Call for Proposals 2021

Moving Forward: Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic Conference is grounded in Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) Ecological Framework for Human Development, wherein a child’s context is integral to relational understanding, process information, and development.  For additional insight, please see:

Using the named spheres of influence Bronfenbrenner outlines, please indicate where your 15–20-minute presentation (instructional approach, research, professional experience, holistic contribution) BEST FITS:

  1. SHPERE ONE: Microsystem (Direct Contact): Family, friends, school, neighborhood
  2. SPHERE TWO: Mesosystem (Relational Influence): Connecting student’s microsystems
  3. SPHERE THREE: Exosystem (Indirect Impact): Socioeconomics, media, extended family, Law/Policy/Policing
  4. SPHERE FOUR: Macrosystem (Cultural Context): Societal attitudes, ideologies, and stigma associated within culture
  5. SPHERE FIVE: Chronosystem (All Above Embedded with Time): Psychological, physiological, historic, and cyclical changes

*NOTE: Your presentation may be reassigned to provide breadth, depth, or equity of conference experience.

Date: June 29, 2021
Host: Millersville University, Lancaster, PA
Contact: Dr. Tim Mahoney (


Keynote Title: Time Catches Up: Ongoing Lesson for Education Stakeholders


The global COVID-19 pandemic created an ecological context ripe for reckoning at all levels.  From inequitable and often intentional hierarchies deeply ingrained into educational practice and policy to the psychosocial trauma students, teachers, and communities continue to face, education stakeholders are in a unique position today, as we attempt to move forward.  Drawing on a social justice education praxis (Ladson- Billings, 2014; Collins, 2015, Kendi, 2019; Love, 2020), this keynote is a call to action that will outline ways for teachers, students, and community members to use the precariousness and possibilities of our current moment toward realized systemic change.

Meet the Keynote Speaker

Nakeiha Primus, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she prepares future educators in a wide variety of degree programs.  She also coordinates several degree concentrations in Multidisciplinary Studies. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Tufts University, a Master of Arts in Teaching English Education from Duke University, and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Delaware.  Dr. Primus has spent over 15 years as an educator in K-12 classrooms and at the university level.  Her current academic research explores the synergies found in storytelling, curriculum theory, teacher identity, and equity in education.