Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2023

**Please note that the call for proposals is closed for the year 2023.**

Spheres of Support: A Network of Care in Education

The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2023 Organizing Committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers, workshops, Ignite sessions, and posters for this year’s hybrid conference, March 2 and 3, 2023.

This year, our theme, Spheres of Support: A Network of Care in Education*, centers support as a critical element of education. Support does not exist in vacuum; only by embedding support in every facet of education can it truly benefit both learners and educators alike. It’s not only about considering one’s physical health, but also mental health and spiritual/emotional wellbeing. 

With the rising popularity of frameworks such as Systems Theories, education is being transformed to recognize the value of not just one another, but entire social systems and networks. Our network of care requires many individuals, including parents, fellow students, health care providers, counselors, and educators both formal and informal. We are all connected, and it’s time we explore those connections and expose their strengths and weaknesses. 

Another facet to consider is our connection to the land we call home. We must extend care to the land and spaces we occupy. Only then can our systems of support be sustainable.

Join us on March 2 & 3, 2023 as we strengthen A Network of Care in Education to foster learning.

*We encourage proposals related to our theme but will also consider other proposals related to education.  

Submission Requirements

It is recommended that your abstract include the following for paper presentations and posters:

  1. an objective, a problem statement or research questions;
  2. a brief description of the conceptual/theoretical framework or model;
  3. an overview of the methodology or procedure used or to be used; and/or
  4. the main findings or conclusions
  5. the references in APA 7th edition

For workshops or professional development sessions the format is a little different. We ask that you provide the following information:

  • Topic and session objectives
  • Session outline
  • Value for graduate students/researchers
  • References

For more details, please refer to the Abstract Writing 101 page.

Symposium Presentation Formats

Both individual and group presentations are permitted with a maximum of three presenters allowed in each group. All submissions are peer reviewed by committees composed of professors and graduate students. 

Presentation formats include: paper presentations (virtual or in-person), ignite session presentations (virtual only), workshops, professional development sessions, twitter poster sessions, and in-person poster sessions. 

For more detailed information on the presentation formats, visit the JPDS website. If you would like to submit an alternate presentation format, please email the co-chairs at

Important dates

  • Launch of call for proposals: Monday, October 17, 2022.
  • Closing date for proposal submissions: Thursday, December 22, 2022.
  • Symposium dates: Thursday, March 2, 2023, and Friday, March 3, 2023.

Instructions for Proposal Submissions

Proposals must be submitted through the JPDS website as of October 17 and no later than December 22, 2022. No email submissions are accepted.

If you have previously submitted a proposal to JPDS, you may have noticed that this year, the abstract will be divided by section (e.g., methodology, results) in order to facilitate effective peer review. Please use APA 7th edition for any references.

For details on submitting an abstract, visit the Call for Proposals page