2019 Call for Session Proposals
Call for Session
SNEAPA 2019: Rethink • Reinvest • Renew
MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA
The Call for Session Proposals is now closed. Thank you for all your responses - we have a record 96 Session Proposals to review! We anticipate making final decisions mid-summer.
Submission Deadline: Extended! JUNE 21st 11:59 pm
Proposals at https://forms.gle/bhiNogxktyUi8pmU7
Downloadable PDF (please note that the PDF has not been updated with the extended deadline): 2019 SNEAPA Call for Sessions Final.pdf
Share your expertise and experiences in planning,
development, and related fields by submitting a session proposal for the 2019
Southern New England American Planning Association (SNEAPA) Planning
Conference. The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association
(APA-MA), in collaboration with the Rhode Island and Connecticut Chapters of
the American Planning Association, is hosting this annual event at the
MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA on October 17 and 18, 2019.
The SNEAPA Conference attracts up to 700 planners,
engineers, architects, landscape architects, academics, students, and other
professionals in the public, private, institutional, and non-profit sectors
from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and the surrounding regions.
Session Proposal Format
We seek session proposals that will provide attendees with
knowledge and skills necessary to apply best practices in planning, design, and
public engagement. Priority will be given to sessions that are engaging to the
audience and provide hands-on training and skill-building. In addition to
general sessions that will be widely-applicable and interesting to our
attendees, the 2019 SNEAPA Committee is seeking proposals that tie in with this
year’s conference theme of Rethink • Reinvest • Renew, are interdisciplinary in
nature, provide participants with an opportunity to build their professional
skill set, or are new and exciting with a focus on current trends in planning. Specifically, the conference committee would
like to offer sessions that focus on: reinventing in post-industrial
cities/communities, adaptive reuse and neighborhood revitalization (mill
buildings, malls, big box stores, etc.), integrating story telling into your
planning projects, implementing pop-ups, public art, place-making, or similar
projects, creating “third spaces”, and technical or skill building sessions
such as mediation, project management, running a good meeting, plan reading,
site plan review, etc.
New for SNEAPA 2019 is the addition of Fast and Funny Sessions. By
popular demand, the SNEAPA Committee is offering an opportunity for planners to
show off their funny side! A variety of five- to ten-minute presentations will
be assembled into a full session block designed to entertain and inform
attendees. These presentations should be short, funny, and/or creative. Session
proposals should focus on a specific project, planning passion, short story, or
visual essay from a personal point of view.
SNEAPA 2019 will also offer a limited number of APA Division-sponsored
sessions. Presenters wishing to offer a Division-sponsored session must get the
endorsement of the APA Division’s Committee Chair. A list of APA National's Divisions
can be found at: https://www.planning.org/divisions/.
All session proposals shall offer a professionally-relevant
learning experience to planners, students, and other professionals interested
in local or regional planning, community engagement, infrastructure, and
regulatory process. Certified planners will look to your session for a specific
educational opportunity that can be used for AICP Certification Maintenance
(CM) credit. If you feel your session would also qualify for another
organization’s continuing education program, please include that in your
Proposals should be designed for a 75-minute session.
However, some 60- or 90-minute sessions may be available on a competitive
Session Proposal Review Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed on their:
- Creativity and strength: The Conference Committee is seeking new and exciting sessions that have not been presented at recent planning conferences.
- Completeness: Incomplete session proposals will not be accepted or reviewed. If you are proposing an interactive session, please be sure to include all the details.
- Relevance to conference theme, current planning trends, and professional skill-building.
- Diversity, quality, and relevant background of presenters: The Conference Committee seeks multidisciplinary sessions with presenters from multiple professions and/or organizations.
- Applicability of topic to all three states (with the exception of sessions submitted as Local Interest): Sessions should provide information and learning objectives that are relevant to a wide array of conference attendees.
- Educational objectives: With very few exceptions, sessions should be eligible for AICP CM credits. Sessions that meet the educational objectives of another professional certification program are encouraged.
- Session format/audience participation/engagement: All session formats will be considered, but we hope to go beyond an hour of PowerPoint presentations with Q and A.
Session Proposal Content
Proposals will be judged on quality and completeness.
