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).