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The Maryland College Learning Center Association (MDCLCA) is now accepting
proposals for our annual conference! This year’s conference theme, *Breaking
Ground in the Learning Centers*, will encourage dialogue about how we, as
learning center professionals, can innovate within and beyond our centers
to build academic and career paths for our students and up-and-coming
learning center professionals.  The conference will be held on *March 25,
2019 at Stevenson University near Baltimore, MD. *



To this end, there are five proposal tracks:



*Building Writing Skills in the Learning Centers*

This track welcomes proposals focused on initiatives and programming that
aim to build writing skills for students and for professionals. Sessions
may demonstrate methods and approaches to working on writing skills for student
or professional audiences, at all levels. This may include programming or
innovations designed for staff or faculty as well. Sessions may also
address how writing is used in a learning center or academic support
context.



*Cultivating the Whole Student*

This track welcomes proposals focused on initiatives and programming that
aim to empower students through formal or informal mentoring or coaching.
Sessions may address the ways in which learning center professionals
unofficially coach or mentor students or address how some learning centers
incorporate less traditional roles such as preparing students for placement
exams, participating in academic interventions, or engaging in other types
of student support. Sessions may also demonstrate methods or theory from formal
coaching or mentoring programs.



*Expanding Spaces*

This track welcomes proposals focused on the innovative use of physical or
online spaces to engage with students and collaborate with colleagues on
campus. Sessions may discuss new or refreshed physical spaces in learning
centers; the use of online spaces in learning centers; or shared physical
or online spaces or programs between learning centers and other entities on
campus.



*Constructing Partnerships*

This track welcomes proposals focused on partnerships between learning
centers and other disciplines, departments, groups, or stakeholders on
campus, other institutions, or organizations within the community. Sessions
may discuss collaborations related to learning center activities including
discipline-specific tutoring, professional or student training, workshops
or exam reviews, or other joint initiatives.



*Branching Out to a Career in Learning Centers*

This track welcomes proposals focused on how to build a career as a
learning center professional at any level. Sessions may discuss individual
careers in learning centers, tips for building a learning center-focused
resume, best practices in hiring and evaluating tutors, and other best
practices for learning center professionals and administrators.



Everyone involved with learning center work is welcome to submit, including
peer tutors and student workers. There is an alternative process for vendors
interested in being sponsors; interested vendors should contact
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Although MDCLCA is a Maryland-based affiliate, we do invite conference
submissions and participation from learning center staff outside of
Maryland, especially those in the Capital Region, including Washington, DC
and Virginia. All proposals will be blind reviewed.



*To Submit*

The submission form is available on the MDCLCA website. Click on the
“Annual Conference” tab, and then select “*Submit a Proposal
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mdclca.org_submit&d=DwMGaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=yBiE514ByeBuT9iMcmLL81H9l3w_eWJJCNWWYb5qET4&m=8veVSYMamsUSCr2tHtfUwD6xxquowP-aPC-Uo49uh-k&s=r3W30WP6Ab7R-hGARRGTYrwml0v2SSTo5j-sAYSPoGU&e=>*”
from the drop-down menu.  After successfully submitting a proposal, you
will receive an email confirmation.

·         Proposals must be submitted no later than *Friday, December 14th*


·         Presenters will be notified via email by *Friday, January 11th*

·         Please contact *[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>* for questions
or more information.



Please share this information with any colleagues that you believe might be
interested! We’re looking forward to seeing you this year at the conference!



On behalf of the MDCLCA Executive Board,



Delana Gregg

Assistant Director, Learning Resources Center

Sherman 341, B-Wing
UMBC 1000 Hilltop CircleBaltimore, MD 21250

410.455.1875
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