2020 ACT Conference
Based on the evolving COVID-19 situation the Association for Constructivist Teaching conference scheduled to be held in Birmingham in October of 2020 has been moved to an online format that will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
We considered several options and did a lot of soul searching, but ultimately, in the absence of a vaccine, and with adequate testing and tracing likely still months away, we could not, in good conscience, put people at risk by asking them to gather in large groups for an in-person conference.
The conference will take place in an online format, and the ACT Governing Board of Directors is hard at work planning to make this conference an enriching experience utilizing all available online resources to ensure a successful conference.
In the spirit of Constructivism, it is important to use this period of national and international disequilibrium as an opportunity to adapt to the needs of our members with an exciting and unprecedented conference that will further the work and amplify the message of the Association for Constructivist Teaching.
The conference theme was chosen months ago, and “Constructing a View of the Future: 21st Century Activism” proves to be an apt refrain in a period of world crisis and national unrest. How can we as educators and stakeholders at every level build spaces and atmospheres that will encourage community participation in forging a path forward?
The strands and call for proposals have not changed in their format. The ACT Board and conference planners are researching the best platform to support an online experience in order to ensure that participation in the conference is in a format that is easily accessible. Both conference supporters and conference attendees will be supported in how to interface with all involved. Do not let any discomfort that might impede your participation keep you from experiencing this timely conference. Leading up to the time of the conference resources will be provided to prepare you for an enjoyable professional experience.
Constructing a View of the Future: 21st Century Advocacy
A rich theoretical history underlies the practice of constructivist teaching. Conversations about how this foundation supports curricular decisions and teaching practices can be the starting point for finding our way to becoming advocates for our schools, our students, and our profession in an ever-changing world.
Looking to the Past
Sessions in this strand will focus on historical perspectives in Constructivism. What research grounds our practice? Participants will learn about the historical roots of Constructivism. Sessions may focus on theorists who inform constructivist practice, foundational research that informs current practice, and interpretations of what it means to “be Constructivist.”
Working in the Present
Sessions in this strand will focus on current practices in both P-12 and Higher Education classrooms. Participants will gain insight by hearing about what other Constructivist educators are doing in their classrooms and beyond. Sessions may focus on innovative classroom activities, current research, and ways to advocate for our students and for our profession.
Looking to the Future
Sessions in this strand will focus on moving forward as Constructivists. Participants will hear about ongoing research, discuss Constructivism’s role in advocating for students, and brainstorm about how ACT can have an impact on educational and social issues that face students in the 21st century.
ACT Workshop Call for Proposals
Thank you for your interest in presenting at 2020 conference of the Association for Constructivist Teaching. All proposals are peer reviewed. This national conference includes educators at all levels from early childhood to higher education.
Please include the following information in your proposal and submit it a Word document. The submission deadline is July 30, 2020. Submission should be sent to Dr. Gay F. Barnes (email@example.com)
- Proposal Title
- Description of workshop
- Program Proposal Description (2 pages)
- Briefly explain:
- Purpose of the session
- Goals and outcomes of the session
- Engagement(s) for participants
- Intended audience
- To which strand(s) does your session most closely apply?
- Looking to the Past
- Living in the Present
- Looking to the Future
- Presenter and Co-presenter
- Preferred Presentation date
- Books, Educational Materials
- AV needs
What is the ACT Conference like?
Take a look at our photos from the 2019 Conference to get an idea of what to expect when you join us. Hope to see you there!