Sherman Center Research Conference (SCRC)

The Sherman Center is excited to announce the third iteration of its research conference to highlight projects conducted by our stakeholders and beyond. The SCRC will be held at the UMBC campus on June 14, 2024. Mark your calendars!

The goals of the conference are to:

(a) disseminate findings from Sherman Center-affiliated initiatives and funded projects to a diverse audience of early childhood education professionals,

(b) encourage educators to participate in action research to build their professional expertise,

(c) promote collaborations among members of the Sherman Center community, and

         (d) continue advancing the research field of early childhood education.

The conference will include presentations from Sherman Center stakeholders, including (but not limited to) Baltimore City Public School teachers, ESOL and special educators, and school leaders; Maryland Early Childhood Leadership Program fellows; and Sherman Center Research Fellows and faculty. The Sherman Center will provide professional development (e.g., introductory session on action research, feedback on proposals) to support individuals with limited research experience in developing their conference proposals and presentations.

Presenters can choose from four presentation formats:

(1) 25-minute paper presentation (20-minute talk, followed by a 5-minute Q&A),

(2) 15-minute workshop presentation (10-minute talk, followed by a 5-minute discussion),

(3) 10-minute flash talks (5-minute talk, followed by a 5-minute facilitated discussion), or

(4) A poster presentation highlighting the work.

Each talk will provide an overview of the problem under investigation (what was your goal?), essential features of the study method (what did you do?), primary findings (what did you learn?), conclusions (what does it mean?), and recommendations (where do we go from here?). The conference will also include a networking luncheon to facilitate conversations among attendees about overlapping interests in early childhood education and foster future research collaborations.

Below are resources developed for the inaugural SCRC 2022, for guidance.

Sherman Center Research Conference (SCRC)

The video above provides an overview of the planning for the inaugural conference held in August 2022.

The call for proposals for the 2024 SRCR, to be held on June 14, is open!

Proposals are due by March 31st, 2024.

Proposal submission has been extended to April 21st, 2024.

If you need support preparing your presentation, please complete the For Support form by February 27th, 2024.


Click below to download the appropriate resources