Call for Proposals 2021 Conference

Call for Proposals 2021 Conference

Call for Proposals now closed. Thank you for submitting a proposal!


Listening to the Land, Giving Voice to the Sea: Stories to Nourish Hope and Resiliency

Professional Development Event

Victoria, BC and Online Everywhere

Oct. 22-23, 2021


Place-Based Learning is a core foundation of our curriculum in B.C. Connecting to land is also featured in B.C.’s Early Learning Framework and is foundational to the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Helping educators to connect classroom and community through a focus on stories that nourish hope and resiliency, this professional development event hopes to inspire more promising practices and transformative learning in our schools and communities.

The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2021 Conference aims to support the practice of place-based learning. The conference goals are to:

  1. Model Place-Based Learning through highly interactive, experiential and replicable practices.
  2. Share and explore success stories of place-based learning as teaching and learning that is central to BC’s curriculum.
  3. Inspire, support and enhance the evolving work of teachers and partners in BC schools and communities to integrate promising practices of place-based education.
  4. Build greater capacity and collaboration for a BC wide network of place-based education leaders/mentors, including teachers, schools, school districts, organizations, associations of educators and all other interested partners.

Core Values of the Conference

Place-Based, Experiential and Engaging: Facilitating engaging, learner-centred experiences to discover the value of place, land and community, and creating space for dialogue and sharing of promising practices.         

Modeling Inquiry: Modeling a focus on inquiry through place and community, and exploring Indigenous and other perspectives on inquiry, knowledge and understanding.       

Nurturing Hope and Resiliency for the future: Learning from our experiences during the pandemic and celebrating practices that grow hope and resiliency.

Storytelling to Grow Respect for the Voices of all Beings: Ensuring that diverse voices are included and honoured through a focus on stories.

Educating for Climate Justice and Action: Focusing on the grand challenges of our time with an emphasis on climate justice and action.

Embracing Diversity & Walking the Talk: Ensuring the event is inclusive and respectful of all people and sustainable to the greatest extent possible.

Conference Format

The conference will consist of a variety of place-based workshops, experiences, gatherings, community-based excursions and opportunities for collaboration and dialogue. You are invited to submit proposals in a format that outlines how your session focus will be highly engaging to participants. Collaborative, co-delivered offerings that celebrate shared successes and goals related to place-based learning are encouraged. Note that your session should be suitable for an online context (if a face-to-face conference is not possible).

Conference Dates & Venues

Friday, Oct. 22

  • Victoria, B.C. and Online Everywhere

Saturday, Oct. 23

  • Regional Venues around B.C. (if possible) and Online Everywhere


C2C 2021 will convene both school-based and community-based educators, as well as other community members committed to place-based, community-connected learning in a wide range of contexts, including:

  • Academics/Researchers
  • Administrators and Policy-makers
  • Post-Secondary Instructors/Professors
  • Community-based & Informal Educators
  • Educators who work with elementary schools
  • Educators who work with high schools
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Indigenous Educators
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Teacher Candidates
  • Teacher Educators
  • Other (please indicate)

Suggested Foci of Conference Sessions

  • Arts-Based Inquiry
  • Core Competencies
  • Climate Change Education
  • Connecting Communities of Practice across B.C.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Human-Nature Relationships
  • First Peoples Principles of Learning
  • Indigenous Perspectives
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Land-Based Learning
  • Nature-Based Inquiry
  • Outdoor Education
  • Play-Based Inquiry
  • Place-Based Learning
  • Pre-Service Teacher Education
  • Sustainability Education
  • Urban Issues and Sustainability
  • Other? Please describe:

Deadlines and Submission Requirements

Your proposal should relate to the overall theme of connecting classrooms and communities, as well as one or more of the suggested foci of conference sessions listed above. It should also represent and respect the core values of the conference. The conference program committee will evaluate your proposal based on its connections to the conference theme and foci, educational quality, current relevance, potential for audience engagement, and respect for core values.

We are pleased to offer financial support ($200 per session) if you are accepted to present and are not being compensated by a school district or other organization for your time.

Proposals must be submitted in full online by midnight on June 2 at:

Session Possibilities* – choose from the following presentation types:

  • Active Outdoor Session
  • Experiential Workshop: Participants experience what is presented
  • Interactive Presentation / Workshop: Participants are actively engaged in some way
  • Roundtable Discussion: Lightly facilitated discussion around a particular topic
  • Walk-shop: Workshop delivered while walking
  • 2hr Community-Based Field Experience or online hands-on workshop: Host a group for a community-based, field experience at a venue in your region OR in an interactive hands-on manner online
  • Other? Please describe

* I’m able to facilitate this experience virtually (if necessary)

Session Length – choose from the following session lengths:

  • 60-75 minutes Indoors
  • 60-75 minutes Outdoors
  • 120 minutes Indoors
  • 120 minutes Outdoor (Community-Based Experience)

Conference Registration

All session hosts/facilitators receive complementary registration and are expected to register for the conference within 30 days of acceptance of their proposal.

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