The International School Choice and Reform Conference (ISCRC) is an academic conference that gathers scholars who study various forms of school choice, systemic reform, and educational innovation. This includes scholarship on how school choice is enacted, the mechanisms that structure school choice programs, and both the individual and systemic outcomes of school choice and reform. To the greatest extent possible, ISCRC includes multiple perspectives. Some of the research is more supportive of various forms of school choice while other research has a more critical stance. Still others favor one form of choice while opposing other forms of choice. Conference participants are connected by the goal of using quality research to shed light on how school choice and reform policies actually work.
The Conference emphasizes:
Initially founded by the leaders of the Journal of School Choice and Reform, the ISCRC has grown into an important forum for the examination of forms of education, including alternatives and reforms to traditional public schools. Its primary goal is to act as a means whereby scholars and practitioners can come together in small groups to identify unanswered issues related to school choice and reform and to identify areas of possible collaboration.
This year, we will return to hosting the conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial weekend after a hugely successful 2020 Conference. We hope to see our emphasis on International School Choice endeavors continued this year back in Florida. It is no coincidence that the Conference is held annually in January in Florida. Participants enjoy time in the warm weather in a hotel that is literally right across the street from the beach.
If unfavorable conditions are present, we will either offer a virtual option to our face-to-face conference in Florida or move to a completely online format. When making a final decision about the format of the conference, we will be mindful of public health conditions and other important considerations, such as the broad availability of academic conference travel funds.
ISCRC offers a unique opportunity for school choice scholars to gather in small groups (the Conference aims at an enrollment of 150 people and includes in its registration fee multiple meal and reception opportunities for participants to meet one another). All presentation sessions are designed with abundant time for discussion and debate. We call your attention to an innovative category, Critical Conversations and Networking, which has received great acclaim.
Please notice that the deadline for the submission of papers or symposia is Monday, August 3, 2020.
Presenters are eligible for a travel subsidy (historically $1,200). The subsidy will include pre-paid room registration at the Conference hotel, the Fort Lauderdale Sonesta. In 2020, approximately 95 percent of those applying for the subsidy received awards. Details related to the 2021 subsidy will be published after the August submission deadline.
We will let conference participants know this fall as to the ultimate format of the January conference.
BEN SCAFIDI, for the ISCRC Planning Committee:
MARK BERENDS, University of Notre Dame
NINA BUCHANAN, University of Hawai’i
MARISA CANNATA, Vanderbilt University
ANGELA DILLS, Western Carolina University
ANNA EGALITE, North Carolina State University
REBECCA FELDHERR, Skidmore College
ROBERT FOX, University of Hawai’i
KERI HUNTER, EdChoice
TRIIN LAURI, Tallinn University School of Governance
ROBERT MARANTO, University of Arkansas
RODRIGO MELO, Universidad Católica Portuguesa
GARY MIRON, Western Michigan University
AARON SAIGER, Fordham University School of Law
BENJAMIN SCAFIDI, Kennesaw State University
CHRIS STEWART, Education Post
DEANI VAN PELT, Edvance Christian Schools Association
PATRICK WOLF, University of Arkansas