Call for Sessions

Similar to last year, the 2018 APA-IL State Conference will offer sessions in several different formats. This will allow for greater variety and the opportunity for attendees to learn in different ways.


A tradition for the APA‐IL State Conference. These sessions focus on one topic and feature a collection of speakers with common experience, but varying perspectives, on a given topic. These sessions may include a moderator and are given in presentation form with questions from the audience at the end.


A facilitated discussion session allows attendees to share ideas and experiences on a given topic. The format allows for greater participation than traditional topical panel presentations. Facilitated discussion sessions focus on one topic that has broad appeal yet is specialized enough to allow participants to share their experiences with others. Organizers of these sessions may recruit one or two individuals that are known to have some expertise on the topic but their primary role is to lead the discussion and be ready with an overview and prompting questions.


These sessions provide for a demonstration or instruction of a technical aspect of the profession such as a software demonstration (e.g., GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, etc.) or examples of how to use specific tools of the trade (e.g., hand drawing, pro formas, data collection using online resources like the Census, etc.). While this session is not intended to be an opportunity to sell a service or product, it does give attendees a chance to learn a new technical skill, brush up on a skill that hasn’t been used in a while, or at least see how specific tools can enhance their work.


The APA‐IL Chapter State Conference always features sessions that focus on issues relating to planning law and ethics. Law and ethics sessions are required for Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for AICP planners. These sessions are typically presentation style but also include creative ways to engage attendees.


Please complete the following form to ensure your proposed session is considered for the 2018 State Conference. The deadline to propose a session is Friday, June 8, 2018. Email notification of selected sessions will be issued to session organizers before the end of day Friday, July 27, 2018.

Sessions 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, (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.

QUESTIONS? Contact the 2018 Program Committee:

  • Marcy Knysz, Manhard Consulting –
  • Charlotte O’Donnell Obodzinski, Pace –
  • Drew Awsumb, City of Highland Park –


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