Contributions to the Symposium must be unpublished works of scientific or professional character. Submissions can fall under the following categories: Paper (written), Good Practices (written), or Poster (infographic).

General Requirements

Each participant can submit up to 2 contributions, either individually or through a team. Each work can be presented by a maximum of 5 people. These rules apply for all three categories mentioned above.

Communications must be relevant to one of the Symposium’s topics. We accept contributions in the Symposium’s three official languages, namely, Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

We suggest using part 2 of WCDL’s Position Paper as a source of inspiration for your writing. You can download a summary of this document as a PDF here.

After submission, the Academic Committee of the Symposium will decide on the eligibility of the author’s chosen topic. Works under all categories will be evaluated by the Academic Committee through a double-blind procedure.

You may begin submitting works on November 2. If your work is approved, you will be notified within 15 business days. Works must be submitted by February 1 in order to be published on the Symposium’s website.

Submissions shall be sent to For any other questions or advice contact this same email.



PAPERS are articles or works of research or analysis, presented in a clear and organized fashion, produced by the systematization of a professional practice or by one’s general reflections on the leadership practice of one of the Symposium’s four topics, all of which determine the performance of school leaders.

Papers must be written and submitted exclusively in the template that can be downloaded here. You must fill out an abstract of the communication, whose template is available here.

Each work must be at least 6 pages (3,500 words) and no more than 12 pages (7,000 words). For the purpose of publication, you must follow the style of title, subtitle, paragraph, etc., provided by our template. We ask that you follow these additional guidelines:

  • Title in uppercase.
  • Name of the communication’s topic (see Topics of the Symposium)
  • DO NOT INCLUDE PERSONAL INFORMATION IN THE DOCUMENT. This information will be included when registering your communication through the abstract template.
  • Abstract of the communication with a word limit of 200 words.
  • Keywords: between 3 and 5 keywords that describe your communication.
  • Bibliographical references must fall under APA 7a Edition guidelines. For more information:
  • All images used must be original, credited, and inserted appropriately throughout the text in .jpg or .png formats. Copyright images that are not your own are not permitted. In this sense, those who have authorship over an image must include at the end of their work a text certifying that they have permission to include such images and/or any other content.
  • Communications that are not published in a specialized journal will be included in the compilation volume of the Symposium.

A GOOD PRACTICE is a relevant procedure applied to a real environment that has been evaluated favorably in terms of the adaptation, efficacy, and efficiency of its process and results. In addition to the above criteria, there are other important criteria for the consideration and acceptance of the Best Practice communication, such as the clear definition of the context, sustainability, cross-sectorial, stakeholder involvement and transferability or replicability.

The criteria for accepting communications based on a Good Practice will be:

  • Innovative character: they develop new or creative solutions.
  • Effective results: they demonstrate a positive and tangible impact on improvement.
  • The sustainable prospective: due to their social, economic, educational, and environmental requirements, they can be maintained over time and produce lasting effects.
  • Replicability: they serve as a model for developing policies, initiatives and actions elsewhere.
  • The adoption of a gender and social inclusion perspective (reduction of inequality, educational poverty, student well-being, etc.).

The Good Practices should be written and submitted exclusively in the template that can be downloaded here. An abstract template will also be attached and is also available for download here.


The same general rules will be followed as for the free communication category (including abstract, key words and bibliographical references). It is a graphic or infographic document, which presents the processes and results of a project, an experience, a teamwork or a research on leadership in which the information is organized with graphic support and in a synthetic but easily accessible physical and conceptual way.

Posters submitted will not be subject to peer review and a space will be provided for their presentation at the symposium.

No template is provided, so you can follow the layout of your choice. However, it is recommended that the dimensions are at least similar to A4 in vertical layout and preferably prepared for printing on DIN A0, DIN A1 or electronic poster.

The submission format must be .jpg, .png, .pdf or compatible. Poster papers will only be published in the Symposium compilation volume and/or on the website.


The speakers of the Symposium, management teams, teachers and education professionals will be able to send three-minute informative videos. The contents should be related to one of the themes of the Symposium, i.e. aspects related to managerial performance (the vision of the school project, the school organisation, the curriculum and learning methodologies, and experiences on different ways of leading the school’s educational community).

The videos, after being evaluated by the Academic Committee, will be uploaded to the website and will be available on informative screens on March 9th and 10th.

The full name of the author, the professional position or responsibility he holds and the name of the institution to which he belongs must appear overprint. Prior to publication, a form will be sent to the author in order to authorize its dissemination on the web.