Call for Proposals
The Independent Educational Consultants Association sponsors a series of conferences, workshops, and meetings in various parts of the country. Two national conferences are scheduled each year, typically in May and November. The programs, which attract more than a thousand participants, span several days and include sessions designed solely for IECA members as well as a Professional Day Program, designed to meet the needs of admissions and administrative representatives and other educational professionals from schools, colleges, and programs.
The IECA Program Committee is responsible for coordinating the complete conference schedule of workshops, seminars, and speakers. The committee will review all proposals and make its decisions based on experience of the presenter(s), timeliness and relevance of the topic, general quality of the proposal, usefulness of information, and potential to attract and engage conference attendees. In seeking to maintain an overall balance of topics, it is inevitable that the committee will be unable to accept, or may defer, some excellent proposals. Proposals that promote individual programs, institutions, or commercial materials are considered inappropriate.
We will open the proposal site for our Washington, DC conference in January 2017, and we'll provide a link on this page to our proposal site at that time.
Proposal Submission Information
You can submit up to two session proposals per conference. Instructions on how to submit multiple proposals are listed on the proposal site.
Proposals that are geared to our knowledgeable, highly educated, and experienced audience; present new information on various points of view; experienced presenter(s); timeliness and relevance of the topic; usefulness of information; and potential to attract and engage conference attendees. Proposals that seem designed to promote a particular program, school, or product, will not be accepted.
We look for a wide range of session topics that will be valuable to various groups of attendees, including:
• Current issues in admissions.
• Consulting, counseling, and admission staff skills.
• Topics related to adolescent issues: learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties.
• Independent Educational Consultant business and professional information.
• Knowledge-based topics for those working in school, college, and therapeutic environments.
• Sessions that enhance knowledge and understanding of admission, marketing, and business solutions.
• Sessions that are offered at a wide range of knowledge and skill levels (basic, intermediate, and/or advanced).
IECA will give priority to sessions using presenters from more than one institution or program, as diverse points of view are preferred. This includes sessions that feature presenters from multiple schools, or feature an IEC along with an admission representative or service. An ideal number of presenters is 3-4 on a panel. Sessions for IECA's Fall Conference in New Orleans can be downloaded here, and may provide you with a sense of accepted sessions.
For more information, contact Valerie Vasquez-Guzman, IECA's Manager of Education Programs at [email protected] or 703-591-4850 ext. 6977