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Deadline: November 29, 2019

Sharing Your Knowledge

The College Board NASAI conference assembles education professionals from across the nation to discuss new solutions and approaches that will help Native students succeed. Share your experiences, creative solutions, and insights by submitting a session proposal that showcases programs and partnerships impacting student opportunity.

Describing Your Session

NASAI is a venue for all education professionals to share their ideas—sessions can be led by teachers, college presidents, financial aid officers, school counselors, or any other professional from across the broad spectrum of education. Given the great range of ideas and audiences at NASAI, your description should make the topic and target audience of your session completely clear.

Keep in mind that, if accepted, your session title and description will be published online and in the conference program. All NASAI attendees should be able to quickly read your description and clearly understand what will be learned in your session. Avoid using abbreviations, acronyms, or references that attendees might not be familiar with.

Proposal Requirements and Review

Your session proposal will be reviewed by the NASAI National Advisory Committee, a cross-professional group of educators from across the country. Your proposed session should:

  • Present programs, practices, and models that have been effective with, developed by, and/or created for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students.
  • Utilize research or practices relevant to Native education.
  • Address different learning styles by including visuals, handouts, or hands-on activities. Use of technology is highly recommended.
  • Be scheduled for approximately 60 minutes, including 10 minutes for Q&A.
  • Not be a repeat session from a previous NASAI conference.

The committee will evaluate your proposed session using these criteria:

  • Relevance: Is the topic of the session significant and aligned with conference topic areas? Can it be used to help Native students succeed?
  • Innovation: Will the session present creative new solutions, insights, or approaches?
  • Perspective: Does the proposed session represent multiple perspectives on the topic? Does it address both student and professional experience?
  • Effectiveness: Will the session present ideas or strategies that are supported by data and have proven successful in the classroom?
  • Application: Is the session applicable to a broad spectrum of K–12 or higher education communities? Will it suggest methods for implementing ideas or strategies?
  • Interactivity: Does the proposed session encourage interaction with attendees, i.e., discussions, activities, simulations, gaming, or other ways to engage the audience?
  • Participant learning outcomes: Does the proposal present clear, measurable, and significant learning outcomes for session participants?

The committee will review all proposals and notify you of its decision in January 2020.

Session Subject Areas

We are especially interested in sessions that address these subjects:

  • Programming and activities that lead American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students to apply to four or more colleges or universities.
  • Changing what’s expected of students in order to improve academic achievement.
  • Overcoming challenges to student success, such as the lack of role models, persistent poverty concerns, community pressures, and the challenges faced by rural education systems.
  • Improving multicultural recruitment and retention, both in rigorous courses that lead to college readiness and at higher education institutions.
  • Developing, implementing, and assessing innovative teaching strategies and successful academic programs for K–12 and higher education.
  • Helping Native students explore career aspirations through careful planning and by assessing their abilities, interests, and goals.
  • Establishing a consistent student support and counseling services model to assist students who have potential as first-generation college students.
  • Supporting students in transition from high school to college and from community college to a four-year institution.
  • Demystifying funding and financial aid so that education professionals can better serve their students.
  • Using multimedia platforms and technology in the classroom to enhance learning.
  • Leading advocacy initiatives and implementing policy changes.
  • Creating P–20 partnerships and involving parents, families, and tribal communities in advocating for and supporting their students on the path to college.



Conference Costs

All presenters must register for the conference—presenters are offered a discount on the conference registration fee. Presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel arrangements, and expenses. Submit a session proposal only if you are able to secure funding to attend the conference and are available to present at any time during the conference.

A/V Equipment

Presenters will have access to an LCD or digital projector, screen, speakers, and standard VGA cables for a PC laptop. You must bring your own connectors if you plan to use a Mac computer. 

Other Considerations

Given time and space constraints, as well as our need to develop a balanced program, we may not be able to accept all exceptional proposals. If your proposal is not accepted for this year's conference, we encourage you to consider submitting a proposal for other College Board conferences.

All session titles and descriptions, along with presenter names, job titles, institutions, and states are part of the official conference program and will be edited for consistency and accuracy.


Questions? Contact us at [email protected].