Call for Proposals

Proposals should be submitted by Friday, August 6th, 2021.

This is the setting out. 
The leaving everything behind. 
Leaving the social milieu. The preconceptions. The definitions. The
         language. The narrowed field of vision. The expectations. 
No longer expecting relationships, memories, words, or letters to mean 
         what they used to mean. To be, in a word: Open. 

-Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 

On the heels of a global pandemic, worsening climate crisis, and a broader realization of systemic racism, we return to a semblance of pre-pandemic activities yet find we are surrounded by new, emerging questions. Co-hosted by the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) and the National Center for Clinical Practice in Educator Preparation (NCCPEP), our 2021 Annual Conference invites all educators to gather again to share common space affirmed by a common purpose. We’ve chosen to not flee from the harshness but to turn to our schools, universities, organizations, and communities and be honest and “open” to the courage and morality integral to the teaching profession. 

Born from the same, decades-long scholarship and theory in school-university partnerships and democratic education, NNER, NCCPEP, and their shared missions and visions are foundational to an understanding of education as the bedrock of a democracy. Our organizations represent individuals with life-long commitments to the moral obligations of the teaching profession–considerate of all roles within the educational context, to include those well beyond formal educational settings. Pushing beyond merely the adoption of new approaches or tools, we aim for a fundamental shift in how we view education and the purposes of schools. “The most critically important omission [in the preparation of teachers] is a vision that encompasses a good and just society, the centrality of education to the renewal of that society, the role of schools in bringing this education equitably to all, and the kind of preparation teachers require for their stewardship of the nation’s schools” (Goodlad, et al., 2004, p. 28). The solutions have long been available, but the conditions for implementation have not. We ask in this moment, how do we simultaneously see and seize new possibilities? As old ways dissolve and new ways begin to reveal themselves, what becomes the role of schools and those responsible for the preparation of educators? And finally, How do we resist the allure of “quick fixes” to negotiate us out of dark times? 

Understanding the political polarization that surrounds us all, the 2021 NNER/NCCPEP Annual Conference offers a space for us to create meaning together in the present moment. Let us celebrate our mutual commitment to democractic life as we focus on who we are with and what we are doing within our specific spheres of influence. Let us celebrate the power of partnerships, as we rebuild and reimagine education for a democracy. 

Goodlad, J.I., Mantle-Bromley, C., & Goodlad, S.J. (2004).  Education for everyone:  Agenda for education in a democracy. San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.

Session Formats:

Student presentation/participation (teacher candidates, P-12 students) is strongly encouraged.

The online proposal submission process is found below.

2021 NNER Annual Conference Call for Proposals

Submitter’s Information

Please review this form carefully before filling it out. You will not be able to save a partially completed form and finish it later. We advise that you write your responses in a separate word document and then copy and paste them here when you are ready to submit.
The primary point of contact for this submission. If you are also a presenter, you will also need to add your information at the relevant section below.

Session Themes

When you write your proposal, please indicate the question(s) you plan to explore (in 500 words or less). In addition to your selected theme, please you are invited to explore the following framing questions:

  • How do we simultaneously see and seize new possibilities in the midst of changing times?
  • As old ways dissolve and new ways begin to reveal themselves, what becomes the role of schools and those responsible for the preparation of educators?
  • How do we resist the allure of “quick fixes” to negotiate us out of dark times?

Purposeful Inclusion

  1. How do we confront power and privilege and the consequences within and beyond educational contexts to work together to rebuild and reimagine education for everyone (Goodlad, et al., 2004)?
  2. How do we create and sustain culturally responsive learning contexts that are inclusive, caring, equitable and celebrate diversity?
    • How do we create safe and supportive spaces and curriculum for LGBTQIA+ students, various ethnicities and religions, students with dis/ablities, etc.?


  1. How do school/community/university-based teacher educators operationalize the fundamental principles of clinical practice as outlined by John Goodlad as the Moral Dimensions of Teaching: enculturating students into a democracy; responsible stewardship; nurturing pedagogy; and providing equal access to knowledge?
  2. What is the new role of technology in education?
    • What constitutes educational technology after the pandemic in PK-20 and teacher education?


  1. Considering the depth of research and scholarship in school-university partnerships and education in a democracy, how do we continue to move from rhetoric to action?
  2. What are we doing to confront the future teacher shortage and how does that contribute to the privatization of public education and alternative certification programs or the lowering of standards?
  3. What are we doing to attract people to the education profession?
This Presentation’s Theme *
You may select more than one.

The proposal committee will do its best to accommodate your preferred session type, however they cannot guarantee that everyone will get their first choice.

Student presentation/participation (teacher candidates, P-12 students) is strongly encouraged.

FIRST Choice Session Type *
SECOND Choice Session Type *
THIRD Choice Session Type *
FOURTH Choice Session Type *
In our planning efforts, we are currently prioritizing the in-person conference experience. However, we understand offering a virtual option for presenters and participants is also critical. Presenting virtually or in-person does not impact the proposal review process. For our planning purposes, please indicate how you plan on attending the conference below:
Given the tremendous cost of A/V, we are not able to fully offer a hybrid conference with synchronous breakout sessions. Thus, we are requesting all presenters to record their presentations. Please see the disclaimer below:
Should this proposal be accepted, I/we agree to record my/our presentation prior to the conference in order to make it available to ALL participants. The recorded presentation will only by accessible to paid NNER/NCCPEP conference registrants and will only be made available until November 12th, 2021. The recorded video will only be used for the purposes of the NNER/NCCPEP Conference.


Please provide each presenter’s name and credentials as they should be written in the conference program.

Please also include the submitter’s information here if you are also a presenter.

To include more than one presenter, click the Add Presenter button.

Email addresses are for proposal committee contact purposes only. Emails will not be shared publicly without obtaining prior consent.

Presentation Details

Please limit the length of your abstract to 250 words.
Please limit the length of your description to 500 words. You may use some basic formatting in this field (by clicking the “Visual” tab, however the proposal committee reserves the right to alter the formatting for the conference program a their discretion.