2015 AEFP 40th Annual Conference Call for Proposals

Submission Dates: Sept. 1-Oct. 20, 2014

The Association for Education Finance and Policy is a 501(c)3 non-profit professional and academic association representing a variety of disciplines, perspectives and points of view, whose mission is to promote understanding of means by which resources are generated, distributed and used to enhance human learning.

AEFP announces its Call for Proposals for the 40th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. February 26-28, 2015. Proposals for paper/non-paper sessions, posters and roundtables are welcome at www.aefpweb.org from Monday, September 1 through Monday, October 20, 2014.

Papers or posters presented at either the 2014 or 2015 Annual Conference are eligible for consideration for two new AEFP paper prizes, each worth $5,000. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is sponsoring a new prize for papers that study labor market outcomes of education policy or practice, and the Walton Family Foundation is sponsoring a new prize for papers that study school choice and reform, broadly defined. The prize winners will be determined by an AEFP scientific committee. Please visit www.aefpweb.org for more information.

The 40th anniversary conference theme is Research Informing Practice, Practice Informing Research. Education practice and policy-making requires high-quality scholarship on topics of immediate policy interest, and emerging issues in policy-making and practice offer important new opportunities for scholarship. Papers and sessions that speak to this information exchange between the research, policy and practitioner communities are particularly welcome. We would also like to particularly encourage authors of papers that make use of postsecondary and labor market outcomes to submit their work for consideration.

Papers and session proposals on any topic in education finance and policy are welcome. We are interested in all outcomes of education policy, including contemporaneous academic outcomes, later postsecondary, labor market and health outcomes, and outcomes of the subsequent generation.

Proposals may be submitted for one of four presentation formats: an individual paper, a poster, a complete session comprised of three or four papers, or a complete session in an alternative format.

Papers or Posters: Papers and posters are research investigations on an important topic for education finance or policy. Researchers present papers as part of a panel with two or three other papers and discussants. Completed papers are submitted through aefpweb.org one month prior to the conference. Researchers who present posters present them together during a time slot at the annual conference designated only for posters. AEFP will provide poster boards for poster presenters.

Complete Session – Paper Format: This type of session is a pre-organized group of three or four papers on a shared and important topic for education finance or policy. These proposals require a session chair, 3 or 4 paper abstracts, and at least one discussant. Please note that we may choose to add a fourth related paper to proposed sessions with three papers.

Complete Session – Non-paper Format: This type of session is an integrated dialogue among three or more participants concerning a well-defined topic, sharing knowledge about new and important developments relevant to educational finance and policy. These proposals require a session chair and at least three panel members.

Abstract is limited to 750 words.

Education finance and policy topics cover all countries, and include:

  1. School finance – for example, for papers covering school finance litigation, adequacy and equity in school funding, etc.
  2. Inequality and social context – for example, for papers studying equality of opportunity, the role of families and neighborhoods in education, etc.
  3. Educator labor markets and effectiveness – for example, for papers covering the hiring, evaluation and compensation (including pensions) of teachers and administrators, teacher shortages, collective bargaining, teacher quality, etc.
  4. School governance/politics and school choice – for example, papers covering charter schools and school based management, school boards, etc.
  5. Accountability and testing – for example, papers dealing with standards, curriculum, student testing and accountability, etc.
  6. School effectiveness – for example, papers examining programs designed to increase student achievement, technology in the classroom, etc. (excluding topics 2-4).
  7. Higher education policy – for example, papers dealing with student financial aid and debt, college access and success.
  8. Higher education finance and governance – for example, papers dealing with higher education finance systems, innovation in higher education, university governance, faculty hiring, etc.
  9. Early childhood – for example, papers focusing on early childhood development and education.
  10. Methodology and education data – for example, papers dealing with estimation of causal effects, student/teacher/school value-added, new data sources, the use of labor market data, etc.
  11. School leadership and organizations – for example, papers focusing on schools and districts as institutions, the role of principals, etc.
  12. Learning and instruction – for example, papers focusing on instructional policies and practices, etc.
  13. Labor market effects of education policies and practices – for example, papers that investigate long term consequences of school policies and practices, etc.
  14. Other – for papers that do fit into any of the above topic areas.

You may only submit one proposal as a presenter. It is acceptable for an individual to be an author on multiple proposals so long as she/he presents only once at the meeting. Non-graduate students who submit a proposal agree to serve as a discussant in one session.

New in 2015 will be a new opportunity for junior scholars to network with and get feedback from senior scholars. In small “speed networking” sessions that will take place throughout the conference, groups of six junior scholars (currently graduate students or within three years of their Ph.D.) and six senior scholars will have assigned times to meet, mingle, and share ideas with one another. Interested junior scholars will have an opportunity to sign up to participate in one of these speed networking sessions when they register for the conference.

Our 40th anniversary conference promises to be our best yet! We look forward to seeing you in Washington.

David Figlio, Program Chair and President-Elect