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Multicultural Education: Developing Digital Competencies for Global Citizenship 


The University of North Texas is a hub of Fortune 1000 companies, and thriving startups and the North Texas region has one of the largest, most vibrant economies in the world. Frisco is at the heart of this economic boom -- located in one of the fastest-growing areas in the country and home to the $5 Billion Mile. The University of North Texas New College at Frisco is an off-site instructional facility that provides a workforce of business, tech, and people savvy leaders and problem-solvers who can take companies to the next level. 

The theme for this year is “Multicultural Education: Developing Digital Competencies for Global Citizenship.” TXNAME is soliciting conference proposals that focus on the reflective and responsible actions and advocacy that are promoted through the varied layers presented in multicultural education, digital competency, and global citizenship. Conferences proposals should respond to ideas such as citizenship and multiculturalism as well as digital literacies and digital fluency. Particular proposals that address or respond to the intersectionality of these ideas are especially desired. Proposals are encouraged from varied approaches and may include community engagement, social advocacy, community and educational research, teaching in educational spaces, and through recognized praxis. Research is encouraged from community leaders, teachers, scholars, and students. 

While highlighting the multicultural practices throughout the State of Texas and Region 5 of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), the upcoming 17th annual conference will continue to profile the community, conversations, and collaborations that support education while expanding to evolve through the intentional focus on developing an understanding of multicultural education and global citizenship through digital competencies. Through our conference proceedings, stakeholders (students, educators, agency workers, policy-makers, families, community members, etc…) will share their work on enhancing educational experiences for marginalized students, and shared strategies to empower students, families, and communities to become effective advocates for education and global citizenship 

Conference Contacts:

Dr. Jemimah Young, jemimah.young@unt.edu 
Dr. Brandon Fox, foxbrand@sfasu.edu
Types of Sessions

There are four types of conference sessions for which you can submit: regular concurrent sessions, paper presentations, poster sessions, and ideas and issues. All sessions must address the conference theme. Please see below for information that should be included in the proposal summary. 

 • Workshop/Panel Sessions –Regular concurrent sessions focus on topics linked to the conference theme. These sessions address curriculum, special programs, innovative instructional methods, policy issues, or research projects. Concurrent sessions may be organized as short workshops, as presentations, as panels, or in other formats conducive to the presentation’s focus. 
 • Paper Presentation – Paper presentations represent a formal report of research completed or underway that invites reactions. Please allow for audience questions and reactions during presentation time. Paper presentations may be grouped with other related presenters at the same time in the same room, sharing the time allotted. Each session will contain 2-3 presenters on the same or related topic. 
 • Poster Session – Posters will display research, best practices, novel approaches or current projects on a large poster board. The poster session will allow for informal discussions and attendees to speak with the presenters on an individual basis in an interactive style. 
 • Ideas and Issues – Ideas and issues are a presentation of current practices and/or research in a way that allows for interactive dialogue and ideas from the audience.
Conference Strands and Descriptors

I. Multicultural Education Research: This strand emphasizes the following areas: 1) graduate programs; 2) effectiveness of undergraduate multicultural education courses; 3) use of multicultural education in response to academic achievement differences or gaps; 4) the role of multicultural education research in border crossings; 5) the use of multicultural education to examine changing demographics; 6) the role of multicultural education research in enhancing global citizenship; and 7) how multicultural education research is integrated in other disciplines. 

II. Professional Development in Multicultural Education: This strand seeks to highlight research and evidenced based practices in Multicultural Education. Proposals should focus on career-enhancing skills and knowledge that improve educational materials and practices so that students experience heightened equity, cultural justice, and wellbeing. 

III. Teaching for Change: Supporting Social Justice, Resistance, & Hope: This strand is designed to highlight culturally responsive lessons, activities, and pedagogical approaches that transform our classrooms into liberated anti-oppressive spaces. 

