AN IDEAL VISION ON K – 16 EDUCATION AND BEYOND

is the theme of World Future Forum 2021. The goal of the Forum is to examine and fit together the following individual “pieces” of the complex puzzle that is K-16 and beyond:

Remote/Distance Learning

A thoughtful transition to remote learning is more critical now than ever. Remote Learning occurs when the learner and instructor, or source of information, are separated by time and distance, and therefore cannot meet in a traditional classroom setting. Can meaningful learning happen anywhere? If so, how? Presentation subtopics in this category ​may ​include, but are not limited to:​ e-learning, remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, etc.

Student Mental Health

Mental health issues can affect many areas of students’ lives. What are the consequences of poor mental health and how can we help? Presentation subtopics in this category ​may ​include, but are not limited to:​ improving students’ quality of life and academic achievement, physical health, interventions for at-risk students, and negatively impacting relationships with friends and family members. 

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Traditional learning and curriculum must change in order to meet new, innovative demands for students and employees. Teachers are often asked to modify instruction, curriculum and methods of evaluation  to accommodate students’ needs. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not be limited to:​ blended learning, classroom space and time organization, personalized learning, and college and career pathways, defining “success,” metrics or outcomes, standards-based grading, standardized testing, and common core classes.

Dropout Prevention and Student-Centered Operations

Institutions across the world realize that the best way to help their students persevere in their education is to identify their specific needs and implement programs and operations to fill the gaps and minimize dropout rates. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not be limited to:​ first-year advising programs, role of advisors or counselors in academic advising, time management software, executive functioning programs or courses, use of social media or video chat between instructors, advisors, and students, programs for teen mothers or single parents, and flexible school schedules.

College Alternatives

Many K-12 schools gear students toward four-year college or universities, but as the workforce changes, more and more professionals argue that college is not the right path for everyone. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not be limited to:​ considering a gap year, career certifications or credentials, community college programs of study, career and technical education, apprenticeship opportunities, and tackling the “college only” mindset in schools. 

 

Community Partnerships

Schools partnering with different institutions in the community expands when, where, how and what students learn. It helps them apply what they learn in the classroom and prepares them for their future. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not be limited to:​ contextualized learning experiences, college and career pathways, internships, apprenticeships, college-community engagement, college readiness programs, early college high schools, dual enrollment programs, programs of study, and college and career fairs.

Student Support Services

Non-academic factors play a major role on students’ persistence and thus impact their success in school and work. Presentation subtopics in this category includes, but is not limited to social support programs or systems, emotional support programs or systems, financial aid support, role of counselors, therapists and social workers, special needs services, and transition between each school year. 

School Culture

Positive school culture creates an environment for effective learning. It helps students to engage with learning. What ways are institutions using to promote a positive school culture? Presentation subtopics in this category ​include, but are not  limited to:​ bilingual students/classes, parental involvement, parent university models, teaching tolerance, cultural centers, school belonging, student engagement, passion projects and growth mindset.

Technology in Education

Technology is part of our everyday world, and it is increasingly becoming integrated into academia, so what does this mean for students, teachers and curricula?​ Presentation subtopics in this category ​may ​include, but are not limited to:​ (in)effectiveness of technology in the classroom, online learning, artificial intelligence and the future of jobs, and its effect on student-teacher-parent relationships.

Teacher Education

Teacher education or teacher preparation is necessary to produce effective teachers who instill positive attitudes in their students and provide them with opportunities to gain the critical knowledge and skill sets needed to become contributing members of society. Presentation subtopics in this category ​include, but are not limited to:​ professional development, teacher residency models, the role of education theory in today’s classroom, motivation to become a teacher, teacher-student relationship building, classroom management approaches, degree requirements for teaching, and innovative pedagogical methods.

