John Dewey Society Emerging Scholars Panel – Call for Proposals


Emerging Scholars Panel
Due: March 10, 2019

The John Dewey Society calls for paper proposals for its panel for emerging scholars to be held at its annual meeting in conjunction with the American Educational Research Association meeting in Toronto in April 5-6, 2019.

Theme — Dewey in/and China: Cultural Transformation & Progressive Education in International Settings Today

2019 marks the centennial of the start of John Dewey’s stay of two years and two months in China. This year the John Dewey Society is exploring topics related to the above theme, including nationalism, populism, John Dewey’s influence in China, the intersection of pragmatism and Confucianism, and the role of culture. While the general call for proposals has ended, the John Dewey Society has an exciting new opportunity for those in the nascency of their academic careers. Or, simply, emerging scholars. We call for papers, both completed and in progress, on any topic related to John Dewey. While this call is broad, papers must use Dewey as the central focus.

Once identified, each emerging scholar will be paired with a senior scholar at the John Dewey Society annual conference. There the senior scholars will workshop the paper with the emerging scholar, offer guidance for potential publication, as well as answer any questions the emerging scholar has. This is an excellent opportunity to: (1) receive invaluable mentoring from established scholars and (2) make professional and academic connections.

How to Submit

Submit all proposals (prepared per instructions below) for individual papers via email with an attachment as a Word document. All proposals are due by midnight Eastern time March 10, 2019 via email to B. Jacob Del Dotto, John Dewey Society Emerging Scholars Coordinator, Loyola University-Chicago; Any questions – contact Jacob Del Dotto directly via email.
Proposals accepted for presentation in this panel of the John Dewey Society will be notified by March 15, 2019.  Full copies of the papers to be workshopped must be submitted by March 22, 2019.

Proposal Guidelines
Part 1 (submit in the body of your email message with the subject line JDS Emerging Scholars Proposal)
(1.) Title of your paper and theme your proposal addresses

(2.) Your name, title, institutional affiliation (if any)
(3.) Your address, phone, email
(4.) An abstract of up to 100 words

Part 2 (in an attached Word document with all identifying information removed for anonymous review)
(1.) Title of your paper
(2.) A descriptive summary of your paper (maximum length 1000 words), explaining your paper and its significance, especially in relation to your selected theme. List several references to place your contribution in the broader scholarly conversation

About The John Dewey Society (
Founded in 1935, the purpose of the Society is to foster intelligent inquiry into problems pertaining to the place and function of education in social change, and to share, discuss, and disseminate the results of such inquir

Thank you,

Jessica Heybach


Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now

[Forwarded from JDS – to Friends of The John Dewey Society]

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing as director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to invite you to participate in a conference we are hosting in Chicago from May 2-4, 2019, the Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now. The conference commemorates the 100th anniversary of a transformative two-year trip to China made by University of Chicago Laboratory Schools founder John Dewey. As a member of the John Dewey Society, I believe this conference will be of interest to you, and that the conference will be enriched by your presence.

Event Webpage:

Educator and philosopher John Dewey and his wife, Alice, founded the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1896. Today, as then, Lab is a community of educators who, reflecting the intellectual rigor and evidence-based research of the University of Chicago, advocate for best practices to prepare students for fulfilling lives. In our classrooms, we honor, explore, and interpret Dewey’s ideas about teaching and learning—ideas that Dewey shared in a series of lectures at schools and universities across China from 1919 to 1921. The Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now will bring together international researchers, policy-makers, and school-level educators to examine Dewey’s impact and further our understanding of how education has evolved.

The conference features 18 speakers from the United States and China, including keynote speakers University of Chicago Nobel laureate James J. Heckman and Professor Shi Zhongying of Beijing Normal University. Session topics range from Dewey’s past and present impact in the US and China to current challenges in Chinese education, meeting the needs of rural students, and progressive approaches to art and education.

True to Dewey’s philosophies, the conference also includes a variety of hands-on experiences. Participants can observe classes at the Lab Schools and UChicago charter schools, reflect on issues of civic engagement by visiting organizations that serve Chicago’s South Side, screen a documentary film made by high school students from Chicago and Beijing about their trip retracing Dewey’s path through China, and participate in an art activation project.

The full schedule, information on registration and accommodations, and more about the conference can be found online. Please contact us with any questions.

John Dewey believed in continuous learning. Through this conference, we can learn from experts, from students, and from one another, furthering his legacy, and our own education. I hope you are able to join us.

Warm regards,

Charles Abelmann

Director, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools


Colleen Newquist Communications



John Dewey Society @ AERA



APRIL 13th

Pre-Conference Workshop (Democracy in Education Initiative) 

JDS Symposium | Nationalism: War and Peace | 12:00pm – 1:45pm

  • Leonard Waks (Temple University)
  • Jacoby Carter (John Jay College)
  • Sasha Polakow Suransky (New York Times)
  • Meira Levinson (Harvard University)

School and Society Forum | Maxine Greene Institute | 2pm – 3:45pm

Dewey Lecture | Scott Shapiro (Yale Law School) | 4pm – 5:30pm

Reception | to follow
APRIL 14th

Executive Board and Directors Meeting | 9am-10am

Dewey and Philosophy Panel I | 10am -11:45pm

Dewey and Philosophy Panel II | 1:00pm – 2:45pm

Business Meeting | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Society of Professors of Education 2018 Call for Proposals

Speak the Truth and Expose Lies: The Responsibility of Professors of Education in Hard Times

SPE 2018 Call for Proposals (Due 1/13/18)

As Spiderman’s Uncle Ben told us, “With great power comes great responsibility.” While it’s arguable whether his advice applies to professors of education, the Society’s conference theme for this year draws on Noam Chomsky’s reminder that even our limited power as intellectuals does come with responsibility. We invite you to join the conversation about what those responsibilities might entail in these difficult times.

