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Responsibility, Creativity, and the Arts of Language

November 19-22, 2015, Minneapolis Convention Center

Doug HesseFrom Program Chair Doug Hesse:

It seems quaint to invoke “the language arts.” After all, science, not art, is ascendant these days, and the educational world spins around STEM. As graduates vie for jobs, people want “practical” skills. Clearly, we must respond responsibly to our students’ and society’s needs.

But we should promote school and career skills as but one aspect of literacy. We should value not only workers but also citizens, not only students passing tests but also social beings making connections, not only information processors but also idea creators. We read to extract—but also to evaluate and imagine. We compose to report—but also to remember and reflect, to influence and entertain, to console and inspire. Fully literate lives need creativity as well as competency.

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein contended, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” At a cultural moment when it’s tempting to make the world defensively smaller, we should yet advocate the ample arts of language. As professional makers of readers and writers, NCTE members advance literate life at its richest.

For more on this year's theme, read the Call for Program Proposals.   


Schedule of Events Overview

Thursday, November 19

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.                      Registration

Noon–4:00 p.m.                               Preconvention Workshops (additional registration required)

1:30 p.m. –2:45 p.m.                       T1 sessions

3:00 p.m. –4:15 p.m.                       T2 sessions

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.                        Section Get-Togethers (open to all attendees)

6:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.                        Opening Reception

6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.                        Thursday General Session


Friday, November 20

7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.                        Registration

8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.                        Friday General Session

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.                     A sessions

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.                   B sessions

Noon–6:00 p.m.                              NCTE Central and Exhibit Hall Open

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.                     C sessions

12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.                     Ticketed Luncheons

2:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.                        D sessions

4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.                        E sessions

5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.                        Annual Business/Board of Directors Meeting

7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.                      College Celebration and Reception


Saturday, November 21

7:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.                        Ticketed Breakfast

7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.                        Registration

8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.                        F sessions

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.                        NCTE Central and Exhibit Hall Open

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.                     G sessions

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.                   H sessions

12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.                     Ticketed Luncheons

1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.                        I sessions

2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.                        J sessions

4:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m.                        K sessions

5:45 p.m.–7:00 p.m.                        Special Interest Group Events


Sunday, November 22

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.                        Ticketed Breakfasts

8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.                        Registration

9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.                      Sunday General Session

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.                        NCTE Central and Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 a.m.–11:45 p.m.                    L sessions

Noon–1:15 p.m.                               M sessions

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.                      Ticketed Luncheon

1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.                         N sessions

1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.                        CEL Convention Opening Sessions (additional registration required)


Monday, November 23

CEL Convention (additional registration required)

ALAN Workshop (additional registration required)


Tuesday, November 24

CEL Convention (additional registration required)

ALAN Workshop (additional registration required)


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