CFP: 2009 Univ. of Oregon Conference on Biliteracy

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Nov 7 15:26:10 UTC 2008

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Call for Proposals

The 2009 University of Oregon Conference on Biliteracy

Eugene, Oregon

June 25-27, 2009

Conference Theme: New Destinations

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2009.

Conference Website:

The College of Education (Teacher Education Department) at the
University of Oregon is currently seeking proposals for papers,
discussion sessions, workshops, and symposia on all aspects that
affect the educational and social experiences of English Learners (EL)
and their communities. While the theme of the UO conference explores
EL students and immigrant communities in new destinations, this
conference seeks to explore a broad array of issues which affect the
social, economic, political, and educational opportunities of these
communities in multiple settings.

Submission Opportunities

In addition to original scholarly research and evaluation papers, the
conference organizers welcome a broad range of practitioner
perspectives including university students, classroom teachers,
pre-service teachers, school and district administrators, district
curriculum coordinators, community organizers, parents, and community
specialists who work with EL students and communities. Conference
workshops, scholarly papers, presentations, discussion sessions, and
symposia may report on data-driven research projects, theoretical and
conceptual frameworks and analyses, policy papers, or best practices.

Submission Types

All break-out sessions will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long (of which at
least 30 min should be dedicated to audience discussion and
interaction) and will consist of one of the following:

Symposia: In these sessions, a group of individuals (a panel) will
address a specific issue or topic and examine it from a variety of
perspectives. This is a group proposal of generally 3 to 4 presenters
and the proposal is blind peer-reviewed.

Individual Paper Session: In these sessions, a presenter will present
findings from original research or work (theoretical, conceptual,
policy analysis, etc.). Individual paper session presenters will be
paired with a presenter with a similar topic (unless otherwise
requested) for the session. These proposals will also be blind

Demonstration Session: These sessions will provide an opportunity for
classroom teachers, school administrators, district program
coordinators, and professional development presenters to share
exemplary and engaging practices that have been successful with EL
students and communities. These presentations typically will include
"handouts" or other "take home" materials for participants. These
proposals will not be blind peer-reviewed but rather reviewed by a
conference planning committee.

Group Interaction: These are sessions that will address a topic (or
topics) which will benefit from extended and continual dialogue among
participants. These sessions will typically start with a short
informal presentation to establish the context and the background of
the topic(s) while the remainder of the time will be devoted to
discussion moderated by the session presenter/facilitator. These
proposals will not be blind peer-reviewed but rather reviewed by a
conference planning committee.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be submitted using the online submission form
found on the conference website:
<> . Submissions for blind peer-review
will need to include an additional paper proposal (limited to 1500
words) which addresses the following areas: Objective, theoretical
framework, methodology (if applicable), findings, and scholarly and/or
educational significance. Authors name and/or affiliation should not
appear on the additional paper proposal to assure a blind review.

Proposal Review

Proposals which will be blind peer-reviewed will be submitted to a
team of reviewers which will evaluate each submission based on
predetermined evaluation criteria, including but not limited to:
scholarly/educational significance, theoretical orientation (if
applicable), quality of research/practice, coherent and relevant
findings, originality of work, and manner of presentation.


For information, contact Edward M. Olivos, Department of Teacher
Education, University of Oregon: emolivos at or 541-346-2983.

Conference Website:


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at


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