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Call for Presenters

The ACA is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Instructor Trainer Conference, to be hosted in Richmond, Virginia on October 4-6.


A survey was sent to all ACA Instructor Trainers, Educators, and IT Candidates, in which they had the opportunity to indicate their preferred topics, presentation formats, social activities, and other relevant conference components.


The results of the survey show that the majority of ITs and ITEs are interested in professional development presentations that address:

  1. Supporting paddler learning
  2. Information sharing, networks, and mentorship
  3. Improving performance
  4. Integrating practice in paddler development
  5. Developing standards & competencies
  6. Feedback & evaluation

The ACA conference planning committee  is seeking high quality educational sessions to speak to these content areas.


The proposal submission timeline is as follows:

  • Presentation proposals accepted until Friday, May 24th
  • Proposals will be reviewed until Friday, June 14th
  • Selections made & presentation schedule finalized by Friday, June 21st 

Please use the form below to submit your proposal. Please fill out separate submission forms if you intend to submit multiple proposals.


If your proposal is accepted we will provide a presenter agreement to you, which will need to be signed and returned by July 15.  All questions regarding proposal submissions should be directed to the SEI Department.


Please fill out separate submission forms if you intend to submit multiple proposals.

In the 'Presentation Upload' box below, please include the following, in order, for your submission.
-Presentation Title
-Presentation Abstract (400 word maximum)
-Presentation Summary
-Biographical Sketch (150 word maximum)

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