CIES 2019 San Francisco (April 14-18, 2019)




Sunday, April 14, 2019
Following morning and afternoon sessions of Pre-conference Workshops (registration required), CIES 2019 San Francisco will officially launch with a Welcome for all conference participants at 5pm Pacific Daylight Time. This will lead into a lively Town Hall: Debate on whether CIES as an international association has a particular responsibility towards teaching, policy, or practice in any single country (i.e., the United States). The debate will be moderated by WCCES President N’Dri Assié-Lumumba (Cornell University) — with Erwin Epstein (Loyola University Chicago) and Supriya Baily (George Mason University) arguing for the affirmative, and Vandra Masemann (OISE, University of Toronto) and Matthew Thomas (University of Sydney) arguing in opposition. At 7pm, attendees will be invited to the Grand Ballroom of the conference hotel to enjoy the Opening Reception for the rest of the evening.

Monday, April 15, 2019
After the day’s concurrent sessions have ended, a special ticketed Keynote Lecture will take place at the historic Herbst Theatre, distinguished site of the UN Charter signing in 1945. Purchased tickets to attend the event off-site include (1) reserved seating at the Herbst Theatre, (2) roundtrip bus transportation from the conference venue, and (3) access to a reception. Once theatre seating reaches capacity, you may register for our event waitlist (in the event of cancellations). The Keynote Lecture will also be livestreamed at the conference hotel free of charge.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Now halfway through the week, after another full day of concurrent sessions, conference participants will be invited to hear CIES President Regina Cortina (Teacher’s College, Columbia University) deliver the traditional Presidential Address, to be printed in an upcoming issue of Comparative Education Review. This will be followed immediately by the 2019 Awards Ceremony, which honors the recipients of several prestigious Society awards. At 8:30pm, the first night of Institutional Receptions will commence.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The penultimate conference day, packed again with engaging concurrent sessions, will invite all conference participants to get further involved by attending the annual State of the Society business meeting at 6:45pm; the meeting agenda will include presentations by the CIES Executive Director, officers on the Board of Directors, and representatives of Special Interest Groups. An invitation-only Chairs Appreciation cocktail will follow, in gratitude for the dedicated service provided by the leaders of the Society’s Committees and SIGs. At 8:30pm, the second evening of Institutional Receptions will take place.

Thursday, April 18, 2019
The final day of CIES 2019 San Francisco will include a full schedule of concurrent sessions. And to bring conference participants together one last time, a special Closing concert event will feature a performance by GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop artists, Alphabet Rockers. With expertise in creating cutting-edge social justice content for young audiences, musical duo Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd, Jr. layer bright, contemporary beats with dynamic lyrics that center on racial equity and instill values of hope, empathy, and resistance. Joined by DJ Wonway Posibul and choreographer Samara Atkins, along with four 10-year-old artists who hold space and leadership alongside their mentors, the concert will be truly inter-generational and aims to build connection and motivation amongst the audience.


Registration Desk
Saturday, April 13:  3:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday, April 14:  8:30am – 7:00pm
Monday, April 15:  7:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 16:  7:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 17:  7:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday, April 18:  7:00am – 11:00am

Exhibit Hall
Monday, April 15:  9:00am – 6:30pm
Tuesday, April 16:  9:00am – 6:30pm
Wednesday, April 17:  9:00am – 6:30pm
Thursday, April 18:  9:00am – 5:00pm