Proposals must include the following information:
short, interesting title that accurately reflects the focus of your session.Topic:
Please choose one of the following topics from the drop-down menu.
Local (Springfield and Pioneer Valley) Interest
Law or Ethics
Mobile Workshop: If you have a mobile workshop
idea in mind, please email us at email@example.com
ASAP so we can work with you on logistics and planning!
Technical Tools and Professional Skill Building
Fast and Funny
Interdisciplinary or Planning-Adjacent
Reinventing Post-Industrial Cities/Communities
Adaptive Reuse and Community Revitalization
Affordable and Market Rate Housing
Community Engagement and Public Participation
Environmental, Energy, or Infrastructure
Land Use or Zoning and Ordinances/Bylaws
Municipal Planning (Including Small Town/Rural
Natural Resource Preservation/Conservation
Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Planning
Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity
Sustainability, Resiliency, and Adaptation
Transportation and Transit Planning
Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and
Creating New Public/Community Spaces
Other (please provide)
Provide a short summary that clearly identifies the background, methods,
outcomes, and conclusions of your session. Please indicate if it is endorsed by
a Division. (200 word limit)
Clearly define what information, concept, or idea you want your audience to
take away from your session. Identify why this information is relevant and
important for your audience to know. (60 word limit)
5. Theme: Explain
how your session links to this year’s conference theme (as applicable). This
year’s theme is Rethink • Reinvest • Renew. (100 word limit)
Format: Define the format of the session (workshop, panel, hands-on, etc.)
and explain how your session will engage the audience. If you are proposing an
interactive or hands-on session format, please clearly specify what type(s) of
engagement or activity attendees will participate in. Indicate presentation
length and any specific requests for the room layout, equipment, or materials.
All rooms will have microphones, projectors, laptop computers, screens, and
internet access (though wi-fi strength for video streaming is not guaranteed).
Certification Maintenance (CM) Criteria: Describe how your session offers a
professionally-relevant learning experience and meets the educational needs of
a typical AICP-Certified planner. Sessions must meet the CM Eligibility
Criteria: 1) Activities must (a) meet a planning related objective, (b) be
unbiased and non-promotional, and (c) communicate a clearly identified
educational purpose or objective; 2) Activities must (a) be led by one or more
experts on the subject matter discussed, (b) use learning methodologies and
formats that are appropriate to the activity’s educational purpose, (c) involve
the use of materials that do not include proprietary information, and (d) be
timed in a manner consistent with the time for which the activity was
registered for CM credit (75 minutes = 1.25 CM credits) and that only the
portion of the activity meeting CM criteria is registered for CM credit (300
Professional Certification: If applicable, explain how your session meets
the educational requirements of another professional certification program
(such as ASLA, AIA, PE, LEED AP, etc.).
/ Conference Contact: Identify the organizer of your session. This person
will be SNEAPA’s contact for your session and will be responsible for
submitting your session presentation before the conference. Provide name,
organization, email address and phone number for Contact. If this is a
division-sponsored session, please provide contact information for the
appropriate Division(s) Chair.
Information for Session Presenters: Provide each presenter’s name, title, organization,
professional credentials (AICP, PE, AIA, LEED AP, etc.), email address, and
phone number. If the presenter’s professional credentials are not listed here,
they will not be listed in the conference program or on the SNEAPA website.
Biographies: A short biography is required for each presenter (100 word
limit per presenter)
Notes and Requirements for Speakers/Presenters
All speakers and presenters MUST register for the SNEAPA Conference. Presenters who attend the
conference only to present their
session will not be charged a registration fee. Unfortunately, we cannot include
meals, any other sessions, or other conference-related activities or expenses
for presenters who do not pay for the conference.
SNEAPA is not responsible for handouts, shipping, handling,
or storage of materials while at the conference or for any lost or stolen
materials or equipment. SNEAPA does not reimburse speakers for parking or any
other conference-related expenses.
Submission of Session Proposals
The deadline for submitting proposals is June 21, 2019. Late or incomplete
proposals will not be accepted. The Committee asks that you submit session
proposals at https://forms.gle/bhiNogxktyUi8pmU7.
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.