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Advancing and Advocating for Social Justice & Equity

Multicultural Education A Light in a Troubled World
NAME Conference - November 2021
Anaheim, California

A global pandemic, social distancing, inequitable vaccine availability, a threat to democracy by domestic insurrection, public school funding for special education and other equity-focused programs in jeopardy, teaching and learning via zoom and other virtual platforms leaving many of us feeling alone and isolated…. The world is indeed troubled. Multicultural education is a beacon of light and hope for students, educators, families and communities alike through its commitment to social justice and culturally inclusive and unifying practices that pave the path to a brighter and more just future.

As we move toward living in places of peace and justice, NAME and our friends and allies encourage conversations about possible ways to address the inequities and systems that stand in the way of progress. NAME and our 2021 Conference Committee invite change agents in education and beyond to submit proposals for presentations to be included in our 31th annual conference. We encourage you to contribute to the conversation.

The call for proposals will remain open until April 15, at 11:59pm ET.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposal submission and presentation are benefits of NAME membership. You must hold current membership in NAME to submit a proposal. Members may submit ONE proposal as lead presenter and ONE proposal as a co-presenter (TWO proposals in total). If a member submits more that one proposal as a lead presenter and one as a co-presenter, the third presentation will be deleted. Each person on a proposal must have and use their own email address. The same email address cannot be used by two people. Please pay attention to these guidelines. You may be responsible for the deletion of a proposal that is a colleague’s only proposal.

Please read all the information shared on this page before submitting a proposal.
Scroll down for the call for proposal details, instructions, and the submission deadline.
Please direct questions to the Proposal Review Committee at  

Types of Sessions

Presentation (Any Organizing Level) 
A “Presentation” allows one or more presenters to share their work (such as innovative curriculum and instructional methods, programs and policies, and research projects). Presentations should leave time for discussion. Conference organizers may group related presentations into 50 minute sessions. 

Interactive Workshop (Any Organizing Level)
An “Interactive Workshop” provides an opportunity to engage participants in active, collaborative, experiential learning, and is 50 minutes in duration. Sessions that model a lesson or curriculum and engage participants in reflection and inquiry are especially encouraged. 

Panel (Any Organizing Level)
A “Panel” allows three to five presenters to describe and share their work (such as innovative curriculum and instructional methods, programs and policies, and research projects). Panel presentations should leave time for discussion. To qualify as a "Panel" a minimum of THREE presenters must be included in the proposal submission.

Roundtable (Any Organizing Level) 

A “Roundtable” engages the presenter and audience members in a group discussion about the presenter’s research or practice.  This format may also be used to discuss receive feedback on a work-in-progress. You will present for 10-15 minutes, followed by a discussion with audience members. These sessions are held in a large meeting room with multiple tables that seat 10 -12 people each and are 50 minutes in duration. New presenters and graduate students are especially encouraged to propose this type of session. However, all levels are welcome.

Poster (Any Organizing Level)

A “Poster” conveys ideas using a blending of narrative and visual aids on a large poster board and provides a forum for one-on-one conversations. The Poster sessions are held in a large meeting space with multiple posters on display simultaneously, with presenters near their posters for a conversation with attendees, and are 50 minutes in duration. Items on the poster should include a title, author(s), abstract (up to 300 words, in the upper left-hand corner), descriptions in accessible language, and other materials. NAME does NOT provide poster supplies, please come equipped. Presenters are responsible for setting up their posters 10 minutes before their session begins and removing it immediately following. New presenters and graduate students are especially encouraged to propose this type of session. However, all levels are welcome.

Directions for Submissions

All proposals must be submitted online through NAME’s website at Do not include any identifying information in any part of your proposal. Proposals will be rejected if identifying information is included. The online system will prompt you with the following specific fields in which to enter the specific proposal session elements.  

1.  Name and contact information (including institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number) of the lead presenter and all co-presenter(s). NAME will notify only the lead presenter of the acceptance or rejection of proposals so lead presenters should keep a copy of the proposal, and should share the acceptance/rejection notice with co-presenters. (Please use one only email address per member for everything related to NAME.)

2. Proposal Topic should fit under the "umbrella" of Multicultural Education and all topics should relate to the conference theme.

3. Organizing Level

Each proposal must indicate one of the following Organizing Levels to which content is directed: 

Introductory — Geared for newcomers to the field of multicultural education. 
Intermediate — Geared for those with some exposure to multicultural education.  
Advanced — Geared for mid-career practitioners of multicultural education.  
Expert — Geared for established leaders in the field of multicultural education.  

4. Type of Session. Presentation, panel, interactive workshop, roundtable or poster.

5.  Title of Proposal. The title submitted with the proposal will be used in the conference program for accepted proposals.

 6. Number of Presenters. Each proposed presentation may include 1-5 total presenters, except a panel. A panel must include 3-5 presenters. 

7. Abstract. The abstract should be no more than 55 words in length. It will be included in the conference program if the proposal is accepted. 

8. Proposal. You will then be instructed to write or copy and paste the proposal narrative into the proposal text box, (no documents may be uploaded). Proposals must not contain any identifying information to ensure blind review. Proposals must be between a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 750 words (economy of expression follows APA guidelines and is greatly appreciated). 
The narrative must include the following session elements and include a heading for each element to aid reviewers:
    a. Content in Relationship to Conference Theme: Briefly describe the content of your presentation. How will it address the conference theme? What does the presentation seek to accomplish, what are its objectives?
    b. Significance of Content: Why is the presentation significant? How will it advance knowledge or capacity for multicultural education? Include any relevant data, information, or research supporting the presentation. Proposals should make clear how they are adding to multicultural education. 
    c. Audience Interaction and Process: How will the audience be involved in the session? What handouts or resources will be provided? What is the format of the session (e.g., workshop, simulation/role play, group discussion, lecture, paper presentation, artistic performance, etc.)?
     d. Organizing Level and Outcomes: What is the organizing level and how is presentation geared to that audience? How will the presentation be of use to conference participants? What should participants learn during the session

NAME Call for Proposal Procedure and Policy Acknowledgement

In the process of submitting a proposal, you will be asked to acknowledge that you have read and understand and agree with
the NAME Call for Proposal Procedure & Policy, below.

By submitting this proposal I acknowledge that I have read, understand, and accept, in its entirety, the 2020 NAME Call for Proposals, including conference theme, organizing levels, types of sessions, possible formats of proposals, directions for submissions, deadline for submissions, evaluation of proposals, proposal evaluation rubric, policies related to presenters, diversity of presenters, number of submissions per presenter, compensation and presenter registration, audiovisual equipment guidelines, and lead presenter responsibilities.

    I understand, acknowledge and accept:

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for all submissions is 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on February 29, 2020. 

Questions about this call for proposals may be directed to the Proposal Review Committee at  

To Submit a Proposal
Click, below or log-in to your NAME member area to submit your proposal:

Proposal Submission Deadline

 The deadline to submit a proposal for the 2020 conference is 11:59pm (Eastern Time), Saturday, February 29, 2020

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.