2017 Call for Proposals: Submission Process

World Organization for Early Childhood Education 
2017 Regional World Conference: Proposal Submission Process
Sustainability at Its Best:
Case Studies From Around the World

Topic Ideas:

You may be asking, “what is sustainability and how is it related to the field of early childhood.” The following quote might provide you a beginning to the exploration of this topic:
“ First, our societies urgently require new kinds of education that can help prevent further degradation of our planet, and that foster caring and responsible citizens genuinely concerned with and capable of contributing to a just and peaceful world. Second, these new kinds of education must be available to all – not only a handful of people – and take place in various settings, including families and communities. Third, they must begin in early childhood, as the values, attitudes, behaviours and skills acquired in this period may have a long-lasting impact in later life. Thus, early childhood education clearly has an important place in the efforts to bring about sustainable development” (Samuelsson & Kaga, 2008).

An intent of this OMEP National Conference is to explore the topic of sustainability as related to early childhood from the perspectives of those of us who live and work in the United States and/or abroad. To begin to develop prior knowledge of the topic of sustainability as related to early childhood visit http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001593/159355E.pdf  and review the report titled, “Contributions of early childhood education to a sustainable society,” a UNESCO report published in 2008. Among the topics presented are the following:

  • Social/cultural perspectives
  • Education for peace
  • Policy & research issues
  • Children’s voices
  • Voices from professionals in the field
  • The role of early childhood education
  • ECE for a sustainable world

Then, begin to consider how you might contribute to the discussion.

Session Format Choices

Individual-An individual presentation should be planned to be a workshop format, organized so that content is presented and participants have an opportunity to engage with the content and with each other. A specific outline of how the session will be organized must be submitted within the proposal description.

Co-Presenters- The same as the individual presentation, a co-presenter presentation should be planned to be a workshop format, organized so that content is presented and participants have an opportunity to engage with the content and with each other. A specific outline of how the session will be organized must be submitted within the proposal description, along with the roles that each presenter.

Panel Discussion-A panel discussion will contain three or four presenters, each equally splitting a 45 minute time period and saving 15 minutes for audience questions. In one format, each speaker has an allotted time, with each speaker having equal time. In another format, each speaker may make brief opening remarks (e.g. 5 minutes) and then the panel enters a moderated.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposal Title: Provide a title that captures the focus of your presentation in ten words or less.

Proposal Format: Each session will be one hour. Describe the format for how this one hour will be used. For example, will it be a single presenter, co-presenters, or a panel discussion.

Proposal Presenters: Provide a list of the presenters with current professional affiliation, title, e-mail address, and a cell phone contact number. Describe the role of each presenter in the presentation.

Proposed Content: Provide a maximum of a 500 word description of the proposal that describes the content you plan to present in a one-hour presentation. Include an explanation of how this content contributes to the discussion of the conference theme: Sustainability At Its Best: Case Studies From Around the World.  Include a content outline describing the major theme(s), challenges, lessons learned, successes and failures, application possibilities that will be addressed in this session. In addition, please include the goals of the session, “take-aways.”

Proposal Abstract: Provide a 40 word description that provides a synthesized description of your presentation.

Strategies for Engaging Participants: Describe the methods that will be used to engage participants. An expectation is that presenters will provide a report that is inclusive of questions and responses that arose pertaining to the topic of contributions of early childhood education to a sustainable society. Lastly, each session will be asked to identify aspects of early childhood examples that support a sustainable society.

Note: All speakers are required to register for the conference and will be responsible for paying registration fees. OMEP does not reimburse program speakers for travel, hotel, or meal expenses and does not provide a speaking stipend. Proposals designed to advertise, disseminate or sale books, materials or services will not be accepted; advertising, dissemination and sale of books, materials, or services is not allowed during presentations.

Submit presentation proposals, as a word document, to the following e-mail: papers.atlanta2017@n6s.8c3.myftpupload.com

Selection Criteria

The OMEP US National Conference Program Committee is comprised of OMEP members from various early childhood related organizations. Two members will read each proposal and provide a rating and comments pertaining to quality of proposed presentation and aligned of content with the conference theme of Sustainability at Its Best: Case Studies From Around the World.  Selection criteria includes the following:

Clarity and thoughtfulness of proposal-Reviewers favor proposals that are clearly written and identify the presenters, describe the content that will be presented, identify how the content aligns with the conference theme, detail the strategies for delivery of the content, describe efforts to involve audience participation and specify the benefit participants will get from attending the session (more detail follows).

Content of presentation is in alignment with the conference theme, is timely, and contributes to the field of early education-The conference them is Sustainability at Its Best: Case Studies From Around the World. The content of the presentation must contribute to the discussion and investigation of issues related to this theme. Case studies and examples must be pertinent to today’s issues in early education.

Appropriate and engaging method of presentation-Reviewers value appropriately engaging presentation styles with opportunities for audience members to actively participate and interact with the content and each other. A presentation that involves reading a paper is not acceptable.

Alignment with OMEP’s mission –Reviewers expect proposal to connect with the aims of OMEP and with knowledge, perspectives, and concerns of OMEP members and audience.

  1. The aims and objectives of this organization are to: a. Use every possible means to promote optimum conditions for every child’s health, wellbeing, development, safety, and happiness in his/her family, institutions and society.
  2. Encourage scientific research to promote optimum conditions, contribute towards human understanding and/or contribute to the peace of the world.
  3. Promote the development and accessibility of high quality early childhood education, including preschool, child care, recreation, young children’s health and mental health services, and other services and facilities for young children and their families.
  4. Promote efforts to create and maintain a healthy and sustainable environment, especially for young children.
  5. Advocate for children’s rights and wellbeing everywhere

Audio-Visual Needs

Flip-chart paper ­­­­­_____

Screen and Projector for digital presentation_____


Important Dates:

Submission of Proposal Deadline: November 30, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: December 15, 2016

Early-bird Conference Registration Deadline: November 30, 2016

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