Call For Papers

 2017 Annual Conference CALL FOR PAPERS


The conference planners are especially interested in obtaining original manuscripts and other presentations dealing directly with the general theme of the conference. Additionally, ISEP is interested in all aspects of planning and will consider original manuscripts and presentations dealing with any aspect of educational planning and policy implementation, even if not directly conference theme related.

The Conference Theme focuses on three major sets of questions that arise in contemporary planning efforts to enhance educational opportunities for all in our global village during times of intense change and punctuated uncertainty. The list is not meant to be all inclusive.

  • Goals
    • What global and national outcomes should result from education?
    • What educational outcomes are necessary for the desired global and societal outcomes?
    • Whom do we educate? What are their characteristics and needs?
    • How do we predict the future: goals, students, technology?
    • How does the changing world require educational change?
    • What is the role of standardized testing in setting goals and in evaluating student, program, school, and agency success?
    • What are cultural and political considerations in goal setting?
    • How does educational planning relate to total community, regional, or national planning in other areas (land use, economics, social, etc.)?
  • Processes
    • What delivery or governance systems can be used to achieve educational goals?
    • How do we plan to use technology in achieving educational goals?
    • What planning models and processes are recommended and why?
    • How do we provide facilities, school leaders, teachers, funding, and other resources necessary for pursuing educational success?
    • What is the curriculum needed now and in the future?
    • What alternative models are being explored for educational delivery: partnerships, alternative certification, virtual schooling, on-line universities, etc.?
    • What are cultural considerations in program delivery?
    • How and when are social and medical wrap-around services needed and provided for educational success?
    • What progress has been made to further extend educational opportunities for all including the global expansion of pre-school education, improving the learning of special needs children, and increasing literacy rates and post-secondary school attendance?
  • Outcomes
    • How should we evaluate the pursuit and attainment of educational and societal outcomes? How can evaluation tools be improved?
    • What has research shown as to the success of various educational programs, policies, governance structures, and methodologies?
    • What lessons can we learn from available data to better plan?
    • What factors promote or hinder success?

Participants may consider submitting proposals under any of the following categories:

  • Thematic Paper Session: The paper is an individual paper presentation on the theory, process, or application of educational planning and policy implementation.  This forum provides the opportunity for individual presenters to deliver a position paper, a paper describing existing initiatives or practices, or a paper that addresses a needed innovation in education at all levels of the instructional spectrum.  Each individual presenter should anticipate no more than 20 minutes for presentation including questions.
  • Roundtable/Panel Discussion: The leader of a small number of presenters (between 3-5) coordinates the preparation and presentation of ideas and questions related to the conference theme or other issues related to educational planning and policy implementations (50 minutes).
  • Symposium Thematic Session: This forum provides the opportunity for a session organizer to submit a proposal in which multiple presenters deliver a diverse range of viewpoints on a major issue or practice related to the theme or some aspect of educational planning (50 minutes).
  • Working Paper Session: Well-developed drafts of papers are sent to reviewers.  In this session, an editor/reviewer will provide suggestions/comments for use in writing the paper for presentation and/publication.
  • PowerPoint Poster Session: As an alternative to Thematic or Working Paper Sessions, this session will give the opportunity for the presentation of a PowerPoint slide show of up to six (6) slides (including one title slide) for 10 to 15 minutes, followed by questions and discussion.


The proposal should comprise (1) a cover page and (2) a one to two page description.

  • Cover Page, includes: Title of presentation, type of session proposed (thematic paper, roundtable/panel discussion, symposium thematic session, working paper session, PowerPoint poster session), and session organizer (name, title, institution mailing address, telephone, fax number, e-mail address, and additional presenters name, title, and institution)
  • Description of Presentation (1 to 2 pages), includes:Title of proposal, objectives for the session, summary of substantive content of the proposal, plans for participants’ involvement, and audio-visual equipment to be used in the presentation.  (Please specify: flip chart, overhead projector, slide projector, and/or LED Projector).  Any proposal selected for presentation and not requesting the necessary audio-visual equipment prior to the conference may encumber personal financial responsibility for the use of such equipment at the time of presentation.


Send all Proposals to:  Dr. Walt Polka, 2017 ISEP Conference Program Co-Chair via the following e-mail: or via Fax: 716-286-8546

Program Questions may be directed to him using the following contact information:

Dr. Walter S. Polka, Professor of Professional Studies
Coordinator of the PhD in Leadership & Policy
Academic Complex, Suite 325
Niagara University, New York, USA 14092-2042|
716-286-8475 (Office); 716-286-8546 (Fax); 716-425-1860 (Cell/Text).

A double blind, peer review process will be used to select proposals to be presented at the conference. Proposals sent electronically should be in Microsoft Word as an attachment to the email message. The following are important dates and deadlines regarding submission of proposals and conference registration:

  • June 1, 2017: Deadline for Early Bird Submission of Proposals. Submission by June 1, 2017 enables presenter choice of conference day/time of presentation, if the proposal is accepted, and includes entry ticket to an exclusive lottery for exceptional prizes at the conference!
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it July 1, 2017: Deadline for Submission of Proposals.
  • July 15, 2017: Notification of all session organizers and authors 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, 2017: Registration Fee: The full registration fee must be received by the International Society for Educational Planning (ISEP) no later than September 1, 2017 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.
  • Important: In the past, presenters have been asked to bring up 30-50 copies of their papers. The conference chairs would like to encourage participants to bring an electronic copy (CD, flash drive, etc.) to the conference, at which time papers will be uploaded to the ISEP conference site.

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. 


  • Thematic and general topic paper sessions
  • The David N. Wilson Lecture
  • PowerPoint “Poster” Sessions
  • Panel Discussions
  • Dissertations, including the 2017 Glen Earthman Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Common meal functions for networking and fellowship
  • Society business meeting
  • Pre-Conference and Post-Conference opportunities to tour Toronto, Canada—one of the world’s most culturally diverse metropolitan areas.


The International Society for Educational Planning recognizes outstanding dissertations related to all aspects of educational planning. The Society will consider dissertations that have been completed in 2016 or 2017 that resulted in the award of a terminal degree. We encourage the submission of dissertations on any aspect of planning.

Dissertations that deal with planning and program implementation on the international, state/provincial, regional, local and individual school or building levels are welcomed. More than one award may be made at each annual meeting. Individuals who have recently been conferred their doctoral degree may individually submit their dissertation for consideration. The chairperson of the dissertation committee or any member of the committee also may recommend a dissertation for consideration.

Individuals who are chosen for recognition will be asked to make a presentation of their findings at the annual meeting. In addition, these individuals will be asked to submit a manuscript to the Society’s journal, Educational Planning. An unbound copy of the dissertation should be sent to facilitate distribution to the committee for a double blind review. Complete identification including name, address, phone number, and email address should accompany the dissertation on a separate page. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2017. Individuals to be recognized will be notified no later than July 15, 2017. Interested candidates/nominees are encouraged to submit abstracts to:

Robert C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN 56301
320-308-2553, Office
320-308-2554, Fax