Welcome to NAME



Call for Proposals IS NOW CLOSED.
Thank you to all who submitted.

NAME’s 24th Annual International Conference

November 5-9, 2014  in Tucson, Arizona

All presenters will be required to pre-register for the conference.
**Please note that the proposal guidelines have changed for 2014.** 

  • Read the full Call for Proposals before completing your submission online.
  • Incomplete and/or incorrectly completed submissions will not be reviewed.
  • For submission, please use an email address that you will have access to all summer, as there will be important communications during the summer.
  • Please use this email address for all communications, for identification purposes
  • Full Policies for Presenters are listed at the end of this announcement.

Conference Theme:
 Dismantling Fronteras through Multicultural Education: Con Comunidad, Cariño y Coraje

Many fronteras (borders) aim to divide us as a human family. Most obvious are those geo-political fronteras that divide one nation from another, even when they separate people who share common socio-cultural histories. Some of the most problematic fronteras exist within the tacit ideologies that guide our actions and that have colonized our minds. Ideological fronteras are created to divide people and to reinforce hierarchies: Whites over Blacks, rich over poor, males over females, heterosexuals over LGBTQ, able bodied over disabled, citizen over recent arrival, English speakers over speakers of other languages, non-Indigenous over Indigenous. These hierarchies create “others” of those who are pushed to the margins.

We recognize that fronteras while having been created can also be dismantled. Fronteras are, after all, constructed by people and as such can be dismantled by people. Dismantling fronteras is no easy task, as strong forces are at play to keep people divided and power in the hands of the privileged few. Dismantling them asks that we engage in meaningful interaction and respectful dialogue aimed at understanding each other, seeking places of commonality while affirming our social differences, and building capacity for social change. This requires that we build a sense of comunidad (community), filled with cariño (loving care) and the coraje (courage) to have the difficult but critical conversations at the heart of building our capacity for change. It asks that we reach across lines of difference to enter another’s world, building solidarity in a struggle for equity, inclusion, access and justice.

We invite you (students, parents, educators, scholars, and community activists) to participate in the 2014 conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education in Tucson, Arizona, where we will seek ways in which a critical, social justice oriented multicultural education can serve as a tool aimed at dismantling false fronteras that divide us from ourselves. We especially invite those whose work moves between the P-16 classroom and the community to address pressing social challenges.

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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

There are several different Types of Sessions:

  • Presentation
  • Panel
  • Interactive Workshop
  • Roundtable Discussion
  • Poster
  • Founders Forum
  • International / Global

All sessions should address the conference theme. We encourage sessions that:

  • explore and critique creative and culturally responsive practices for multicultural education;
  • help us achieve the purposes of creative and critical multicultural education to better serve the needs of students, families, caregivers, community activists, and advocates;
  • share and evaluate cultural, pedagogical, and political strategies for assuring that these broad purposes of our work as multicultural educators are heard and take hold.

All sessions may address issues in P-12, higher, and community education.

Note: Because space is limited, some “Presentation,” “Panel,” and “Interactive Workshop” proposals may be accepted as a “Roundtable Discussion” or “Posters” in order to accommodate as many proposals as possible.


(Any Organizing Level)

A “Presentation” allows two or more presenters to describe and share their work (such as innovative curriculum and instructional methods, programs and policies, and research projects). Presentations should leave time for discussion. Accepted “presentations” may be grouped by the conference organizers with other related presentations onto a panel in sessions that total 50 minutes in duration.


(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, and/or experiential learning, and is 50 minutes in duration.  Sessions that model a lesson or curriculum and then engage participants in reflection and inquiry are especially encouraged.

“Roundtable Discussion” 

(Any Organizing Level)

A “Roundtable Discussion” allows the presenter and audience members to engage in a small-group discussion about the presenter’s research or practice. You will present for 10-15 minutes, followed by a discussion with audience members. This is a good forum for you to discuss and receive feedback on a work-in-progress, such as a curriculum, program design, or research project. The Roundtable Discussions are held in a large meeting room with multiple large tables that seat up to 10 people each, and are 50 minutes in duration. New presenters and graduate students are encouraged to propose this type of session.


(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.  Presenters should provide tang necessary poster board and materials. NAME does not provide materials to create posters. 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.

“Founders Forum”

(Advanced or Expert Organizing Level Only)

The Founders Forum provides an interactive platform to present for 15 minutes followed by an engaging dialogue with session attendees and the Founding Members of NAME.  A maximum of two papers on similar topics may be discussed during one session. A written paper must be submitted a month before the conference to the Founders Forum Chair and should be available for distribution to participants during the presentation.  There are no more than four Founders Forum sessions offered during the conference and each session is 50 minutes in duration.

“International / Global”

(ALL Organizing Levels)

An “International / Global” session addresses issues of diversity and multicultural education outside of the United States, and can be any of the other types listed above—Presentations, panel, Interactive Workshops, Posters, or Founders Forum. Sessions are 50 minutes in duration.  NAME has long recognized that valuable perspectives on and programs for multiculturalism exist throughout the world, and we will highlight these sessions in the conference program.


Possible Formats of Proposals

 In order to honor the multiple and diverse ways that individuals think, feel, communicate, and learn, NAME is now accepting proposals in two different formats:

  • traditional written proposals (up to 2 pages, single-spaced, in MSWord)
  • videos on YouTube (up to 5 minutes).

The online proposal-submission system will allow submissions to include weblinks to YouTube.  Instructions can be found online for making YouTube videos (e.g., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPLWNnFy6AM&feature=related).


NOTE: Proposals that identify the presenters will be automatically rejected.  All proposals (whether written or video) should remove presenter names, including self-references.  Proposals that consist of Youtube videos should ensure that other identifiers are removed, including presenter faces and weblinks or web content that identifies the presenters, and user names (i.e., owner of the YouTube video) should be a pseudonym.

Directions for Submissions

 **Please note that the proposal guidelines have changed for 2014.** Members may submit no more than ONE proposal as lead presenter, and ONE proposal as co-presenter. (No more than TWO proposals in total.) If a member submits more than one proposal as a lead presenter and one as a co-presenter, the third presentation will be automatically deleted. Please pay attention to this guideline. If you do not, you may be responsible for the deletion of a proposal that is a colleague’s only submission.

All proposals must be submitted online.

 Please be prepared to enter the following information:

  1. Three Subject Areas. The online submission 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 (these are common topics from past conferences, and will be used to assign proposal reviewers):
    1. Arts and/in Education
    2. Bullying/Safety/Discipline
    3. Critical Race Studies/Racism/Anti-Racism
    4. Culturally Relevant Pedagogy/Critical Pedagogy
    5. Curriculum Studies
    6. Disability Studies/Special Education/Differentiated Instruction
    7. Educational Leadership
    8. Gender Studies
    9. Globalization/Immigration/Transnationalism/Postcoloniality
    10. Identities/Communities/Intersectionality
    11. Indigenous Education
    12. International and Comparative Education
    13. Language/ESL/Bilingual Education
    14. Literacy/Media Literacy
    15. Policy Studies/Policy and Politics
    16. Political Economy/Poverty/Social Class
    17. Religion
    18. Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Queer Studies
    19. Teacher Education/Professional Development/Teachers
    20. Urban Education
  2.  The name and contact information: (including institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number) of the lead presenter and any co-presenter(s). Please use email addresses that you will have access to through the summer.NAME will notify only the lead presenters 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.  NAME discourages the submission of proposals with large numbers of presenters.

 3.     Title of proposal: Note: the title and abstract provided in the proposal will be used in the conference program booklet for those proposals that are accepted.  Changes to titles and abstracts cannot be made later on. The title can not be more than 10 words.

4. Abstract: The abstract should be no more than 50 words in length. It may be included in the conference program, if the presentation is accepted.



1. Summary: This should consist of the following six sections. The summary must not contain the names, faces, or other identifiers of the presenters or it will be automatically rejected.  Summaries will be uploaded as an MSWord file.  (Be sure that no names show as “author” or “tag” on the MSWord file.)

2. List the following five items at the top of the proposal:

  1. Proposal Title
  2. Primary, Secondary, and Third Subject Areas
  3. Organizing Level (i.e., Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert?)
  4. Type of Session (i.e., Presentation, Panel, Interactive Workshop, Roundtable Discussion, Poster, Founders Forum, International / Global)
  5. Number of Presenters (not including their names)


b. Content in Relationship to Conference Theme: Briefly describe the content of your presentation. How will it address the conference theme?


c. Significance of Content: Why is the presentation significant? How will it advance our knowledge of or capacity for multicultural education? Include any relevant data or research supporting the presentation.  Proposals should make clear how they are adding something new to multicultural education.


d. Objectives and Outcomes: What does the presentation seek to accomplish, what are its objectives? How will the presentation be of use to conference participants? What should participants learn during the session?


e. Audience: What is the Organizing Level, and how is presentation geared to that audience?


  1. Process: What is the format of the session (e.g., workshop, simulation/role play, group discussion, lecture, paper presentation, artistic performance, etc.)? How will the audience be involved in the session? What handouts or resources will be provided?


g. YouTube Submissions Only: In order to submit a proposal in the form of a YouTube video, you must still upload a “Summary” in the form of an MSWord file.  Your “Summary” should include the list of items in (5)(1) above – namely – title, subject areas, organizing level, type of session, and number of presenters – along with the web address (link) of the YouTube video.  The remaining items (#2 – 6) should be covered clearly in your YouTube submission.

