Proposals may be selected for inclusion in special program strands. These selections are determined by convention planning committee reviewers representing NCTE committees, caucuses, or conferences. A brief description of each strand follows. Check the appropriate box on the proposal form if you believe your proposal should be highlighted in one of the convention strands.
Research Presentation Strand
The NCTE Standing Committee on Research invites proposals that discuss new research advancing the mission of the NCTE: “to promote the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds, and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.” Submissions should include a clear theoretical framework, research design, and anticipated or completed results. Proposals are evaluated through a blind-review process based on the contribution to the field, soundness of argument and/or research design, appropriateness of conclusions, and clarity.
CEE Strand proposals focus on issues, research, and practices pertaining to teacher development, professional development, and teacher education programs, including preservice and induction programs. Successful proposals highlight the practice of those who prepare literacy educators or support their continued development through courses, workshops, and inquiry.
Early Childhood Education Strand
Early Childhood Education Strand proposals focus on issues pertaining to the education of children from birth to age eight, their families, and their teachers. Early literacy is a key concept in identifying Early Childhood Education Strand proposals. Reviewers look for proposals that address diversities in early childhood and highlight practices and processes that are situated in social, historical, and cultural contexts.
LGBTQ Strand proposals focus on issues pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students, their families, and their teachers. When selecting LGBT Strand sessions, reviewers look for proposals that address representations of sexual and affectional difference, a broad understanding of diversity, free inquiry and expression, critical pedagogy, democratic teaching practices, and for proposals that encourage the creation of safer, more inclusive schools.
Rainbow Strand proposals focus on issues and strategies related to teaching and affirming culturally and linguistically diverse students. Affirming people of color is the key concept in identifying Rainbow Strand proposals. Reviewers look for proposals that affirm African Americans, Latinos/Latinas, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
WLU Strand proposals focus on whole language theory and practice, to be reviewed by the Whole Language Umbrella. Reviewers look for proposals that push understandings of critical literacy, inquiry, and collaborative learning, and that integrate literacy with other sign systems and knowledge systems, situated in social, historical, political, and cultural contexts.