Action research results represent
a considerable effort, and should be shared with others who
may be seeking solutions to the same problems. Teachers read
education publications and attend conferences in search of
knowledge that will improve their practice.
Making a presentation at a
Choose the conference where
the audience will have an interest in your work. A
conference may be sponsored by a local school district, a
regional consortium, a state education organization, a
national group, or an international group. You can find
conferences by asking others about the conferences they
attend. reading educational publications, and by doing web
searches. Most professional organizations sponsor
conferences, so check with groups like the National Science
Teachers association or the state association of science
teachers, for example.
Read the timelines and
proposal guidelines for the conference you have selected. Conferences
require proposals to be submitted up to a year in advance.
Each conference has unique requirements for proposals and
presentations. Talk with someone who has successfully
presented at the conference, such as colleagues or staff at
the school district office or university.
Develop a proposal and ask a
colleague to review it.
Submit your proposal.
Prepare your presentation. Look
at a recent conference program or website to see sample
handouts or presentations. Review websites that give
presentation advice. Attend a conference and make note of
the presentation techniques that you admire. See
Writing an article for en
- Choose the publication where the audience will have
an interest in your work. Consider the publications you
already read, or visit the school professional development
library or a university library to identify other
possibilities. Ask colleagues about the publications they
read. Most professional organizations publish journals, so
check with groups like the National Science Teachers
association or the state association of science teachers,
- Read the timelines and submission guidelines for the
publication you have selected. Each publication has
unique requirements for submitting articles. Talk with
someone who has successfully published.
- Develop an article and ask a colleague to review it.
- Submit your article.
- Prepare to work with editors to polish your piece,
prepare illustrations, and format it for publication.