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May 25, 2023

ICETOL: International Conference on Educational Technology and Online Learning

The waiver of registration fee for virtual presenters opens up some opportunities for readers of this space.

Dear colleague,

Note: The registration fee will not be charged for the presentation type: virtual (synchronous via google meet) and video (which will be uploaded to ICETOL’s youtube channel) for the participants from countries other than Turkiye

We are pleased to invite you to the International Conference on Educational Technology and Online Learning (ICETOL) held in Cunda, Ayvalık, Balıkesir, Turkey, June 20-23, 2023. ICETOL is supported by Balıkesir University, University of South Africa, Anadolu University, Universidad De Burgos, Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality, and Balikesir Provincial Directorate for National Education. The main aim of the conference is to bring stakeholders to present their studies in the field of educational technology and online learning. The presenters are encouraged to submit and present their works face-to-face or online. In this context, the main theme of ICETOL 2023 is “Shaping the Future of Learning: Key Technologies & Practices.” All accepted papers will be published in the Proceeding Book, and extended versions of selected papers will be published in the following journals after a peer-review process:

You can visit our website for detailed information. We would be delighted if you would share our conference with your fellow academics and graduate students.


  • Proposal & Abstract Submission Deadline: 10 June 2023
  • Full Paper Submission: 30 July 2023

Best regards,

May 22, 2023

Call For Papers – 2024 Hawaii International Conference on Education

Note that in recent years there have been several K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning sessions – and I attended and presented myself in 2023.

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Call For Papers

(For full conference details, visit our website at: )
Submission/Proposal Deadline: August 7th, 2023

The 22nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education will be held from January 3rd (Wednesday) to January 6th (Saturday), 2024 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Waikoloa is located on the Big Island of Hawaii (Kona International Airport: KOA).  The 2024 Hawaii International Conference on Education will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from Education and related fields from all over the world.

Topic Areas (All Areas of Education are Invited)


·         Academic Advising and Counseling
·         Adult Education
·         Art Education
·         Arts & Humanities Education
·         Business Education
·         Counselor Education
·         Curriculum, Research and Development
·         Distance Education
·         Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Education
·         Early Childhood Education
·         Educational Administration
·         Educational Foundations
·         Educational Measurement and Evaluation
·         Educational Psychology
·         Educational Technology
·         Education Policy and Leadership
·         Elementary Education
·         ESL/TESL
·         Health Education
·         Higher Education
·         Human Resource Development
·         Indigenous Education
·         Kinesiology & Leisure Science
·         Language Education
·         Libraries and Learning Commons
·         Music Education
·         Posthumanism/Complexity
·         Project-Based Learning
·         Reading Education
·         School Choice
·         Secondary Education
·         Social-Emotional Education
·         Social Studies Education
·         Special Education
·         STEM Education
·         Student Affairs
·         Teacher Education
·         Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
·         Other Areas of Education




Submitting a Proposal/Paper:


You may submit your paper/proposal by following the instructions on our website. To make a submission, and for detailed information about submitting see:

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May 15, 2023

2024 Annual Meeting Theme Released

An announcement concerning next year’s annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

American Educational Research Association

The 2024 AERA Annual Meeting theme—“Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities: A Call to Action”—“asks researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to imagine boldly what education spaces free of racial injustice can look like.” The call for submissions will be released May 23. Read AERA President Tyrone Howard’s theme for the 2024 Annual Meeting below.


Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing

Educational Possibilities: A Call to Action


2024 Annual Meeting Theme


Tyrone Howard



As education researchers, scholars, and practitioners, it is our responsibility to examine the most complex issues and challenges facing the spectrum of educational contexts and to report our findings, discoveries, and insights. We perform this craft in manners that require us not to avoid but to embrace the most vexing problems that individuals and communities face in the pursuit of education. Our work investigates and studies topics that have been unabating, harmful, and disruptive to people’s quest to be self-actualized. These aspirations and commitments reflect the highest ideals set forth in the mission of the American Educational Research Association—to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.


