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CPED Convening Hosted by: CSU East Bay and San Jose State University
October 30-November 1, 2017

Oakland, California

Theme: Creating New Futures: Thinking Differently to Build a Better World

Call for Learning Exchange Proposals and Reviewers of Exchanges

Hosted by CSU East Bay and San Jose State University, the October 30-November 1, 2017 convening theme is, Creating New Futures: Thinking Differently to Build a Better World. This theme was chosen in response to the current political moment, which is defined by divisiveness, nationalistic fervor, post-truth, and value for sameness (rather than difference)— forces which are already impacting our EdD programs, P-16 schools, and communities. This is a time for courage, a time for CPED, in the wake of its 10th anniversary, to look toward the next ten years and take seriously Lee Shulman’s charge from the June 2017 keynote in Pittsburgh: we, as leaders and faculty of professional doctorate programs, have the responsibility to ensure that our work contributes to the building of a better world. 
Taking up this charge, the 2017 CPED theme, Creating New Futures: Thinking Differently to Build a Better World, seeks to speak back to the current political context by exploring theories and practice informed by a different worldview, one that seeks to disrupt harmful binaries that define difference in punitive terms and reinforce historical and current oppressions. Instead, this way of thinking sees the world in multiplicities and networks, takes into account a mobile, ever-shifting, contextualized, and multi-faceted reality, and recognizes that, while we are all connected, we are also all different—but that difference is productive and generative, rather than pejorative. In practice, this means valuing a multitude of knowledges and ways of knowing, as well as ways to represent those knowledges and put them to work to make change in our local schools and communities; working across academic lines, collaborating with other departments, colleges, P-16 institutions, and communities; and developing ecological frameworks that can account simultaneously for the interrelated historic, material, social, economic, environmental, technological, and interpersonal conditions that shape our lives and work. In the US today, learning to think, live, teach, and lead in creative, fluid, and difference-rich ways is simply an ethical imperative if we are to work across and interrupt the harmful divisions fossilizing in our society.
By promoting new ways of relating to each other, and emphasizing connection, collaboration, and creative difference--in place of wall-building, fear, and anger—CPED members can create a critical mass, and build a movement, to make real and lasting changes that will create not simply a more just school system but a more equitable world for our children and communities. Given these ideas, CPED is looking for Learning Exchanges that provide insight as to how are programs are:

  • Collaborating productively across traditional boundaries—for example, with other departments, colleges, community organizations, and/or other stakeholders--to advance change-making initiatives?
  • Recognizing and fostering multiple forms of knowledge, knowing, and representation in content/ methods courses and/or the dissertation?
  • Working to explicitly value and amplify difference-that of your students, local school population, communities, etc.?
  • Working to create curriculum, program structures, or other initiatives that deliberately counter the barriers faced by communities in this current political context?
  • Exploring notions of collectivity and solidarity across lines of difference in governance/administration and other P-16 settings?

Exchange proposals should help members answer these questions in new and innovative ways. Exchanges should actively engage members and allow them to gather materials they can use at their home institution. 

Presentation Types Available:

1. Pedagogical Exchanges: This format allows single or multiple individuals to demonstrate and discuss powerful practices being implemented in programs.  
2. Arts-based Exchanges: Arts-based exchanges provide opportunities for individuals to utilize various artistic practices and methods to relate their experiences and engage members in conversations and activities that creatively generate new ways of thinking about program development. 
3. Symposia Exchanges: This format allows multiple individuals with experience/expertise in a topic to present and discuss what they know. Three or more individuals should be involved in this type of session along with a discussant.
4. Roundtable Exchanges: Roundtables provide opportunities for members with complementary interests and needs to engage in substantive dialogue that is both structured and open.
5. Networking Exchanges: This format provides opportunities for members to learn, share, and network during the session and beyond.
6. Ignite Exchanges: Ignite sessions provide an opportunity for multiple presenters to quickly spark interest and awareness of varied yet similar ideas while encouraging action. These sessions typically cluster around four to five 5-minute presentations with plenty of discussion time.

Important Dates
When will submissions be open? August 7, 2017
When will submissions will close? September 15, 2017

Submit a proposal below. 

Reviewers will have their reviews completed 2-3 weeks after submissions are due.
Notifications to presenters will be sent as soon as the review process is complete. 

What to Submit

Each submitter will input the following:

1. The names, emails, institutions and institutional phase (click here for descriptions) of all presenters
2. The title of the exchange
3. An abstract of 30words that includes learning objectives.
4. Target audience: Higher Education/Organizational Leadership, Teacher Education, PK-12 Leadership, Online Learning 
5. Type of Presentation: Pedagogical, Arts-based, Symposia, Roundtable, Networking, or Ignite)

You will then be asked to upload: A 2-page maximum (excluding references) blinded narrative (no names of individuals or institutions) that contains:

  • The learning objectives of the Exchange and how these support the Convening’s theme and/or CPED’s Framework;
  • A clear description how the Exchange is built on research and/or institutional knowledge;
  • A clear description how the Exchange will be interactive, engaging, and useful for members at their home institutions;
  • The strategies, ideas, and/or materials members will walk away with to change or improve their programs or overcome structural and personal barriers;
  • Conclusions and next steps (action plans) that can be used by members and/or the Consortium

How are Exchanges Selected?
All submissions go through a blind peer-review process. Proposals are evaluated on:

Relevance to the theme of the convening and needs of the consortium;
Potential to actively engage members and enhance their knowledge to leverage new ways of thinking;
User-friendly strategies, ideas, and/or materials;
Thoroughness and clarity of the narrative.

If you have questions about Exchanges contact Debby Zambo at the address below.

Call for Exchange Reviewers
Reviewers for Exchanges are needed. Reviews will take place 2-3 weeks after the call closes. If you are interested please notify


Please complete and submit the following information. All submissions will undergo peer-review.


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