November 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

November 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM to November 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM
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.

Digital tools invite our students to document and share their experiences with the world and to connect with others who are sharing their unique stories. Digital tools also offer unique opportunities to seek truth and challenge the status quo. Connecting with others often builds understanding and helps harness the power of a collective voice. Online spaces open the possibilities for students to expand their communities and to use their voices in active ways to make change when they see a need.

Our classrooms can be places where our students discover who they are, who they might become, and the issues that they care about. They can be places where our students learn to use their voices to build understanding, connect with others, and create change. They can be places where students discover the power of community and collective voice. They can be places where our students feel empowered to make change.

Teachers, and teachers of teachers, have both the opportunity and responsibility to create environments in which students can use their voices in powerful ways. Doing so can be a gateway to equity and justice. In thinking about this year’s theme, begin with these questions:
How can we create learning environments where every student’s voice is valued?
How can we prepare future teachers to honor student voice, and know how to support it inclusively, across multiple media?
What opportunities do our students have to document and share their perspectives? Their stories?
How can our students use their voices to create change in their communities?
Whose stories are valued in our classrooms? Whose stories are missing?
How can we curate classroom and school libraries that open doors for our students?
How can our students use digital tools to understand their world and to help others understand issues they care about?
How can our students use digital tools to share their stories?
How can our students use writing to speak out for equity and justice?
In what ways are students empowered in our schools and communities?
What is our role in supporting our students in sharing their stories?
What is our role in supporting our students in creating change?
How do we create classrooms that value childhood and humanity?

How do we, as educators, raise our voices against injustices, acting as models for our students to raise their voices?
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.
November 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM to November 18, 2018 - 5:00 PM

See the Main Attraction and much more at the 44th Annual AMATYC Conference in Orlando, FL, November 15-18, 2018. From 8:00 am – 10:00 am Thursday, you can choose from 30 different speakers giving 15-minute presentations as the following academic committees sponsor Themed Sessions: Developmental Mathematics, Mathematics and its Applications for Careers, Math Intensive, Placement and Assessment, and Statistics. Use the conference app or program to check all the topics and change rooms as new topics catch your interest.

Friday morning, 8:00 am, sees the return of Chat & Chew, aka “math speed dating,” following its tremendous attendance and rave reviews in San Diego. Friday and Saturday will provide opportunities to hear from the newest committee, Mathematics Standards in the First Two Years of College (IMPACT), as they sponsor a Symposium. They will give us the latest information on IMPACT, AMATYC’s third standards document. One workshop will focus on how to use IMPACT to engage students. There will be the opportunity to check out IMPACT Live!, the interactive online site to support the IMPACT document. Also, the Research in Mathematics for Two-Year Colleges and the Innovative Teaching and Learning Com- mittees will join the IMPACT team to share how PROWESS (PRoficiency, OWnership, Engagement, and Student Success) can be supported with research-based strategies. Watch for the new 25-minute mini sessions in which two speakers share the room with separate, but complementary, talks, perhaps with teaching tips for the same course, or strategies for engagement and retention.

November 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM to November 18, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching is one of the nation’s most renowned conferences presenting the scholarship of teaching and learning. For thirty-five years, teacher-scholars from across the U.S. and internationally have gathered annually the weekend before Thanksgiving to share innovative pedagogies and discuss questions, challenges, and insights about teaching and learning.

The Conference has become a teaching retreat as well as a conference. Deans and chief academic officers often support the attendance of faculty teams at Lilly as recognition for outstanding faculty and for faculty development, and institutions planning Teaching and Learning Centers have found the Conference an effective way to meet and "scout" exceptional teacher-scholars. Miami University, with its timeless Georgian architecture and beautiful wooded areas, makes an attractive location for learning.

November 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

November 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM to November 18, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo is where language educators from around the world come to meet! This global event brings together more than 8,000 language educators from all languages, levels, and assignments. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and in turn help their students to succeed in their language learning process.

Come participate in the world’s most comprehensive language education meeting of the minds featuring more than 800 educational sessions in a variety of formats that focus on innovative programs, emerging trends that impact the language profession, and research-informed practices. While the exhibit hall will showcase more than 250 companies exhibiting their latest products and services, it is a learning experience within itself. Here you will find exhibitor sponsored workshops, the ACTFL Collab Zone, the Social Media Lounge, a Career Café, the ACTFL Confer-sation Corner, and much more.

Take your skills to the next level and join colleagues from around the world in one of America’s most culturally and historically-rich cities. See you in New Orleans!