2022 NYSATE-NYACTE Fall Conference

Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Springs, NY

October 27-28, 2022


Seeking Solidarity:

Preparing Educators in and for Challenging Times

Call for Proposals:  Proposals due May 1, 2022

Not for the first time, schools are taking center stage in heated local and national debates, as educators at all levels face challenges to curricula, materials, and pedagogies. From classrooms to school board meetings, stakeholders are grappling with how decisions are made, whose voices are included, and what counts as research or knowledge. These conflicts highlight fundamental questions about the purposes of education and the roles of educators, as well as what it means to engage in civic participation and discourse. 

Clashing understandings of freedom, democracy, and justice are tangled up with our roles as educators–and with the challenges we are facing in schools. In her book Releasing the Imagination, Maxine Greene describes democracy as “a community that is always in the making,” that is “[m]arked by an emerging solidarity, a sharing of certain beliefs, and a dialogue about others” (1995, p.39). Our challenge continues to be centered on spaces where communities feel fractured and are not engaging in meaningful dialogue. Yet in Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks reminds us, “We cannot be easily discouraged. We cannot despair when there is conflict. Our solidarity must be affirmed by shared belief in a spirit of intellectual openness that celebrates diversity, welcomes dissent, and rejoices in collective dedication to truth” (1994, p.33).

For our 2022 conference, we welcome proposals that help us grapple with what it means to prepare educators to shape these conversations in their classrooms, districts, and communities. How can we work in concert with P12 colleagues, policy makers, and other educational advocates?  How can we build solidarity, to help prepare and support educators as they engage in the complex work of community building, teaching, and learning? What roles can educator preparation programs play in helping to promote and support an informed citizenry? And, perhaps most important, how can we help move educational discourse towards healing-centered, caring, innovative, and collaborative practices? 

Suggested topics include:

  • Initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, including culturally responsive and sustaining, asset-based, inclusive pedagogies across educational settings

  • Strategies for implementing antiracist, social justice pedagogies and practices, especially those that center often-marginalized voices including LGBTQIA  and BIPOC members of classrooms and communities 

  • Models for collaborating across P-20 partnerships to build inclusive, innovative models of teacher and leader preparation

  • Strategies for recruiting, supporting, and retaining diverse candidates, teachers, and faculty

  • Responses to external and internal pressures on curricula, materials, and pedagogies (e.g., book banning, historical and contemporary study of inequities, teacher surveillance, etc.)

  • Responses to ongoing complexities arising from the pandemic, including interrupted learning and social emotional needs (for faculty and students)

  • Strategies for advocating, sharing information, and building consensus among stakeholders through civic discourse

  • Other innovative practices that help prepare and support educators in and for challenging times. 




Types of Proposals

Individual Paper Presentation: An individual paper presentation provides an opportunity to share research and/or practice focused on the conference theme. Please note that presenters can expect to be grouped with at least one other paper for Individual Paper sessions (45 minute sessions/20 minutes per paper).


Panel Presentation: A panel presentation allows multiple individuals (2-3) who have already linked their work to present together (45 minute session). Please note that presenters may only present as part of one panel presentation in order to ensure there is access to this format for as many different presenters as possible (45 minute session).


Roundtable Presentation: A roundtable offers opportunities to obtain insights and suggestions from colleagues in an informal, interactive format. Please note that the conference program will include Roundtable-only time slots in order to increase attendance at Roundtable sessions.  There will be two presenters at each roundtable (20-25 minutes per presentation).


Special AV Note: Please note that all presenters must provide their own computers and projectors.  The conference planners can provide screens and a cart with cables.  The hotel rents AV equipment to individuals as well as to the organizations who plan the conference, though the cost of renting this equipment is high.


Proposal Format

 Please fill out this Google form to propose your session.  Your proposal will include the following elements (please note the character limits for some sections):

  1. Names of presenter(s);

  2. Name of school/college affiliation, preferred address, preferred telephone number, and e-mail address of each presenter;

  3. Presentation title;

  4. Proposed format for the presentation;

  5. Brief summary of the presentation suitable for inclusion in the conference program (350 character limit); and

  6. Submit a structured abstract according to the following prompts: 

    • Title

    • Purpose and content that will be shared: What was your research question or problem of practice (900 character limit)? 

    • Research and/or theoretical foundation: How does your work connect to literature in the field (900 character limit)? 

    • Design/methodology/approach:  How did you explore your research question or problem of practice (900 character limit)?

    • Findings/results/implications:  What did you learn (900 character limit)? 

    • Relevance to the conference theme and significance to the field: How does your work connect to the conference theme and conversations in the field (900 character limit)? 

    • Reference list (most recent APA format)

**Please note that each proposal will be blind reviewed by two individuals and is rated based on connection to the theme of the conference and on the relevance and rigor of the work and research presented within the proposal.  Due to the limited space available, conference organizers may request an individual paper or panel presentation shift to a roundtable format. The assigned presentation format will be indicated in the acceptance letter.


Instructions for Submitting a Proposal

Proposals must be submitted electronically using the following link (also linked to button above):

NYSATE-NYACTE 2022 Fall Conference Proposal Form


The deadline for submitting proposals is May 1, 2022.

Authors will be notified by email by July 2022.

Direct inquiries to:

Dr. Christina Pfister                                        Dr. Jacob Easley II

E-mail: pfisterc@strose.edu                            E-mail: jacob.easley@touro.edu   


Check the NYSATE (www.nys-ate.org) and NYACTE (www.nyacte.org) websites for the most current information about scheduled keynotes and conference sessions.