Call for Papers: Investigating Our Practices (Vancouver, BC)- Due March 2, 2018

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21st Annual IOP Conference | May 5, 2018
Leading Our Own Learning
UBC Vancouver | Faculty of Education
Teaching is demanding and complex work, made more difficult if we try to do it in isolation, or without sharing and exploring our understandings together. In order to better understand and improve our teaching practice, many of us engage in classroom-, program-, or institution-based investigations focusing on the what, the how, and the why of our practice.
On Saturday, May 5, 2018, UBC hosts the 21st Annual IOP Conference, where practicing education professionals and students come together to share their questions, investigations, and understandings about their practice.
The conference stresses dialogue among participants. Presentations are intended to provoke and inform discussion. These exchanges typically fall within the following areas of inquiry:
·      the preparation of practitioners
·      the ongoing education of practitioners
·      the focus on classroom practice
·      the context of practice (e.g. social, political, and cultural analysis of practice)
·      researching practice (e.g. teacher inquiry/action) 
The theme this year is Leading our own Learning and the sub-themes are listed below:
·       Assessment and reporting practices
·       Practicing teacher research
·       New curriculum practices
·       Inquiry as a method of teaching
·       Inclusive education practices
·       Including Indigenous education practices
·       Mentoring practices
·       Social and emotional learning
·       Mental Health
The online Call for Proposals is now open, and closes on Friday, March 2, 2018. Proposals are invited in three formats:
·      Submit a proposal for an individual or group session. We want challenging, relevant, interactive presentations that showcase how you have been investigating some dimension of the teaching practice. Session time should be divided equally between provoking discussion by providing access to your understandings, and providing opportunity for others to discuss your conclusions.
·      Host a roundtable discussion. You have a critical question you would like to discuss with other practitioners and you are willing to initiate and moderate a conversation, perhaps based on your own experience or research.
·      Prepare a poster session. The poster format is ideal for the visual presentation of research results, a program of research, or research activities of a group.
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