Access for All

One of the ideals of education is to provide access for ALL. To what extent does reality match with the ideal? What must schools do to ensure that ALL students are extended an equal opportunity to learn?  Presentation subtopics in this category ​include, but are not limited to:​ differentiation, gifted and talented, students from low SES backgrounds, minority students, international students, educational policies, policy implementation and effectiveness.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

DATES

Notification of first batch of abstract acceptance/rejection 10/30/20
Notification of second batch of abstract acceptance/rejection 11/20/20
Abstracts are accepted on a rolling review process 3/31/21
Registration Deadline for Authors 3/31/21
Presenter Presentation submission deadline 4/15/21
Registration deadline for participants (a participant is an attendee that does not submit or present a paper, but attends sessions 4/22/21
Conference dates 4/22-23/2021

SCORING RUBRIC

For your convenience, here is the exact scoring rubric used by the associate editors to review all abstracts.

Criteria
  • Topic is relevant to the conference focus areas. ___
  • Topic is presented clearly, well-organized and in well-written prose. ___
  • Topic reflects either best practice (well-documented) or innovative approaches. ___
  • Topic has relevance across contexts. ___

 

Ranking

1 = did not meet expectation
2 =  partially met expectation
3 =  met expectation
4 = exceeded expectation

PAPER & BEST PRACTICE PRESENTER
PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

The World Future Forum Planning Committee will work with each presenter before the conference to make sure familiarity with the virtual conference platform needs are met.

 

Presenter Presentation Submission Requirements
  • Presentation
  • Video (Now Optional)
  • Abstract  

 

Format of Presentation

These presentations will be 50 minute moderated breakout sessions. Presenters should expect 1-2 paper presentations in one session and additional questions towards the end of the session from attendees. Presentations should be engaging and highlight the main points of research. 

 

Presentation 

Presenters must submit the final version of their presentation to info@worldfutureforum.org by March 15, 2021 to avoid any last-minute issues. We will have the presentation ready in the breakout session. Please save PowerPoint slides as a PDF or Google Slides presentation to save the formatting of the presentation.

 

Video Summary 

As this is a virtual conference, we have decided to allow our presenters to record a 30 second to 1 minute video describing a brief summary of their research for our attendees to view before and during the conference to assist them in providing additional questions for the presenters during the scheduled breakout sessions. We recommend using Zoom to record this video. Here are instructions on how to do this through Zoom. Please feel free to record in any way that you choose as long as the recorded session is in landscape mode.

Please reach out to info@worldfutureforum.org on how to send this recording. The deadline to send this recording is by March 15, 2021.

 

Abstract

Presenters must submit a final paper abstract, which should be

  • (i) in PDF format
  • (ii) no more than 3 pages long
  • (iii) typeset in two-column pages 

 

Logistics
  • Moderator discretion is used if they need to interrupt presentations to clarify points or answer audience questions.
  • Presenters are put in contact with their moderator well in advance of the conference to discuss all the details of their session.
  • A dedicated representative of the World Future Forum will be present during presentations to assist with any other needs.

 

Miscellaneous Suggestions
  • Make sure that your presentation can be seen on a video conferencing platform. To check the readability use the following video conferring platforms: Zoom, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, or any other platform you have access to
  • Practice your presentation. Keep in mind the following items during your presentation
    • Be mindful of your camera, audio, and screen
    • Introduce yourself and your research
    • Use your slides efficiently and effectively
    • Present key research findings and information most relevant to the audience of international educators
    • Answer attendee questions

Page size : A4 (29,7 × 21,0 cm)

Margins : 1 inch on all sides.

Type font : Times New Roman Line space: Single  Title and text should be single space.

Word Limit: The paper should be 6,000 words or fewer in length (excluding references, tables, charts, graphs, and figures). If accepted for publication in Future Review the author(s) will be required to lengthen the paper and follow the format per the submission guidelines noted on futureresearch.org/future-review under Submission Guidelines.

Title : Centered, 14 point sizes, Bold, and Initials of each word are capitalized

Authors, affiliation and address(es) : Centered, 12 point sizes, italic, superscripts of different addresses (a, b, …) should be displayed clearly.

