54th Annual Conference 

College Park Marriott | Hyattsville, MD  

Whether you've been in the profession for two years, twenty years, or more, we invite you to share your expertise and SUBMIT A SESSION PROPOSAL (or multiple proposals) for our 54th Annual Conference at the College Park Marriott from May 2-4, 2019!  If you want to see what the program will look like, check out the Conference At-a-Glance.

Proposals should be on any area of interest to high school counselors and college admission professionals, including hot topics like those on our list of Suggested Session Topics, such DACA DREAMers,  Gender and the Admissions Process, Student Athlete Recruitment, and Anchor Talks.  Session proposals can be for a full 75-minute session or for a 7-10 minute 'Anchor Talk'.

Our conference sessions are the best opportunity for attendees to have a better understanding of the job they don't do and how it relates to that jobWe are looking for motivated, passionate presenters for our conference sessions and welcome all session proposals. However, we'd like to see if we can get beyond the typical sessions to provide some deeper understanding of the college process from all sides of the desk. When thinking about what you'd like to present, please consider co-presenting with someone who can offer another viewpoint on the same topic. For example, if you want to submit a session on working with transfer students, include a co-presenter or a panel of presenters who offer various viewpoints, such as a 2-year college admissions counselor, a 4-year college admissions counselor, a high school counselor and/or a community-based organization.  A person from each of these areas can offer great insight into the same topic. 

Completing the online form is easy if you have the following information ready before you submit:

  • contact information for submitter and each presenter
  • session title (70 characters or less)
  • session description (75 words or less)
  • current PCACAC membership status for all presenters/panelists - Companies wishing to present a conference session must have at least one PCACAC high school or college member as a co-presenter.
  • a brief biographical sketch of each presenter, to include educational background

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS interested in presenting for the first time at a PCACAC conference are invited to submit for a chance to receive free lodging for up to TWO nights if selected to present.  Conference registration and travel costs will not be covered.

The following criteria and limitations apply:

  1. The proposal must be submitted by a public high school counselor who works in the PCACAC region.
  2. The counselor must SUBMIT the session proposal AND confirm that this is their FIRST TIME presenting at a PCACAC conference by selecting that option on the proposal form.
  3. The award applies only to the submitter, not other presenters mentioned in the proposal.
  4. Up to six (6) awards will be presented.

Proposals are now due by Sunday, December 16, 2018. If selected, presentation is typically limited to two sessions per presenter.  The session review committee is eagerly anticipating your session proposal submission!  Submitters will be notified o/a the end of January, 2019.

Be part of the conference team!  VOLUNTEER on the Conference Planning Committee (CPC).

PCACAC | | [email protected] | 434-989-7557

Conference Chair:  Rosemary Martin, [email protected]

Sessions Chair:  Joel Lang, [email protected]