Update from ACT President – Jim Pelech

Greetings Fellow Constructivists!

            The weather is not the only thing that is heating up—this organization is heating up! Let me discuss one activity that has a lot to do with my excitement. Our 2013 fall conference, to be held October 18th and 19th in New York City, will take us to the “next level”.  Joanne Falinski and Jacqueline Grennon Brooks have created a tremendous conference agenda. The conference will be held at the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). A new platform like the museum offers many exciting opportunities. We will have a total of 56 sessions; these sessions will include traditional break- out sessions, as well as “museum expeditions.” Museum expeditions will be sessions using museum exhibits as part of the presentation. These expeditions provide great opportunities for experiencing practical applications of Constructivist theory. Adding to these great opportunities are the two key note speeches. One key note speaker will be John Adam, Professor of Mathematics at Old Dominion. John has authored some very successful books. Our other key note speaker will be Cathy Fosnot, an internationally known educator, researcher, and speaker.

            I am encouraging each and every one of you to register for the conference and to make your hotel reservations now. Please go to our web site for registration and hotel information or feel free to contact me at jpelech@ben.edu. The two hotels for the conference, the Carlton and the Ace, are offering discount rates to conference participants. Please go to our website for more information. October is a very busy time in New York, so please get those reservations now, and don’t forget to bring a friend.

            A conference such as this requires a great deal of support so we are asking for your support. If you can find sponsors for the conference, such as your university or a publisher, that would be greatly appreciated. Please contact myself, Joanne or Jane.

            This conference is just one of several opportunities offered by our organization, and I will be addressing these in following months. I always remind myself that enthusiasm is like a disease (a good one in this case), so let’s start an epidemic!


Jim Pelech

President, Association for Constructivist Teaching



About Jane Tingle Broderick

I am an Associate Professor of Early Childhood and Early Childhood consultant. My research and mission focuses on teacher professional development with emergent inquiry curriculum, the role of materials and the environment in learning as inspired by my background as a visual artist and the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
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