NAME's 26th Annual Conference Theme


NAME: The Multicultural Lens of Equity for ALL

26th Annual International NAME Conference
Cleveland, Ohio
 November 9 - 13, 2016  
The NAME 2016 Call for Proposals is closed.
Conference Registration will open soon!

Conference Theme

NAME aims to transform society for the betterment of ALL individuals. This calls for a collective of ALL to explore the inequities present in our society. NAME values the experiences and voices of individuals who have been silenced or have been omitted from mainstream literature, media, and history. In our efforts toward a just society, we pursue to uncover political injustices that influence geographical and environmental racism, oppression, and violence. Therefore, the NAME 2016 conference will amplify the voices of those who suffer marginalization in various forms; and in doing so expose inequities that are ignored and silenced. 

Through NAME 2016 we continue to improve our problem-solving abilities related to the existing “isms” that damage our society. This year’s conference aims at sharing practices that enhance the human condition for our global society to effectively face the inequities of, that include but not limited to, forms of violence, inequitable distribution of resources, institutional systems that oppress (consciously or unconsciously), those who are disadvantaged and marginalized. By sharing our work and experiences, we are extending our hands in solidarity with ALL who face these forms of injustices. As pioneers of a world striving for equity for ALL, the conference seeks to embrace every individual as a human being with dignity and respect. 
NAME welcomes critical dialogues for solutions of social inequities in today’s world. Equity must be granted to ALL forms of identity and for ALL people. As we continue to work together for a better world, we look forward to listening to your ideas through presentations and conversations that nurture the purpose and spirit of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

Organizing Levels
Each proposal must indicate one of the following Organizing Levels to which content is directed:


  • Introductory — Geared for newcomers to the field of multicultural education.
  • Intermediate — Geared for those with some exposure to multicultural education. 
  • Advanced — Geared for mid-career practitioners of multicultural education. 
  • Expert — Geared for established leaders in the field of multicultural education.   
    Types of Sessions
    Presentation (Any Organizing Level)
    A “Presentation” allows one or more presenters to share their work (such as innovative curriculum and instructional methods, programs and policies, and research projects). Presentations should leave time for discussion. Conference organizers may group related presentations into 50 minute sessions.
    Panel (Any Organizing Level)
    A “Panel” is a type of presentation that allows more than two presenters to describe and share their work (such as innovative curriculum and instructional methods, programs and policies, and research projects). Panel presentations should leave time for discussion.
    Interactive Workshop (Any Organizing Level)
    An “Interactive Workshop” provides an opportunity to engage participants in active, collaborative, experiential learning, and is 50 minutes in duration. Sessions that model a lesson or curriculum and engage participants in reflection and inquiry are especially encouraged.
    Roundtable (Any Organizing Level)
    A “Roundtable” engages the presenter and audience members in a group discussion about the presenter’s research or practice.  This format may also be used to discuss receive feedback on a work-in-progress. You will present for 10-15 minutes, followed by discussion with audience members. These sessions are held in a large meeting room with multiple tables that seat 10 -12 people each, and are 50 minutes in duration. New presenters and graduate students are especially encouraged to propose this type of session. However, all levels are welcome.
    Poster (Any Organizing Level)  
    A “Poster” conveys ideas using a blending of narrative and visual aids on a large poster board, and provides a forum for one-on-one conversations. The Poster sessions are held in a large meeting space with multiple posters on display simultaneously, with presenters near their posters for conversation with attendees, and are 50 minutes in duration. Items on the poster should include a title, author(s), abstract (up to 300 words, in the upper left-hand corner), descriptions in accessible language, and other materials. NAME does NOT provide poster supplies, please come equipped. Presenters are responsible for setting up their posters 10 minutes before their session begins and removing it immediately following. New presenters and graduate students are especially encouraged to propose this type of session. 

Directions for Submissions
You be a  current member of  NAME to submit a proposal. Members may submit ONE proposal as lead presenter and ONE proposal as a co-presenter (TWO proposals in total). No more than FOUR co-presenter per proposal submission. If a member submits more that one proposal as a lead presenter and one as a co-presenter, the third presentation will be deleted. Please pay attention to this guideline. You may be responsible for the deletion of a proposal that is a colleague’s only proposal.
As you submit a proposal double-check the following items:
  1. Do not include any identifying information in any part of your proposal. Proposals will be rejected if identifying information is included.
  2. All proposals should be submitted in Microsoft Word file. Documents submitted in PDF or format other than Microsoft Word will be rejected. 
    All proposals must be submitted online through NAME’s website at Please enter the following information via the submission webpage:

