Call For Papers

Presentations and Proposals

The planning committee is interested in obtaining original manuscripts, papers and other presentations dealing directly with the general theme of the conference, that are aligned to the following focus sessions:

Focus Session 1
Planning to Support the Needs of School Leaders
Session organizer: Ronit Bogler, Ph.D., The Open University of Israel

School leaders affect the quality of teaching and learning through their impact on school organization and climate, thus affecting student academic achievements and social outcomes. To succeed in supporting the needs of the school toward achieving the educational goals, stakeholders involved in school life should hold the knowledge related to school effectiveness. This knowledge lies in the literature on planning, organizational change and school reform that assists in preparing school leaders to cope with complex and dynamic school environments. This focus session calls for paper proposals that look into the relationship between school leaders aiming to affect school outcomes and school planning, reforms and changes related to these outcomes. Any contribution that considers these two entities is welcome, as we want to open the possibilities of potential connections between them for the benefit of future work and conceptual developments.

Potential themes and keywords: school leadership, instructional leadership, distributive leadership, transformational leadership, school planning, school reform, school effectiveness.

Focus Session 2
Strategic Planning in Education-Conceptualization, Theoretical Perspectives, and Applications
Session organizer: Abebayehu Tekleselassie, PhD; George Washington University

This focus session seeks a broad range of topics within strategic planning research. We invite topics that stimulate conversations and contribute to a sophisticated conceptualization of strategic planning by identifying future research opportunities that help link strategic planning to organizational outcome in education.  The session accepts a wide range of topics intersecting classical and normative models of strategic planning as well as recent empirical work with a focus on the intermediate outcome of planning. Possible topics of interest include (but not limited) to the following:

  • The changing nature of strategic planning research in education
  • The link between strategic planning and organizational outcomes in education (such as student outcomes)
  • Strategic planning as a strategic development process
  • Key partners/ stakeholders in strategic planning
  • Common elements/framework of “best-laid plans”
  • The link between strategic plans and site-based plans in education
  • Systems thinking and strategic planning
  • Why do strategic plans fail?
  • Strategic planning as a catalyst for organizational change in education

Potential Themes and Keywords: strategic planning theory; strategic plan outcomes; plan implementation; site-based versus strategic planning; strategic priorities; planning partners; strategic planning and educational change/reform.

Focus Session 3
School Facilities: From Bricks and Mortar to Student Outcomes
Session organizer: Carol S. Cash, EdD; Virginia Tech University

This focus session considers a broad range of topics within the area of facilities research. We invite topics that consider the physical environment, both buildings and furnishings. The session accepts a wide range of topics within the area of school facilities. Possible topics of interest include (but not limited) to the following:

  • The changing nature of school design research in education
  • The link between the built facility and student and faculty performance/attitudes
  • A process for designing the built facility – purpose leads to form
  • The link between classroom furnishings and instructional practices.
  • The challenges of historical buildings (heritage sites) in access, design, and function.

Potential Themes and Keywords:
Lighting, air quality, density, attitudes, instructional practices, furnishings, heritage sites, building design, etc.

Focus Session 4
Planning for Diversity, Equity, and Closing the Achievement Gap-A Global Perspective
Session organizer: Angel Ford, Ed.D., George Washington University

This session seeks presentations relating to closing the achievement gap in countries and cultures around the globe.  We invite individuals and groups to present research on effective planning to minimize the gap for nondominant groups, including migrant and immigrant populations.  Presentations could include, but would not be limited to, addressing cultural proficiency in professional development, equity in funding and resources, as well as improvements to all levels of educator training.  Any research that would encourage decreasing the width of the achievement chasm will fit well in this session.  It is the hope that diverse participants will be able to present unique research, ideas, and effective strategies for this critical area of educational planning; sharing what is working and maybe what is not.

Potential themes and keywords: closing the achievement gap, equity, equality, underserved populations, cultural diversity


Focus Session 5
Planning for Teacher Preparation Programs and International Collaboration and Partnerships
Session organizer: Jodie L. Brinkmann, EdD, Longwood University

Katrina L. Maynard, PhD, Longwood University

This focus session will be two-pronged, first focusing on innovative teacher preparation programs and secondly focusing on forming international partnerships.  The first part of the session will focus on conversations related to a wide variety of topics centered around the development and planning of teacher preparation programs.  Participants will engage in conversations about current research and conceptual frameworks related to planning, implementing and evaluating teacher preparation programs. Specific attention will be given to innovative teacher preparation programming meeting the demands of the profession including but not limited to the documented teacher shortage in the United States and how Institutions of Higher Education are addressing the issue.  For the second half of the session, we encourage discussion around opportunities for international partnerships with other universities for faculty research, possible faculty visitations, and student study abroad collaborations/programs. Focus will be on participants’ past experiences, lessons learned and possible opportunities and goals for the future.

