Theme & Strands

The 2017 NNER Conference Theme, The Moral Purpose of Education Manifested in Practice is supported by four conference strands. While there are four separate strands, we understand there is always overlap among them; please select the one, which you believe closest to your presentation, and indicate your choice on the proposal form.

Strand 1: Equity and excellence in, and access to, public education for all: models of success and or ongoing challenges.

Proposals may illuminate projects, practices, programs, collaborative efforts, unique partnerships, etc. that work to ensure high standards and resources for all while addressing the challenges of the settings (urban, rural, suburban), the level of schooling (P-16), student differences (special needs, gender identification, ethnicity, etc.), policies, and or trauma informed education, among others.  Programs could include cross professional collaborations with nurses, psychologists, mentors, clinics, etc.

Strand 2: Educational Innovations P-16

Proposals may share cutting edge practices in the partnerships or communities of the P-16 partnerships.   Practices may be curricular, instructional, technological, research or school service based, or a combination of all.  Practices may be in 21st century skills, career and college ready programs, leadership programs, mindful instruction, service learning, social/behavioral models, etc.   The goals of such practices should include those that advance the learning of students and educators across all realms of knowledge, skills and dispositions.  Presenters could be Arts and Science faculty, community agency professionals, P-12 or teacher education faculty, or a combination of some or all.

Strand 3:  Integration of arts and Arts and Sciences in the classroom, P-16

Proposals may illuminate Stem to Steam to Stream programs or others where educators and/or community work together to enhance educational opportunities and educational achievement.  Arts and science faculty, educational faculty, community resource professionals in the arts, and sciences may be invited to present.  The focus of this strand is the integration of knowledge through STREAM initiatives.

Strand 4: Understanding and influencing policies in education and teacher education.

Proposals should include methods used or proposed for advocacy at the different levels of decision-making (school, district, state or federal).  Proposals may also address understanding the current climate at these levels, and how to advance our agenda in what is often a contentious climate.  Actual practices and challenges would be welcomed.  Community members (school board, parents, business leaders, students) may be invited to share perspectives and challenges from viewpoint.