The NCTE Convention Planning Committee is comprised of representatives from the college, middle, secondary, and elementary sections. Two NCTE members from the section indicated on the proposal read and rate each proposal before assigning a preliminary score. The proposal is reviewed a second time by planning committee members during a face-to-face planning meeting in the spring. These evaluations go to the Program Chair, who makes the final decision on convention programming.
Though the criteria for excellence vary to some extent among these groups, some common values are listed here:
Clarity and thoughtfulness of proposal—Reviewers favor proposals that are very clear about their content, explicit about what presenters will do in the session, and thoughtful in identifying a meaningful focus and providing a compelling rationale.
Appropriate and engaging method of presentation—Reviewers value appropriately engaging presentation styles. They particularly look for opportunities for audience members to participate actively and interact with presenters and each other, not just listen to presenters read papers.
Content and issues are timely and critical to the field—Reviewers want to know how a proposal fits broader conversations of theory, research, and/or practice in the field. They evaluate the significance of the presenter’s work, its acknowledgment of prior scholarship or practice, and its connections to important debates or concerns in the field.
Strong fit with NCTE mission and intended NCTE audience—Reviewers expect proposals to connect with the mission of NCTE and with the knowledge, perspectives, interests, and concerns of NCTE members and the convention audience.