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Virtual Conference on Special Education

Virtual Conference on Special Education
Friday, March 20, 2020
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Online)

The School of Education and Professional Studies at the State University of New York at Potsdam is pleased to announce its inaugural Virtual Conference on Special Education. The conference aims to bring together pre- and in- service educators, researchers, parents, and students in the North Country and beyond to discuss evidence-based teaching strategies and effective inclusive practices to improve the learning outcomes and life quality for students with special needs. The conference will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020. Sessions will be presented in a webinar format to allow for information sharing, discussion, and networking. Each session is designed for 45 minutes, with the first 20-30 minutes reserved for presentation and the remaining time reserved for Q&A and discussion. Registration for this online conference is free.

Conference Themes and Topics

For this inaugural conference, we are looking for presentations that align with the following two themes as listed below. A broad range of proposals around the following topics are strongly encouraged:

Instructional Strategies/Intervention Practices:

  • Reading/Writing Strategies
  • Language Interventions
  • Math Strategies
  • Content Area Enhancement/Instruction
  • Behavior Interventions
  • Metacognition Strategies

Inclusive Practices

  • Response to Intervention (RTI)/ Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
  • School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Assistive and Instructional Technology
  • Collaboration/Co-Teaching
  • Culturally Relevant Practices

Directions for Submissions

General Policies:

  1. Do not include any identifying information in any part of your proposal description. Proposals will be rejected if identifying information is included.
  2. All proposals should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file.

All proposals must include the following information and be submitted via the Proposal Submission Survey:

  1. The name and contact information (including title, institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number) of the lead presenter. We will notify only the lead presenter of the acceptance or rejection of proposals so lead presenters should keep a copy of the proposal, and should share the acceptance/rejection notice with co-presenters.
  2. Title of proposal. Create an engaging and accurate title that reflects the content of your presentation. The title in the proposal will be used in the conference program for accepted proposals.
  3. Abstract. The abstract should be no more than 50 words in length. It will be included in the conference program, if the proposal is accepted
  4. Proposal description. Proposals must be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 500 words, and be uploaded as a Microsoft Word file. Please address the following points of information and include the heading of each point in the narrative:
    • Content: Briefly describe the content of your presentation. Be sure to include the goals and objectives your presentation seeks to accomplish and the theoretical and/or empirical base that supports your presentation.
    • Significance of Content: Why is the presentation significant? How will it advance our knowledge of better supporting students with special needs?
    • Audience: Who is the intended audience of the presentation?
    • Participant Outcomes: What are anticipated learning outcomes for your audience?
  5. Alignment with conference theme. Indicate which of the two conference themes (i.e., Theme #1: Instructional Strategies/Intervention Practices, or Theme #2: Inclusive Practices) your proposed presentation aligns with.

Submit Your Proposal Here

Deadline for Submissions

All proposals should be submitted before the deadline of 11:59 pm. (Eastern Time) on Friday, January 31, 2020. Questions about this call for proposals may be directed to the Proposal Review Chair Allen C. Grant at

Evaluation of Proposals

The Proposal Review Committee is charged with selecting a balance of proposals with respect to topics and audiences. Final decisions on the proposals will be announced mid-February of 2020.