2021 Virtual National Migrant Education Conference




Each year, the National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education (NASDME) sponsors the National Migrant Education Conference to provide a critically important, high quality, one-of-a-kind, and cutting-edge professional development opportunity to all who work in migrant education and others who offer services to, and advocate for, migratory children and their families.

For the 2021 virtual conference, NASDME is looking for solid workshop proposals with strong substantive content that will enrich and strengthen the work of conference attendees and which will energize all who work on behalf of migrant children and families.

We are especially looking for educational strategiesmodels that have worked in implementing the program in all its aspects, and new, creative or innovative ideas that will spark discussion and expand approaches to the Migrant Education Program. The workshop presentations should focus on educational solutions which will ensure that migratory children are given equal access to all educational resources. Research-based and pragmatic experience-based presentations that provide answers to common questions and concerns are especially encouraged.

To conduct those workshops, we are looking for well-informed, organized, well-prepared, and dynamic speakers. Therefore, we are asking educators, practitioners, administrators, advocates, parents, and others to provide training, share expertise, teach skills, and build professional capacity for carrying out the broad mission of the Migrant Education Program.

We are recruiting presenters who can deliver the very best in professional development workshops and demonstrations of best practices for teachers, administrators, recruiters, support staff, parents, and other attendees.


We welcome presentations on a wide range of topics….

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides the authority and framework for the Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program. We encourage sessions which discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in meeting the educational needs of the children of mobile agricultural workers and fishers under the law, federal policies, and state accountability standards and policies. This may include coping with state-to-state differences in standards and assessment, and the challenges of joint planning within a state and state-to-state. We also welcome sessions which discuss the strategies of coping with limited resources. This year we are especially interested in workshops on the impact of Covid. The range of topics is very broad and may include: 

  • Access to Post-Secondary Education
  • Assessment
  • Bi-national Education
  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment
  • Covid's Impact
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Dropout Prevention
  • Early Childhood
  • English Language Learning
  • Family Literacy Services
  • Guidance Counselor/Advocacy Services
  • Health (including Mental Health issues)
  • Identification and Recruitment
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Interstate Coordination
  • Legal/Policy Issues
  • Matching Needs with Services
  • Multiculturalism
  • Out-of-school Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Youth
  • Parent Involvement
  • Parenting Skills
  • Program Planning and Management
  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Secondary Programs
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)   
  • Student Records Transfer
  • Summer Programs
  • Technology    


Proposals will be reviewed closely and carefully by experts in the field of migrant education and related topics. Suggestions may be made by these reviewer experts regarding additional topics to be included in accepted workshop proposals. The committee will evaluate proposals based on the importance and relevance of the topic to the audience, the expertise of presenters, and the quality of the presentation. All presenters are expected to provide participants with handouts or other tangible products summarizing their presentations. Please note that not all proposals may be accepted.

All workshops are 75 minutes in length.


  1. DESCRIPTION/ABSTRACT (A short narrative, not an outline, please): The description of the presentation provided on the proposal form must be fully and logically developed. It must be in narrative form and not be an outline. It should fully describe the session; should summarize expected outcomes of the session; and should refer to presentation techniques. The abstract must be at least 75 and no more than 250 words in length, and must provide an accurate description of the presentation.

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE:  The abstract should be clearly written in the LANGUAGE (English or Spanish) in which it will be presented (with correct spelling, grammar, and construction) and should be complete so it can be published "as is" in the conference program. If the presentation is in Spanish, the title and description must be in Spanish. Please note: If the presentation is in both English and Spanish, the title and description must be in both languages.

  1. RELEVANCE: The proposal and presentation should be consistent with the topic areas outlined on the presentation proposal form. The title, objectives, and content should be clearly and logically aligned. We ask you to please read the explanation of the topics carefully.  Please check all topic areas listed on the accompanying proposal form that are to be discussed. 

  1. OTHER EXPECTATIONS: As stated above, all presenters are expected to have handouts for distribution to participants through our virtual platform. Presentations delivered in Spanish must provide handouts in Spanish. Additionally, all presenters must be willing to present at any time during the Conference on any of the workshop days, as scheduled by the Program Committee.


  • Proposals must be received no later than Monday, March 15, 2021, in order to allow sufficient time to review the proposals and provide timely notification of workshop approval.

  • To ensure consideration for inclusion in the program, please complete the entire proposal. Incomplete proposals will NOT be reviewed.

  • Please do not call NASDME or the Conference Management Office regarding the status of your proposal. 

  • Only the Lead Presenter listed will receive communications from NASDME regarding the workshop. It is the responsibility of the Lead Presenter to inform all co-presenters about the status of the proposal, and, once the scheduling is announced, when and where the workshop will be held.

  • This year, proposals must be submitted online.

​​​​​​​Instructions for Submission of a Workshop Proposal

1.  You must enter an email address and create a password to Log In.

2.  You must complete the the Lead Presenter Profile

3.  You can then complete the Workshop Form with all required information. 

Note: This is the same system that we used last year, but your username and password from last year will not work. You will need to create new credentials this year. 

​​​​​​​You may start your proposal and come back to it, by saving your Workshop Form and then later logging in to complete it. 

You must hit the Submit button to submit the proposal. The email provided for your log in will receive an emailed confirmation that we have received your Workshop Submission.  If you do not receive the a confirmation, please go back, log in, make sure the email address is correct, and make sure you hit the Submit button.