Perhaps no topic has been as chronically obstinate in the pursuit of educational equality as racism and its impact in the United States and beyond. In his transformative work The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois (1903) raised the significance of race when he stated, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line—the relation of the darker to the lighter races . . . in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” Du Bois theorized race globally but talked about its local manifestations. His focus on the processes of exploitation, globalization, and oppression in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Latin America formed the basis for his call for decolonization. In his examination of race and racism, Du Bois used a four-pronged framework in his theorization of race and racism. He theorized that (a) race is a category of exclusion and oppression; (b) the color line is global, with far-reaching implications for people of color; (c) a global understanding of the color line connects local forms of racial oppression to a global understanding of racial colonial capitalism; and (d) the color line is the direct product of economic exploitation, war, and white supremacy.


The theme for the 2024 conference asks the education research community to engage in a massive undertaking of attending to the simultaneous act of dismantling racial injustice and constructing educational possibilities across P–20 systems. The call for a global conversation on race, racism, and its redress is long overdue for the world’s largest education research organization. This year’s theme asks researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to imagine boldly what education spaces free of racial injustice can look like. How do we think about our work, develop theories of action, engage in modes of inquiry, and implement ideas for professional practice when racial injustice no longer exists? This year’s theme asks us to look back, but to imagine forward. In our current moment, when the disruption of truth, attacks on race theories, banning of books, and erasure of histories have become commonplace, how can our work take an intersectional approach of eradicating racism, and all other forms of oppression? Many of the current constructs of racial categories, gendered classifications, and social class designations are created by pseudoscientific frameworks that foster denigrating and harmful depictions of various peoples and groups. Research, in many ways, has been complicit in concretizing racial injustice and oppression. Now is the time for research to be a solution in dismantling racial injustice and constructing educational possibilities.


Ruha Benjamin (2022) reminds us that “for those who want to construct a different social reality that is grounded in justice and joy, we can’t only critique the world as it is. We have to build the world as it should be to make justice irresistible” (p. 11). How can our work simultaneously disrupt punitive policies, oppressive procedures, and brutal practices and cultivate movements of justice, paradigms of hope, interventions of possibilities, and radical transformation? I ask our community to dream and imagine, not in an illusory manner that is uncritical, ahistorical, and atheoretical, but in a manner that is rooted in justice seeking, that is evidence based, as we seek a different education reality. Robin D. G. Kelley (2002) borrows from the Black radical imagination and calls for the expansion of revolutionary thinking, dreaming, and envisioning, and asks a fundamental question: “What type of society do you want to live in?” It is this driving question, among others, that should inform our work. Other interrelated questions might ask:

  • Why do race and racism continue to plague educational opportunity?
  • What does our science tell us about the role of race and racism in educational opportunity?
  • In what ways can our historical understandings of race create new narratives?
  • How do so many aspects of education research, policy, and practice omit examinations of race and racism?
  • What is required to imagine educational spaces free of racial injustice?

Studying, learning, and dismantling racial injustice cannot be limited to the halls of academia. Our work also needs to be present in other learning communities, such as spaces of communal gathering, homes, schools, green spaces, neighborhoods, and informal places, where the effects of racial injustice are felt every day. How does our work speak to those who are so often rendered silent and deemed invisible and conversely empowered to be heard and seen? Octavia Butler (1993) states: “All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you.” I ask us all to be touched and changed by the charge of eliminating racial injustice and other forms of oppression and exclusion. How can we engage in illuminating frameworks, humanizing pedagogies, and liberatory theorizing that changes the conditions for everyday people? The call for this year’s theme is to unapologetically center race, racial injustice, and other forms of oppression in our work, while building spaces of emancipation, justice, and dignity.


