The International Academic Conference on School Choice and Reform, now in its third year, is unique among the conferences that compete for your time. It brings together American and international scholars of global renown both to learn from one another and to explore future research collaboration. It is large enough to permit exploration of many forms of school reform but small enough for every attendee to mingle with, and get to know personally, the greatest thinkers in the field. Unlike many other conferences, in addition to any support offered by your institution, we offer a travel subsidy of up to $1,000.00 USD for those overseas participants whose papers are accepted for presentation at during the conference. Registration is not required unless your paper is accepted.
In each of the last two years over 100 academics, policy experts, and policy practitioners have gathered to share research, evidence, insights, and opinions regarding school choice and education reform around the globe. Dozens of international scholars have presented on school choice and reform in countries such as Sweden, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Japan, and even Saudi Arabia.
U.S. participants in the 2013 conference, in addition to the organizers, included Terry Moe and Margaret Raymond of Stanford University, Jeffrey Henig and Priscilla Wohlstetter of Columbia University's Teachers College, Preston Green of Penn State University, Joseph Viteritti of Hunter College, Paul Hill of the University of Washington, and Grover (Russ) Whitehurst of the Brookings Institute, to mention just a few of the many scholars involved.
Policy experts and practitioners at the 2013 conference included Kevin Chavous of the Alliance for School Choice, Julio Fuentes of Hispanic CREO, Paul DiPerna and Matthew Ladner of The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Robert Brooks of Magnet Schools of America, T. Willard Fair of the Urban League of Greater Miami, Lindsey Burke of the Heritage Foundation, Lisa Snell of the Reason Foundation, and Neal McClusky of the CATO Institute, among others.
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$5,000 Best Paper Prize
The School Choice and Reform Best Paper Prize
Sponsored for 2014 by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
- Presented in person by an author (or authors) at the conference
- Nominated by a panel chair, or another registered conference participant to be considered for the award
- Judged by the conference planning committee to have best met the following quality metrics:
- States clear objectives or purposes that are salient to school choice and education reform
- Provides a perspective or theoretical framework
- Employs appropriate research methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry
- Uses reliable data sources and evidence
- Contains compelling results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/point of view
- Contributes to our scientific or scholarly understanding of the topic and inform policy
- Papers authored by members of the conference planning committee are not eligible