#2019NAME Call for Proposal Info and Link

 Ph: 202.679.NAME (6263)  •  Web:  www.NAMEorg.org •  proposals@NAMEorg.org

NAME 29th Annual International Conference
Tucson, Arizona — November 6-10, 2019
Presentations Dates: November 7-9, 2019

Call for Proposals
Submit proposals online, after reading call, requirements & details
(submit via link list under "
To Submit a Proposal" subtitle, below) 
by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, February 28, 2019

      The 2019 NAME  Theme,  Invitation and Call for Proposals Link 
Decolonizing Minds: Forging a New Future through Multicultural Education

Social inequities have a long history in the United States and beyond, impacting our social, historical, and cultural growth, and our ability to create a welcoming community. 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of 20 Africans delivered to Jamestown, Virginia, the first in this part of the “New World.” It represented the start of the holocaust against blacks and the continuing holocaust against Native Americans all in the interest of money, land, and creating the new nation rooted in inequitable structures that remain today. Continuing federal legislation institutionalized these inequities and reinforced exclusion and exploitation as part of the societal norms on which our nation is anchored. Education played a salient role in the reproduction of these norms through the ideology of the 19th Century common schools, wherein the idea of assimilation was streamlined to a national mindset. Multicultural education is a response to this literal and figurative colonization of bodies and minds. 

In efforts to transform society and create communities where the multiplicity of human experiences are valued, the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) encourages conversations that explore societies’ inequities and provide solutions that move these ideas forward. Multicultural education stands as the transformative catalyst that challenges all forms of systemic, social colonization. In solidarity we share our work and contribute to the change that will lessen the destructive influence of oppressive social norms like white supremacy, xenophobia, nativism, nationalism, anti-brownness, violence, and inequitable distribution of resources. 

NAME and 2019 NAME Conference Chair, Lisa Zagumny invite change agents, working to decolonize minds, bodies, and space while striving for equity, to our 2019 annual conference where we come together and re-charge our dedication to multicultural education. We encourage our members – students, educators, and activists – to submitting proposals for posters, presentations, interactive workshops, and roundtables.

Scroll down for call for proposals details and instructions. Please read all information shared on this page before submitting a proposal.
Please direct questions to the Proposal Review Committee at proposals@NAMEorg.org  

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. 

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. 

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.

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

Proposal submission and presentation are benefits of NAME membership. You must hold current membership in NAME to submit a proposal. Members may submit ONE proposal as lead presenter and ONE proposal as a co-presenter (TWO proposals in total). If a member submits more that one proposal as a lead presenter and one as a co-presenter, the third presentation will be deleted. Each person on a proposal must have and use their own email address. The same email address cannot be used by two people. Please pay attention to these guidelines. You may be responsible for the deletion of a proposal that is a colleague’s only proposal.

All proposals must be submitted online through NAME’s website, via the link under "To Submit A Proposal" below. Do not include any identifying information in any part of your proposal. Proposals will be rejected if identifying information is included. The online system will prompt you with the following specific fields in which to enter the specific proposal session elements.  

1.  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. (Please use one only email address per member for everything related to NAME.)

 2. Three Subject Areas
Choose three subject areas (first, second, third) that best describe the content of the proposal from the following list:

    a. Arts and/in Education
    b. Bullying/Safety/Discipline
    c. Critical Race Studies/Racism/Anti-Racism
    d. Culturally Relevant Pedagogy/Critical Pedagogy
    e. Curriculum Studies
    f.  Disability Studies/Special Education/Differentiated Instruction
    g. Educational Leadership
    h. Gender Studies
    i.  Globalization/Immigration/Transnationalism/Postcoloniality
    j.  Identities/Communities/Intersectionality
    k. Indigenous Education
    l.   International and Comparative Education
    m. Language/ESL/Bilingual Education
    n.  Literacy/Media Literacy
    o.  Policy Studies/Policy and Politics 
    p.  Political Economy/Poverty/Social Class
    q.  Religion
    r.  Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Queer Studies
    s. Teacher Education/Professional Development/Teachers
    t.  Urban Education
3. Organizing Level. Introductory, intermediate, advanced, or expert.

4. Type of Session. Presentation, panel, interactive workshop, roundtable or poster.

5.   Title of Proposal. The title submitted with the proposal will be used in the conference program for accepted proposals.

 6. Number of Presenters. Not including names or any identifying information.

7. 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. 

8. Proposal. You will then be instructed to write or copy and paste the proposal narrative into the proposal text box, (no documents may be uploaded). Proposals must not contain any identifying information to ensure blind review. Proposals must be between a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 700 words (economy of expression follows APA guidelines and is greatly appreciated). 
The narrative must include the following session elements and include a heading for each element to aid reviewers:
    a. 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?
    b. Significance of Content: Why is the presentation significant? How will it advance knowledge or capacity for multicultural education? Include any relevant data, information, or research supporting the presentation. Proposals should make clear how they are adding to multicultural education. 
    c. 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.)?
     d. 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


NAME Call for Proposal Procedure and Policy Acknowledgement

In the process of submitting a proposal, you will be asked to acknowledge that you have read and understand and agree with
the NAME Call for Proposal Procedure & Policy, below:

By submitting a proposal you must acknowledge that you have read, understand, and accept, in its entirety, the 2019 NAME Call for Proposals, including conference theme, organizing levels, types of sessions, possible formats of proposals, directions for submissions, policy & procedures, deadline for submissions, evaluation of proposals, proposal evaluation rubric, policies related to presenters, diversity of presenters, number of submissions per presenter, compensation and presenter registration, audiovisual equipment guidelines, and lead presenter responsibilities.

Each person submitting a proposal or listed as a presenter on a proposal must understand and agree to the following:
  • all details, requirements and restrictions included in the call for proposals document in its entirety
  • submitting and being a part of a NAME proposal is a benefit of NAME membership
  • NAME membership and proposal submission require that each member use only ONE email address for all things related to NAME (use the same email for membership, proposal submission, conference registration, etc)
  • each person on the proposal must use their own email address
  • EVERYONE listed as a presenter on the proposal must be a current member of NAME
  • all proposals for a PANEL session must include 3-5 presenters,
  • all proposals for interactive workshops, roundtable or poster sessions must have a minimum of 1 presenter and a maximum of 5 presenters
  • applicants may submit no more than ONE proposal as lead presenter, and ONE proposal as a co-presenter. Any proposals beyond the two will be deleted without consulting the presenter
  • the proposal submitted for blind review must not contain names, institutional references, or other identifiers of the presenters or it will be automatically rejected
  • a proposal submission can include no more than ONE lead presenter and FOUR co-presenters
  • all presenters must register for the conference by the presenter deadlines, using the same email used for proposal submission and NAME membership
  •  the presenter schedule will not be posted until AFTER presenter registration closes
  • the lead presenter, is responsible to convey all information shared by NAME to co-presenters
  • the proposal submitters must have authority to submit this proposal and accept this agreement on behalf of all co-presenters
  • all presenters must understand and agree that presenter registrations are non-refundable, no exceptions
  • NAME has a no extension policy. All deadlines must be honored to have proposals reviewed and be a part of the NAME conference presentations

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for all submissions is 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on February 28, 2019. 
Click to download the #NAME2019 Call for Proposals
Questions about this call for proposals may be directed to the Proposal Review Committee at proposals@nameorg.org  

To Submit a Proposal

Click, below or log-in to your NAME member area to submit your proposal:


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.


Present, but weak




Extremely Strong


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.

                     Click, below or log-in to your NAME member area to submit your proposal:


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