A Final Note on Bergamo 2021

Dear Friends, 
I wanted to send a warm thank you to everyone who was able to attend the JCT Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice last month at the Bergamo Center in Dayton, Ohio.  We had such a good turnout for the meeting and the sessions and keynotes and community building moments reminded me of outstanding Bergamo meetings in the past. And it also had the warm feel of something new, with new relationships, new knowledge, and new horizons of hope and possibility for the field emerging.  Thanks for providing that with your work and your presence at the meeting together. 

I also want to say thank you to everyone who tried to come to the meeting and couldn’t, even after submitting a proposal and getting accepted, and in some cases planning to come.  Life in a pandemic presents difficult barriers, and these barriers kept some away.  I am hoping you are all well and thinking about joining us next year in Dayton for the meeting, October 13-15, 2022.  We missed you and hope to see you then.


And last, Jaimie Biermann and Jing Tan did such an outstanding job putting the program and the event together.  I owe them such a deep debt of gratitude for their effort and grace in all of the moments spent putting the meeting together for at least 6 months leading up to it.  Colleagues at Miami and the journal, Managing Editor Kelly Waldrop and Editors Denise Baszile and Brian Schultz, and our section editors Boni Wozolek, Paul Eaton, Aparna Tarc, Roland Mitchell, Xin Li, Jayna McQueen, and Jodi Googins all play such a huge role in pulling the journal and the meeting together this year.  And a rousing thank you for the outstanding keynote presentations/papers by Rob Helfenbein and Vonzell Agosto, which both really brought energy and new ideas to the meeting. 
Many thanks to all and here’s to a strong close to the fall semester, and a great year ahead in 2022, including our annual meeting next October 13-15 at Bergamo.


Best regards, Tom