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Call For Proposals

Theme Selected: Education in Unprecedented Times: Making Education Accessible to All

Education has long been an area rife with exclusionary practices for certain populations. However, education is for all persons and should be accessible to all. The COVID-19 global pandemic exposed shortcomings in many educational systems in meeting basic educational needs, especially for those already in underserved populations. The challenges of the pandemic also revealed the numerous ways that educational institutions can meet the needs of diverse learners. Education was both reinvented and reimagined to become more accessible to everyone via a multitude of platforms to provide the equity that diverse learners deserve.

Education in Unprecedented Times: Making Education Accessible to All calls for scholars to reflect on the following questions:
  • What are the purposes of education beyond college and career readiness?
  • For whom are current educational practices beneficial and for whom does it create barriers?
  •  What can we learn from the past about accessibility that we can apply to this current era?
  • What role does technology have in the future for educational access? Are we truly capitalizing on our potential?
  •  How can we leverage our global interconnectedness to create equity and accessibility for diverse populations?

The 2022 College of Education Graduate Student Conference is calling for scholarship that recognizes that we were in "unprecedented" times, even before the era of COVID-19, and the scholarship of current graduate researchers is asking questions push educational fields into the new era. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign continues to create space for graduate-level researchers to reimagine educational futures within every discipline from local to global stages. 

Submitters are invited, but not required, to address one or more of the following issues:

  • Professional education
  • Career satisfaction
  • Mental health/Counseling
  • Diversity/Equity/Inclusion
  • Education Technology
  • Education and disabilities
  • Teacher education
  • Organization and leadership
  • Educational policy
  • Race and Racism 
  • COVID-19 and education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • International education 
  • Post-secondary education

Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2021
Conference Date: March 4, 2022

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