NNER Fall Conference 2015, Hosted by California State University-Chico

by NNER Partnerships

Call for Proposals

Deadline: May 30, 2015

The National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) invites educators, researchers, and community members from around the world, working in the context of K-12, higher education, arts and sciences, and the broader community, to share their knowledge and expertise by submitting a proposal to present at the 2015 NNER Conference. NNER welcomes proposals on topics that span the breadth and depth of community concerns from cradle to career, and proposals particularly focused on the conference theme.


In addition to this major conference theme, there are six conference strands. During the submission process, please select the strand that is most fitting to your proposal. Conference strands are further detailed in the following descriptions:

Information on Session Types

The following session types will be offered at the annual conference. The description of each includes information about what is to be submitted as part of the proposal.

Roundtable Discussion

Roundtables are 75-minute sessions with 3 presenters on a similar topic assigned to a table, and discussion occurs with attendees seated around a table. Typically each table will have a chair/discussant to facilitate the session. Individual roundtable presentations typically include 15 minutes of presentation by each presenter, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and feedback but each table of presenters may agree on alternative structures within the time limit. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the table in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic. The abstract should detail the focus of the presentation and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of evaluation. Please note that roundtable discussions are not an appropriate format for presenters that anticipate more than 10-15 people in attendance.

Poster/Laptop Session

This formal graphic presentation of your topic, displayed on poster board or laptop, offers an excellent opportunity for gathering detailed feedback on your work and reporting on evaluation results. Posters will be presented during the poster exhibition. Posters should NOT be used to advertise a product or service. Like a paper, a poster abstract should detail the focus of the presentation and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in community engagement for improved student outcomes. NNER will provide the backing boards and pins for posters or a table for a laptop, and presenters are responsible for providing all items to be attached. Posters must fit within 44” x 44” display, and we strongly recommend bringing copies of a one-page handout about your work to distribute to those interested. Please indicate in your description if you will display with poster or display on laptop.

Presentation (35 min. or 75 min.)

Presentations are formal sessions that allow an extended period of time to engage in a topic. This type of structure is well suited to interactive conversations and deeper discussions about the topics. The specific structure for the time period is decided by the presenter. The individual(s) may share their research or innovations through a talk or introduction followed by discussion and/or activities. The abstract should detail both the background(s) of the presenter(s) as well as the importance of the material that will be presented. Most presentations will include audio-visual aids that illustrate key points and a computer, LCD projector, and screen are provided in each room in which a presentation is held. Please briefly describe the format of your presentation in your proposal.

Proceed to the Proposal Submission form