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Answers to FAQs on Action Plan Presentations

In our Global Issues program students use our 6-step problem-solving method to develop action plans based on a future scene on one of our annual topics. At our world finals, and in many regional competitions, students must present their action plan in a skit.

What is an action plan presentation?

An action plan presentation is a creative performance or skit that represents the students’ problem-solving process and action plan. Students synthesize their problem solving into a creative performance based on their action plan for judges. The presentation is required at the International Conference. Students plan, create props, and perform after the Global Issues writing competition. Performed in front of a live audience, the presentation can be up to four minutes long.

What does an action plan presentation look like?

Student action plan presentations are as varied and diverse as the students performing. Each performance is unique. Winning teams in each of our divisions perform their presentation for the entire International Conference community at the awards ceremony. View 2023 winning performances:

2023 International Conference Senior Division Team Champion – Action Plan Presentation
2023 International Conference Middle Division Team Champion – Action Plan Presentation
2023 International Conference Junior Division Team Champion – Action Plan Presentation

Who completes action plan presentations?

All Global Issues team problem solvers are required to participate in an action plan presentation at the International Conference. Many regional competitions also require presentations. At our world finals, students can invite up to three more competitors to perform with them, a total of up to seven student performers.

When do action plan presentations happen?

At our world finals, performers begin preparing their presentations after they complete their 2-hour writing competition. Performances usually occur the next day, with final rounds later in the event schedule. Many students present their action plans at regional competitions, at school, and virtually.

Where do competitors present their action plans?

At our world finals, students are assigned presentation rooms and share their action plans to an audience of other competitors, judges, and other conference attendees. In 2020 and 2021, students shared videos for our hybrid International Conferences.

How do students present their action plans?

Students begin their presentations by reading their underlying problem and a summary of their action plan to the audience. Students must include two assigned props and a quote, provided after the completion of the writing competition. An excellent action plan presentation will creatively present the student action plan, incorporate the mandatory items and quote, and engage the audience.

Why are action plan presentations valuable?

When preparing and presenting an action plan to an audience, students develop public speaking skills, experience a physical creative outlet, and have a lot of fun.

How are action plan presentations evaluated?

Students are evaluated on their performance based on the action plan presentation scoresheet. Judges evaluate student performances based on how creative, persuasive, relevant, and complete the performance is. They also assess the quality of verbal and nonverbal communication, staging, participant involvement, preparation, and incorporation of props. Students are also assessed on the appropriateness of their content and whether they used only approved materials.

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A seasoned educator, April Michele has served as the Executive Director since 2018 and been with Future Problem Solving more than a decade. Her background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques translates well in the development of materials, publications, training, and marketing for the organization and its global network. April’s expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking and providing quality educational services for students and adults worldwide.

Prior to joining Future Problem Solving, April taught elementary and middle grades, spending most of her classroom career in Gifted Education. She earned the National Board Certification (NBPTS) as a Middle Childhood/Generalist and later served as a National Board Assessor for the certification of others. She was trained and applied the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Humanities, which helped widen the educational scope and boundaries beyond the U.S. In addition, April facilitated the Theory and Development of Creativity course for state level certification of teachers. She has also collaborated on a variety of special projects through the Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a master’s in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing a challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with the problem solving and ethical leadership skills they need to thrive in the future. As a board member in her local Rotary Club, she facilitates problem solving in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.