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Dismantling Systemic Racism: 2020 Call for Presenters

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT

The 5th annual conference on Dismantling Systemic Racism, sponsored by the State Education Resource Center (SERC) in collaboration with the SERC Foundation, focuses on ways to support, promote, and develop racial equity in education. The conference supports educators, families, and community leaders to better serve Connecticut’s students and their families, through advocacy and the development, implementation, and sustainability of innovative, culturally relevant programming. In order to eliminate racially predictable outcomes, the focus is on all students, but particularly Black and Brown students, as well as students learning English and students with disabilities.

This Call for Presenters is intended to solicit dynamic, thought-provoking presentations that will address the multifaceted ways that race and systemic racism impede our students’ outcomes and limit opportunities for success in academics, social development, health, and family engagement. Proposals should relate to the conference theme of Race, Education and Success and will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Strongly aligned to the theme of the conference
  • Well-written and coherently described
  • Clearly connected to current theory, research or practice in the field
  • Appropriate levels of engagement and interaction
  • Representation of student voice

It is anticipated that up to 1,000 people will participate in this full-day conference. Participants may include general and special educators, administrators, students, family members, community members, business leaders, and all who play a role in a child’s life.

Each breakout session will be 90 minutes long.

Proposals are due by January 3, 2020.

All proposals submitted by the due date of January 3, 2020 will be reviewed. Notifications about the status of the proposal will be emailed by February 4, 2020. If a proposal is accepted, each member of a presenting team will be required to complete an individual conference registration form. Registration fees will be waived for one (1) presenter per session (additional presenters will be charged a discounted rate of $95). For additional information regarding the conference or the proposal process, contact Heather Dawes, Project Specialist, at SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 263, or

Before attempting to complete this Call for Proposals, please ensure that you have already compiled the following required information, to cut & paste into the form fields. The form must be completed in one session.

Required Information:
  • Your personal & work contact information
  • A brief (75 word maximum) biography of yourself
  • Personal & work contact and Bios of up to 2 co-presenters (if applicable)
  • Title of Session (max 150 characters)
  • Presentation Outcomes (max 150 words)
  • Presentation Content and Methods (max 500 words)
  • Research/Evidence Base (max 300 words)
  • Presentation Description (100-150 words)
If this presentation is selected, SERC reserves the right to publish and edit this information for use in marketing and in the conference program.