Call for Workshop Proposals

Pre-conference workshops and tutorials are scheduled for either a full day (meeting 6/19/20) or a half day (6/20/19) before the official opening of the conference.

Workshops are designed as collaborative knowledge-building sessions on a focused issue, where participants actively work together (e.g., analyzing data, discussing design criteria, collaborating on a research project). Tutorials are designed as collaborative learning experiences for novices on a topic, technology, or methodology that are facilitated by experts.  Registration for workshops/tutorials is handled through the conference registration website. Attending a workshop/tutorial requires registration for the conference in addition to a workshop/tutorial fee to cover basic facilities costs (i.e., it is not possible to register only for pre-conference events).

We encourage workshops that are relevant to one of the four strands. Methodological or theoretical workshop proposals that span strands are also welcome (please just select one strand that is a good fit—we will be sure that it gets a fair and relevant review). Please download specific workshop proposal guidelines (Please link proposal guidelines to the attached document).



We encourage the submission of workshops that will deeply involve participants in hands-on and minds-on examination of issues related to either (or both) interdisciplinary design processes, and interdisciplinary design products in the learning sciences.  Interdisciplinarity in the design of learning environments can be considered both in terms of process and/or product. An interdisciplinary design process often involves collaboration between various stakeholders (e.g., teachers, researchers, policy-makers, students) that bring multiple perspectives to the table regarding the envisioned design product (which can be designed to support learning in a specific disciplinary field, such as music, history, chemistry or math). But sometimes interdisciplinarity is considered also in terms of the envisioned designed product, for example, in environments that seek to support learners make connections between two or more disciplinary fields (e.g., between the historical and scientific aspects of scientific revolutions).

Learning and Identity

We encourage submissions of pre-conference events that reflect the conference’s overall focus on the interdisciplinarity of the learning sciences, which are organized as workshops, tutorials, or panels. For example, these events could introduce participants to the complexities of design that arise when working with interdisciplinary frameworks and/or mixed methodologies in the study of learning and identity. Workshops could also engage participants through structured activities (e.g., scenarios, data analysis groups) that surface issues of ethics, power, and care that likely come with the study of identity and learning in unequal societies.

Teaching and Teacher Learning

We specifically invite proposals for workshops that engage in collaborative knowledge-building around theoretical and methodological lenses and issues used to study teacher learning. Workshops should engage participants in examining theories of teacher knowledge, practice, identity and the social, political and institutional contexts of teaching, and the ways in which theory is used to conceptualize issues in the field and to analyze data. Substantial time should be allocated for interaction among participants (e.g., analyzing data, discussing theoretical frameworks and design criteria, etc.).


We invite proposals for pre-conference activities that are oriented around scale as an object of inquiry. Workshops—in whatever format proposed—should provide opportunities for active, collaborative work that cuts across participants’ various contexts of interest. Activities could focus on, among other things: conceptualizations of scale; tools or frameworks to support design or enactment at scale; methods to investigate and measure impact at scale; the human, material and structural aspects of context (e.g. capacity, tools, policy, norms, systems) that enable learning initiatives to thrive; investigations that attend to culture, power, and equity in initiatives that aspire to achieve impact at scale; and studies of networked improvement communities, social movements, or educational change.

Click here to download workshop proposal template.


The conference schedule will be released in detail in spring 2020. The general overview of the schedule is below.

June 19-20 -- Pre-conference workshops

June 20 -- Opening Plenary with Anna Sfard

June 21 -- Keynote presentation with Audrey Watters

June 22 -- Keynote presentation Leigh Patel

June 23 -- Closing ceremony