International Assembly

IA Call for 2019 Conference Proposals

  • 1.  IA Call for 2019 Conference Proposals

    Posted 04-29-2019 01:30:00 PM
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    NCSS International Assembly
    Annual Meeting
    Invitation for Proposals
    Austin, Texas
    Friday, November 22, 2019
    Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019


    The International Assembly is a forum within the NCSS for discussion of the international dimensions of the Social Studies. Membership is open to all members of NCSS who are interested in the development and implementation of Social Studies within the Global Village.



    The International Assembly invites you to participate in its roundtable sessions in Austin, TX. Three paper presentations will be offered at each table. Each presentation will be allotted 30 minutes (i.e. 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for general discussion at the table), led by an assigned Facilitator. Four types of proposals are welcomed for submission:


    • Practice oriented presentations on a global topic;
    • Recently completed research on a global topic or in an international context;
    • Works in progress on a global topic or social studies in an international context.
    • Lesson plan on a global topic (K-College)


    We will host for the first time an afternoon LESSON PLAN ROUNDTABLE that will enable participants to share lesson plans related to international social studies topics in grades K-College.


    A presentation may represent the work of one, two or three authors. While any NCSS member may submit a proposal to make a presentation at the International Assembly sessions, prior to the conference date all presenters must be IA members. An author/co-author may submit a maximum of two proposals.


    Proposal and Lesson Plan Format

    Proposals should have a narrative of 800-1,000 words (excluding title and references), along with an abstract (100 words). Proposals exceeding the word limits will not be considered. We will share the abstract and your contact information on the printed IA Program, unless you direct us otherwise.


    All proposals will go through blind reviews, so please do NOT include the names or affiliations of authors and presenters in the proposal document. The Program Chair reserves the right to disqualify submissions in which authors' identifying information is revealed.


    Criteria for review of the round table presentations include alignment with the mission of International Assembly and alignment with the NCSS conference theme-- Informed Action: Agency, Advocacy, Activism.  Reviewers will also consider the purpose of the presentation, the author's theoretical framework, design/method, conclusions, contribution to the field of global education and internationalized or globalized social studies, and written organization.


    Criteria for review of the lesson plan include originality, relevant international social studies content, research-based practices, meaningful formative and summative assessments, clear overview, and alliance with this basic lesson plan format:

                No Identifiers

                Title of Lesson

                Overview on Content Focus on International Social Studies (brief summary)

                Overall Objectives with stem Students will be able to:

                Content Resources: Primary and/or Secondary Sources, Handouts, Readings       

                Outline of Lesson (Procedures in step-by-step outline)




    Publication Opportunity

    The National Council for the Social Studies International Assembly (NCSS IA) Best Paper Award was inaugurated in 2018 to acknowledge the best paper presented at the NCSS IA annual meeting. Through this award the NCSS IA recognizes the contribution of teachers, students, emerging and established scholars to the development of international social studies and encourages new research in all areas of social studies education.

    The winner of the award is announced at the NCSS IA business meeting at the annual NCSS IA conference.

    Eligible contestants are school practitioners, undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and scholars who are members of NCSS IA. Contestants may apply for the award or they can be nominated by NCSS members. The Award Committee reserves the right to award papers in 2 categories: a) best research paper and b) best paper about educational practice.

    Only papers accepted for NCSS IA conference can be considered for the award. Accepted manuscripts and published papers are eligible. The deadline for submission of the paper itself or for a reference to a published paper is 3 weeks before the NCSS IA business meeting. Manuscripts are submitted to the Editor of Journal of International Social Studies ( or NCSS IA President ( by email attachment.

    The Award Committee consists of the Editor of Journal of International Social Studies and at least 2 past Presidents of NCSS IA. In some cases, Award Committee members can be appointed by JISS Editor. Committee members advising students who submit papers will recuse themselves from the review process for that student.

    To be considered for the Award the paper or the article should meet the following criteria:

    1. It is an original work.
    2. It addresses the problems of social studies education from an international perspective.
    3. It is written in English. 

    Reviewers and Facilitators

    To maintain the high quality of the IA conference and keep building up our IA community, we invite you to sign up as our proposal reviewer and/or discussion facilitator. Each reviewer will have the privilege to review around 10 proposals. During the roundtable session, the discussion facilitator's main duty is to keep each presentation on time and encourage audience to ask questions or provide comments. Please sign up by May 31, 2019 on the conference website (


    For the purpose of avoiding any misunderstandings, your electronic submission acknowledges the following statement of intent:


    I certify that the named participants and I have agreed to take part in this program if this proposal is accepted. It will be my responsibility to notify each co-presenter regarding the status of the proposal as well as the date, time, and location of the presentation if accepted.


    I understand that if my proposal is accepted I must be a current member of the International Assembly. Membership is $25 per year.



    Proposals are due 11:59 p.m. EST, May 31, 2019. No submissions will be accepted after the deadline.


    If you have any questions, please contact me at  


    Thank you for your commitment to global education. We look forward to reading your great work!


    Bea Bailey

    Clemson University

    IA Program Chair (2018-2020)

    Beatrice Bailey
    Professor, Social Studies Education
    Clemson University
    Clemson, SC