InterActivity 2019 Call for Session Proposals

Be Part of the Program: Submit a Session Proposal

The deadline to submit a session proposal has passed. Thank you to all those who submitted a proposal! This page will remain up for a few more weeks for informational purposes, including the timeline. 


July 31: Proposal submission deadline
August: InterActivity 2019 Program Committee reviews and evaluates session proposals
September: Program Committee selects proposals for inclusion in the InterActivity 2019 program
By October 31: ACM sends notification of Program Committee decisions to all session chairs


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/moderators 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 and use it to pre-write your proposal. It's not a fillable pdf, but is useful as a guide.
  • Be mindful of how much content can be delivered in 75 minutes. Be realistic about the number of presenters and how much time activities take.
  • What topics would the field like to see addressed at InterActivity 2019? Review the lists of Inspiration and Kick-Start Ideas
  • Your session will provide professional development for attendees. No show-and-tell, instead include how you did what you did and how attendees can apply the information you present 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. Hint: Ask potential presenters to use the ACM What Size is Your Museum? chart to determine their institution's size category.
  • Reach out to others through the InterActivity Session Ideas Exchange Groupsite. Open to all, though you will need to set up a new account (your ACM portal username and password will not work). Get feedback on your ideas and recruit presenters.
  • Watch the recording from Writing an InterActivity 2019 Session Proposal webinar, Wednesday, June 20, and download the presentation slides.

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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, nonmuseum service organizations, 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 they will be required to complete and return a Session Presenter Agreement
    • Advises presenters that if the proposal is accepted, they must be available to present on any day of the conference, May 9-11, and that they may not participate in more than two InterActivity sessions. 
  • 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.
  • Collect 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, take-home tools, new research and its application, or innovative strategies. 
  • The proposal's learning objectives are realistic and achievable.
  • 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, how attendees will participate, and what attendees can expect to take away.
  • 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 extra consideration.