There are consistent and critical findings which indicate that literacy, the acquisition of proficient reading and writing, is critical to the achievement of all students in South Carolina. Moreover, African Americans have for hundreds of years struggled to have their “Language” included in the “standardization” of American English. Studies suggest that African American students are at greater risk of education attainment and achievement because of marginalized language and inadequate literacy preparation. SCCAAS recognizes the value of the “village” in addressing literacy crisis; therefore, in February 2012 the sixth annual conference will focus on ways in which professors, teachers, parents, students, community stakeholders and others who are interested in ways that African American Studies can potentially close the literacy gap. Participants will undoubtedly make significant professional connections, and take away strategies and resources necessary to take action.
SCCAAS continues its commitment to “Guiding Excellence in Everyone’s Education” despite this time of cutbacks and budget shortfalls. More so than ever it is important to emphasize African American contributions to language and literacy in all its various forms: art, financial, historical, cultural, entertainment, etc. The conference will showcase all the best the culture has to offer. Panels and workshops are forming. Scholars, researchers, professionals, teachers, graduate students, and others interested should submit a proposal.
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