The Center for Schools and Communities, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), is seeking relevant and compelling presentations for the 8th annual Migrant Education Program and English Language Development Conference “Education Without Borders” that will be held March 3-5, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa.
The conference is designed to provide a space for parents, teachers, administrators, scholars and PDE staff to engage in professional practices of knowledge sharing, discussion, critical analysis, and re-visioning of educational policies and practices for the purpose of advancing the quality of educational experiences for migrant education and English learner students and families.
Each conference session seeks to promote the conference’s broader goal of strengthening systems and building capacity at all levels. Following an ecological systems approach, the conference attends to both formal and informal learning across the lifespan, attending to students’ positive educational and developmental growth from birth through high school graduation by promoting strong partnerships between home, school and community contexts. The conference sponsors seek high-quality interactive workshops that explicitly draw connections between current theory and research and educational practice.
- Educational Data Collection, Analysis and Use
- Educational Policy and Leadership
- Family Engagement and Community Partnerships
- Identification of Students and Families Eligible for MEP and/or ELD Programs
- Instructional Practices for Promoting Student Achievement in K-12
- Promising Practices in Early Childhood Education (birth to age 5)
- Strategies that Foster Social Emotional Learning and Student Resiliency
Presentations that are co-designed and co-presented by researcher-practitioner teams will receive additional consideration in the review process.
Session Format Options
Professional Institute (ELD 6 hours and MEP 3 hours)
The professional institutes provide an opportunity to explore a particular topic or practice in greater depth. The institutes should be informed by current research in the field and draw explicit connections between research and current practices. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion about theory, research, and/or practice as well as have facilitated opportunities to apply learning to practical educational designs. The ELD Professional Institute requires 6 hours of content and facilitation; the MEP Professional Institute requires 3 hours of content and facilitation.
Interactive Workshop (75 minutes)
An Interactive Workshop provides an opportunity to engage participants in active, collaborative, experiential learning. The primary focus of an interactive workshop is to facilitate participants’ development of one or more skills. Sessions that model a promising practice or instructional strategy and engage participants in application, reflection and inquiry are especially encouraged. Interactive workshops should be designed to accommodate up to 50 participants.
Presentation (75 minutes)
A presentation offers information to develop or expand attendees’ knowledge about a specific topic in which a presenter offers a formal presentation in the form of a PowerPoint or Prezi, for example. Presenters will engage the audience throughout the presentation through discussion, turn and talk, individual application exercises, and/or other engagement strategies. Presentations should be designed to accommodate up to 100 participants.
Roundtable (45 minutes)
A roundtable engages the presenter and participants in a group discussion about the presenter’s chosen topic, program, or practice. This format may also be used to discuss and receive feedback on work in progress. Presenters should prepare a 10-15 minute presentation to orient participants to the selected topic, and then engage participants in discussion. These 45-minute sessions will be held in a large meeting room with round tables that seat 8 people each.
• Friday, September 27, 2019 – Proposal Submission Deadline
• November 2019 – Applicants will receive a notification email regarding the status of their proposal.