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Conference Proposals

ALER 2018 CONFERENCE Call for Proposals

Louisville, Kentucky


ALER invites members and non-members from the literacy community to submit presentation proposals aligned to our 2018 conference theme, Educating for a Just SocietyPreparing students to engage in a global society goes beyond teaching the basics. Students need to be exposed to diverse people, texts, and ideas. Likewise, they need opportunities to critically engage in authentic literacy events, as well as instruction on how to do so. These experiences will help students learn to think critically and engage in discussions and problem-solving to be better able to promote equity for all peoples in an unjust world. Education can change the world.

Attendees will also discover many presentation strands aligned to common themes within literacy education.  Whether you're a P-12 teacher/administrator or faculty and students in higher education, you'll have over 100 individual session choices spread across 2 1/2 days of vibrant and friendly conference dialogue.


Proposal Due Date and Submission Instructions


  • The proposal deadline has closed for 2018. 


 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 professors, teachers, 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 June 2018. 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


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


Roundtable Discussion: 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. *PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT THE ROUNDTABLES FOR THE ADULT LEARNING DIVISION. THERE IS A SEPARATE TAB TO APPLY TO ALD BELOW.


Adult Learning Division Roundtable: The Adult Learning Division seeks program proposals for its annual division meeting. These roundtables occur during the Adult Learning Division meeting and are NOT the general roundtables for the conference. 


Teacher Education Division Roundtable: This option is for roundtables that occur during the Teacher Education Division meeting. This option is NOT for the general roundtables for the conference. 


Idea Exchange: The Idea Exchange is held each year, in an informal setting, to provide all participants with fresh ideas, activities, and insights that are readily applicable in a variety of literacy settings. An important outcome of the Idea Exchange session is the development of strong collaborative relationships with colleagues across the country.  Presenters will be selected by a committee.  Doctoral students, first-time presenters, new and continuing members are encouraged to participate.  Handouts are requested if accepted to present. To facilitate the submission process, Idea Exchange proposals are to be submitted through the proposal submission system linked above. Simply click “Idea Exchange” to submit your proposal when you log in to that system.  If you have questions about the Idea Exchange, please contact Ellen Kaiden at Time allotment: 15 minutes


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



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