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Application Instructions

A Note for Lead Presenters
Please note that presenters can submit one proposal only as the lead presenter. PA-NAME will notify only the lead presenter of the acceptance or rejection of proposals. Lead presenters should share the acceptance/rejection notice with co-presenters.

Primary Audience

Each proposal must indicate one of the following primary audiences to which the content is directed:

•    K-12 teachers, staff, and administrators
•    Higher education faculty, staff and administrators
•    Nonprofit staff and administrators
•    Other (please indicate)

Organizing Levels

Each proposal must indicate one of the following Organizing Levels to which content is directed: 

•    Introductory — Geared for newcomers to the field of multicultural education. 
•    Intermediate — Geared for those with some exposure to multicultural education. 
•    Advanced — Geared for mid-career practitioners of multicultural educa

Types of Sessions










 Directions for Submissions

All proposals must be submitted online through PA-NAME’s website ( Please enter the following information via the submission page: 

1. The name and contact information (including institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number) of the lead presenter and all co-presenter(s). PA-NAME will notify only the lead presenter of the acceptance or rejection of proposals so lead presenters should keep a copy of the proposal, and should share the acceptance/rejection notice with co-presenters.

2. Title of proposal. The title and abstract in the proposal will be used in the conference program for accepted proposals.

3. Abstract. The abstract should be no more than 50 words in length. It will be included in the conference program, if the proposal is accepted.

4. Proposal. The proposal must not contain any identifying information to ensure blind review. If identifying information is included, the proposal will be rejected. Proposals may be a maximum of 500 words. Please address the following five points (a-e) of information and include the heading of each point in the narrative: 

a. List the following four items at the top of the proposal:

i. Proposal title
ii. Primary audience: K-12, Higher Education, or K-16
iii. Organizing level (introductory, intermediate, advanced)
iv. Type of session (presentation, interactive workshop, or roundtable)

b. Content in Relationship to Conference Theme: Briefly describe the content of your presentation. How will it address the conference theme? What does the presentation seek to accomplish, and what are its objectives?

c. Significance of Content: Why is the presentation significant? How will it advance our knowledge of or capacity for multicultural education? Include any relevant data, information, or research supporting the presentation. Proposals should make clear how they are adding something new to multicultural education.

d. Audience Interaction and Process: How will the audience be involved in the session? What handouts or resources will be provided? What is the format of the session (e.g., workshop, simulation/role play, group discussion, lecture, paper presentation, artistic performance, etc.)?

e. Organizing Level and Outcomes: What is the organizing level and how is presentation geared to that audience? How will the presentation be of use to conference participants? What should participants learn during the session?

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for all submissions is 11:59pm EST on Sunday, February 3, 2024. 

Evaluation of Proposals

The Proposal Review Committee is charged with selecting a balance of proposals with respect to topics, formats, and audiences. Readers will use the following rubric to review proposals. Final decisions on the proposals will be announced the week of February 12, 2024. 

Proposal Evaluation Rubric

The possible range for individual criteria score is 1-5 with 5 being the highest. The highest possible total

combined score for a proposal is 20.  To review the rubric for proposals, click here.  


A presentation allows an individual or up to five presenters to share their work (such as innovative curriculum and instructional methods, programs and policies, and research findings). Sessions are arranged into 45-minute sessions. Presentations should allow 10 – 15 minutes for audience questions and discussion. 

Interactive Workshop 

An interactive workshop provides an opportunity to engage participants in active, cooperative, and/or experiential learning. This session will be 90 minutes in duration. Collaborative sessions that model a lesson or curriculum and engage participants in reflection and inquiry are especially encouraged. 

Poster Session

A poster session conveys ideas using a blend of narrative and visual aids on a large poster board.  The poster session will be 60 minutes in duration, and provide a forum for one-on-one conversations between the presenter(s) and audience members. This format is best suited for student work, nascent ideas, and preliminary findings.  Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to present in this format.

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