Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals is now open! Please visit our proposals page for more information and to submit your proposal to present.
Although we are accepting proposals until Friday, November 2, we encourage you to submit sooner, because learning about the proposals we are receiving will help us with program planning. Proposals submitted by October 15th will receive priority consideration.
We seek presentations and facilitated discussions that explore:
Instructional strategies using online, blended, and digital learning to meet educational goals at a district, school, or student level. We are especially interested in systemic approaches to using online tools, resources, or instruction in traditional schools.
What does “success” look like—beyond test scores in particular?
How can digital learning strategies and programs be sustainable and scalable?
What have you failed at, learned from, improved upon?
What research or evidence-based concepts are you putting into practice (or researching)?
What policies are helping or hindering digital learning efforts?
This is not an exhaustive list but, instead, is meant to catalyze your thinking.
Each of these topics can be explored from multiple perspectives, including teachers, school leaders, parents, students, researchers, policymakers, and others. In particular, we encourage schools to consider including students in presentations and discussions, as appropriate.
We encourage differing perspectives and welcome debates and panel discussions.
Individual sessions are typically short. Therefore, we encourage presentations and discussions that focus on a specific topic, particularly from the perspectives of “here’s what we tried and here's what was successful (or not)”, or “here’s what our data tells us about our successes and failures.” Specific topics might include content acquisition, teacher recruitment, professional learning, evaluation, student support, and on and on. The list is endless.
If you have a topic you’d like to explore, others are likely interested as well, and we encourage you to submit a proposal.
Also, you don’t have to consider yourself an expert to propose a session. If you are struggling with an issue, propose a table talk to attract others who are dealing with it as well. If you have a certain view and want to explore it with others who hold different opinions, propose a panel discussion or debate. If you have an issue that you feel is important and interesting but limited in scope, propose a PechaKucha presentation.
Finally, if you are interested in exploring a session topic but not sure if it’s a good fit, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your email as best we can, and may include your question in our to-be-developed proposal FAQ (with identifying information removed).
We are developing the agenda with the assistance of the Program Advisory Board. The conference will begin in the early afternoon on April 1 and end around lunch time or shortly after lunch on April 3. We are also exploring optional sessions for targeted audiences the morning of April 1. As details are finalized, we will update this page.
Here's what you can expect:
A variety of session formats, including a combination of table talks, lightning talks, poster sessions, facilitated conversations, and other peer-learning opportunities.
Facilitated networking--meaning that we will provide times, places, and different facilitation levels to create the conversations that produce some of the most valuable connections at conferences.
Invited speakers (still mostly in small, participatory sessions) that are teaching in, or running, some of the most innovative digital learning schools and programs.
One plenary session: the conference opening featuring speakers with in-school experiences and lessons learned to share.
Some fun discussion locations given that we will be taking over almost the entire hotel. Some sessions or events may even take place on a tour boat under the bat bridge which is adjacent to the conference hotel.