Main text : Times New Roman, 12 point sizes. The title and main text of the proposal should be submitted in English and should be sent as PDF. References should be included as a separate document, at the end of the paper. Any table and or figures should also be included as a separate document at the end of the paper, not within the body of the paper. All papers must be original and not published before. All five elements described below must be addressed in the paper even if the results, conclusions, or findings are not complete or final at the time of the submission. The paper needs to address and provide reviewers with an understanding of the results and findings to date. The paper should deal explicitly with the following elements, preferably in this order:

  1. Objectives or purposes
  2. Perspective(s) or theoretical framework
  3. Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry
  4. Results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/point of view
  5. Scientific or scholarly significance of the study or work

It is understood that theoretical or methodological papers will include information that is the equivalent of element (3) for those genres of scholarly work.

Reference : References should be written in APA style.

Format of Presentations: Please see the information provided in the “PAPER PRESENTER GUIDELINES” tab

If you have any specific request please let us know so we will look into the availability of your request.

  • Our paper acceptance policy is based on three criteria (one is sufficient to be accepted): (a) the academic credentials of the scholar (b) his/her institutional affiliation and (c) Ph.D./Ed.D Students wishing to present part of their doctoral thesis. An effort is made to keep a weighted balance, both countries and level of academic career of the contributor (Ph.D. /Ed.D. Students, Researchers, Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors, etc). In many cases, the committee might ask for the entire paper before it evaluates a proposal for presentation. If it is accepted, the paper is accepted for presentation NOT for publication. For the papers, we do provide reviewers’ comments to the authors. For all our conferences, we issue three calls (first, second and a final) with an approximate deadlines: 8 months, 6 months, and 4 months before the conference dates. The acceptance rate of the second and final call depends on the number of participants registered as a result of the first call. For obvious reasons, registrations deadlines for presentations differ and are stated in each acceptance letter.
  • An effort is made to have researchers from as many countries as possible.
  • Acceptance to present DOES NOT guarantee publication. All papers submitted are evaluated according to standard methods of independent blind review process by the editorial board. Editors are drawn from the world community of academics and researchers. The decision to choose editors is the responsibility of the Editorial Board. We do publish conference proceedings in the Future Review. Read more about our publication at: www.worldfutureforum.org/publication.
  • All papers presented at our conferences are blindly reviewed by our editorial board. Papers NOT PRESENTED by their authors and only by their authors are not considered for publication in the Future Review and they do not appear in the program.  All papers submitted for consideration to publish in Future Review must be original works and not previously published. Editorial Board’s decision is based on the rubric located in the RUBRIC tab above.
  • Conference proceedings are produced after the conference.

If you have any inquiries, suggestions or need further information please send us an email at info@worldfutureforum.org.

POSTER SESSION
PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

The World Future Forum Planning Committee will work with each presenter before the conference to make sure familiarity with the virtual conference platform needs are met.

 

Presenter Submission Presentation Requirements
  • Presentation
  • Video (Now Optional)
  • Abstract  

 

Format of Presentation 

These poster presentations will be a 10 – 20 minute session with the first half consisting of a presentation and the second half for additional questions from attendees.

 

Presentation 

Each presenter must submit the final version of their poster to info@worldfutureforum.org by March 15, 2021 to avoid any last-minute issues. We will have the presentation ready in the poster presentation session. Accepted format option:

  • 10 – 12 presentation slides. Presentations with more than 12 slides will not be penalized, but it is strongly recommended to stay within the mentioned range. Please save PowerPoint slides as a PDF or Google Slides presentation

 

Video Summary 

As this is a virtual conference, our attendees will not have the ability to browse your poster in a poster hall. To overcome this we have decided to allow our presenters to record a 30 second to 1 minute video describing a brief summary of their research for our attendees to view before and during the conference to assist them in providing additional questions for the presenter during the scheduled poster presentation sessions. We recommend using Zoom to record this video. Here are instructions on how to do this through Zoom. Please feel free to record in any way that you choose as long as the recorded session is in landscape mode.

