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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

JCT’s 2021 Annual Conference Program

The program has been finalized for JCT’s 41st Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice and can be downloaded at the bottom of this post. The range of topics, ideas, and insights from all the presentations, panels, provoking dialogues, and keynote sessions this year will engage us all at the meeting and shed light on the field in the moment and for years to come.

You’re Invited to the Upcoming Abington Book Talks

The Penn State Abington Education Program invites you to attend the following book series dialogues. Please see information below and the attached flyers!

September 9, 2021 at 12pm (ET): Dr. Rob Helfenbein, from Mercer University, will be speaking on his recently released book, Critical Geographies of Education: Space, Place, and Curriculum Inquiry.

September 14 at 10am (ET): Dr. Dennis Francis, from Stellenbosch University, will be speaking on his forthcoming book, Queer Activism in South African Education: Disrupting Cis(hetero)normativity in Schools (Routledge).