Call for Proposals

This year’s theme is “Knowledge Building Practices and Technology for Global Hubs of Innovation.” Reports, presentations, and other contributions related to the conference theme may include, but are not limited to the following:

a. Promising innovations in Knowledge Building: success stories, but also things that didn’t work out as hoped but that are valuable for what was learned.

b. Noteworthy Knowledge Building achievements by students.

c. Research or theory that helps build up the foundations of Knowledge Building as a set of improvable ideas.

d. Technological innovations.

e. Open source development of supports for Knowledge Building and formative evaluation.

f. Open innovation: formulating design challenges for “wisdom of the crowd” to work on.

g. Obtaining and sustaining support for Knowledge Building initiatives.

h. Administrative organization to provide school-level, district-level, or higher-level support for Knowledge Building innovation.

i. Tackling shared problems of implementation, professional development, assessment, etc.

j. Knowledge Building analytics that empower users.

k. Participatory structures in both formal and informal educational settings that give all students an intellectual stake and support multi-level engagement (students, teachers, administrators, policy makers).

Submission Requirements

All text should be submitted in word or .pdf format according to guidelines below. Innovative session formats should include author and presenter information in the proposal. Papers and posters will be reviewed blind, without names of presenters in the proposal (more information below).


We welcome design sessions, student-teacher-principal-researcher jam sessions, hackathons, workshops, planning sessions, interactive and virtual symposia, and so forth. Sessions should provide an opportunity to explore issues in depth and new initiatives through dialogue, demonstrations, movies, design activities, or other forms of engagement.

Your proposal should have the following components:

Summary.  One page overview including: Title – Authors/Institution/e-mail address. Statement of (1) the issue/problem, (2) major goals: What do you suggest we will collectively achieve/accomplish? (3) Clear description of the focus and the means by which the audience will be engaged
- Overview of demonstration or other presentation material 
- Proposed length of session, including time for audience engagement.


Papers can be either long (3000 to 4000 words, without references) or short (2000 to 3000 words, without references) and should focus on conceptual or empirical contributions at an advanced stage of development. The long paper is for work requiring lengthy explanations of the conceptual background, methodology, data, analysis, and implications. We also welcome shorter papers reporting significant work in progress. All papers should be submitted following this template: kbsi-template


Posters allow colleagues to gather around visual displays for extended dialogue regarding novel and promising ideas. The work may be at advanced or early stages of development and might focus on Knowledge Building high points, discourse analysis, case studies, pilot initiatives featuring new knowledge practices, technology developments, exemplary work from teachers, students, administrators, engineers, researcher, and so forth.

Posters can be paper- and/or video-based and should include 2 components. The first component must be submitted for review:

(a) Research Summary: one page overview, including: Title – Authors/Institution/e-mail address (only in final version, not for the blind review submission). Statement of (1) the issue/problem, (2) major goals: what you hope to achieve/accomplish (3) how the research addresses the issue/problem, (4) advances–what has been learned to-date, and (5) next steps. Text should be submitted in word or .pdf format.

(b) Display:  If Print:
 Size: Max of 48” (W) x 36” (H)
 Recommended font sizes ensure posters can be read at a distance of 1.5 metres: Title 100 pt. bold Authors 60 pt. Headings 60 pt. Body Text 40 pt., min. 28 pt. Captions 24 pt.

If Multimedia: Please bring your own laptop for your presentation and a print resource to distribute, as we will not have projection equipment.

Important dates

Registration and Submission system is open.

February 15, 2019: Inform of intention to submit a proposal for any of the March events in Asia or April events in Toronto.

March 1, 2019: Proposal submission deadline for March events in Asia and April events in Toronto.

March 12-13, 2019: Singapore.

March 15-16, 2019: Beijing, China.

March 17-20, 2019: Hiroshima, Japan.

April 7-9, 2019: Toronto, Canada.

April 19, 2019: Proposal submission deadline for June 17-20 events in Lyon, France.

June 17-20, 2019: Lyon, France.