Brianne Gidcumb | August 2016

Winter 2017 Connectivity Conference: Call for Proposals

As many of you are deep in the throes of a new school year, we are already busy planning for our Winter 2017 Connectivity Conference  Arts Integration and STEAM Online professional development opportunity! This winter’s online conference is being held on February 4, 2017. 

We are looking for some great new ideas, resources and presenters to share with our growing conference audience of over 1,500 educators.  We are now accepting proposals for sessions at this winter’s most exciting online STEAM and arts integration conference event!

Connectivity Conference Details

Our winter conference will consist of 2-parts, the “live” event and a library of breakout sessions (more specifics will be provided to accepted presenters).  We are seeking session proposals from arts educators, classroom teachers, leaders and teaching artists who are using arts integration and STEAM to promote engagement and active learning with students. Our audience is looking for practical strategies, lessons, and specific tips for implementing arts integration and STEAM.  Past presentations have included topics such as:

  • Planning
  • Lessons
  • Assessments
  • Classroom Management
  • AI/STEAM Tools and Resources
  • Developing Makerspaces/STEAM labs


Presentations must either fit into a 15 minute or 25-minute time slot.  If selected, you’ll be asked to submit your pre-recorded video session and handouts no later than January 5th, 2017.  Your responsibility during the conference will be to attend during your designated time-slot to be able to answer questions and engage the audience is a rich dialogue surrounding your session.  We highly encourage presentations which showcase students or teachers using arts integration and/or STEAM in action, as well as providing quick pacing and handouts which are professionally compiled.


Please use the form below to submit your session proposal NO LATER than September 30, 2016.  All applicants will be notified about the status of acceptance no later than October 15, 2016.  Questions?  Feel free to email Brianne at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to provide you with any additional details you might need.

About the Author

Brianne is a former music educator from Chicago and current graduate class instructor with EdCloset’s Learning Studios. She earned her Masters degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and has over a decade of experience in the elementary general music classroom. With her experience in the performing arts, Brianne is dedicated to building connections between the arts and Common Core Standards, 21st century learning skills, inquiry and project-based learning. In addition to her work with EducationCloset, Brianne is a yoga instructor in the Chicagoland area. You can also find Brianne here: