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Crim Center accepting Sources Conference proposals through June 2

The program committee for the 12th Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference is accepting proposals for conference sessions through June 2, 2017.

The conference, hosted by the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, will examine urban education from multidisciplinary perspectives as it addresses this year’s theme, “Catalyzing Truth in Action in Urban Education: Think, Question, Discover.”

The program committee encourages pre-service and in-service kindergarten through 12th grade educators, graduate students, activists, policy makers, artists, business and industry members, and community workers interested in forging a positive educational agenda in urban schools to submit. While all proposals of quality are welcome, especially encouraged are those that specifically address the conference’s theme.

“The 2017 theme speaks directly to the critical question posed by Dr. Asa Hilliard in the title of his 1991 Educational Leadership article, ‘Do We Have the Will to Educate All Children?’ It challenges us to inspire positive change in urban education by connecting our perceived truths – pedagogical understandings, scholarship and community knowledge – to our willful actions – teaching, activism, and advocacy,” said Brian Williams, Crim Center director. “More important, the theme charges us to serve as catalysts in urban education; to incubate solutions where none exist, accelerate innovations that show promise, and amplify proven strategies linked to educational excellence. In this respect, presentations at this year’s Sources Conference will serve as shining examples of what is possible when we connect truth to action.”

Individuals or groups proposing a session should identify one of three strands for the presentation and select a presentation format. Details on conference strands and formats can be found here.

All proposals must be submitted electronically at Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed by July 7, 2017.

For more information, please e-mail Dana Salter at [email protected] or visit