Call for presentations

ISFIRE 2020 - Educating for Cultural Sustainability: Innovation for the Future content

ISFIRE 2020 - Educating for Cultural Sustainability: Innovation for the Future

ISFIRE focuses on the obligation of the global education community to influence policy aimed at delivering equitable and socially just outcomes for rural students. ISFIRE offers an international forum for sharing research findings, innovative ideas and evaluated approaches linked to positive, practical action. In our current global context, ISFIRE 2020 offers an opportunity for the rural education community to come together to celebrate the importance of rural education, discuss our common challenges, explore how research informs our rural practice, and share solutions to raise the profile of the teaching profession, support student learning, and recognise school leaders. Thank you for considering sharing your work to strengthen rural education. Please use these guidelines to submit a presentation proposal. The link to the submission form is at the bottom of this page.

General Information

  • The ISFIRE Conference will be held on the 5th – 7th August 2020 in Perth, Scotland.
  • The Pre-conference Emerging Rural Scholars Summitwill be held on the 4th August 2020.

Presentation Information

  • Timelines
  • The Call for Presentations closing date 20 March 2020.
  • Presentation time slots will be 20 minutes each followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
  • AV Equipment: Projectors and screens will be available, please bring your computer or presentations on a suitable flash drive. WiFi access will be available. Please note any special requests or concerns in the additional comments box. 
  • Proposals will be blind peer-reviewed for clarity on the following criteria:
    • Purpose/Rationale
    • Method/Research Design
    • Outcomes/Findings/Conclusions
    • Relevance to ISFIRE2020.
  • If you would like to share your handouts, presentation slides, or paper, those can be made available electronically on the ISFIRE 2020 website prior to the conference.  Please submit your materials for website posting to by the 24 July 2020

o    Review of presentation proposals will be conducted 23 March to 17 April 2020.

o    Notifications of acceptance or denial will be delivered electronically by 24 April 2020.

Submission Procedures

  • Submissions are accepted online. The link to the Presentation Abstract Submission Form is at the bottom of this page.
  • If you would like to propose multiple presentations, please complete a separate submission form for each presentation.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. The application provides spaces for up to three presenters. Use the email address you’d like to be used for primary communication concerning the conference. Any additional presenters should be listed in the “Additional Comments” section located at the end of the application.
  2. Provide a title of the presentation to be listed in the program.
  3. For the abstract or summary section, please provide a 250-word abstract describing the purpose, method, outcomes, and significance of the work. If your proposal is accepted, this abstract will be included in the conference program. 
  4. Please indicate which symposium thread(s) best connect to the work. (See the list below.)
  5. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please use the additional comments box.



Symposium Threads

  • Preparing Teachers for Rural Schools
    • Nurturing leadership in rural schools
    • Promoting teaching in multi-grade contexts
    • Fostering career-long professional learning in rural contexts
  • Renewing Indigenous Languages
    • Valuing language-of-choice learning
    • Integrating technology with language learning
    • Involving rural schools in language revival
  • Developing Cultural Responsiveness
    • Responding to diverse cultures
    • Understanding refugee perspectives
    • Building bridges between cultures
  • Embedding Learning in Culture
    • Revitalising Indigenous ways of knowing
    • Optimizing digital connectivity to culture
    • Delivering place-based learning
  • Building Enduring Partnerships
    • Connecting rural schools with communities
    • Negotiating mutually beneficial partnerships
    • Envisioning potentially sustainable partnerships

Presentation Abstract Submission

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Lochdon primary, with tree in grounds

Lochdonhead Primary School, Isle of Mull, Scotland. Picture courtesy of Argyll and Bute Council