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MSP LNC 2013


MSP LNC 2013: Call for Awardee-Led Sessions

Awardee-Led Sessions


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The deadline for submission is Dec. 27th. 2012

Submissions should be sent using the conference submission system at:


Who can submit to present an awardee-led sessions?
To foster a diversity of perspectives, colleagues from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to submit session proposals, including K-12 practitioners and administrators, higher education faculty, PIs, project directors, researchers, and evaluators. The submitter must be affiliated with an MSP and must attend the Learning Network Conference, and the submission must be related to the work of the MSP.

The Planning Committee invites proposals for awardee-led sessions. In addition to individual Project Sessions (which the LNC has had in the past) two new session formats, are being introduced this year, Collaborative Sessions, and Feedback Sessions. Please see the description of each type of session below.

As in past years, we invite participants to submit individual project sessions that share your project findings and discuss how these finding have influenced implementation issues. Two to three presentations will be paired within a session. Each presentation should be limited to 20 minutes to leave time for interaction with attendees.
Project Session submissions should not exceed four pages.

To submit: Go to http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/MSPsubmission
You will be asked to fill in the following:
PROJECT SESSION SUBMISSION
  • Presenter(s) information (name, project title, contact info, role on project)
  • Session Title
  • Abstract Summary (120 words)
  • Conference strand that you are addressing
  • Presentation Type (project session, collaborative session, or feedback session)
  • Type of constituent that you feel would be most interested in attending.

You will then be asked to upload a Word document. Please make sure that it includes the following five sections:
  1. Questions framing the session
  2. Conceptual Framework (This section should include how your project’s design, research or intervention relates to a particular conference strand.)
  3. Explanatory Framework (This section should describe your findings or lessons learned.)
  4. Discussion (This section should describe how your findings will inform your future MSP efforts and how they may be relevant to other MSPs.)
  5. How will you structure this session? What is your plan for participant interaction?

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A collaborative session encourages participants to coordinate a presentation with colleagues from one or two other MSPs. The sessions should go beyond a simple showcase of project work. Rather, presenters should bring multiple perspectives and approaches to shared questions and challenges, setting the stage for discussion about multiple approaches to an issue, differences and similarities, and emerging findings. These sessions may include presenters from 2 - 3 projects and include time for participant discussion. For those who are interested in finding a similar project to work with go to the project finder on MSPnet where you can find projects by discipline and grade level.
See: http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/find_projects

Collaborative Session Submissions should not exceed four pages.
To submit: Go to http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/MSPsubmission
You will be asked to fill in the following:
COLLABORATIVE SESSION SUBMISSION
  • Presenters’ information (names, project titles, contact info, roles on project)
  • Session Title
  • Abstract Summary (120 words)
  • Conference strand that you are addressing
  • Presentation Type (project session, collaborative session, or feedback session)

You will then be asked to upload a Word document. Please include the following sections:
  1. Common theme of issue that will be addressed
  2. Conceptual framework: Including similarities and differences between projects to address an issue.
  3. Explanatory Framework (Describing your findings, or lessons learned.)
  4. Discussion and Implications for implementation efforts.
  5. How will you structure this session? What is your plan for participant interaction?
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Many projects are creating products and instruments such as curriculum units, web applications or environments, program management tools, observation protocols and assessment instruments, etc. The feedback sessions are meant to be interactive working seminars providing the presenter(s) and participants with opportunities to explore possible additional uses, adaptations and customizations, or refinements of a product based on participant feedback and knowledge sharing. In order to encourage meaningful discussion and feedback, presenters are encouraged to have hands-on examples of their products available.

Feedback Session submissions should not exceed four pages.
To submit: Go to http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/MSPsubmission
You will be asked to fill in the following:
FEEDBACK SESSION SUBMISSION
  • Presenter(s) information (name, project title, contact info, role on project)
  • Session Title
  • Abstract Summary (120 words)
  • Conference strand that you are addressing
  • Presentation Type (project session, collaborative session, or feedback session)

You will then be asked to upload a Word document. Please include the following sections:
  1. Description of product, tool, process, curriculum, or instrument
  2. Question, issue, or challenge that is the primary focus of the session
  3. Types of people who you think might be most interested in discussing this and offering feedback (e.g. PIs, project directors, K-12 administrators, K-12 teachers, higher education STEM faculty, higher education ED faculty, evaluators, researchers)
  4. How will you structure this session? What is your plan for participant interaction?
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Theme and Strands
All submissions should be responsive to the conference theme (Implementation: From Vision to Impact) and strands, and address topics of potential interest to subgroups of PIs, higher education faculty, K-12 administrators and practitioners, and/or researchers and evaluators.

Submission for awardee-led project sessions, collaborative sessions, or feedback sessions should address one of the following conference strands:


1) Life Cycle of Implementation
Submissions may address changes in implementation throughout the life cycle of your MSP project and may focus on any of the following stages:
a) Getting started, developing a shared vision
b) Growth, disturbances, and corrections
c) Scale up, integrity and/or fidelity of implementation
d) Legacy and evolution


2) Different Perspectives on Implementation
We seek a balance of submissions reflecting the different perspectives of k-12 teachers and administrators, professional developers, higher education faculty, researchers and evaluators.
Topics addressed may include-- but are NOT limited to--professional development, partnerships, adapting implementation to teacher needs and contexts, curricular changes, teacher recruitment, retention, teacher leadership models, etc.


3) Evaluation, Research and Implementation: The Feedback Loop
Submissions may address any of the following:
a) Measuring and monitoring implementation. How do we know if we are making a difference? How do we know what aspects are contributing to the difference?
b) How did evaluation/research models and methods change in response to the changing realities on the ground?
c) How did the vision and/or implementation plan change as a result of research findings?

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Review Process
All proposals will be reviewed by the Planning Committee who will accept as many submissions as possible. The Planning committee will try to ensure representation from different types of constituents (e.g. K-12, Higher Education, Research and Evaluation) represented within MSP partnerships. Preference will be given to Collaborative Sessions.


The final agenda will represent a combination of sessions and opportunities that are varied in structure, content, and presenters, representing the diversity that is emblematic of the MSPs.

Review criteria for selection:
  • For Collaborative Sessions: Collaboration involving more than one project and providing multiple perspectives and examples of a theme, approaches to a challenge, and/or responses to a question. Consideration of compelling questions, issues, challenges, and findings that might inform the work of PIs on other projects.
  • For Project Sessions: Clearly articulated research question and findings with a plan as to how the research might inform their work.
  • For Feedback Sessions: Effective plan to share instruments, tools, or other products with the intent of analyzing some aspect of them and soliciting feedback.
  • For all sessions: A plan for participant participation, and a complete and clear proposal.


Additional Information
Scheduling: Most concurrent sessions will be scheduled for 1.5 hours on either February 11th or February 12th. If you would like to make a special scheduling request (if, for instance, you are not available to present on a particular day) please contact us directly at contact@mspnet.org with the subject line “LNC Conference Presentation Request”

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