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Finding the Right Angle: Getting Your CRLA Conference Proposal Accepted. College Reading and Learning Association Conference Houston, TX November 2012. Proposing. When you create a conference proposal, you need to consider several concepts: 1) The conference theme 2) The call to conference
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Analogous to the conference theme, REVOLUTIONIZING LEARNING TO ENHANCE STUDENT SUCCESS, the 2013 conference logo celebrates student success. The upraised arm of a graduating student clasping a diploma emphasizes commencement, which denotes a new beginning and symbolizes the impact of revolutionary learning. A revolutionary tri-corn hat and a mortarboard, honoring the past while envisioning the future, flank the celebratory diploma. The CRLA logo accentuates the important role of our organization in re-envisioning higher education. It is important to emphasize that CRLA provides opportunities to revolutionize our profession by following Shaughnessy‘s lead: challenging all of us to be actively patient while simultaneously persisting—with our students and with ourselves—in order to get things done, big things, little things, important things, that can make all the difference.
The city of Boston is the perfect backdrop for CRLA’s 2013 Conference
theme: Revolutionizing Learning to Enhance Student Success.
Boston, with its rich history as an integral part of the American Revolution,
inspires our theme, which focuses on celebrating change and innovation.
To “revolutionize” means to embrace change, and for the CRLA
organization, to revolutionize means to transform learning by
Supporting students and enhancing their educational experiences.
This revolutionary idea of empowering students to be the authors of their
own knowledge inspires a different kind of learning, one that provides
students with strategies that encourage and support life long learning.
It is with this spirit of revolution and student-centered learning that we
encourage conference presenters to demonstrate ways in which they have
fostered change: change in pedagogy, change in administration, change
in research, change in teaching and learning strategies, and change in
These are the ideas that we will be looking for in proposals.
CRLA has always been on the cutting edge of pedagogy; the organization inspires education professionals to create and sustain opportunities for students to enact effective learning strategies, and in so doing, to revolutionize the process of learning for students, teachers, and practitioners.
What other ideas do you all have for conference proposals based on the theme?
It is important to think about your topic and make a strategic decision about which session type will work best for you and the attendees.
What are your ideas for a 2013 conference proposal?
What session type would work best for this topic?
What strand would work best for this topic?
NOTE: Make sure that no identifying information is included on the summary (this includes institution name, your name, the name of your program, etc.)
Choose one or two
important parts of
the proposal process we have addressed so far
and discuss how you
will address that
Analyze course syllabi
Study online tutorials
Consider sample size
Keep audience in mind
Look for obvious results as well as less obvious
Avoid generalizing results beyond the appropriate scope for data set
We look forward to your submission!