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Announcing the Call for Proposals:

The deadline for presentation proposal submissions for the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting has passed. All proposals have been reviewed and notification of proposal status sent. Details regarding session type and specific date/time will be forthcoming.

The description of the meeting’s theme can be found at our Meeting Theme page. Please note that we have a variety of session types and formats; they are also listed below.


Session Formats

The following are the session/presentation format types that the conference organizers may assign a proposal (times indicated are subject to change per scheduling needs):

Poster Presentation
This 45 minute session allows for one-on-one interaction between a presenter and a participant. By using a 24” x 36” poster that visually displays an idea, program, project, or event, presenters will be able to give and receive immediate feedback, and create relationships with participants of similar interests.

Lightning Round
A moderated presentation session driven by quick, succinct PowerPoints. Following in the vein of the Pecha Kucha model, (although we give you a little more time than 6 minutes and 40 seconds) each presenter has 10 minutes to hit the salient points of a program, project, event, or idea. This session format elicits dialogue around a particular theme after the five individual theme-related presentations have been given in succession. PowerPoint presentations must be turned in to the national office two weeks prior to the conference.

Concurrent Presentation
A longer format session between 30 and 60 minutes, concurrent presentations are perfect for multiple presenters who are together submitting one collaborative proposal, as each presentation receives approximately 20 minutes of speaking time, followed by immediate and individualized Q&A.

Teaching Demonstration
Step into a civically engaged classroom and see how one faculty member is making it work. These 40 minute sessions give a taste of what it is like to be a student in a classroom enhanced by democratic learning.

Round Table Discussion
Presenter facilitated discussion based on big-picture issues, campus or regional scenarios, or topics that need problem solving or input from other meeting participants in an intimate setting.

 How to implement engagement in and out of the classroom surrounding veterans’ education to encourage more involvement and understanding from veterans and civilians alike.

Highly interactive, these sessions work through best practices that will enhance civic engagement in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. Learn from those who have already done it, and gain useful, practical, hands-on experience so you can implement those same strategies on your own campus.

These 90 minute sessions do not merely tell of an experience, program, or event, but teach participants how to do it themselves through dynamic activities and materials.

Listen to expert panelists as they talk about a particular topic or issue. These scholarly sessions bring together colleagues who want to convey theory and ideas surrounding a particular topic and communicate to the audience their work.

Session Themes

Proposals may be organized into strands regarding the following session themes:

  • Civic pathways (conference theme)
  • 21st century citizenship skills
  • Assessment of civic learning
  • Community partnerships, engagement & organizing
  • Increasing civic participation of disengaged student populations
  • Diversity and social justice
  • Global citizenship and engagement
  • Infusing civic learning into curriculum (e.g., STEM, arts & humanities, social sciences, professional fields)
  • Institutionalization of civic learning and engagement
  • Political engagement
  • Programs, projects, and events on campus
  • Research & theory
  • Service-learning
  • Student activism & organizing
  • Teacher education