Special Events

Special Events
We have many exciting events planned for this year's Annual Conference, and will be adding more information as we get closer! Learn more below, and make sure to check back as we'll be adding more details soon! 

For a full schedule, click here to view the Program at a Glance. 
For Educational Sessions, click here
For Meal Functions, click here  

Friday, June 26th


8:30am-4:00pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Preparing an Accreditation Self-Study Report, PDUs TBD (No cost—a Full or One-Day Registration must be purchased to attend)
The Self-Study Report is the single most important document a Unit presents to the Council for Accreditation for determining a Unit's readiness for a Site Visit. This hands-on workshop provides tips for preparing a report; handouts and examples from Unit's having successfully experienced the process; and sample program assessment ideas. A "fair" finds Units that have successfully gone through the process sharing their experience and providing insight and wisdom.

9:00am-12:30pm AAFCS Professional Testing--Certification Exams
Ready to become certified with AAFCS? Test at conference at a discounted rate! Testing will be offered for the CFCS, CFCS-HDFS, CFCS-HNFS, CPFFE, and new CNWE certifications. Register for an exam with your conference registration! Learn more about AAFCS Professional Certification here

1:30pm-3:30pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Make and Take Workshop: Design and Technology with Die-Cutting (No cost—a Full or One-Day Registration must be purchased to attend)

Presented by Christina DeSimone, Ann Schuchart, and Ashley Macejka
Die-cutting machines are revolutionizing project-based learning and offering exciting ways to integrate 21st Century STEAM skills into the FCS classroom. In this "make and take" pre-conference workshop, participants will develop new skills and strategies for integrating technology and design principles into their existing programs with popular die-cutting machines. Participants should bring a Windows or Mac laptop to this Make-and-Take session. 


4:00pm-4:30pm First-Time Attendee Orientation
Learn more about what to expect at the AAFCS Annual Conference and make new friends at this short orientation prior to the Welcome Reception!

4:30pm-7:30pm, Blast of Blue Welcome Reception & Expo (One ticket included with all Full or Saturday-Only Registrations—wear your FCS blues!), $45

Join AAFCS to kick off the AAFCS Annual Conference with a reception featuring a signature mocktail, Baltimore bites, and heavy hors d'oeuvres, learn about our exhibitors, attend Learning Labs, and start conference with a chance to get to know your fellow attendees! More information coming soon. 

7:45pm-9:45pm International Federation of Home Economics-US Cultural Evening—more information coming soon!  This event will be held in the hotel. 

Saturday, June 27th


9:00am-10:30am Saturday General Session with Chef Barbara Lynch!
Join us to learn from our keynote speaker, Chef Barbara Lynch, along with the 2020 National Teacher of the Year and the AAFCS Board of Directors! 

10:30am-11:30am "Find Your People" Networking Event 
Join us at this informal networking event to learn more about AAFCS Communities, Alliance for FCS partners, Student Unit, and more!


11:30am-1:30pm Northeast Connect - Driving Awareness with High Quality FCS Programming (by invitation only)
More information coming soon! 

11:30am-12:30pm  Recipe Workshop: Build Safety Instructions Into Favorite Recipes, Sponsored by the Partnership for Food Safety Education
We will show you how to use the Safe Recipe Style Guide to build basic food safety prompts into your recipes.  The inclusion of safe handling instructions in recipes is shown in published research to result in significant improvement in consumer compliance with hand washing and use of food thermometers. Join us to learn more about the power of safe recipes for good health.  Bring one or two of your favorite recipes to the workshop and go home with a revised - and safe - recipe!  saferecipeguide.org

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch in the Expo 2020 Marketplace (included in all Full, Student, Family/Guest, and Saturday-Only registrations)
More information coming soon! 

Sunday, June 28th


1:30pm-3:15pm Ignite 2020! Roundtables

Ignite 2020! (formerly known as i3) is a energetic and fast-paced session that promises to inspire you to try something new.  Experts will share high impact ideas, successful strategies for outreach efforts, engaging programs and strategies, and/or creative collaborations focused on education, research, mentoring, and entrepreneurship. Get ready to be inspired by your Family and Consumer Sciences colleagues!

Ignite 2020! presentations will be presented for 20 minutes at a round table, while others present at the same time. Share your research and knowledge with other attendees in a low-pressure environment, conducive to discussion! Click here to log into your MyAAFCS account and submit your proposal! The deadline is April 1st.

1:30pm-3:15pm Community of Apparel, Textiles, and Design Juried Showcase

1:30pm-3:15pm Community of Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education Curriculum Showcase & Silent Auction

1:30pm-3:15pm Twice is Nice Accessories Swap

This yearly event provides an uplifting experience for our hardworking members who appreciate the opportunity to donate accessories they no longer use in exchange for "new" items. This also provides the inspiration and motivation for our affiliates to conduct similar event and also helps to reinvent resourcefulness. Bring your lightly used accessories to the Welcome Reception or Opening General Session and trade them in for a chance to "buy" a new-to-you piece Sunday afternoon. Come, have fun and shop til you drop!

3:30pm-5:30pm Sunday General Session: FCS Blue Talks and Takeaways
Hear from our panel of experts and our board of directors, and honor our Distinguished Service Awardees. 

7:30pm-9:30pm FCS Awards Blue Carpet Dinner, $70
Step out in style for a very special evening, where we celebrate some of the brightest STARS in AAFCS and family and consumer sciences! Following an elegant dinner, learn more about our outstanding 2020 Distinguished Service Awardees, Leaders, New Achievers, Fellowship and Scholarship recipients. Semi-formal attire recommended.