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for all submissions is 11:59 p.m. in your time zone on April 14, 2014. Questions about this Call for Proposals may be directed to the co-chairs of the Proposal Review Committee: Ashraf Esmail and Virginia Lea,  email: Proposals@NAMEorg.org

Evaluation of Proposals

The Proposal Review Committee is charged with selecting a balance with respect to topics, formats, and audiences.  Proposals will be reviewed by at least three readers using the following criteria:

  • Extent to which the content and objectives of the proposal relate to the conference theme (30%)
  • Significance of content: extent to which the proposal is grounded in and advances current relevant research and praxis to develop multicultural perspectives that contribute to the development of equity and inclusion in education; extent to which Rationale adds creativity, raises multiple critical perspectives, and generates several significant issues. (40%)
  • Clarity and explicitness of session’s objectives and expected outcomes (10%)
  • Fit between proposed content, organizing level and anticipated audience (10%)
  • Extent to which process of presentation is described, is appropriate to content, and includes meaningful audience interaction (10%)

The proposal evaluation rubric is as follows:

 Evaluation Criteria



Extremely Strong






Present, but weak

Conference Theme 30% Clearly addresses conference theme. Overall proposal is clear as to its relation to both. Has some ties to theme; for example, in content and/or outcomes. No ties to theme even if rhetoric says these are tied in.
Significance of Content 40% Rationale is grounded in and advances relevant current research and praxis that contribute to the development of equity and inclusion in education. Rationale adds creativity, raises multiple critical perspectives, and generates more than two significant issues of educational interest. Rationale is grounded in but does not advance relevant current research and praxis that contribute to the development of equity and inclusion in education. Rationale adds minimal creativity, raises a few critical perspectives, and generates one or two a few issues of educational interest. Rationale is not grounded in and does not advance relevant current research and praxis. Rationale does not contribute to the development of equity and inclusion in education. Rationale adds very little creativity, critical perspectives, or significant issues to the field.
Objective and/orPurpose & Participant Outcomes10% Clearly stated purpose related to an aspect(s) of multicultural education. Provides an explicit statement of participant outcomes and how they will be achieved. Objectives or purposes are stated, but they may only be marginally realizable in the actual presentation. Describes desired participant outcomes, but it is not altogether clear how they will be achieved. Objectives or purposes are unclear or unstated; not tied to presentation. Little or no attention is given to participant outcomes.
Organizing Level & Audience10% Proposal makes its content level explicit and provides evidence of the level’s accuracy by explaining why various groups of attendees with that level of knowledge in the field would be interested. Proposal description does not seem to match organizing level chosen, or proposal is too general or too specific to make an accurate assessment.  Proposal may appeal to a segment of conference attendees. Proposal does not really address organizing level/audience.
Process of Presentation10% Time frame of presentation is broken down well.  Highly interactive pedagogy or presenter-audience interaction is described.  Materials and handouts described are relevant and innovative. Some attention to designing a well-timed and interesting presentation is evident.  Some interaction between audience and presenters will take place. Process is not clear or is incompatible with time frame.  No attention to presenter-audience interaction.


Policies Related to Presenters

The program policies listed below apply to all organizers, authors, panelists, moderators, discussants, and other session participants.

Who Can Submit a Proposal?

NAME encourages all practitioners and supporters of multicultural education and educational equity at both the P-12 and higher-education levels, including community educators and activists to submit a proposal for the annual conference.  All presenters must hold current membership in NAME.

Diversity of Presenters

The vitality of NAME flows from its diverse membership. Thus, it is NAME’s policy to ensure presentations by and about diverse ethnic, racial, gender, language, religious, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic groups. Presentations by teachers, administrators, counselors, other school employees, community activists, government and organization officials, higher education faculty and staff, and others interested in the conference theme are encouraged. Students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) and international scholars, practitioners, and activists are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Number of Sessions Per Presenter

Applicants may submit no more than  ONE proposal as lead presenter, and ONE proposal as a co-presenter. Similarly, on the conference program, an individual can be listed as a lead presenter in one session and a co-presenter (not including plenary sessions, intensive institutes and Conversations with Authors).

Compensation and Pre-Registration

Conference presenters are volunteers, are not compensated for their presentations, and are responsible for their own travel and lodging.  To be listed in the program booklet, presenters (including co-presenters, moderators, respondents, etc.) must pre-register for the conference by September 25, 2014. A special discounted rate will be available to presenters who pre-register per guidelines—please check the website for more details.

Audiovisual Equipment

Presenters are encouraged to creatively use transparencies, slides, PowerPoint, video, handouts, and other visual aids.  However,  AV can not be used for Roundtable discussions (except your personal laptop), Founders Forum or Poster sessions. Presenters are encouraged to provide their own AV equipment. NAME will work with the AV provider to have a LCD projector in each presentation room (except rooms with multiple sessions, Roundtable discussions, Founders Forums and Poster sessions). If any other AV equipment is needed, the presenters must provide it or make arrangements to order and and pay for it, themselves,  as NAME will not provide any AV equipment, beyond the LCD projector.  An AV order form will be available on the NAME website, after the schedule is posted.

Lead Presenter Responsibilities

Submission of a proposal is a commitment to make the presentation at NAME’s 2014 conference.  After the lead presenter has received an acceptance notice, she/he has several important obligations:

(i)     access the online system via the link in the acceptance letter and RSVP.

(ii)   complete  and submit AV order form

(iii)  ensure that co-presenters for the session are notified of the acceptance

(iv)   when the schedule is complete and posted notify co-presenters the date and time of the presentation, and that they pre-register by September 25, 2014 in order to remain listed in the program book.

(v)   A special discounted rate will be available to presenters who pre-register early—please check the website for more details.


THE CALL for Presentations is now closed. Thank you!