The Bridging the Gap conference planning team takes pride in
providing a consistent conference experience with unique program features that
would not be possible in fall 2021 due to ongoing pandemic safety restrictions
and ongoing pandemic uncertainties. We know that an in-person Bridging the Gap
conference in fall 2021 would not be the Bridging the Gap conference that you
have grown to expect and enjoy due to necessary modifications. By keeping our
community virtual this fall, we are able to lower registration costs, keep your
time away from the classroom at a minimum, and we are continuing to keep your
health and safety our top priority. We look forward to seeing you online in the
The following is a national call for speakers, open to all STEM stakeholders, including K-12 educators and administrators, higher education faculty and students, and those representing nonprofit organizations, government agencies and other STEM groups.
Presenters are asked to share resources and best-practices in STEM education.
Presentations should be engaging and should foster collaboration between K-16 STEM education communities. Presenters must explain in the submission process how their proposed presentation(s) will address diversity, equity and inclusion.
If your presentation is approved, each person who will be physically present in your pre-recorded or live presentation must purchase a conference registration. Up to 3 presenters for each approved presentation will receive a 25% registration discount. (This is in addition to any “early bird” rates that may be in effect for all conference registrants.) A special code to receive this discount will be included in each presenter acceptance email. Please note that the additional 25% discount is limited to individuals listed on the presentation application. Presenter registration discounts cannot be combined with any other registration discounts. Student registrations are not eligible for presenter discounts.
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Links educators to industry leaders in the exploration of specific workforce needs both now and in the future. This track focuses on the connections between education and the world of work through industry insight. Sessions may include:
Connects higher education researchers with K-12 educators to explore the practical application of learning theory and current research in classroom instruction. Sessions may include:
Provides K-12 teachers with practical strategies to meet STEM classroom needs (time management, space, integration, differentiation, funding, etc.). This track is geared for educators and partners who are new to STEM.
Explores ways to design a STEM learning experience that meets the unique and differentiated needs of all children in the classroom. Leveraging the latest research in universal lesson plan design, educators will learn how to develop lessons and activities that work for all students. Sessions may address:
Provides teachers with inquiry-based, hands-on activities and practical guidance for incorporating STEM in the classroom using cross-content integration. Sessions may address:
Provides instruction and ideas for implementing Citizen Science with K-12 students. Citizen Science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists. Sessions may address:
Proposes alternative classroom designs that encourage active learning and development. This track focuses on emerging pedagogies and technologies designed to activate learning in new and meaningful ways. Sessions may include:
Explores learning from a whole child development perspective, which recognizes the complex environments in which educators must work while empowering students with the latest STEM learning. This track also explores how to prepare students for today’s information environment and it addresses practical applications and knowledge related to critical thinking, training and development for students and educators. Sessions may address:
Explores the recipe for redefining the teacher role in the classroom and ways teachers can feel supported and empowered in their work. Sessions may address: