In November, eight Stephens College education students attended the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) national convention in Houston, Texas. The theme of the four-day convention was “Raising Student Voice,” which celebrated students’ voices and the impact they make in the world.

“Our students felt the convention was a life-changing experience in their futures as teachers,” said Beth Watson, who accompanied the student group. She is an instructor and director of The Children’s School at Stephens College.

Stephens students enjoyed workshops, guest speakers and meeting authors such as Marley Dias, the promising social activist behind #1000BlackGirlBooks, and award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Loren Long. The trip was made possible by a generous anonymous alumna donor. To attend, students had to write an essay, have a 3.0 GPA and write a blog post to share with campus.

“This trip provided an opportunity to be immersed in an environment supporting education with resources and people who are in this field,” one student wrote. “The memories of NCTE 2018 will always be part of shaping who I am as an educator.”

Another student reflected: “The speakers were so inspiring and opened my eyes to many ideas that I had not considered. … I am ready to go out and change the world!”

Read more student reflections on their WordPress blog.


Stephens students in attendance: Liana Bustamante ’19, Daija Calmese ’19, Jennifer Hernandez Francisco ’21, Emma Kelly ’20, Taylor Kirby ’19, Olivia Klenke ’19, Katie Patterson ’19, Rachel Perkins ’21.

Tags : Student Success, School of Creative & Performing Arts, Education

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