SCCTE 2023--Building Bridges and Raising Voices

SCCTE 2023--Building Bridges and Raising Voices

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$225 – $275

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Palisades Conference Center at the Hilton Resort

Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

10000 Beach Club Dr.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

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Annual Conference of South Carolina Council of Teachers of English

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SCCTE 2023 Conference: 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). 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.

Please visit the SCCTE website to access links for lodging and updates about the conference.

Questions about the conference or registration?  Contact Kayla Hostetler at

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