April 20, 2021

Dear CREATE Members and Conference Participants,

On behalf of the Consortium for Research Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that proposals are now being accepted for the 2021 CREATE Conference. The 2021 CREATE Conference will be held at Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina, on October 11th & 12th.  

CREATE welcomes proposals related to teaching effectiveness, assessment, and evaluation. Our 2021 conference theme is CREATE-ing Conversations for Fair and Sound Assessment and Evaluation. Proposal submission details are found in this email and on our website. Visit our website to find out more about the 2021 CREATE Conference. The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2021, but we will begin with rolling approvals notifying authors of proposal status, acceptance, or rejection prior to that date for earlier submissions.

Annually since 1991, the CREATE Conference has brought together prominent educators, scholars, and practitioners from preschool, kindergarten through 12th-grade practitioners (PK-12), and higher education. CREATE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of assessment and evaluation in PK-12 and higher education. CREATE members have a common mission of connecting theory to practice to facilitate learning through educational assessment and teaching effectiveness.

Conference proposals should include a 50-word abstract for the conference program and a 200- to 350-word proposal. CREATE welcomes proposals representing PK-12 higher education faculty, doctoral students, researchers, policymakers, evaluators, and other voices. Below are the strands for this year’s conferences. 

Proposals accepted on research, policy, practice, or theory related to:

  • Fair Accountability: using fair and credible approaches to judge student learning outcomes and teaching effectiveness

  • Assessment Today: collecting evidence of student learning, current issues in assessment, or changes over time leading to current issues in classroom or large-scale assessment

  • Evaluation Today: making judgments about learning, evaluating programs, and/or personnel evaluation 

  • Leading with Data: leading school or district level data teams, including setting up teams, establishing teams, and/or using assessment data within the team

  • Interprofessional Practice: collaborating to inform assessment, evaluation, and/or instructional effectiveness. The collaboration may be within a designated group (practitioners, researchers, policymakers, general education professionals, special education professionals) or may represent collaboration across groups (general education-special education professionals; practitioners-researchers; etc.)

Types of sessions:

  • Research Presentation(s), 15 to 20 minutes

  • Round Table Presentation(s)

  • Doctoral Student Poster Session (see more information below for doctoral students)

New on the 2021 proposal submission form is a question asking proposal authors about interest in submitting a full paper to the 2021 Consortium for Research Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness Annual Conference Proceedings for possible publication in this peer-reviewed publication. If their presentation is selected, the proposal authors agree to submit the full paper by January 15, 2022. This new publication begins with the 2020 Consortium for Research Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness Annual Conference Proceedings presented at the 2021 CREATE Conference in Asheville. 

Click here to go directly to the #2021CREATE Conference Proposal Submission Form

To register for #2021CREATE, click here at our website.

A few highlights of our upcoming 2021 conference

Two Jason Millman Memorial Awards & Lectures by David C. Berliner and Edward Kifer: Our program includes Millman Lectures by 2020 and 2021 recipients. There will also be Q&A with these recipients, as well as a panel discussion with Millman recipients. Our 2020 Jason Millman Memorial Award recipient is Dr. David C. Berliner. Dr. Edward Kifer is our 2021 Jason Millman Memorial Award recipient

Events for doctoral students and early career researchers: We extend a special invitation to our doctoral students. CREATE seeks to involve doctoral students within our consortium and supports early career researchers with a student representative active on the Board of Directors. Our early bird fee for students for the two-day conference has been reduced to $100.


We will also bring you a legislative session addressing Fair Accountability and a panel discussion with Jason Millman Memorial Award recipients. More information to follow.


Please forward this call for proposals to your colleagues who might be interested in joining us for the 2021 CREATE Conference. I look forward to seeing you in Asheville, North Carolina, in October, as we work on: CREATE-ing Conversations for Fair and Sound Assessment and Evaluation!

Click here to submit a proposal!


Dr. Stacy Leggett

President, CREATE Board of Directors



The Consortium for Research Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE)is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of assessment and evaluation in PK-12 and higher education. 

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