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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 - ccate@uwsp.edu
2018  Convention Coordinator - Donna Scheidegger djs1@wi.rr.com
2018 Administrative Assistant - Joyce Uglow wsra@wsra.org
WSRA 2018 Vendor Contact  - Kathy Liddell kliddell@wi.net

Submit a session proposal for WSRA's 2018 convention between Feb. 1 and May 14, 2017.  

Each day we live, we live in a new day. The sun rises and falls only to hurry back and start all over again. What then, do we teach our children in each new day? Butterflies taste food by standing on top of it. Giraffes have four stomachs. One’s nose and ears never stop growing. Yes, these facts are fascinating yet our children need and deserve so much more.

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. 





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International Literacy Association (ILA) Conventions:

  • ILA's conference will be in Orlando, FL in July of 2017.