Join thousands of educators, experts, authors, administrators, publishers, and others in Houston, Texas, for the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention, November 15–18. Preconvention workshops and special events take place November 15 and November 18–20.
All sessions and events will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston.
Raising Student Voice: Speaking Out for Equity and Justice
“Our students’ voices matter. Their voices matter in our schools, our communities, and beyond. As teachers, we want our students to discover their own voices. We want them to know the power of their voices. We want them to know the power of others’ voices, and we want them to know the power of their collective voices. Most important, we want to help them discover how their voices might impact our world and to be empowered to use their voices to speak out for equity and justice.
“Stories can help our students discover and clarify their own voices. Stories can help us to know our world better. Stories can help us to understand our world and the people in it. Authors, teachers, and librarians work to ensure that every child has books, digital texts, and other media in which they see themselves. They also work so that students have books that can help them understand others. Our students deserve stories that impact who they are and who they can become. They deserve stories that help them understand people and situations that are different from their own. They deserve stories that help them build confidence and empathy. They deserve books that validate their world as well as books that challenge their views. And most important, they deserve to tell their own stories.
“When we meet in Houston, Texas, in November 2018, it is my hope that we will focus on the ways literacy creates change and the ways in which our students can raise their voices to impact their communities. NCTE members create spaces for students to sound their voices. In 2018, we’ll come together in Houston to celebrate our students’ voices and the impact they make in the world.”
Certificate of participation and credit options will be available for continuing education and recertification documentation. Learn more here.
The Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts
and the West Houston Area Council of Teachers of English
are our local hosts for the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention.
TCTELA and WHACTE volunteers will be available to help you find your way around the George R. Brown Convention Center! Look for the volunteers wearing black aprons!