Call For Papers


The conference planners are especially interested in obtaining original manuscripts dealing directly with the general theme of the conference.  This theme focuses on challenges in planning, educational change, and educational improvement at national and international levels as well as cross-culturally. The challenges presented in school planning, change, and improvement today are more pressing and more difficult than ever.  Challenges to various groups, individuals, and movements throughout the world will be explored at this conference, as well as solutions that have been identified and implemented in schools.   For this reason, the conference planners will encourage individuals to explore these phenomena as thoroughly as possible by submitting appropriate papers.  Notwithstanding these criteria, the conference planners are interested in all aspects of planning and will consider original manuscripts dealing with any aspect of educational planning and policy implementation.  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.


The proposal should comprise (1) a cover page and (2) a 250-500 word description.

  • Cover Page, includes: Title of presentation, type of session proposed (thematic paper roundtable/panel discussion, symposium thematic session, working paper 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 (250-500 words), 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. Peter R. Litchka via e-mail:

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:

  • This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it June 15, 2015: Deadline for submission of proposals.
  • August 1, 2015: 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, 2015: Registration Fee: The full registration fee must be received by the International Society for Educational Planning (ISEP) no later thanSeptember 1, 2015 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.  Conference Registration.
  • 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 deadline 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.


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 2014 or 2015 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, 2015. Individuals to be recognized will be notified no later thanJuly 15, 2015.  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