Call for Papers

Call for Papers:

Halifax 2018

Presenters are being sought for inclusion in the agenda of the CAPSLE 2018 conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia from April 29 – May 1, 2018. This annual conference attracts experienced educators, lawyers, academics and others interested in the relationship between education and law, and more specifically in the practical application of the law in the education context.




  • Name, address, title of presenter and contact information including telephone number, fax number and email address;
  • Brief personal details (position held and institution/organization) or CV;
  • Title of proposed paper and a brief explanation as to how the paper will address the conference theme;
  • Brief summary of the proposal paper: 50-100 words.
  • MANDATORY: Checklist (see Making a Checklist on the last page) or a 1-2 page Tip Sheet of the primary points in your presentation as a valuable after program resource for the participants.


While all proposals for the papers will be considered with interest, there are a few themes that are always of interest:


  • Student issues, including collective and individual rights, students with special needs, Charter rights of students and educators;
  • Governance and funding issues;
  • Legal issues related to technology in education;
  • Competing interest of teachers and other education workers, employers, students, parents, funders, policy makers and communities;
  • Collective bargaining;
  • Duty to accommodate;
  • Schools as workplaces and a public resource;
  • Health and safety;
  • Educators as role models (personal and private lives of employees).


The program will include keynote/plenary sessions and approximately 35 concurrent sessions. Sessions are generally 75 minutes in duration. Individual, group or panel presentations are welcome. In keeping with CAPSLE’s mandate, we strongly encourage presenters to submit joint or panel presentations which will provide, for example, both union and management perspectives on any given topic. We also welcome submissions in either English or French, as well as those with a focus on post-secondary education.


Submitted papers will be considered for electronic publication in conference proceedings following the CAPSLE 2018 conference. Contributing authors to conference proceedings retain the copyright of their papers, but royalties directed to CAPSLE from Access Copyright will be applied to the CAPSLE Fellowship Fund.


An electronic copy of your paper will be required on or before March 31, 2018 for inclusion on the conference papers external drive.




December 31, 2017




CAPSLE – Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education

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Georgetown, ON

L7G 4N4


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Making a Checklist

Gawande, A. (2009). The Checklist Manifesto. London, Great Britain: Profile Books Limited

  1. Define a clear pause point at which a checklist is supposed to be used.
  2. Keep the checklist to between five and nine items (the limit of working memory).
  3. Focus on the killer items – the steps that are most dangerous to skip and which are sometimes overlooked.
  4. The wording should be simple and exact.
  5. Ideally, the checklist should fit on one page.
  6. It should be free of clutter and unnecessary colours.
  7. It should use upper and lower case text for easier reading.
  8. It should be tested in the real world. (pp. 122-124)