#2019NAME Rubric for Proposal Review

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NAME 29th Annual International Conference
Tucson, Arizona — November 6-10, 2019

      The 2019 NAME  Theme
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. 

Proposal Review & Evaluation of Proposals

The Proposal Review Committee is charged with selecting a balance of proposals with respect to topics, formats, and audiences. Three readers use the rubric, below, to review each proposal. Reviewing is a benefit of NAME membership. Reviewers are assigned up to 15 proposals to review.

Proposal Reviewing Deadline

 The deadline to complete all 2019 NAME reviewing is 11:59pm (Eastern Time), April 10. 

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.

                     The #2019NAME Call for Reviewers is open


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