This year’s theme also asks us to think deeply about our own lived experiences and how they connect us with the work that we do. The examination of race and racism is not easy, comfortable, or convenient work. Many will choose to disengage because of this very topic, which only underscores our organizations focus on it. Talking, studying, and researching race and racism requires listening, learning, reflecting, empathizing, caring, and acting. Our research, our evidence, and our work as educators must anchor the multiplicity of ways that race intersects across multiple identities to create realities that are all too familiar for some, yet foreign to others.


Racism as a function of inequitable distribution of resources, wealth inequality, and class divides has suppressed educational opportunity for centuries. This is our time—all of us—and this theme is a Call to Action. As the nation faces unprecedented racial, ethnic, gender, and other demographic changes, we can no longer ignore our new normal. For education research to remain relevant in the third decade of the 21st century, our discomfort must be replaced with responsible action to know, care, and act. The aim of the 2024 theme is for the AERA Annual Meeting to confront the challenge of racism through research-informed action and to imagine, instigate, and be a catalyst of change. We invite the submission of papers and sessions that take up this call to action as the Presidential Program is planned.




Benjamin, R. (2022). Viral justice: How we grow the world we want. Princeton University Press.


Butler, O. (1993). Parable of the sower. Grand Central.


Du Bois, W. E. B. (1903). The souls of Black folk. Dover.


Kelley, R. D. G. (2002). Freedom dreams. The Black radical imagination. Beacon Press.


Click here to view an online version of the theme.


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May 10, 2023

2023 UCEA Annual Convention: Proposal Submission Extension

Note this call for proposals for the annual conference of the University Council of Educational Administrators.  As a reminder, there were several K-12 Online and Blended Learning sessions at UCEA 2022 and it would be great to see more sessions at the next conference.’

Proposal Extension for #UCEA23!

Greetings UCEA Community!

The Convention Planning Committee has elected to extend the deadline for proposal submissions for the 2023 UCEA Annual Convention until Monday, May 15 at 11:59 PM ET.

Proposal reviews will still be due on Friday, June 2. Due to the planning timeline, we cannot extend the reviews deadline.

Remember to submit your proposal via your UCEA member homepage which is your access point to All Academic. Proposals must be submitted prior to the deadline time, not just started.

The Call for Proposals, submission types, and proposal submission details can be found here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and look forward to seeing you once again in November in Minneapolis!

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April 19, 2023

Closing *TOMORROW*: Aurora Institute Symposium 2023 Request for Presentation Proposals

And from the neo-liberals…

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Aurora Institute Symposium October 24-26, 2022

Closing Tomorrow: Request for Presentation Proposals

Submit a presentation proposal
The Aurora Institute is seeking proposals to present at the Aurora Institute Symposium on October 15-17, 2023 in Palm Springs, CA. Proposals are due tomorrow, Thursday, April 20th by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Ideal sessions will: 

  • Address breakthrough policies and/or practices to advance education transformation
  • Be grounded in research and global best practices to advance high-quality, equity-driven personalized learning approaches and competency-based education systems
  • Provide leading-edge topics addressing key issues, knowledge needs, and challenges of the field through sharing lessons learned and promising practices for developing and implementing innovative, student-centered new learning designs

Additionally, we are seeking: 

  • Youth voice as well as entirely youth-led sessions
  • How-to implementation workshops
  • “Book Club” proposals featuring new books, research, and reports
  • Facilitators to host informal Networking Meet Ups during the Symposium

You can also download all the questions in the RFPP form to review in advance.

Submit a presentation proposal

Learn more: 

Submit a presentation proposal
About the Aurora Institute
The Aurora Institute’s mission is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Aurora is shaping the future of teaching and learning through its work in policy advocacy, research, field-building, and convening. With a national and global view of education innovation, we work on systems change in K-12 education, promote best practices, examine policy barriers, and make recommendations for change to yield improved outcomes for students. Aurora envisions a world in which all people are empowered to attain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to achieve success, contribute to their communities, and advance society.

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