Call for Papers Presenters Announced

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is pleased to announce that we will host our 2018 Issues Forum, The Politics of Equity: Navigating a Path for Public Education on November 13th -15th, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas. In collaboration with the Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform, SEF issued a call for high quality research papers for presentation at our November 2018 Issues Forum.


We would like to extend a special thank you to all researchers that participated in our Call for Papers. The following scholars have been selected and will be featured during sessions at our forum. Register Today to be a part of the discussion.



Governance, Accountability, and the Problematic Politics of Educational Equity
Patrick McGuinn - Drew University

Making ESSA's Equity Promise Real: State Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap
Stephen Kostyo – Learning Policy Institute

The Evidence on Community Schools for School Improvement and Considerations for Implementation
Janelle George – Learning Policy Institute

Educational Inequities: The Operative Ideologies of the U.S. Department of Education
Elizabeth Degaynor - Duke University

Innovative Regional Support for Community Schools in Rural Arkansas
Jerri Derlikowski – Forward Arkansas

The Alliance for Resource Equity - A New Collaboration between The Education Trust and Education Resource Strategies
Ary Amerikaner – Education Trust

Educational Blockade: Structural Inequities in Segregated Southern High Schools
Rhonda Bryant - The Moriah Group

Imparting Wisdom: HBCU Lessons for the K-12 Education Sector
Meredith Anderson & Brian Bridges - UNCF, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute

Tapestry of American Public Schools: Quality and Access for All Students
Jessica Cardichon - Learning Policy Institute

Are Charter Schools the Answer to a Failing Rural School District?:
Population Loss, Finances, Community Support and Controversy in the Mississippi Delta
Kathryn Green - Mississippi Valley State University

Educational Equity Following the Largest Race-Based School District Merger (And Demerger) In American History
Beverly Cross - The University of Memphis 

Interrogating State Reconstitution Districts and the Charter School Movement in Predominately Black School Districts:
The Inability of Traditional Civil Rights Strategies to Combat Educational Racism in Modern School Choice Paradigms​
Steven L. Nelson - The University of Memphis


For more information on additional topics to be featured during our 2018 Issues Forum, click below to view the tentative agenda.

For questions related to the forum, please contact:

Lisa Chester
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Corporate Development

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