Summer is winding down, students are returning to school, and fall is in the air. With this change in seasons, we, as educators, naturally begin to make plans for the upcoming school year and our professional development plans. The Association of Constructivist Teaching (ACT), we hope you’ll keep a spot open for our Annual Fall Conference, hosted entirely online on October 23rd, & 24th, 2021. This year’s conference theme is Constructivist Teaching is Social Justice. We have a full agenda of experts, thinkers, and researchers prepared to deepen knowledge and challenge thinking on this topic. If you’re on the fence about how to best spend your professional development time this year, here are the top 5 reasons we think you’ll want to attend the ACT Fall Conference:
A diverse classroom and changing social realities require an ever-evolving set of skills. At the ACT conference, you can build your capacity as a constructivist minded educator, whether that be at the level of expert or beginner or in between. A common theme constructivist learning can all build upon, within the realities of schooling today, is that our work as teachers tends to be focused on the intersection of care for the student and desire to put learning in their hands. Whether you are a classroom teacher, parent, or teacher educator, the ACT Fall Conference will share strategies and ideas for helping students gain access to excellent teaching through deep engagement.
ACT has been at the forefront of meeting and serving teachers in their communities. When you attend the fall conference, you become part of a professional community that increasingly reflects our diverse society. Educators from coast to coast, and internationally, have found ACT to provide opportunities to engage in discussion with educators who put constructivist principles at the center of their teaching or research. Whether you are just starting on your journey as a teacher of constructivism, or you have been refining your practice for years, you will find like-minded educators who can help sharpen and hone your skills and questions.
We know high conference fees can often exclude valuable voices from our nation’s education discussions. Educators from preschool through university must deal with shrinking professional development budgets or be forced to spend out of pocket. With you in mind, we want to welcome everyone to the table the best way we know how, by keeping our conference fees as low as possible. Register today!
With uncertainty over the safety of large gatherings still at the forefront of our minds, we made the decision early to hold our Annual Fall Conference entirely online. With this being our second virtual event, we know all the tips and tricks to make it smooth and get the most out of your time.
Our virtual conference takes the travel hassle and expense out of attending a conference. What’s left is two full days of engaging speakers, opportunities to ask questions and ponder the answers, and inspiring ideas, all from the comfort of your own home. We won’t pressure you to turn on your camera (so if a conference in your PJ’s is your thing, no one will know) but attendees are invited to share their own perspectives and we love to hear from you.
In your own space, flexibility is key. As professional educators and working parents, October is a busy time of year, so feel free to drop in to join our community for your favorite conference workshop, keynote, or the entire two-day event.
Learning something new and earning PD credits at the same time is a win/win. ACT will be offering continuing education hours from St. Margaret’s/Center for Early Childhood Collaboration Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA for participants of the ACT conference. An attendance certificate will be emailed to you after completion of the online sessions. More information will be provided at the conference.
The Association of Constructivist Teachers (ACT) aims to grow the use of constructivist principles for learning for all students and educators, pre-kindergarten through university. We invite you to join us as we construct a new understanding of equity in education at our Annual Virtual Fall Conference: Constructivist Teaching is Social Justice Teaching held online from October 23-24, 2021. Continuing education credits and limited scholarships available. Reserve your spot now!