AEFP 44th Annual Conference

Building the Connections Between Research and Policy

Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, Missouri
March 21-23, 2019

AEFP 44th Annual Conference

AEFP 44th Annual Conference

Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, Missouri
March 21-23, 2019

Submission Dates: Oct 1-Nov 23, 2018

The Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 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 is pleased to announce its call for proposals for the 44th Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO. March 21-23, 2019. Submissions will be accepted for individual papers, posters, and policy talks at from Monday, October 1 through Friday, November 16, 2018.

The 44th conference theme is Building the Connections Between Research and Policy. AEFP has a strong history of providing a place where researchers and policy makers can learn from each other. This year’s conference will build on that tradition in the concurrent sessions, the policy talks, and the keynote speech by Diane Schanzenbach, a past director of the Hamilton Project and the current director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

Papers and poster proposals on any topic in education finance and policy are welcome. Topics cover all countries and include:

  1. Early childhood
  2. Educator preparation, professional development, performance and evaluation
  3. Educator labor markets (e.g., compensation, pensions, mobility, supply and demand)
  4. K-12 standards, accountability, assessment, and curriculum
  5. K-12 school finance
  6. K-12 school choice
  7. K-12 school politics, governance, leadership, and organizations
  8. K-12 interventions and short-term outcomes (academic and non-academic)
  9. Post-secondary access and admissions
  10. Post-secondary financial aid and student debt
  11. Post-secondary finance, governance, and accountability
  12. Long-term outcomes of education (e.g., employment, wages, civic participation)
  13. Methodology, data, and other papers that do not fit into another topic area

We are not accepting paper panel submissions.

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. We welcome submissions on any topic, but we will give favorable treatment to proposals on a set of identified policy talk topics (listed below). These topics were identified as being of particular interest based on polling of a number of education policy organizations and our board members. 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.) Ideally, these panels would bring together researchers and policy makers/practitioners with different perspectives on a topic. The goal of the panel (and any subsequent brief) would be to highlight points of agreement and to note why disagreements exist.

Policy talk proposals are expected to include at least one policy maker or practitioner. Proposals that fail to include a policy maker or practitioner must include a paragraph justifying the omission and make clear why the panel will be of relevance to policy makers and practitioners.

Suggested topics for policy talks

  1. The future of work
  2. Teacher working conditions and teacher shortages
  3. Recent trends in school segregation
  4. Design of federal student aid programs in higher education
  5. School discipline disparities
  6. Gainful employment regulations in higher education
  7. Design of state funding systems for early childhood education

As has been true at the past two AEFP conferences, we will have no discussants for individual papers. Session chairs will be responsible for sparking a broader-ranging discussion with a few questions and then opening the conversation to the audience. In order to ensure that authors get more detailed feedback on their work, each presenter will be responsible for providing written feedback (before or after the conference) to one other presenter on their panel. The chair will coordinate this. Failure to provide comments will reduce an author’s chance to have a paper included in the 2020 conference. In addition, by submitting a proposal, non-student presenters agree to serve as a chair on another session.

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 at no later than November 16. We will announce acceptances and session time assignments by mid-January.

Networking and volunteer opportunities

We will continue to encourage dialogue between junior and senior researchers through small networking sessions throughout the conference. In addition, to ensure that new members, policymakers, and practitioners feel especially welcome at the conference, we are seeking volunteers to be AEFP Ambassadors. Ambassadors will wear a special identifying nametag that will signal that they are a friendly face to approach during networking opportunities. They will also be invited to participate in a special welcome breakfast on Thursday morning. More details on how to participate in these opportunities will be shared later in the fall.

Travel stipends for policymakers and practitioners

Through foundation grant support, AEFP will be able to subsidize the cost of conference registration fees and travel for a limited number of policymakers and practitioners to attend the conference. More details about the application process will be available later in the fall, and the application window will open shortly after paper and panel acceptances are announced.

Thanks to all of you for making AEFP the great organization that it is. Can’t wait to see you in Kansas City.

–Tom Downes, Program Chair and President-Elect