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Call for 2012 Program Proposals

Begin planning today for the 2012 Annual Convention in Las Vegas, November 15-18. We are now accepting program proposals for “Dream, Connect, Ignite!” 


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Submit A Proposal Today!Online Electronic submissions must be uploaded by January 20, 2012, 8:00 a.m. (CST).

CLICK HERE to log in and submit a proposal.


Surface Mail deadline (postmark date) is January 12, 2012.
CLICK HERE to print and complete the PDF proposal form.

    Dream Connect • Ignite!
    Call for Program Proposals:

    My favorite of Leila Christenbury’s Centennial Blasts from the Past: In 1977 former NCTE Executive Director J. N. Hook proposed an NCTE Commission on Dreams, urging the Council to consider the challenges of the future. The members of this Commission should be recognized for their vision, imagination, ability to look forward, and affirmative thinking and, he felt, should probably include a poet. Would our education landscape be different if this Commission had been created?

    Read more from Sandy Hayes, Program Chair


    Proposal Planning Details

    Criteria for Program Selection
    The Convention Planning Committee is comprised of representatives from the strand review committees, who judge proposals from their respective areas of interest. Among the strands identified for the 2012 program.

    • CEE/Teacher Education
    • College
    • Early Childhood
    • Elementary
    • LGBT
    • Middle Level
    • Rainbow
    • Research
    • Secondary
    • TYCA/ Two-Year College
    • Whole Language

    Though the criteria for excellence vary to some extent among these groups, some common values are listed here:

    • Clarity of the proposal—Reviewers will favor proposals that are very clear about their content and about what they will do in the session.
    • Diverse activity for participants—Most reviewers believe that convention attendees should do more than listen to presenters talk; they should have opportunities to participate actively and interact with presenters and other participants.
    • Reference to the professional conversation—Reviewers favor proposals that situate the presenter’s work within a tradition of writing, research, theory, and/or practice. Making explicit the influences on your work helps reviewers to see your proposal as part of a larger field and so helps determine its significance.
    • Consonance with NCTE Standards—Proposals are viewed more favorably when they are fundamentally harmonious with NCTE’s broadly established positions on education, such as the NCTE/IRA Standards for English/Language Arts.

    Need Help? Utilize Online Coaches
    Online Coaches can help you revise your proposal! No later than two weeks before the deadline, send in your draft of a proposal with questions to guide the reviewer. Then you’ll receive a response intended to strengthen your submission.


    Session Formats

    Individual Presentations
    20-minute talks that will be combined by the Convention Planning Committee with other individual presentations. Individual 75-minute sessions are usually limited to featured sessions.

    Panel Presentations
    75-minute presentations in which three or four individuals speak, allowing time for participants’ questions and responses.

    75-minute sessions in which a series of small-group discussions about related aspects of a specific topic or theme are led by moderators at individual round tables.

    75-minute sessions in which a keynote speaker(s) introduces a topic or issue of concern to the profession, and the audience is provided opportunities for small-and whole-group discussion of the topic or issue. Conversations are occasions that foster cross- instructional-level discussions and offer exchange of teachers’ experiences, promising practices, new avenues of inquiry.

    Poster Sessions
    75-minute sessions in which a number of presenters display posters, or other artifacts of their research or teaching practices, standing nearby to explain and discuss, informally, their displayed work.

    Classroom Demonstrations
    75-minute sessions with three or four presenters who engage participants, as if they were students, in promising teaching practices.

    Day-long Workshops
    Workshops are full-day programs that take place on Monday, November 19. Workshop proposals must be explicit about the activities in which participants will engage and the apportionment of time to various activities throughout the day. Only proposals with more than one presenter will be considered. Proposals cannot include planned meal functions. Note: Only a limited number of workshops is offered each year.

    Additional Planning Notes

    Not finding the information you are looking for?
    Email the convention team with your questions and comments.


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