InterActivity 2019 Call for Session Proposals

Be Part of the Program: Submit a Session Proposal

Submission deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Interactivity 2019: FearLESS, May 8-11, hosted by the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, will use Colorado's spirit of adventure as a catalyst for discussion. With sessions that challenge and inspire us to think boldly about the work we do, to question norms and assumed barriers, to take strategic risks in exhibit, program, and business development, and to think about our role in communities—challenging us to go from a a force.

We invite you to submit a session proposal for the conference. How has your museum overcome its fears? We want the daring and spirited as well as the nuts and bolts. Discuss your ideas on the Interactivity Groupsite to build a proposal.

Session Information

Your proposal will be considered for one of the Concurrent Professional Development Sessions that make up a large part of the InterActivity program. These sessions may be scheduled on Thursday, May 9, Friday, May 10, or Saturday, May 11, 2019. See the Interactivity 2018 Final Program as an example of scheduling.

  • All sessions are 75-minutes. If you are proposing a double session, indicate this in your title (e.g., Parts 1 and 2) and in the session plan.
  • Sessions have a maximum of one moderator and four presenters. The session chair must participate in the session.
  • Presenters may not participate in more than two Interactivity sessions.

Building a Session Proposal

Trust us. Our reading of many session evaluations allows us to offer these suggestions as you develop a proposal:

  • Download the Session Proposal Form pdf. While it's not a fillable pdf, use it to pre-write the proposal. 
  • Be mindful of how much content can be delivered in 75 minutes. Be realistic
  • Avoid show-and-tell, instead include how you did what you did and how attendees can apply the information at their museums.
  • Plan your session so that attendees will be actively engaged rather than passively receiving information. See What We Know About Interactivity Attendees.
  • Include multiple perspectives: presenters from small, medium, and large museums, from different job areas, from both inside and outside the museum field, etc.
  • Attend the webinar, Writing an Interactivity 2019 Session Proposal on Wednesday, June 13, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT.

Need assistance? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sr. Director, Professional Development

Session Chair Responsibilities

The success of an Interactivity session is the result of careful planning, communication, collaboration, and cooperation. The session chair leads these efforts. Session chairs agree to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Secure and confirm session presenters.
    • Gets confirmation from each presenter that his/her institution supports participation, including funding for registration and travel.
    • Advises presenters that they are responsible for registering themselves by the Early Bird Deadline. ACM does not give complimentary registration, honoraria, or pay travel expenses to presenters at InterActivity. Note: presenters from outside the museum field, e.g., academics, may be eligible for a complimentary one-day registration at the discretion of ACM. 
    • Advises presenters that they may not use the session to promote products or services of any kind.
    • Advises presenters that if the proposal is accepted, they must be available to present on any day of the conference, May 9-11. 
  • Plan the session from start to delivery at InterActivity 2019.
  • Meet all deadlines set by ACM.
  • Maintain timely communication with presenters, ACM, and Program Committee "shepherd" who will be assigned to the session upon acceptance.
  • Rehearse the session with all presenters in advance of delivery at InterActivity.
  • Ensure development of useful handouts for distribution onsite and for posting to the ACM website after the conference.
  • Review all session presentations and handouts in advance of the conference to ensure quality and consistency.
  • Collects all presentation materials and handouts and uploads them to the ACM Basecamp folder by May 31, 2019.

Note: failure to meet these obligations will jeopardize acceptance of future session proposals.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Proposals submitted by July 31 will be reviewed by the InterActivity 2019 Program Committee and evaluated according to the following criteria.

  • The proposed session conveys adaptable practices, practical tools, new research, or innovative strategies.
  • The session plan outlines a clear picture of what attendees can expect during the session: who will speak on what topic and for how long, and how attendees will participate.
  • The proposal's learning objects are realistic and achievable.
  • Proposal describes useful handouts for distribution to attendees onsite and for posting to the ACM website after the conference.
  • Presenters are confirmed and provide diverse perspectives on the topic. Proposals with content experts from outside the children's museum field will receive priority.

Online Proposal Submission

All session proposals must be submitted through the online Session Proposal Form by Tuesday, July 31, 2018.


June 13: Writing an Interactivity 2019 Session Proposal webinar
July 31: Proposal submission deadline
August: Evaluation by InterActivity 2019 Program Committee
September: Program Committee selects proposals for inclusion in the InterActivity 2019 program
By October 31: ACM sends notification of Program Committee decisions to session chairs

Interested in Serving on the InterActivity 2019 Program Committee?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sr. Director, Professional Development who will send the application form.