  1. Three Subject Areas. The online system requires that submissions identify three subject areas (primary, secondary, and third subject areas) that best describe the content of the proposal. Choose from the following list: 
  • Arts and/in Education
  • Bullying/Safety/Discipline
  • Critical Race Studies/Racism/Anti-Racism
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy/Critical Pedagogy
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Disability Studies/Special Education/Differentiated Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
  • Gender Studies
  • Globalization/Immigration/Transnationalism/Postcoloniality
  • Identities/Communities/Intersectionality
  • Indigenous Education
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Language/ESL/Bilingual Education
  • Literacy/Media Literacy
  • Policy Studies/Policy and Politics
  • Political Economy/Poverty/Social Class
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Queer Studies
  • Teacher Education/Professional Development/Teachers
  • Urban Education 
  1. The name and contact information (including institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number) of the lead presenter and all co-presenter(s). NAME will notify only the lead presenter of the acceptance or rejection of proposals so lead presenters should keep a copy of the proposal, and should share the acceptance/rejection notice with co-presenters. (No more than FOUR co-presenters may be included in a proposal submission.)
  2. Title of proposal. The title and abstract in the proposal will be used in the conference program for accepted proposals.  
  3. Abstract. The abstract should be no more than 50 words in length. It will be included in the conference program, if the proposal is accepted.   
  4. Proposal. The proposal must not contain any identifying information to ensure blind review. If identifying information is included, the proposal will be rejected. Proposals must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 700 words, and be uploaded as an MSWord file. Please address the following five points of information and include the heading of each point in the narrative: 
            List the following five items at the top of the proposal:
  • Proposal title
  • Primary, secondary, and third subject areas
  • Organizing level (introductory, intermediate, advanced, or expert)
  • Type of session (presentation, panel, interactive workshop, mini symposium, scholar symposium, poster, founders roundtable)
  • Number of presenters (not including names or identifying information) 
  • Content in Relationship to Conference Theme: Briefly describe the content of your presentation. How will it address the conference theme? What does the presentation seek to accomplish, what are its objectives? 
  • Significance of Content: Why is the presentation significant? How will it advance our knowledge of or capacity for multicultural education? Include any relevant data, information, or research supporting the presentation. Proposals should make clear how they are adding something new to multicultural education. 
  • Audience Interaction and Process: How will the audience be involved in the session? What handouts or resources will be provided? What is the format of the session (e.g., workshop, simulation/role play, group discussion, lecture, paper presentation, artistic performance, etc.)? 
  • Organizing Level and Outcomes: What is the organizing level and how is presentation geared to that audience? How will the presentation be of use to conference participants? What should participants learn during the session? 
Deadline for Submissions
The deadline for all submissions is 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on Friday, March 11, 2016. Questions about this call for proposals may be directed to the Proposal Review Co-Chairs: Ashraf Esmail and Lisa Zagumny at 
Evaluation of Proposals
The Proposal Review Committee is charged with selecting a balance of proposals with respect to topics, formats, and audiences. At least three readers will use the following rubric to review proposals:

       Proposal Evaluation Rubric
            The possible range for individual criteria score is 1-5 with 5 being the highest. The highest possible total combined score for a proposal is 20.
Criteria Present, but weak
Extremely Strong
Individual Criteria Score (1-5)
Conference Theme No ties to theme even if rhetoric says these are tied in. Has some ties to theme; for example, in content and/or outcomes. Clearly addresses conference theme. Overall proposal is clear as to its relation to both.  
Significance of Content Issues raised are not significant.  Does not add to or reinforce existing work in multicultural education. Reinforces, but does not add to, current research, knowledge, or practice bases in the field.  May shed new light on multicultural issues through the perspective(s) it takes. Clear information. Rationale is based on current research, knowledge, and/or practice (praxis) in the field, and adds to one or more of these foundations. Timely. In-depth.  
Audience Interaction & Process of Presentation No attention to presenter-audience interaction. Process is not clear or is incompatible with time frame.  Some interaction between audience and presenters will take place. Some attention to designing a well-timed and interesting presentation is evident.  Highly interactive pedagogy or presenter-audience interaction is described. Materials described are relevant and innovative. Time frame of presentation is explained.   
Organizing Level, Audience & Participant Outcomes Proposal does not really address organizing level/audience. Little or no attention is given to participant outcomes.  Proposal description does not match organizing level, or proposal is too general or too specific to make an accurate assessment. Describes desired participant outcomes, but it is not altogether clear how they will be achieved. Proposal makes its content level explicit and explains why various groups of attendees with that level of knowledge in the field would be interested. Provides an explicit statement of participant outcomes and how they will be achieved.  
Total Combined Score        


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