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Submission Guidelines


We invite pre-K-12 teachers, community-based educators, young people, activists/organizers, artists, parents and academic researchers to submit proposals that address a range of education justice issues.

Overall, we are particularly interested in proposals that:

  • Are developed and led by those most affected by education injustice — for example, youth, people of color, low-income people, and LGBTQIA people. We especially seek proposals that include young people as leaders in both the planning and facilitation.
  • Are accessible to a variety of audiences. Even if the topic might be of particular interest to one audience, the delivery should be widely accessible to accommodate our diversity of experiences, culture, educational background and professions. Please keep academic language/jargon to a minimum.
  • Involve collaborations between more than one organization or school, particularly from different parts of the country. We are also interested in collaborations by people in different roles or professions.
  • Are based on popular education principles, acknowledging that the community is the source of knowledge and engaging participants to create knowledge in interactive ways.
  • Empower participants with actionable tools or activities they can quickly implement or adapt within their communities

General Conference (for youth and adults)

For sessions within the general conference, proposals should fall under one of two categories and may address any of the bulleted issues within that category:


I. Teaching and Learning: Education for liberation in the classroom and/or community

  • (Re)defining Academic Achievement. Organizations/programs/curricula that forefront the practice of education for liberation, center youth culture and experience, and challenge mainstream definitions of academic “success” and “achievement” by reimagining the purpose of school. .
  • Recognizing and Honoring the Whole Person. Organizations/programs/curricula dedicated to recognizing the full humanity of young people by attending to the non-academic needs and rights of youth. This can include work that centers youth identity, spiritual and emotional support, health and sexual education, etc.
  • Fostering Creativity and Artistic Expression. Organizations/programs/curricula that use art as a means of resistance and healing, enable youth to express themselves through creative arts, and feature the role of the arts in past and present struggles for liberation.
  • Political Advocacy and Organizing. Organizations/programs/curricula that develop political consciousness and organizing skills. Work related to understanding past and present grassroots movements, strengthening the relationship between youth and their communities, youth-led organizing, and youth-led research that is connected to political action.

II. Policy, Organizing, and Research: Creating the environment that makes education for liberation possible

  • Community and Youth Organizing for Educational Justice. Work that directly engages, mobilizes, and empowers youth, parents, and teachers to fight against educational injustice, recognizing that they are the people most affected by it. Education injustice is defined broadly to include any issues that might impact young people’s opportunity to be educated.
  • Educational Policies and their Challenges. Organizations/programs/curricula working to amend particular policies that impede education justice, or to create new policies that better align with the struggle for liberation.
  • Research on Education for Liberation. Research that addresses the conditions young people and teachers face in education spaces, critical pedagogy for classrooms or organizing spaces, or education policies and their impact. Offers students, teachers, and organizations a way to meaningfully participate in, design, and/or use the outcomes of research projects as an organizing tool or to further instructional practice.
  • Classroom and Community/Parent Connections. Work that offers solutions to common roadblocks faced when trying to form or strengthen the connections between communities and schools. Narratives of positive impact when community/school partnership exists and spaces for parent organizing are also welcome here.

Young Activists Space: Engaging and empowering young people

Special programming for youth ages 4-12 to engage in the “big ideas” addressed in the conference. These activities will be designed for and done with a youth audience in a unique space separate from the general conference to give voice and agency to our youngest participants. Please let us know the age-range of young people you are catering your proposal towards, and if you would like your workshop to serve as an alternative to the provided child care for that age range. All workshops for ages 4-6 will require parents/guardians to be present. Proposals to this space may address the following issues:

  • Historical explorations of equality
  • Arts-based activities (visual and/or performing)
  • Team-building or community-building activities
  • Exploration of or activities about current events or school issues
  • Activities addressing the empowerment of young people
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