Proposal Requirements

Proposal Submission Portal

Paper and Poster Proposals

We welcome paper and poster proposals on any topic in education finance and policy and in any context. We will review proposals under 16 topic areas. Many proposals can reasonably fit into more than one topic area; authors should choose the topic area that fits the proposal best.  
  1. Causes and consequences of racial and other forms of inequity in education
  2. Early childhood
  3. Educator preparation, professional development, performance, and evaluation
  4. Educator labor markets (e.g., compensation, pensions, mobility, supply and demand)
  5. K-12 standards, accountability, assessment, and curriculum
  6. K-12 school finance
  7. K-12 school choice
  8. K-12 school politics, governance, leadership, and organizations
  9. K-12 interventions and short-term outcomes (academic and non-academic)
  10. Post-secondary student access and success
  11. Post-secondary financial aid and student debt (new)
  12. Post-secondary institutions and systems: Finance, governance, and accountability
  13. Long-term outcomes of education (e.g., employment, wages, civic participation)
  14. COVID-19
  15. Intersections between education and other policy areas
  16. Methods, data, and emerging areas of inquiry that do not fall under other topic areas
Only paper or poster submissions will be accepted; panel submissions will not be accepted. 

Paper/Poster Proposal Submission Requirements

Submissions should be a maximum of 1,000 words. Proposals should clearly articulate the following elements, which the program committee suggests using as headings: 
  • Background/Significance
  • Research Questions
  • Data Sources
  • Methods
  • Findings (including preliminary or forthcoming findings)
Description of these sections. The proposal should: 
  • provide context for the study and describe its contribution;
  • clearly state research questions;
  • describe data sources and methods in sufficient detail; and,
  • explain its results and substantiate conclusions, or, if the work is still in progress, explain how it expects to substantiate its conclusions by the time of the conference.
You may upload supplemental tables and figures. However, please do not upload a working paper in place of a proposal.
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 October 28, 2022. 

Policy Talk Proposals

In addition to individual papers, we encourage proposals for policy talks that are panel sessions of up to four presenters, focusing on a topic of broad policy relevance. Topics that are relevant to this year’s conference theme are of particular interest and will be prioritized, but all topics are welcome. These panels bring together researchers and policy makers/practitioners to inform and address challenges in education.

Policy Talk Proposal Submission Requirements

Policy talk proposals can be up to 1,000 words in length and should include the following, which could serve as proposal headings: 
  • Background/Significance 
  • Policy Topic Addressed
  • Description of Panel
  • Panelists and their Expected Contributions
Description of these sections. The proposal should:
  • explain the session’s policy relevance;
  • provide a clear statement of the policy topic it addresses; 
  • describe the panel’s format; 
  • name and justify the panelists (including providing relevant information on panelist backgrounds); and, 
  • describe the contributions it expects each panelist to make. 
Policy talk proposals should include at least one practitioner or policymaker, with more than one preferred. Proposals that do not to include a practitioner or policymaker must include a statement justifying the omission and make clear why the panel will be of relevance to practice or policy audiences.