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Conference Proposals

ALER CONFERENCE Call for Proposals

Theme: Educate to Liberate 


Proposal Due Date and Submission Instructions

Deadline: May 8th at 11:59pm CT

Conference Proposal Link

Conference Program Committee

As you work on and submit your ALER proposals for the 2020 conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 6-9, please consider signing up for the Conference Program Committee. Conference Program Committee members complete blind review of proposals submitted to the conference.  If you wish to serve in this capacity, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser. Thank you for your consideration! Sign up coming soon.

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 symposia, sessions, roundtables, and workshops. In addition, master’s and doctoral students are invited to submit proposals for a special digital 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 June 2020. 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.


Proposal Submission Instructions


Proposals are submitted through our online submission system. Proposal information must be input into the system, i.e., not uploading a file. We recommend drafting your proposal, using the sections described below, in a Word document and then cutting and pasting into the text boxes in the submission system.


Please note that the submission system uses the language “abstract” to refer to your proposal, so you will see “Abstract Submission” and “Start Abstract,” which are referring to your proposal.


Sections of the Proposal:


-          Title


-          Type of Presentations (select one)

o   Graduate Student Digital 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. Presentations will be shared on laptops in a common area. Time allotment: 50 minutes

o   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

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

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

o   Workshop: 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

o   College Literacy Division Idea Exchange: The Idea Exchange is sponsored by the College Literacy Division and provides all participants (Division members and others) with fresh ideas, activities, and insights that are readily applicable in a variety of literacy settings. Presenters should be prepared to present at the annual meeting of the College Literacy Division. The Idea Exchange session also builds strong collaborative relationships with colleagues across the country.

o   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.

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

 ALER Clinical Research and Practice Division invites proposals for Roundtable Presentations for the 2020 Division Meeting. Proposals should address the theme of “I recommend: Promoting Quality inClinical Practice.” Roundtables presentations will be for 15-minutes and repeated to allow for additional participants. Doctoral students, first-time presenters, and new and continuing ALER members are encouraged to participate.


-          Major Interest Group (select one)

o   Clinical Reading

o   College Literacy

o   Adult Learning

o   Teacher Education

o   Classroom Practitioners


-          Description of the Presentation: A brief description of the session that will appear in the program if accepted (40 word limit)


-          Purpose or Objectives (55 word limit)


-          Major Content (1,000 word limit)


-          Method of Presenting: Data projector and a screen are provided. Individuals who need any other equipment (including internet access) must arrange to rent, bring, or order it from a local supplier at the individual’s own expense. (55 word limit)


-          Other Information (if needed)


You add additional presenters after you click “Submit Abstract.”


No presenter names or institutional affiliations should be included in the proposal. References and citations strengthen a proposal. Use current APA style.


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



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