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Conference Grants

Conference Grants

Application Deadlines:

Applications Open
Program has been discontinued.

Program contact:
Cindy Soto
conferences@spencer.org

We have discontinued this program effective January 2023. We are no longer accepting new applications.

The Conference Grant Program provided support to scholars to organize small research conferences, focused symposia, or other forms of convenings around important issues in education research. This program was intended to bring together researchers, community members, practitioners, policymakers, and other important collaborators whose expertise, substantive knowledge and practice, theoretical insight, or methodological expertise can be engaged in ways that help to build upon and advance education research. Please see below for a list of recent awardees. These grants were awarded before we discontinued the program. 

Below is a list of the Conference Grants most recently awarded. These were funded under our call for proposals focused on Critical Issues in Advancing Racial Equity and Innovative Methods


May 2021 Cycle

The Intersection of Racial Equity and Time-Series Methods

Stephanie Del Tufo, Alexander P. Demos 
University of Delaware

Building Raciolinguistic Justice in Midwestern Dual Language Programs through Research-Practice Partnerships 
Lisa M. Dorner, Deborah Palmer 
University of Missouri – Columbia 

Early Childhood Care & Education Quality with Equity at the Center 
Mark Nagasawa, Alexandra Daniel 
Bank Street College of Education 

Community as a Campus: Decolonial Praxis and Chicago’s Paseo Boricua 
Jonathan Rosa, Laura Ruth Johnson 
Stanford University 

Addressing Racial Equity Through Infusing Transformative Social and Emotional Learning into Educator Preparation:  Moving Forward to Advance a Research, Practice, Policy Agenda 
Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Katherine Zinsser, Josefina Bañales,
Robert Jeffries Jagers 
University of Illinois at Chicago 

Reimagining Educational Work for Collective Freedom: The Labor Strike as a Portal 
Sabina Vaught, T. Elon Dancy, Nancy Glazener 
University of Pittsburgh 

The Voices of Student Activists Who Moved A Nation: Documenting the Lessons of the Past Through Innovative Educational Research 
Dara R. Walker 
The Pennsylvania State University

October 2020 Cycle

Colloquium on College Sport (In)Equity: Working within and beyond the law to achieve intersectional racial justice praxis
Siduri Haslerig and Kirsten Hextrum
University of Oklahoma

Translating Critical Race Research for Evidenced-Based Policymaking
Francesca Lopez, Royel Johnson, Ashley Patterson, and LaWanda Ward
The Pennsylvania State University

Other Suns: Designing for Racial Equity through Speculative Education
Nicole Mirra and Antero Garcia
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Applications Open
Program has been discontinued.