Critical Dates

  • January 7, 2019- Conference proposals must be submitted
  • Late January – Authors of accepted conference presentation proposals will be notified.
  • March 1, 2019 – All presenters must register and pay for the conference by March 1, 2019. You will not be included in the conference program materials until you complete your registration and payment. Please note registration fees will not be reimbursed after March 1, 2019.


  • Multiple submission proposals are permitted.
  • Graduate students and recent graduates of educational leadership, economics, administration, and policy studies are invited to submit proposals for sessions, especially round table discussions.
  • The format of the RFP is outlined below in the submission form. The RFP consists of contact information for the presenter(s), your proposal’s title, a brief description of your proposal, the relevancy of your proposal, the proposal type, and the category (see below for descriptions).
  • If you do not receive confirmation that your proposal was received within 3 business days, please contact us at

Important Information

  • NEFA does not provide an honorarium, travel, or other expenses for presenters.
  • Registration fees are not waived for presenters.
  • Please note that conference organizers cannot guarantee requests, but every effort will be made to accommodate scheduling preferences.
  • Presenters are asked to bring copies of their presentation handouts (i.e., PowerPoint) to the conference in hard copy form.
  • Substantive questions should be addressed to


Session Types

These sessions are intended for reporting research results or analyzing issues of policy and practice related to educational finance. The proposal summary should include a statement of purpose, theoretical framework, findings, and conclusions. For research reports, also describe data sources and methods. Presenters are expected to provide electronic copies of papers.

A symposium should examine specific issues; best practice, research problems, or topics related to educational finance from several perspectives and allow for dialogue and discussion. The proposal summary should include an overview, summaries of several papers or individual presenter’s topic of discussion, and suggestions for audience participation. The submission for a symposium should list the organizer as the senior author and should include the title and each presenter in the symposium as “Co-authors.” If the organizer presents, he/she should be listed among the co-authors in addition to the listing as organizer. Session organizers are expected to chair the session and facilitate discussion.

Roundtable Sessions
These sessions are intended to stimulate informal, lively discussions about educational finance research projects, doctoral dissertations, innovative instructional or administrative techniques, new types of instrumentation, or using a series of provocative questions or vignettes. The Roundtable format allows maximum interaction with the presenters by eliminating the formal presentation format. Individual presenters are assigned to numbered tables in a large meeting room where interested persons may gather for discussion with the presenter. No other supplies or presentation equipment will be offered at the roundtable sessions. It is at the presenter’s discretion to determine presentation format and any other presentation equipment needed. The proposal summary should include an overview of the presentation; the concept/ideas to be discussed; context as discussed in the literature; structure of participant interaction; outline of questions to be addressed; and implication for the profession.

State of the States
State of the States Roundtable Discussion (click here for template)

Session Chairs
Please indicate below if you would be willing to chair a session.

NEFA 2018 Annual Conference Request for Proposal

    General Information

  • Co-Author Information (If applicable)

  • Co-Author #2 Information (If applicable)

  • Presentation Information

  • Please select all that apply.