AEFP 45th Annual Conference

Toward a Meaningful Impact through Research, Policy & Practice

March 19-21, 2020

AEFP 45th Annual Conference: Call for Papers

AEFP 45th Annual Conference
The Worthington Renaissance Hotel - Fort Worth, Texas
March 19-21, 2020

Call for Proposals
Extended Submission Dates: Oct 1 - Nov 18, 2019

Toward a Meaningful Impact through Research, Policy, and Practice

The Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) is pleased to announce its call for proposals for the 45th Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX. March 19-21, 2020. Submissions will be accepted for individual papers, posters, and policy talks at from Tuesday, October 1 through Monday, November 18, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.

The 45th conference theme is Toward a Meaningful Impact through Research, Policy, and Practice. AEFP has a strong history of providing a place where researchers, policy makers and researchers can learn from each other. This year's conference will build on that tradition in the concurrent and general sessions and the policy talks.

Papers and poster proposals

Papers and poster proposals on any topic in education finance and policy and in any context are welcome.

  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, admissions and success
  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

Only paper submissions will be accepted, panel submissions will not be accepted.

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. The topics listed below are of particular interest and will 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.) 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. Local practice-research partnerships
  2. Role of qualitative research in policy and practice contexts
  3. Descriptive research
  4. Design of state funding systems for early childhood education
  5. International contexts
  6. Teacher working conditions and teacher shortages
  7. Recent trends in school segregation
  8. Design of federal student aid programs in higher education
  9. School discipline disparities
  10. Gainful employment regulations in higher education

As has been true at the past three 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 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 8. 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.

Conference workshops and skills sessions

Workshops and skills sessions will be offered during the conference.

Thanks to all of you for making AEFP the great organization that it is. Looking forward to seeing you in Fort Worth.

-Patrice Iatarola, Program Chair and President-Elect