Proposal Deadline: October 3, 2022
Conference Theme: Building Bridges and Raising Voices
“It takes a village to raise a child.” As the African proverb reminds us, strong children are raised when people interact to guide them towards success. Strong partnerships create bridges between students’ homes, cultures, communities, and the schools they attend—bridges that lead to students' success in academics and life. Successful educators build bridges between students’ school lives and home lives. They have seamless communication with families, they create activities and lessons that validate and uplift students’ cultures/languages, and they invite community members into school spaces to model skills and concepts. These teachers “utilize students' cultures as a vehicle for learning” (Ladson-Billings 1995). They infuse classrooms with community experts, sometimes even creating residencies for community members. They understand the importance of building a sturdy bridge from their classrooms to the many facets of students’ lives.
Our supportive village must also include safe spaces for students’ voices to develop. Students who believe they have a voice and are heard in school are seven times more likely to be academically motivated than students who do not believe they have a voice (Quaglia Institute for School Voice and Aspirations, 2016). When students feel they have a voice within classroom spaces, they experience self-worth, engagement, critical thinking, and purpose. Effective educators craft opportunities for student choice, collaboration, discussion, and a safe space to speak. These opportunities promote student voice. Listening to, supporting students, and giving them autonomy builds trust between generations and prepares students to move into the responsibilities of citizenship.
How does an effective educator balance so many demands and still create this supportive village? This year’s conference is seeking exemplars, models, and stories of educators, administrators, and researchers building bridges and raising student voices.
Potential presenters are invited to propose presentations, posters, and roundtables that explore ways that educators can raise students’ voices and build bridges between classrooms and students’ homes, cultures, and communities.
There are three ways to share your work at the conference:
--Concurrent sessions: Present a session in a traditional format. Concurrent sessions are 45 minutes in length.
.--Poster Session: Share work with a poster and interact directly with participants. Posters should summarize and explain work, and presenters should be prepared to discuss the work and answer questions. Poster presenters will be grouped together for a session and will b expected to stay with their poster during their assigned time. The sessions are 45 minutes in length.
--Roundtable: Share original research with an interested audience. It is ideal for college and university faculty and pre-service teachers. A roundtable presentation provides an opportunity for the participants to examine a certain topic. A roundtable is a discussion. The presenter will be responsible for introducing the roundtable and facilitating the discussion on the topic submitted. You are welcome to submit more than one proposal, and you may submit proposals with multiple presenters.
Presenters are welcome to submit more than one proposal, and proposals may be submitted with 2-3 presenters.
PLEASE NOTE: Each room will come equipped with only a screen. Individual presenters are responsible for bringing all other necessary technology (laptops, LCD projectors, etc.).