Annual Conference

AEFP 46th Annual Conference - Call for Proposals

AEFP 46th Annual Conference Call for Proposals
Held Virtually from March 17-20, 2021
Submission Dates: Oct 1 - Nov 13, 2020

Promoting Equity and Opportunity Through Education Policy Research

The Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) is pleased to announce its call for proposals for the 46th Annual Conference, which will be held virtually from March 17-20, 2020. Submissions will be accepted for individual papers, posters, and policy talks from Thursday, October 1 through Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

The 46th conference theme is Promoting Equity and Opportunity Through Education Policy Research. We chose this theme to reflect the times in which we live, and in the spirit of the commitment that we made over the summer to make AEFP a more inclusive space for education policy research and researchers. To that end, this year we are working to expand our reach as an organization and as a conference, and we hope to build a conference program that includes a more diverse set of papers and presentations than ever before.

To be explicit, we welcome and encourage research that examines education finance and/or policy topics from varied substantive and methodological perspectives, especially work that foregrounds issues of structural inequity, race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability. We want to continue to challenge ourselves as a community to think more broadly and deeply and to listen and learn from scholars, policymakers, and practitioners who tackle pressing questions in different ways. We are interested in any research addressing critical education finance and/or policy questions, recognizing that rigorous research can take many methodological forms.

Papers and poster proposals

We welcome papers and poster proposals on any topic in education finance and/or policy and in any context. We will review proposals under 14 different topic areas. Within each of these topical areas, we especially encourage papers that focus on equity, inclusion, access, and the ways schools and schooling interact with the broader society, nationally and internationally.

  • Early childhood
  • Educator preparation, professional development, performance, and evaluation
  • Educator labor markets (e.g., compensation, pensions, mobility, supply and demand)
  • K-12 standards, accountability, assessment, and curriculum
  • K-12 school finance
  • K-12 school choice
  • K-12 school politics, governance, leadership, and organizations
  • K-12 interventions and short-term outcomes (academic and non-academic)
  • Post-secondary access, admissions, and success
  • Post-secondary financial aid and student debt
  • Post-secondary finance, governance, and accountability
  • Causes and consequences of inequity in education
  • Long-term outcomes of education (e.g., employment, wages, civic participation)
  • Methodology, data, and other papers that do are not covered by another topic area

Only paper submissions will be accepted; panel submissions will not be accepted. Paper submissions should be a maximum of 750 words and should include: 1) research question(s) to be answered; 2) data and methods; 3) justification / background; and 4) preliminary findings (if applicable). You may only submit one proposal as a presenter. You may be an author on multiple proposals so long as you present only once at the meeting. Proposals should be submitted through AEFP's submission portal no later than November 13. We have a new and improved submission portal; details will be forthcoming later this month about how to submit.

Policy talk proposals

In addition to individual papers, we strongly encourage proposals for policy talks, panel sessions of up to four presenters that focus on a topic of broad policy relevance. Topics that are relevant to this year's conference theme and focus on considerations of equity and opportunity in education are of particular interest and will be prioritized, but all topics are welcome. We will also look favorably on proposals that are designed to serve as an incubator for policy briefs intended for publication in the association's journal, Education Finance and Policy (for more on what a policy brief should be, see here.) These panels bring together researchers and policy makers/practitioners to inform and address challenges in education.

Policy talk proposals can be up to 1,000 words in length and should include: 1) Background/ Justification of policy relevance; 2) clear statement of the policy topic to be addressed; 3) a description of the panel and panelists; and 4) contributions to be made by each panelist. Policy talk proposals are expected to include at least one policy maker or practitioner. Proposals that do not to include a policy maker or practitioner must include a statement justifying the omission and make clear why the panel will be of relevance to policy makers and practitioners.

Conference Format and Schedule

It's been said too often: this year is unprecedented. This year's conference will look nothing like any previous AEFP meeting and the AEFP program committee is hard at work trying to think through the best format and schedule for the conference. For this reason, we are not yet sure how many papers there will be in each session, how long the sessions will be, or if there will be a reactor of any kind. We are committed to providing you with as much information about the conference schedule as soon as we are able.

We do know that we will extend the length of the conference to encompass the Wednesday when many of us would have been traveling to Baltimore, and we will run through Saturday. We will not schedule sessions before 8am PST, nor will we extend sessions later than 6pm EST. We ask that everyone who submits a proposal agrees to serve as a chair and/or reactor on another session.

Networking and volunteer opportunities

Given the virtual format, we are still working out ways for both formal and informal networking opportunities. Please stay tuned for more announcements about these efforts in the coming months.

Mentoring Opportunities

AEFP is proud to offer two formal mentoring opportunities this year, one for early career scholars and the other for pre-doctoral scholars. Both programs are geared towards individuals who have traditionally underserved backgrounds. This includes (but is not limited to) first-generation students and professionals, those from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in fields that center on education finance and policy, or those whose institutions are not well-represented at AEFP. These programs aim to reach individuals for whom this opportunity would substantially strengthen and expand their professional opportunities and networks, as well as provide additional opportunities for feedback. With these programs, it is our hope that we can continue to support and grow our community of scholars. We will be sending out a call for applications in the near future.

Conference workshops and skills sessions

In past years, we have offered workshops and skills sessions during the conference. However, one upshot of the virtual nature of the conference is that we are no longer constrained by space and time for these kinds of sessions. Instead, we will hold sessions throughout the year. We will send out more details about workshops and skills sessions that are to take place this coming spring.

Our most heartfelt thanks

This is not an easy year to plan a conference, but we have been overwhelmed by the many AEFP members who have agreed to serve on our program committee and have volunteered to assist in any way you can. In times like these, we need our communities, and we feel privileged and honored that you all consider AEFP one of your academic homes. Thanks to each of you for making AEFP the great organization that it is. We look forward to seeing your faces this March and to reconnecting in person as soon as we are all able.

-Katharine Strunk, Program Chair and President-Elect, on behalf of the AEFP Program Committee