Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices
Proposals due on or before
September 14, 2009

Herstmonceux VIII
Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England
August 1-5, 2010
Navigating the Public and Private: Negotiating the Diverse Landscape of Teacher Education

Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices (S-STEP), a special interest group of AERA, invites you to participate in the 2010 Castle Conference. All proposals are welcomed, and membership in S-STEP is not required for proposal submission. Conference organizers and editors of the proceedings are Lynnette Erickson, Stefinee Pinnegar and Janet Young, all from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.

Our theme for the eighth international conference on self-study of teacher education practices is Navigating the Public and Private: Negotiating the Diverse Landscape of Teacher Education. Authors of proposals are encouraged to incorporate this theme into their work, but the lack of a clear connection to the conference theme alone will not disqualify a proposal.

For more information about the Castle Conference, and proceedings of previous castle conferences go to:

Proposal Guidelines:
1. Maximum length for proposals is 1000 words. (Maximum length for final proceedings papers is 3000 words.) References are not included in the word count for proposals and papers. Include the following details and suggested headings in the proposal:
Context of the Study
Presentation Format (e.g., discussion, interactive experience, hands-on workshop)
Technology needed. (Note: Providing your own laptop is recommended)

2. Save your manuscript in Rich Text Format (RTF). Mac or PC versions are acceptable. Figures must be submitted as GIF or JPG images. Please do not use running heads, running footers, page numbering or reference list software. The proposal should not contain information that would identify the author(s) as the review will be blind. The name of your proposal file must include your surname and your first initial, up to 5 letters of your institution name, and the letters “prop.” (e.g., Lynnette Erickson from Brigham Young University would send a proposal file named ericksonl.byu.prop.rtf)

3. Your proposal must be accompanied by a separate document (cover sheet) containing the following information: Proposal title; name(s) of author(s) and their institutional affiliation(s); name, email address, mailing address, and office telephone number for the contact person. The name of your cover sheet file must include your surname and your first initial, up to 5 letters of your institution name, and the letters “cov.” (e.g., Lynnette Erickson would send a cover sheet file named ericksonl.byu.cov.rtf)

Submitting Proposals:
Submitting proposals will be a slightly different process than in past years. As indicated above, you will submit two documents in the proposal process.
1. You will need a Google Docs account. These accounts are free of cost and are available worldwide to anyone with access to the Internet. If you do not already have such an account, instructions for opening a Google Docs account are provided at the end of this call for proposals.
2. Enter your home page of Google Docs, and click upload (found on the menu bar under the Google logo)
a. In the upload a File section, browse your hard drive to locate your proposal file and select your proposal file, and the name will appear in the browse box.
b. Browse your hard drive to locate your proposal file. Click on Upload file. It is not necessary to enter a URL or rename the file. Your document will appear on the screen.
c. Click on Share located in the upper right hand corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear. Select Share with others.
d. Using the radio button on the left hand side of the screen, Invite people as collaborators.
e. In the box provided, type in the following email address:
f. Under Advanced permissions, check only collaborators may invite others. This allows for distribution of your proposal to the reviewers.
g. Click on Invite collaborators. A pop-up box will appear asking you to tell these people about the documents? (This alerts the program coordinators that you have submitted your proposal.) No message is necessary in the message box, but check Paste the document itself into the email message. If you want confirmation that your document has been submitted, check CC me.
h. Press the Send button.
i. When upload is complete, click on Save and close found in the upper right hand corner of the screen. This will return you to your home page of Google Docs.
3. Repeat steps a-i above to submit your cover sheet.
Your proposal and cover sheet are now available and the review process can proceed! ☺

A unique aspect of the Castle Conference review process is the expectation that individuals who submit proposals and papers will also serve as peer reviewers for their colleagues. If you submit a proposal to the Castle VIII Conference, you will be asked to review two or three proposals and at least one paper for the conference. Reviewers will access both proposals and papers for review through Google Docs.

Authors submitting a full paper for publication in the conference proceedings are expected to attend the conference and present their work. Papers unaccompanied by at least one of their authors will not be included in the published proceedings.

Important Dates:
Sept. 14, 2009 Proposals due (from authors)
Sept. 28, 2009 Reviewers receive proposals for review
Oct. 19, 2009 Proposal reviews due (from reviewers)
Oct. 26, 2009 Notification of acceptance to authors
Jan 18, 2010 First Draft of Conference Paper due (3000 word maximum)
Jan. 22, 2010 Reviewers receive first draft of conference papers for review
Feb. 15, 2010 First draft reviews due (from reviewers)
Mar. 12, 2010 Authors receive feedback on first draft of conference papers
April 5, 2010 Author submit final revision of papers
May 7, 2010 Final proofs to authors for approval
May 17, 2010 Authors’ approval of proofs due
July 1, 2010 Conference proceedings available online

Please contact the program chairs with any questions. We look forward to your participation in the Castle Conference 2010.
Lynnette Erickson,
Stefinee Pinnegar,
Janet Young,

Instructions for opening a Google Docs Account:
Access the Google Docs home page by Googling Google Docs (
Click Get started on the right side of the screen to create a new account.
Provide required information and click on I accept. Create my account.
When directed on the next screen Click here to continue