Emergent Learning 2014

  • April 24 - 25, 2014
  • World Trade & Convention Centre
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia

Un-conference Manifesto

While we refer to this event as the Emergent Learning Conference, it is truly an UN-conference in every sense of the word. This is not an event that one person or a committee has planned and produced. Rather it has been created and curated by the community itself. We call upon Atlantic Canadian parents, educators, psychologists, physicians, students, government officials etc. to bring forth timely and relevant issues that need to be discussed. Literally, hundreds of people respond each year to this fresh approach. The resulting program is rich with presentations, workshops, and keynotes, covering a wide range of topics relating to the education of youth.

We then ask this same community to offer themselves up as jurors to evaluate and choose from these presentation proposals. Their goal? To come up with the most creative, original, and inspiring line-up possible. This year’s theme of the “elephant in the living room” will be especially alluring to both presenters and jurors alike. There are so many current issues affecting our children and youth that draw their power from silence. This conference helps to break that silence and offers different perspectives and options on educating young people to be their most resourceful, healthy, confident, and creative selves.

Please join us, and find your voice at the conference as a presenter, juror, or delegate.

AttentionPresentersSubmission DeadlineJanuary 31st, 2014

Jury DutySave the dateFebruary 1st-7th, 2014

We’ve made some exciting changes to our format for 2014. The first day of the conference will continue to feature a selection of keynote speakers and 60 minute breakout sessions.

The afternoon of the second day will offer a chance to experience the material at a much deeper level with breakout sessions and workshops ranging from 120 to 180 minutes.

How will you choose to participate and make your voice heard? Here’s how you can participate and here’s how the UN-Conference portion of our event works*:

Presentation proposals should be submitted on this website. Presentations can take place in a classroom setting, lecture area, or yoga studio. Take care to create a compelling title, abstract, and bio, and relevant links as these will be the primary basis of program selection. Multimedia technology is available if you choose to use slides, videos, or sound.
Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2014
Comprised of members of our community, this group creates the UN-Conference program by rating and assessing all of the proposed presentations.
To become a juror simply register online before the presenter submission deadline and pay a non-refundable juror registration fee of $10. Limited to 30 people, sign up early to avoid disappointment. (Conference registration fees extra)
Once the submission deadline has passed you will be emailed special login information that gives you access to the online juror system. You will have access to all submitted papers and be able to review, rate, and even email presenters if you have questions.
Jury Duty: February 1st-7th, 2014
The juror rating and review process takes place over 7 days following the submission deadline. Jurors who successfully log in and review 75% of submissions will be invited to attend a special breakfast on Friday, April 25th. We’ll discuss what worked, what didn’t, and future direction.
Low stress. Sign-up, show-up, enjoy! But register early, seating is very limited and expected to sell out. The program will be revealed as various submission and review deadlines pass. Early registration discounts reward those who are brave enough to register before the full program is revealed!
* Any combination of the above is acceptable; we only ask that you refrain from rating your own presentation if you serve as a juror.