American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC)
Call for Proposals – Due May 1, 2020
Right now, the teaching profession is succumbing to a reductionist methodology only focusing on testing, rote teaching, direct instruction, following standards, and producing regurgitative knowledge. With the myriad of pedagogies available and outcomes that can be produced, ideas about liberating teaching to focus on critical and creative thinking are desperately needed. Using research, essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, photojournalism, art, and spoken word pieces, authors will focus on the major social, political, cultural, curricular, instructional and other educational issues that are plaguing schools in the United States and offering solutions. The theme of Liberating Education/Liberating Educators calls for authors to submit proposals for work that represents different styles of writing and researching utilizing diverse modes of communication, the idea of this conference is to celebrate a variety of approaches of expression in exposing the issues before us and aimed at reaching a broader audience. Ultimately, the goal of this conference is to think beyond what we are doing as educators, what we are teaching as teacher educators, what we research as academics, and how we share that information. Breaking free of the systemic restrictions and allowing teachers to teach. Empowering teachers and students. Making education the forefront of all professions and gain back its respect.
1. Proposal Title
The title of your proposal will be the first thing that reviewers and conference attendees see; make it catchy but relevant to the topic of your presentation.
Submit a 150-character abstract that provides readers with a quick overview of your presentation. It should express your research question, key points, and any implications or applications of the research you plan to discuss in the presentation.
4. Methods of Presenting Content
Summarize your delivery methods and how these can achieve the learning objectives. For example, “Presenters will use a multimedia presentation, links to online resources and digital tools, as well as small-group discussions to achieve the following learning objectives…”
5. Educational Significance
Why is your presentation relevant to today’s educators and policy makers? What educational need will your presentation fill? How does your presentation connect to the conference theme?
6. Evidence Base Describe how your proposal is grounded in relevant, current research and/or best practices.
7. Program Description
Think of this section as the place to really sell your presentation to reviewers and attendees: A concise yet descriptive paragraph that highlights the key features, benefits, and takeaways.
Note: once a Session Type has been chosen it cannot be changed without withdrawing the submission.
Lunch and Learn Sessions (1.5 hours) – Lunch and Learn is a one and a half hours dialogue session designed to provide attendees opportunities to actively engage and work around one topic.
Point/Counterpoint. (2 hours) Point/Counterpoint sessions offers an opportunity for attendees to speak their truths that embody the conference theme—Liberating Educators, Liberating Education.
AATCnow (Varies, evenings) – AATCnow allows several speakers to deliver short addresses on a common AATC topic and then engage in interaction with each other and the audience.
Artistic Representations (1 hour) – Artistic Representations are opportunities to share research or classroom evidence in a more informal setting where attendees move among representations and talk with presenters about their work. Representations are displayed in a central location in the conference hotel.
Theory, Philosophy and Paper Talks (1 hour) – Sessions are designed to enable attendees to hear one or two short presentations on a common topic related to theories or philosophies in curriculum and teaching.
Mentoring Sessions (Varies, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) – Mentoring sessions are designed to connect members and engage in constructive dialogue. Topics may include graduate student induction, new to the professoriate, research and grants, and book writing.
Theory to Practice (1 hour) – Sessions are designed to hear relevant, current topics related to the conference theme.
Questions? Please contact Dr. Shelley B. Harris, 2020 Program Chair, at AATCconference@gmail.com