What does it mean to be a professor of education in the current climate? How can we nurture in our students and ourselves the bravery that will allow us to face today’s challenges? What is the value of work in education as contrasted (or in collaboration) with other disciplines? How can scholars work more closely with teachers and other educational practitioners? How can we build bridges to other communities? What are our responsibilities for advocacy?

The Society of Professors of Education (SPE) invites proposals for presentations at its annual meeting, to be held during the 2018 AERA Annual Conference in New York City from April 13th to 17th. We are especially interested in presentations that are focused on the theme of “Speak the Truth and Expose Lies: The Responsibilities of Professors of Education in Hard Times.” Proposals not related to the theme but focused on the goals of the Society (below) are also welcome.

Founded in 1902, the Society of Professors of Education is a professional and academic association open to all persons engaged in teacher preparation, curriculum studies, educational foundations, and related activities. The Society’s primary goal is to provide a forum for consideration of major issues, tasks, problems, and challenges confronting professional educators. SPE is an interdisciplinary organization. Its members include both scholars and practitioners in education.

All presenters must be members of the Society of Professors of Education in order to be included in the conference program. We encourage you to join the Society at your earliest convenience. You will find a membership form at the Society of Professors of Education web page at:

Please visit the Society of Professors of Education Facebook Group page (and join us!) at the following URL address:

Proposals must be submitted electronically to the Program Chair Jason Lukasik no later than January 13, 2018. The proposal must be sent as a Word document attachment in an e-mail addressed to The subject line of the e-mail message must read: “SPE 2018 Proposal.”

Cover Sheet: Each proposal should have a separate cover sheet that lists: 1) title of the paper; 2) names, affiliations and relevant backgrounds of all participants; 3) address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the person submitting the proposal and addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all participants. The cover sheet will not be sent to proposal reviewers. Except for the cover sheet, the proposal must not contain any information that identifies participant(s).

Length: Proposals should be between 350-500 words. The proposal should restate the title of the presentation, its contents, its format of the presentation (e.g., paper session, roundtable, or symposium), and its significance. The proposal should NOT identify the presenters.

Call for Reviewers:

In addition to submitting your work, another way that you can participate in the Society is to volunteer as a proposal reviewer. The review process will take place soon after the deadline. Please contact Program Chair Jason Lukasik at if you are interested in reviewing proposals for the 2018 meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you at AERA in New York!


Isabel Nuñez
Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
President, Society of Professors of Education

Call for Papers: SEPES and SAPES 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS — Proposals Due November 1, 2015

For the 68th Meeting of the
and the 60th Meeting of the

February 4-6, 2016 Asheville, NC

We encourage you to participate in a joint meeting of the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society (SEPES) and the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (SAPES) in Asheville, North Carolina, February 4-6, 2016. Given the substantial challenges facing educational institutions in general, and philosophical inquiry within and about them in particular, we believe it is increasingly important to create a space in which current and emerging scholars and practitioners can engage in meaningful dialogue and discussion. To that end, and building upon the long traditions of each organization in providing a friendly forum for conversations concerning philosophical ideas related to a broad variety of educational topics, SEPES and SAPES invite you to submit proposals for our first joint meeting….[[Download complete Call for Papers PDF below.]]

Proposals should be no more than 500 words, excluding references, and should be submitted online through the following link:

The presentation time for papers is approximately 15 to 20 minutes, and presenters are responsible for bringing all required technology. THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING PROPOSALS IS NOVEMBER 1, 2015.  Please send all questions to

Conference Accommodations:
Doubletree Asheville-Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
$109 per guest room/per night

Many thanks, and looking forward to seeing you in Asheville.

Dr. Daniel Saunders, Program Chair, SEPES,
Matthew Reid, Program Coordinator, SAPES


John Dewey Society Program at AERA

The John Dewey Society

Founded 1935

April 2, 2013

Dear Dr. Armstrong and CSFE Colleagues,

The John Dewey Society is pleased to announce its annual program held jointly with AERA.  Please find a schedule of events, including the School & Society Forum (featuring Superintendent Richard Carranza), David Labaree’s John Dewey Lecture, the Outstanding Achievement Award recipient, Jane Roland Martin, the Dewey Symposium (featuring Susan Laird, Nick Burbules, Isabel Nuñez, and Eric Bredo), the Past President’s Paper Session, and, of course, the annual JDS Reception here:

With a new membership fee structure, we’re also hopeful you will join the Society, if you aren’t already a member.  We have a growing number of initiatives to expand our reach and influence and this is truly an exciting time to be a John Dewey Society member.

Schedules at AERA are often hectic, of course, but please join us for as many of these sessions as you can.  We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.



Deron Boyles