Call for proposals – WALS 2019

Conference theme: Crafting Sustainable Pedagogies for Teaching and Learning

The theme reflects three lenses to look at Lesson Study: the craftsmanship it demands, its sustainable effects on learning and professional development, and the beauty of its focus on what is and will always be at the heart of all education: the pedagogies which  make us learn. The three lenses each have their merits, but should also be viewed as strongly interrelated and reinforcing each other. The three lenses reflect the subthemes attached to each of the three conference days: Crafting, Sustainable and Pedagogies.

Contributions to the conference will be accepted in relation to the following strands:
 Lesson Study and teacher professional development
 Lesson Study in initial teacher training
 Lesson Study and the facilitator
 Leadership, management and policy aspects of sustainable Lesson Study
 Developing Professional Learning Communities: models and practices
 Lesson Study in different cultural, subject and learning contexts
 Research methodology and theoretical underpinnings of Lesson Study
 Creating knowledge in practice: action research and other practice-based research approaches
 Learning Studies
 Innovative uses of Lesson Study


Submissions are accepted online only. The deadline for the online submission is up to and including Friday 22 March 2019 (all time zones). Late submissions will not be accepted. In case your proposal is accepted, you need to register by 17 May 2019 in order to be included in the programme.
There is no need to be a WALS-member to submit. The registration fee includes a one-year membership.

The WALS international conference language is English. All proposals need to be submitted and presented in English and only proposals written in English will be considered for review, with a notable exception for the Holland Day, which has a separate submission procedure. Please note that only paper and sessions submissions that have not been previously presented and/or published at another professional conference are eligible.

In order to provide conference participants with a broad array of presenters and presentation topics, the Conference Committee allows you to submit two proposals as a presenting author. However, it is possible for you to be listed as a non-presenting co- author on another person’s submission. Please note that if you are listed as presenter for more than two presentations in total, we may have to withdraw you as a presenter from one or more presentations.

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Key dates


26 November 2018        Online submission of proposals opens


1 February 2019              Registration open


22 March 2019                Proposal submission closes


30 April 2019                   Notification of acceptance


17 May 2019                     Deadline for registration of presenters