Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning: Conferences

  • 2018 AEPL Conference

    “Learning to Go High: Re-Awakening Hope Through Education”


    Preconference: June 20–21, 2018

    Conference: June 21–24, 2018


    YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO


    We are living in times scarier than most of us have ever known. So it is vital for us to come together to think, feel, and imagine our way through them.
    We all now need expanded perspectives on learning. So AEPL, the NCTE Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning has decided to devote its 24th Summer Conference to an exploration of educational practices and ideas that can both sustain us through these times and eventually take us beyond them.
    In part we will be guided in this by nationally recognized authorities at the forefront of the fields of rhetoric and literacy:

    Kathleen Blake Yancey, with her understanding of the intricacies of cultivating reflection and voice.
    Krista Ratcliffe, with her fine-honed techniques of rhetorical listening.
    Vajra Watson, with her inspiring practices of the literacy of liberation.
    Paula Mathieu, with her revelatory rhetoric of hope.

    But, really, you and the students you teach, whatever the subject matter, will be our main inspiration. And we invite you to come share with others the ideas, practices, assignments, and conversations in your classrooms that have helped you and your students to find hope, and overcome the social and psychological forces that undermine it—in these new times.
    Among the broad questions we seek to address are:

    • How do we empathically yet firmly listen to and care for those who hate, without finding them “deplorable,” so as to help take them beyond the hatred and anger they feel?
    • How do we comfort and strengthen those in despair and help them find hope?
    • How do we dispel the cynicism—the dogmatic disbelief in higher or deeper meaning, and in the moral power of hope—that discourages people from believing in and acting for meaningful change?

    You can find early details about the conference site, the call for papers and presentations, and conference registration details below.

    Please join us.

    Conference Docs

    • Call for Papers/Presentations (PDF)
      • Proposal deadline: extended to April 22, 2018
    • Conference Registration Form (Word | PDF | Online)

    Supplemental Docs

    • “A Hopeful Educational Proposal” by Bruce Novak, Principal Conference Organizer (PDF)