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2024 MERC Summit Proposals

The Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC) in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University invites proposals for its 2024 Summit under the theme Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice Through Shifting Paradigms in Public Education. The Summit will take place on Thursday, June 13th at Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Chesterfield County Public Schools. We welcome proposals from a broad range of individuals invested in public education, including PK-12 school division-based personnel (students, teachers, school leaders, and other PK-12 educators) and university-based researchers (faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students). Collaborative works are encouraged, although individual submissions will also receive consideration. Proposals may include:

● School-based research and reflective practice

● University-based community engaged research

● Division-wide or regional school improvement research initiatives

● Participatory action research

● Research partnerships between schools, community, and universities

Presentations can include reports of findings from completed projects, discussions of work in progress, reviews of existing research literature, or classroom practices used to solve identified problems.  

All submissions will be reviewed by the MERC Summit Planning Committee comprised of representatives from the VCU School of Education, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Goochland County Public Schools, Hanover County Public Schools, Henrico County Public Schools, and Richmond Public Schools. The committee will also develop the program by bringing together presentations on similar topics together within sessions, consistent with the mission of MERC to draw connections across research, policy, and practice. Accepted proposals will receive discounted admission to the conference. 

All completed proposals are due by Friday, April 26th.
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