A Message from the Conference Chair
Dr. Rebecca Fredrickson
Welcome to CSOTTE 2021! We are so glad to have you here.
This year we continue to honor and build off the work of last year's CSOTTE Chair, Dr. Glenda Ballard, as we look to teachers and their impact. When I address a group of preservice teachers, one of the first things I always talk about is how they will change the world. Teachers are so blessed in that they can change the world, daily, in the lives of their children, but also literally. Teachers CAN change the world! So, moving forward with Dr. Ballard’s theme of “Teachers Can”, we add the phrase, “Passion, Positivity, and Perseverance”. The troubling times we have had have demonstrated the necessity of our teachers. It has helped teachers find new ways of teaching as they passionately supported their students. As students and families have struggled, school has remained a positive place for children - not just in academic learning, but in community, connections, love, and care. The teachers in these schools have continued to work to make schools a healthy place for their students, even in virtual schools. They continue to persevere, even when times may seem at their darkest.
To quote my second favorite professor of all time, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore. Thank you to all our teachers who remembered how to turn on the light for us, to help us find the light when we could not find it ourselves. Your passion, positivity, and perseverance have continued to change our world!
Hoping CSOTTE 2021 will help you continue to grow in the light!