Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals



Professional Development Conference

UBC Vancouver and other Local Venues

Oct. 25-26, 2019





Place-Based Learning is a core foundation of our curriculum in B.C. Teachers and students across the province are excited to be inquiring about issues and priorities that matter most to our communities with a more ‘local lens’. By helping educators to connect classroom and community through a focus on people, place and planet, this professional development event hopes to inspire more promising practices and transformative learning in our schools and communities.

The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2019 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 K-12 teaching and learning that is central to BC’s curriculum.
  3. Inspire, support and enhance the evolving work of K-12 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 K-12 teachers, schools, school districts, organizations, associations of K-12 teachers and all other interested partners.

Core Values of the Conference:

  • Place-Based: Helping participants discover the value of place and community, wherever they live, teach and learn.          
  • Participant Engagement: Facilitating learner-centred experiences and creating space for dialogue and sharing of experiences and practices.
  • Model Inquiry: Modeling a focus on inquiry through place and community, and exploring Indigenous and other perspectives on inquiry, knowledge and understanding.         
  • Experiential: Immersing participants in place through lived experience.     
  • Walk 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. See evaluation criteria below. Collaborative, co-delivered offerings that celebrate shared successes and goals related to place-based learning are encouraged. All session hosts/facilitators are expected to register for the conference and should do so within 15 days of acceptance of their proposal.

Accommodation Options

Conference Venues:

Friday, Oct. 25

Venues on UBC Vancouver Campus, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, including:

  • UBC Longhouse (First Nations House of Learning)
  • Breakout spaces (indoor and outdoor) around campus
  • Robert H Lee Alumni Centre

Saturday, Oct. 26

  • Field Experience Venues around the Region


C2C 2019 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 settings, including:

  • Academics/Researchers
  • Administrators and Policy-makers
  • Post-Secondary Instructors/Professors
  • Community-based Educators
  • Educators who work with elementary schools
  • Educators who work with high schools
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Elementary School Teachers
  • 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.
  • Human-Nature Relationships
  • Education for All: Diversity and Inclusion
  • First Peoples Principles of Learning
  • Indigenous Perspectives
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Land-Based Learning
  • Nature-Based Inquiry
  • Outdoor Education
  • Play-Based Inquiry
  • Place-Based Learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Pre-Service Teacher Education
  • Sustainability Education
  • Urban Issues and Sustainability
  • Other? Please describe:

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
  • Full Day, Community-Based Field Experience (Sat only): Your organization hosts a group from 9:00-3:00pm (including lunch) for a community-based, field experience at a venue in the region
  • Other? Please describe

Session Length – choose from the following session lengths:

  • 50 minutes Indoors (Friday)
  • 50 minutes Outdoors (Friday)
  • 90 minutes Indoors (Friday)
  • 90 minutes Outdoors (Friday)
  • Full Day Community-Based Experience (Saturday)

Deadlines and Submission Requirements:

The deadline for submission is June 15. 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. 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.

Conference Registration Details:

Register as soon as you are notified of your successful proposal submission. Registration at a reduced rate will be available for accepted presenters.

For further information, please the registration page or contact