Transitioning to Tomorrow: College and Career Readiness for Success

is the theme of World Future Forum 2019. The goal of the Forum is to examine and fit together the following individual “pieces” of the complex puzzle that is secondary and post high school education:

College Transition and Persistence

High school graduates’ transitions to college ​​can be very difficult​–especially for low-income, first generation students. Social, ​cultural, and academic ​barriers influence a college student​’s ​persistence​. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not be limited to:​ transitional support, college campus tours, mentorship, tutoring, and more.​

Workforce Skills and Demands

Today’s high school and college graduates face ​a changing landscape of the workforce. ​From ​increased ​competitiveness to ​the increasing use of ​automation instead of manpower​, new graduates need to be prepared ​for a volatile market​. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not ​be ​limited to: ​jobs in ​technology​ and engineering​, entrepreneurship, professional writing, interpersonal skills​ in business​, global ​communications​, and more. ​

Next Generation High Schools

Next Generation H​igh S​chools are a hot topic of discussion in U.S. education. How do academics redesign high school curricula to address this growing movement in customized instruction? How do educators adapt pedagogic practices to align with post-secondary success in a more individualized structure? ​Presentation subtopics that ​may ​fit in this category include, but not ​be ​limited to:​ ​teaching ​STEM, ​​customizing ​c​urricul​a​, ​teacher ​training, ​classroom ​innovation​, ​project​-​based learning​, and more​.

College and Career Outcomes of High Schools

While there is little argument that college preparation in high school is imp​erative​, there is debate ​among scholars ​as to what extent high schools prepare students for careers. This makes for an excellent topic to examine the different perspectives on college and career preparedness in ​high schools. ​Ar​e the​se programs​ effective? What is working and what isn’t? Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not ​be ​limited to: ​academic performance, employment rates, dropout and graduation statistics, outcome variations between low-income and high-income schools, and more.​

Academic Preparation for College Readiness

High schools—even many middle schools—integrate college readiness preparation into their curricula in a variety of ways​. To what extent is college readiness effectively preparing students for the college​ experience—academically, socially, and financially?​ What is the student perspective on college readiness prep​aration​? Are we ​serving their best interests? Let’s look at what’s working and what isn’t. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category may include, but not be limited to: community college prep vs. ​4-​year school prep; campus tours, individual counseling, associates degrees vs. bachelors, trade-specific school prep, and more.

Post-High School Challenges

​Most​ college ​freshmen​ fac​e​ ​”campus culture shock​”​—and to different degrees. ​New college students are coping with social changes and ​a ​more rigorous​ course schedule.​ They are also faced with the new challenge of independence and self-motivation. Some students ​face​ the additional challenges ​such as ​language barriers, financial struggles, and social anxiety. Presentation ​sub​topics​ in this category m​ay​​ ​include, but not be limited to​: charter school students’ acclimation to college vs.”​regular​” school acclimation, identity crises, student development theory, transitioning-to-adulthood struggles, newfound independence, time management, and more.​

Technology and Innovation in Education

The debate on technology in the classroo​ms ​is heated. But whether you are in favor of a high technology presence in the ​high school and college ​curricul​a or not, it’s clear that technology is increasingly integrating itself into academic.​ So what does this mean for our students? Presentation subtopics in this category may include, but not be limited to: tablets in the classroom, online learning, teaching online classes, low-income student access to technology, and more.

Proposal Submission Mar. 29, 2019
Notification of Abstract Acceptance / Rejection Immediately upon receipt of proposal
Best Practice Presentation Description Mar. 29, 2019
Registration Deadline for Presenters Mar. 30, 2019
Palmer House Hilton Chicago Cut-Off date for special discounted sleeping room rate of $159 for the conference participants. Book your room here! Apr. 5, 2019
Registration deadline for participants (a participant is an attendee that does not submit or present a paper, but attends sessions) *Regular registration deadline is on April 5, 2019. Apr. 15, 2019
Conference Dates Apr. 25 – 26, 2019

World Future Forum is extending an opportunity for presentations on best practices. There are only limited spots available. We believe attendees will greatly benefit from your best practices and insights related to our conference topics.

Individuals who are selected to present at World Future Forum in Chicago on April 25 & 26, 2019 will receive a conference registration discount. All presenters and conference attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses.

If you are interested, click the “submit a proposal” button below for consideration. The World Future Forum Team will get back to you immediately.

Format of Presentation

  • 1 presenter per 50-minute breakout session
  • A PowerPoint presentation is required of each presenter
  • Presentations should be engaging
  • Moderators for breakout sessions are optional

Each presenter will:

  • introduce themselves and their presentation
  • present information and best practices that are relevant to the audience of international educators
  • answer audience questions

Technology Needs:

  • A dedicated representative of World Future Forum work with each presenter before and during the presentations to assist with technology or any other needs.