Please reach out to info@worldfutureforum.org on how to send this recording. The deadline to send this recording is by March 15, 2021.


Abstract Requirements

Presenters must submit a final poster abstract, which should be 

  • (i) in PDF format
  • (ii) no more than 3 pages long
  • (iii) typeset in two-column pages. 

 

Requirements Presentation slide Format Guidelines

 

Readability

The official language for the posters is English. Please make sure the poster presentation uses text at a reasonable size. 

Recommendations

  • Font styles: Arial, Verdana, Times or Times New Roman, Garamond, Georgia, Symbols (math equations only)
  • Font sizes:
    • Title: sans serif, 50 pt. 
    • Subtitles and Section Titles: sans serif, 36 pt
    • Main Text: serif font, 18 pt recommended, no smaller than 14 pt
  • Text design:
    • Avoid shadow, emboss, engrave, or underline formats for text
    • Keep text horizontal
  • Image format: .wmf; .jpg; .png; .bmp; .gif; or .tif.
  • Image resolution: 300 pixels per inch

 

 Poster Content 
  1. Poster title, name, and department (or class, if appropriate)
  2. Purpose of study
  3. Research Questions / hypotheses
  4. Methods / procedures
  5. Findings
  6. Discussion of findings
  7. Implications
  8. Recommendations for future studies
  9. Selected references (Cite and reference any sources of information other than your own, just as you would do with a research paper. Use APA style for your references, which should be placed at the end of the poster under the title “References Cited.”)

 

Design and layout specifications
  • 10 – 12 poster slides
    • One slide per content section
    • First slide should be your Poster title, full name, department (or class, if appropriate), headshot
    • The rest of the slides should follow the flow of required Poster Content as listed above
      1. Purpose of study
      2. Research Questions / hypotheses
      3. Methods / procedures
      4. Findings
      5. Discussion of findings
      6. Implications
      7. Recommendations for future studies
      8. Selected references
    • The last slide should be a Q&A title page

You are welcome to use the following template we have created  World Future Forum – Poster Presentation Template

 

Visuals

  • Use “visuals” (graphs, photographs, schematics, maps, etc.) to tell your “story”
  • Present numerical data in the form of graphs, rather than tables (graphs make trends in the data much more evident). If data must be presented in table form, KEEP IT SIMPLE
  • Visuals should be simple and bold. Leave out or remove any unnecessary details
  • Make sure that any visual can “stand alone” (i.e., graph axes are properly labeled, maps have north arrows and distance scales, symbols are explained, etc.)
  • Use color to enhance comprehension
  • Make sure that the text and the visuals are integrated. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they are first mentioned in the text
  • Each visual should have a brief title (for example: Figure 1- Location of study area)

 

Miscellaneous Suggestions
  • SIMPLICITY IS THE KEY. Keep to the point, and do not try to cover too much. Present only enough data to support your conclusions. On the other hand, make sure that you present sufficient data to support your conclusions.
  • When you begin to make the pages for your poster, first create a list of the visuals that you would use if you were describing your project with only the visuals. Write the text after you have created the list of visuals.
  • Before the poster session, rehearse a brief summary of your project. Don’t be afraid to point out uncertainties in your work; this is where you may get useful feedback.
  • Make sure that your poster can be seen on a video conferencing platform. To check the readability use the following video conferring platforms: Zoom, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, or any other platform you have access to
  • Practice your brief presentation. You will be given 10-20 minutes to present your research and answer additional questions towards the end of the session from attendees.
    • Keep in mind of the following items during your presentation
      • Be mindful of your camera, audio, and screen
      • Introduce yourself
      • Use your slides efficiently and effectively
      • Present for a Range of Expertise
      • Tell a Story

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