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2021 Letter to Accepted Authors

Dear Eminently Luminous JCT Conference Authors!                          

Congratulations on the acceptance of your scholarly presentations and themed panels and workshops for our conference October 7-9, 2021, at the Bergamo Retreat Center in Dayton, Ohio. We want you to know how encouraged we were in reading all of the proposals. The range of topics and ideas and insights will engage us all at the meeting and shed light on the field in the moment and for years to come. Thank you for your interest and commitment to the meeting and to each other as a scholarly community.

We are so excited to welcome our keynote speakers for the conference, Dr. Vonzell Agosto and Dr. Rob Helfenbein. Their work will be significant highlights of the meeting!

In addition to the joy of congratulations, there are a few things we want you all to know as you prepare for the conference.

Over the past two years, we have been working diligently with the Bergamo Center Staff to create a new economic and service model for the meeting. In the past, the JCT conference leadership team has been heavily involved in the meals and the guest room stay process. JCT purchased a digital platform every year to handle conference registrations, taking orders for meals and rooms because the Bergamo Center did not have its own system for it. However, in the past year, the Bergamo Center has established the capacity to manage reservations for its guest rooms, so the Bergamo Center will be handling all of that work this year and JCT will no longer be involved in room reservations or meal planning, selling meals, taking tickets, etc. To be frank, after the meeting in 2019, there was no way for us to handle that work going forward both in terms of labor and expense. It was nearly impossible to manage and this step keeps the next wave of conference leaders from taking that on in the future.

What this all means is that we were able to simplify the pricing for the conference and provide a stable, high quality conference experience with a reasonable conference registration rate for faculty ($200) and students ($150) that covers everything provided with one price: Continental breakfasts, lunches, morning and afternoon snacks, and evening social hour fare with cash bar services are included in each registration for all three days. Your registration fee also covers the rental of the facility, the presentation rooms, and the technology provided. This is a terrific rate and lower than almost any 3-day conference we know of. The major change is that the meeting will no longer offer meals at dinner time in the retreat center. But we trust that many of you will enjoy the area restaurants together and order in as you will. These changes were absolutely necessary for moving ahead, and we hope that you will continue to enjoy and appreciate the meeting despite the slightly higher registration fee this year.

Our partnership with the Bergamo Center is strong and we hope to continue meeting there for years to come. To keep that going, please book your guest room at the center. In addition, our conference registration deadline is September 7, 2021. Please register before the deadline. Go to the website for all your registration needs: https://web.cvent.com/event/3044647c-494c-4ebf-a771-c1a60ecf758a/summary

Register for the conference at the top of the page and book your rooms separately with the Bergamo Retreat Center at the bottom of the page.

After the September 7 deadline, we will construct the final program with only those who have paid their registrations for the conference. We will have a short grace period but close registration for authors who want to be on the program soon after (no later than September 21).

We hope to have a productive, exciting, and safe meeting in person in October!

If you have any questions or concerns about the conference registration, please feel free to email us at conference@jctonline.org. If you have any questions or concerns about the room reservations or meal planning, please contact the Bergamo Center at 937-426-2363. 

Many best regards,

Tom Poetter, Editor, JCT, President, Foundation for Curriculum Theory
Jing Tan and Jaimie Biermann, Conference Co-Chairs, Miami University