The Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium seeks proposals for the 14th annual MERC conference under the theme Public Education at a Crossroads: Connecting Voices of Research, Policy, and Practice in a Changing World. We welcome proposals from PK-12 school-based researchers (students, teachers, school leaders), and university-based researchers (faculty and graduate students).
Proposals may include:
● School-based action research and reflective practice
● University-based community engaged research
● Division-wide or regional school improvement research initiatives
● Student-led participatory action research
● Research partnerships between schools, community and universities
Presentations can include reports of findings from completed projects, discussions of work in progress, or classroom practices used to solve identified problems.
Types of presentations
The conference will begin and end with group discussions of current challenges in education, building on the perspectives and experiences of conference attendees. Following this session, participants will engage in various breakout sessions in which various forms of research conducted by students, teachers, school leaders and university researchers are shared. To create a more dynamic conference experience, we are requesting proposals that highlight research or established classroom practices that are helpful in understanding or solving a problem in education. Proposals may be based on completed work or work currently in progress, and may utilize a poster, a slideshow, or handouts to showcase the research.
Proposals will be assigned to sessions based upon similarity of the research focus, and sessions may contain diverse presentation formats. Within each session, presenters will be given time to share their work, and participants will be given time to move about the room and speak with presenters individually. When submitting a proposal, presenters will be asked to identify the problem addressed by their research as well as their preferred format of presenting.
How to Submit a Proposal
When submitting a proposal you will be asked to include the following information.
● Name(s) of presenter(s) with contact information
● Institutional affiliation (school and school division or university)
● Presentation format preference (poster, slideshow, handouts)
● Problem addressed by the research
● Title of presentation and 50 word abstract for possible use in the conference program
● 200-300 word narrative that describes the project and makes connections to the conference theme.
All proposal submissions are due by September 21st, 2017. Presenters will have their conference fees waived.