Potential themes in the scope of the session and Keywords: Innovative teacher preparation models, program improvement, international partnerships in teacher preparation coursework, student study abroad programs, reflective practice and lessons learned from experts in the field.


Focus Session Six
Suiting School Facilities to Contemporary Needs: Challenges and Ideas
Session organizer: Maria Bacharel, PhD, Architect

This session aims at addressing how educational facilities adjust to contemporary pedagogical demands, functional uses, or economic constraints.

Schools that were built for purpose were typically built to last. Schools are often part of the collective memory and were determinant for neighborhood growth and cohesion. They were designed according to pedagogical and functional requirements of their time, which may pose constraints to contemporary use.

Besides, schools struggle for funding, which has often repercussion on the school facilities. This poses a problem, since the well-being and comfort of its users may be compromised. Teachers, school leaders, architects, city councils or politicians have different strategies to cope with these problems.

This session seeks to identify spatial, functional and technological adjustments and guidelines to cope with educational change and contemporary challenges. It aims at gathering case studies from different geographical areas, providing a basis for reflecting on the significance of educational facilities for education within an international framework.

Potential themes and keywords: Refurbishment of educational facilities; Historic educational facilities; Guidelines for adaptation of education facilities; Environmental comfort; Pedagogical demands, Planning Strategy.

Focus Session 7
General Session-Topics Not Covered in Other Focus Sessions
Session organizer: Peter Litchka, Ed.D.; Loyola University Maryland

Educational planning, by itself, is certainly not limited to the six focus sessions described. Thus, this general session is for presentations that may not be directly related to the other six sessions, or may be somewhat related, but the presenter feels strongly that such a “stand alone” would be better presented in this general session.

This session is designed to accommodate those who wish to present research and theory papers and/or panel discussions in educational planning topics that are not covered in the other focus sessions.  Educational planning is an absolute necessity because, among other things, it helps educational institutions become successful, in terms of its beliefs, vision, mission, goals and strategies. Such planning helps to coordinate financial, non-human and human resources to enhance both efficiency, effectiveness, and focused direction, at the national, state/province, and local levels. Thus, educational planning is one of the components of a nation’s  overall objective in terms of  socio-economic development.

Potential themes and keywords:
Educational systems and systems thinking; socio-economic development; cost-benefit analysis; micro-and macro-economic educational planning.

Proposal Guidelines and Submission Template
ISEP will accept proposals in which one or more co- authors present their paper in 20 minute segments. A double blind, peer review process will be used to select proposals to be presented at the conference.

Notification of acceptance of proposals will occur via email with ten (10) days of submission.

Please use the following template for submission of proposals and send them via email as an attachment in Word to the following address:

Proposal Cover Page Template

Title of Presentation
Focus Session Number (select from the list above)*
Presenter’s Name
Email address
Current Position
Additional Presenter’s Name
Email address
Current Position

Presentation Description (200-500 words)

  • Title of Proposal
  • Objectives for the proposal
  • Summary of content
  • Plans for interaction with audience participants

A computer with internet access and projector will be provided.  Any additional equipment must be provided by the presenter.

The conference planning committee encourages participants to bring an electronic copy of their presentation to the conference, at which time papers will be uploaded to the ISEP conference site.

An e-book of conference abstracts will be available on the ISEP website. Those who wish to contribute to the e-book on “Educational Planning That Works” are free to submit full papers until September 15, 2019.  The papers will then be compiled in an e-book with ISBN.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Proposal Submissions and Registration

  • June 1, 2019: Deadline for Early Bird Submission of Proposals.
    • Submission by June 1, 2019 includes entry ticket to an exclusive raffle for exceptional prizes at the conference!
  • July 1, 2019: Deadline for Submission of Proposals.
  • July 10, 2019: Final notification of acceptance of proposals will occur via email.
    • All presenters listed in the accepted proposals must pay the full registration fee, even if they attend the conference only on the day of their presentation.
  • September 1, 2019: Registration Fee: The full registration fee must be received by the International Society for Educational Planning (ISEP) no later than September 1, 2019 in order for the presentation and the presenter to be listed on the conference program. Any author identified in the presentation, but not officially registered for the conference by the due date, will not be listed in the official program of the conference.
  • September 15, 2019: Full papers due for inclusion into conference e-book.

Proposals submitted after the final deadline date cannot be guaranteed consideration. Additionally, in order to be considered for inclusion in the program, all proposals must be complete and conform to the proposal submission guidelines.