IV. Digital Competencies for Global Citizenship: This strand is designed to draw attention to constructing academic spaces for digital literacies and digital competency. In the modern technological moment, it is necessary for educators to integrate 21st-Century technology in academic settings and to develop a level of digital competence that allows and encourages students to engage socially in 21st-Century digital spaces through positive communication, collaboration, and discourse. 

V. Health, Human Development & Sustainable Communities: This strand emphasizes research, effective practices and current issues related to culturally relevant and socially responsive community-focused program and practices. The strand provides a platform to explore solutions to disparate practices and programs that may hinder the wellbeing, education, and growth and development of communities in Texas, the United States, and around the world. The impetus for this strand is to provide viable solutions that: (1) increase overall knowledge and skills associated with medical practices specific to ethnic, cultural, religious, socioeconomic, linguistic and other dynamics that contribute to health disparities; and (2) that provide comprehensive community-focused practices and programs that promote connections to local, national and international leaders with the goal of providing present and future generations with opportunities to benefit from historical and/or transformative practices. 

VI. Policy and Practice: This strand is designed to explore studies of classroom and/or school reform practices promoting multicultural education, citizenship education and comparative/international education while building scholarship related to multicultural education. Also, important to this strand are policies and practices associated with access, opportunity, and PK-20 preparedness that promote equity, access and/or social justice in education. Presentations exploring the prison industrial complex (school-to-prison pipeline, school discipline, zero tolerance, etc.) in the U.S. and around the world, as well as other impediments to social equity, are welcomed.
Proposal Summary Guidelines

The summary should be between 500-700 words and respond to the following areas: 

a. Content and Relationship to Conference Theme: Briefly describe the content of your presentation and clearly connect to the conference theme. 

b. Significance of Content. Why is the presentation significant? How will it advance our knowledge of or capacity for multicultural education? Include any relevant data or research supporting the presentation. 

c. Objectives. What does the presentation seek to accomplish? Please state any guiding questions and/or objectives. How will the presentation be of use to conference participants? What should participants learn during the session? 

d. Process. What is the format of the session? (i.e.: workshop, simulation/role play, group discussion, lecture, artistic performance, etc.) How will the audience be engaged in the session? What resources will be distributed? NOTE: Please DO NOT include names or institution(s) in the proposal summary.
Information for Presenters

Conference presenters are volunteers and are not compensated for their presentations or travel. The program policies listed below apply to all organizers, authors, panelists, moderators, discussants, and other session participants. 

Diversity The vitality of Texas NAME flows from its diverse membership. Thus, it is Texas NAME’s policy to ensure presentations by and about diverse ability, class position, gender, ethnicity, linguistic, race, religion, and sexuality. Presentations by teachers, school administrators, community activists, government and organization officials, higher education faculty, and others interested in the conference theme are encouraged. Students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) and international scholars, practitioners, and activists are also encouraged to submit proposals. 

Registration Required To guarantee being listed in the conference program, all presenters must register for the conference no later than August 15, 2018. This policy includes anyone who is listed in the program as a presenter, co-presenter, panelist, moderator, or other participant in the session. 

Audiovisual Equipment Each presentation room is equipped with projectors, and screens. Additional audiovisual equipment (i.e. laptop, internet access) will need to be provided by the presenter. Guest Internet access may not be available at the conference site. 

Interactive Format Workshop formats usually involve participants in related activities. Presenters of papers should use part of the time to present their main ideas or research findings and include time for discussion. 

Submission of a proposal is a commitment to register for the Texas NAME’s 2018 conference. After the lead presenter has received an acceptance notice, the lead presenter must ensure other presenters in the session are notified and registered. 

Acceptance of notifications will be sent by August 15, 2018 All presenters must be registered for the conference by September 7, 2018. 

Advance Registration (Register by September 15, 2018): Register online at  https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2524238

General Professional Rate - $150 K-12 Educator Rate - $100 
Doctoral Student Rate $75 
On-Site/Late Registration (After September 15th) - $175 
Master’s-Seeking and Undergraduate Students - Free (must register online by September 15th and Verify at Registration Desk on September 29th avoid paying on-site/late registration; email FOXBRAND@SFASU.EDU)

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