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February 8 - 10, 2018
Exploring Literacy and Learning through the Eyes of the Whole Child
2018 Convention Chair, Dr. Cindy Cate - email@example.com
It is vital that teachers view learning – not achievement or teaching – through the eyes of their students. Children are motivated to learn when certain needs are met; however, some needs take precedence over others. Our most basic needs are physical and psychological, such as food, safety, love, belonging, and esteem. Learning IS more than achievement or teaching; likewise, literacy is more than reading and writing. It is learning that prepares our children for meaningful participation in an increasingly complex global society. Danish Poet Soren Kierkegaard wrote:
Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner, put yourself in his place so that you may understand . . . what he understands and the way he understands it.
To be a teacher is to be a learner. We might not have control over how children enter our lives but we can surely empower them through compassionate and meaningful learning experiences while they are in our care. The 2018 convention theme of Exploring Literacy and Learning Through the Eyes of the Whole Child invites educators to discuss, deconstruct, and share the research and real-world examples of policies and practices within the following 4 Cs and beyond:
Culture of Caring facilitates a climate of belonging through intentional integration of empathy, human touch, and the compassion that teachers and learners both need and desire.
Creativity & Cognition challenges teachers and learners to dig into brain-stimulating activities with imagination, curiosity, and artistic expression.
Constructivist Classrooms encourage teachers and learners to draw from their funds of knowledge, intelligences, and life experiences to engage in purposeful activities and negotiate meaning-making.
Collaborative Communities engage teachers and learners in creative problem solving, innovative thinking, and authentic engagement for vision, hope, and opportunities for change.