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Bergamo 2019 Printable Program


Dear Friends, 
We are looking forward to seeing you in Dayton at the 40th annual Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice.  The stage is set for a robust conference, with a great number of registrants and papers/presentations all set to go.  Take a look at the printable conference program for your easy viewing.  Of course the program is also available online 2019 Bergamo Online Program  Please join us Thursday morning October 10 at 11:30am for our opening session featuring a screening of the documentary “Free to Ride,” and a conversation about the curricular implications of the documentary and its subject with a panel led by Isabel Nunez and featuring commentary by Denise Baszile and Rob Helfenbein.  Also, our keynote speakers join us Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm with Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez speaking Thursday, Thea Berry on Friday, and Janet Miller on Saturday.  Check the program for details about the keynote addresses.  Many thanks to everyone who has helped with planning the conference and program, especially Scott Jarvie and Alecia Beymer, who have been organizing the graduate student council activities and functions for next week.

See you at Bergamo!
Tom Poetter, Editor, JCT and President, Foundation for Curriculum Theory

Cindy Sanders, Conference and Program Organizer

Accepting Submissions for the JCT Graduate Student Paper Award

This award will be presented to one graduate student in recognition of an outstanding paper presented at the 2019 Annual Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice. This award recognizes the innovative scholarship of one student whose work expands on this year’s conference theme of The Transformational Power of Curriculum Studies by situating the present moment in curriculum studies within the context of the broader field of education—and beyond. The award encourages the participation of emerging scholars in promoting new ideas and welcomes all viewpoints in forming more transformative and reflective curriculum, theory, and practice.

Procedure: Interested graduate students should have already submitted a proposal to the conference. Proposals must be accepted for presentation at the 2019 Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice. The completed paper must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, September 27, 2019 via email to Isabel Nuñez at:

Submissions must be single-authored by the graduate student and may not exceed more than 20 pages (excluding references, tables, appendices). Names and university affiliation should appear only on a separate document for blind review. Papers must be in APA style. If no paper is identified that meets the criteria of the award, no awards will be given for this year.

Award: Publication in a future issue of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing and recognition at the conference. Details regarding the specific issue of publication will be determined by the author of the winning paper and the editors of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing.

2019 Bergamo Online Program Available

We are getting closer to our 40th Bergamo Conference! This year’s conference theme is the Transformational Power of Curriculum. There is a now an online draft of the Conference Program available at

With the depth and breath of this year’s presentations, there really is something for everyone. We encourage you- teacher, administrator, scholar, student- to join us! Registration for the conference is open at


Tom Poetter, JCT Editor and FCT President

Cynthia Sanders, Bergamo Conference Organizer and Program Chair

Bergamo Conference Updates

Dear Friends,
Remember that proposals for the Bergamo Conference are due this week, August 10.  We are looking forward to receiving and reviewing your proposals to present at this year’s conference, October 10-12, 2019, the 40th conference of JCT held in Dayton, Ohio.  
Just two weeks ago we announced that Janet Miller will be our keynote speaker on Saturday October 12, and two amazing colleague scholars from the curriculum field will also be joining us as keynote speakers:  Rubén Gaztambide-Fernandez on Thursday night October 10 and Theodorea Berry on Friday night October 11.  We are so pleased to have all three of these great scholars with us for the conference, to share in our time together and to speak directly to us about their work.  More details about their talks will be forthcoming.
Also, please join me in thanking Rouhollah Aghasaleh, special edition editor and organizer, for the outstanding special issue of JCT just published at our website on Post-Truth. Go to to take a look at the articles.  This is a thoughtful, stimulating, and provocative set of articles, several of which I’m already working into my Fall reading for students.  Be sure to read Rouhollah’s acknowledgments at the end of his opening piece, noting the many hearts and minds that contributed to this timely special issue.
Finally, when we return to Dayton in October, we will be returning to a great city, torn apart by violence.  Dayton recently lost much in devastating Spring tornados, and of course this weekend, like El Paso, lost more citizens in a mass shooting that claimed so many lives.  But as an Ohioan, I can attest to the robust and indefatigable spirit of our citizens, who are tough and kind and good.  My hope is that much will change in the meantime, and that we will be steps down the road toward healing, and perhaps further into the complicated conflicts that could yield justice, and peace.  I hope.
Best regards to all, Tom Poetter, JCT Editor

2019 Bergamo Conference Open for Submissions

It’s time! We are open for submissions and registration for the 2019 Bergamo Conference. Hoping you will join us for this opportunity to come together in community to share the good work and conversation in October.

To submit a proposal from June 25- August 10th please click here Submissions Link

To register for the conference please click here Conference Registration