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2015 ALER Conference Online Proposal Submissions




Literacy Educators and Researchers:
Making a Difference in our Diverse Communities

Proposal Due Date

The proposal submission is February 10, 2015.


General Information


The Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) is devoted to fostering and promoting teaching and learning processes related to literacy at all levels. Members and other individuals are invited to submit proposals for symposiums, sessions, roundtables, and workshops. In addition, master’s and doctoral students are invited to submit proposals for a special poster session that will highlight graduate student work. Only original work not published or presented elsewhere may be submitted as proposals for presentation at the conference.


The Program Committee invites proposals from teachers, professors, graduate students, and other professionals interested in literacy education. Membership in ALER is not a prerequisite for submitting proposals or attending the conference. All presenters and participants, however, are required to register for the conference. Program presenters do not receive honorariums and are expected to pay their own registration, housing, meals, and related expenses.


Review of Proposals


All proposals will receive a blind review by members of the Program Committee. Each proposal will be evaluated for its significance, research design (if appropriate), thoroughness, clarity, and appropriateness for the type of presentation proposal. Factors that tend to disqualify proposals are failure to complete the proposal according to guidelines, the promotion of commercial materials or programs, or topics that are unrelated to reading or literacy.


Each individual who submits a proposal will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by May 2015. If additional individuals appear on the program proposal, it is the responsibility of the person submitting the proposal to inform these individuals of the final disposition of the proposal.



Types of Presentations


Symposiums: The symposium format allows for considerable topic coverage within a strong, unifying theme. Several presenters, a discussant(s), as well as an opportunity for audience participation are expected. A variety of formats for symposia are possible. Time allotment: 80 minutes


Sessions: There are three types of sessions: 1) conceptual theoretical paper presentations, 2) instructional paper presentations, and 3) research reports. These presentations and reports are generally focused on a single topic. A few minutes should also be included for audience questions. Time allotment: 25 minutes


Workshops: Workshops are designed to provide participants with activities or materials that foster active involvement. While one or more of the workshop leaders may present information, provide examples, and the like, the goal of a workshop is active audience participation. Time allotment: 50 or 80 minutes


Roundtables: Roundtables allow for a brief presentation of content followed by discussion and feedback in an informal, conversational environment. Several roundtables may occur at the same time, in the same room. Time allotment: 25 minutes


NEW Graduate Student Poster Session: The graduate student poster session is an opportunity for master’s and doctoral students to showcase their work and interact with scholars and researchers. Time allotment: 50 minutes


The Program Chair and Program Committee reserve the right to reject incomplete or late proposals.

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