE: Please submit your proposal prior to December 6, 2019.

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