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2021 RESHAPE Conference

Cultivating Community & Reshaping the Future of Education Research.

July 26-28, 2021

Opportunities to network and build community are some of the most sought-after and powerful experiences in doing engaged, collaborative research. Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and other early-career researchers have made clear that there is a need to bring people together around engaging in partnership, collaborative research aimed at advancing equity and justice. (Examples of these partnership approaches include, but are not limited to, design-based research, design-based implementation research, community-based research, youth participatory action research, improvement science, and continuous improvement.)


To that end, the RESHAPE Network will be hosting a virtual conference designed to create meaningful opportunities for early career scholars to build relationships and learn from one another. 


The RESHAPE Conference will take place virtually on July 26-28, 2021. The conference will provide early career scholars opportunities to build relationships with one another, present work around collaborative research projects, and offer and receive feedback. There are three types of presentations, each detailed below. Submissions are due Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. (This deadline has been extended.) We suggest that you write your submissions in a separate document and copy/paste them into the submissions form. 



Want to share a skill, tool or lesson from your work with practitioners? Workshop sessions are the perfect fit! Workshop sessions are centered around hands-on activities for early career scholars to engage practitioners and community members in joint work. Examples of tools, skills or lessons might include: conversation or facilitation protocols around particular topics; improvement science tools (e.g., practical measures, driver diagrams, or fishbone diagrams); design tools (conjecture mapping); or any other artifacts for organizing joint work among researchers, practitioners, and community members. 


This session is a good fit for you if: 

  1. You want to lead a highly-interactive session around something you feel comfortable teaching to a group of your peers

  2. You have been exploring a tool for doing partnership work that you think has potential or that really like

  3. You have a particular way of doing partnership work that you think others would benefit from hearing and learning about

  4. You’ve developed a tool or variation of a tool from your work that you want to try out with others to get their insight. 


A good workshop submission includes: 

  1. A description of the tool and its purpose in doing joint partnership work. 

  2. A narrative about how the tool came to be used in your work and what motivated its use. 

  3. A detailed plan for how you will use interactive activities to engage attendees in using the tool 


Workshop submission components have very specific components that differ from other presentation types. Those components are: 

  • A description of the objectives/outcomes of the workshop (150 words max) 

  • A brief narrative that situates what you are teaching others within your own work (250 words max)

  • A detailed plan that articulates how you will use the time given to you. You can choose to plan for 30 or 60 minutes. (250 words max)


Traditional Presentations


Want to share your work in a familiar format? Traditional presentation sessions are opportunities for you to present on the research and/or work you’ve done with an audience. These sessions are designed for people with reasonably polished work or research. Presenters may share their research findings or they may present on their partnership work, including its organization and, to date, its outcomes. 


This session is a good fit for you if: 

  1. You have a project that is finished or close to finished that you want to share what you have learned with your peers.

  2. You will be giving a presentation at another conference or venue and you want to use the RESHAPE conference as an opportunity to test out your presentation.


A good traditional presentation submission is a maximum 1000-word narrative that includes: 

  1. A detailed description of the motivation behind your presentation. Why does what you’re sharing matter to researchers, practitioners, and community members? 

  2. A clear articulation of the lessons learned or the findings generated from your collaborative research. 

  3. A concrete description of how you came to the lessons you learned or the findings you generated


Half-baked Idea Sessions


Have an idea you’re working through and want some of your peers’ wisdom and insight? Half-baked Idea Sessions are perfect for presenting something you’re thinking about or in the midst of working on and getting valuable feedback from others engaged in joint partnership work. 


This session is a good fit for you if: 

  1. You’re starting a new project and you’re early on in the process of starting it. 

  2. You have an idea for a scholarly knowledge product (e.g., a dissertation proposal, a manuscript) and you want to test your thinking with others. 

  3. You have an idea for a new engaged, partnership-focused project and you want feedback on the specific idea you have. 


A good half-baked idea session is a maximum 500-word narrative that includes: 

  1. A description of what your idea or project is and its underlying motivations

  2. A specific question or aspect of your idea on which you are seeking feedback

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