Current Conferences & Registration

Dutch Americans and Education

June (13) 14-15, 2019

The AADAS board is pleased to announce that our twenty-second biennial conference will be held June 14-15, 2019, at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Optional preconference activities include a workshop on genealogical research, Wednesday afternoon, June 12, and a field trip on Thursday, June 13.


We are seeking research papers on Dutch Americans/Canadians and education—public and private. Dutch Americans and Canadians in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were pioneers in the now more-than-one-hundred-year-old Reformed Christian day school movement and continue to provide a large share of its students and leadership (teachers, principals, governance). Similarly, Reformed Dutch Americans and Canadians, much like other ethnic communities in North America, founded their own colleges and universities. We may regard these educational institutions as cultural endowments from Dutch North Americans. The move from an ethnic Calvinist day school system and ethnic Reformed colleges and universities toward broader multiethnic, Reformed American and Canadian schools has been going on for some time. This shift is uneven, varying from place to place, school to school, and college to college.

We invite papers about both the history of Dutch American/Canadian educational endeavors at all levels and of all kinds and the de-ethnicization of the educational institutions they founded. Here are just some research topics:

  • Histories of individual schools
  • Biographies of educational leaders
  • Curriculum development
  • Leaders in pedagogical movements
  • Histories of teacher education
  • Developments in school/educational governance
  • Teacher and school organizations
  • The transplantation of educational ideas from the Netherlands
  • Participation in other forms of education
  • Wrestling with ethnocentrism
  • Stories of de-ethnicization in education
  • Ecumenism in Christian education

Paper proposals on other topics about the Dutch in North America will also be considered.

Scholarly presentations will fill thirty-minute slots (20-minute presentation, plus 10 minutes for questions). Paper abstract submissions will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the AADAS board in conjunction with the local organizers. As with previous AADAS conferences, papers presented will be eligible for inclusion in the book edited and published by the Van Raalte Press.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief CV to local organizer, Herm De Vries, at  by February 1, 2019.

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