Call for Papers! Tri-State Best Practices Conference 2016

Tri-State Best Practices Conference Call for Papers

Conference Date:  Saturday, March 5, 2016   Abstracts Due: November 30, 2015

Bergen Community College, Meadowlands campus is hosting the fifth annual conference for educators to share ideas. The theme for this conference is “Cultivating leadership in climates of change: roles of educators and expectations for learning.” This forum based conference will “explore a variety of questions related to issues of leadership, processes of change, school cultures, the educational experience of students and more. General questions such as: What are students learning and why?  Who is teaching and how?  What is the best way to prepare students for today’s workforce?  How have we altered our programs to meet the demands of student populations?  To what extent should work experiences and scheduling needs factor in to teacher expectations of students?  Additional questions associated with utilization of technologies, meaningful assessment techniques, learning styles and teaching techniques in this climate of change are also encouraged.”

Paper topics can include: 

  • Models of teaching and learning
  • Learning communities (including paired teaching)
  • Online and distance learning
  • Student characteristics (teaching the returning student, the older student, students needing remediation, ESL students, students with disabilities, etc.)
  • Teaching students with different learning styles
  • Formatting courses to fit different schedules and time constraints (abbreviated/accelerated courses)
  • Politics in the classroom and creating a safe environment for diverse opinions
  • Successful consortiums for students or faculty
  • Impact of funding and funding sources on education
  • The business of education; education as a market value
  • Education as a consumer product
  • Facilitating effective group collaborations
  • Faculty as scholars, experts
  • Faculty as non-experts
  • Faculty as administrators
  • Administrators as faculty
  • faculty as models of professionalism
  • Students as the new expert in education
  • Team building, team work
  • Admission and graduation rates: standards and trends
  • Creating a range of approaches to assess learning
  • Engaging students in critical thinking through a variety of active learning strategies

Instructions for Submission of a proposal: (Abstracts due by November 30, 2015)

Each individual presentation should be limited to 20 minutes to allow for audience comments and questions at the end. You can submit a full panel of three presentations, partial panels of two presentations or single presentations. Alternatively, a roundtable presentation can be submitted. Roundtables run concurrently with presentation sessions, a full 75 minutes. The submission form requires name, institutional affiliation, email address, a title for each presentation, a 250-300 word abstract for each presentation, a (when submitting a full panel) a panel title, and which topic the presentation addresses.
Send all questions or communication to the conference committee at:
All submissions are to be made through a form that can be filled out electronically, saved, and then emailed to

The form is available on the conference website: