Call for Proposals

 2014 Call for Proposals

The window for submitting proposals for the 2014 conference is closed. Authors should have received noticed regarding the status of their submissions by January 15, 2014.

If you have questions or comments please contact Drey Martone at

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*pdf version here: NEERO_CALL_2014

The New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) will hold its Annual Conference, Wednesday, April 30 through Friday, May 2, 2014.  This year the conference will be held at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center at Mount Snow located in Dover, Vermont. The Executive Board of NEERO invites you to submit proposals for the 2014 conference. NEERO welcomes presentation proposals for papers, posters, symposia, and research-in-progress roundtables.

Founded in 1969, the New England Educational Research Organization is a regional affiliate of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). NEERO currently has over 250 professional and student members from colleges and universities, public and private schools, state and local educational agencies, health and social service agencies, and private education firms. By tradition, NEERO extends a special invitation to graduate students and new researchers to participate in the conference. The pre-conference workshops, presentation sessions, formal receptions, and informal gatherings are designed to promote collegial discussion among researchers at various stages of their careers.

This year we are excited to announce Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard as the 2014 keynote speaker. Dr. Wai-Ling Packard is a professor of psychology and education and the Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on mentoring, with an emphasis on how individuals such as first-generation college students, women, and persons of color construct and use mentoring networks and navigate complex pathways toward higher education and work. For additional information regarding Dr. Wai-Ling Packard’s research and scholarship please visit her web site at


NEERO proposals are accepted through an electronic submission system. Proposals can be submitted electronically from September 1 through October 30, 2013 at this link.


BY 11:59 PM, E.D.T, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013 

Proposal Format Guidelines

NEERO welcomes presentation proposals for papers, posters, symposia, and research-in-progress roundtables. When you submit your proposal, you will be asked to identify it as relevant to one of eight strands (Curriculum and Instruction; Higher Education; Human Development and Learning; Leadership, Policy, and Education Reform; Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation; Research Methods; Diversity, Ethnic Studies, and Socio-Cultural Issues in Education; and Teaching and Teacher Education). The strands exist primarily to organize the review process and may not necessarily apply when we construct the final conference program.


PAPER: Paper sessions provide each author an opportunity to present a condensed version of his or her study. The research may focus on a question from an empirical or theoretical perspective. A response by a discussant will follow after all papers in the session have been presented.

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS ROUNDTABLE: Roundtable sessions offer opportunities to obtain insights and suggestions from colleagues in an informal, interactive format in order to support a developing study. This category is particularly valuable for graduate students working on dissertations. Each roundtable will be attended by a facilitator, who will help organize the session.

SYMPOSIUM: A symposium consists of an integrated set of presentations related to the same topic. This format is especially well suited to partnerships among K-12 schools, universities, and/or private institutions. A symposium should include at least three, but no more than five presentations. Proposals should include the name of the symposium organizer (to whom all correspondence about the proposal will be sent). Symposium organizers are responsible for naming their own chair and discussant, if that is the format their symposium will take.

POSTER: Posters offer the opportunity to present a topic in display form rather than as a formal oral presentation. The poster presentation format is ideal for subjects for which a one-on-one explanation is more appropriate than a group presentation or topics which require detailed examination of the supporting materials.


All proposals must be submitted using the NEERO online proposal submission form.  When you submit a proposal, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  1. Contact information for the primary presenter or symposium organizer (name, affiliation, address, e-mail address, phone number).  This person will be the primary point of contact with NEERO regarding the status of the proposal.
  2. Current status of the primary presenter or symposium organizer (Professional, Full-time graduate student, Full-time undergraduate student)
  3. Approval to include authors’ e-mail addresses in the conference program
  4. Willingness to serve as a session chair or discussant at the conference
  5. Proposal Information including
  6. Strand
  7. Type of Presentation
  8. Select up to three keywords that best describe the area of your proposal
  9. Presentation and Presenter Information for Papers, Posters, and Roundtables:
  10. Title of Presentation
  11. Identifying information for additional authors (name, e-mail address, affiliation)
  12. Presentation and Presenter Information for Symposia
  13. Title of the Symposium
  14. Information for each presentation (Title of Presentation, Identifying information for each presenter)
  15. If applicable, identifying information for a symposium discussant (name, e-mail address, affiliation)
  16. An abstract of up to 200 words
  17. To complete the proposal submission process, you will be asked to upload a proposal summary as a WORD or PDF file.  The filename for the proposal summary should be your last name. For example, a proposal summary submitted by Mary Smith would be a file named smith.docx or smith.pdf.  If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please include a number after your last name when naming the file (e.g., smith1.docx or smith1.pdf).

Please carefully review the following sections for details on the content of the PROPOSAL SUMMARIES.


ALL PROPOSAL SUMMARIES must have a proposal cover page that includes the following:



Institutional Affiliations (for all authors)

Contact Information (email, phone for all authors)

[Please designate contact person for multiple authors]

Strand to which you are submitting the proposal

After the cover page, be sure that there is NO identifying information included in the proposal summary.

There are two PROPOSAL SUMMARY FORMATS: individual proposals (paper, research in progress roundtable, and poster) and group proposals (symposium).  The two proposal summary formats (individual and group) are different, and their elements and word lengths are set forth below. Program chairs may reject a proposal without review if the abstract or proposal exceeds the word limits specified below.


Individual Proposal Summary Format

The individual proposal format (paper, research in progress roundtable, and poster) is limited to a summary of 1,000 words (or fewer), excluding references. The summary for empirical research papers should deal explicitly with the following topics, preferably in order:

1. Objectives or purposes of the study or work being presented;

2. Perspective(s) or theoretical framework;

3. Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry;

4. Data sources or evidence;

5. Results and/or conclusions/point of view (preliminary, on-going, or complete); and

6. Educational or scientific significance of the study.

Please note that a paper or poster presentation is generally for more complete studies than those presented as a research in progress roundtable. For a research roundtable please include the following:

7. What feedback do you hope to receive from session participants on your in-progress study?

Group Proposal Summary Format

The group proposal format for the symposium is limited to a summary of 1,500 words (or fewer), excluding references. A group session generally focuses on a common objective or theme, and a set of three or four papers provides perspectives on that topic. The summary should deal explicitly with as many of the following topics as are appropriate, preferably in order:

1. Overall topic and objectives of the group session;

2. Educational or scientific significance of this topic;

3. For each presentation or participant please include a paragraph, which specifies: significance, theoretical framework, methods, data source, and conclusions;

4. Discussion of how the session will be structured.

Please note that if your session proposal is accepted, only the first author will be notified. The first author is responsible for notifying all participating co-authors.


Full-time Student: Early Registration $75, Regular Registration $95

Professional: Early Registration $125, Regular Registration $150



Grand Summit Hotel Room: $99.00

Please visit regularly for up-to-date conference information.

If you have questions or comments please contact Drey Martone at

When you complete the submission process, you will receive an acknowledgment of receipt. You will receive a decision regarding your proposal by January 15, 2014. The NEERO Board looks forward to receiving your proposals!


Drey Martone, Ed.D.

NEERO Vice-President and 2014 Program Chair