In an era of ever-tightening budgets and staffing cuts, it is increasingly important to make a solid case for continuing education and professional learning. The following tools and information can help as you request funding to attend the NCTE Annual Convention.
Fill out the appropriate information on this sample letter and submit it to your administrator to ask for approval to attend the Convention.
Use this Excel chart to help estimate the expenses for your trip to the Convention.
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- A searchable schedule including sessions will be posted early September..
Professional Learning Opportunities
The NCTE Annual Convention features more than 600 sessions ranging from special presentations by well-known authors to sessions by classroom educators on topics critical to your daily teaching and learning. Sessions are in panel, round table, workshop, and poster formats. Session topics include:
Equity and Social Justice
Writing and Composition
Content Area Literacies
Digital and Media Literacies
NCTE supports literacy learning across all disciplines, so sessions and events will also provide attendees with information to take back for ALL of their colleagues.
General Sessions and Nationally-Known Speakers
General Sessions and meal functions feature presentations by nationally-known authors, illustrators, educators, and more. All meal functions will offer theater seating for convention attendees who do not wish to purchase a meal ticket but would still like to hear the speakers.
These optional events take place on November 17, from noon to 4:00 p.m., and offer participants a variety of learning experiences on a single topic.
Connect with and learn from other educators during events offered by each voting section, including Elementary, Middle Level, and Secondary Get-Togethers on Thursday, as well as the College Celebration on Friday.
The Convention Exhibit Hall will feature hundreds of booths from companies and organizations offering the latest in educational tools, books, and services. The Exhibit Hall is a treasure trove of freebies as well, including a multitude of free books, resources, supplies, and more!
Continuing Education Credit
Applications for certificates of attendance will be available for all attendees at the NCTE Registration Desk. Be sure to check your state requirements to see if attendance certificates will qualify for continuing education credits.
"I’ve finally reached the point in my teaching career that I feel ‘somewhat’ familiar in my teaching skin. I need constant ways to push my practice, though. For that, I come to the NCTE Annual Convention. I know I’ll learn something new, reunite with friends who have become my family, and replenish my teaching soul—every single time!"
—Kimberly Parker, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Massachusetts
"I was attracted to NCTE conventions because I met people doing a wide variety of teaching jobs from different perspectives and backgrounds in quite unlike contexts. These people could provide me with new approaches and cause me to think in new ways about things I’d already been doing. While encouraging what was good in my practice, they could also challenge me in what needed changing or improving. I became a better teacher because of these personal interactions."
—John Warren Stewig, former elementary teacher
and professor, NCTE Past President
"Often, as teachers in rural areas, it can seem like you are alone on an island. It is so refreshing to go to an event where you meet people who are passionate, knowledgeable, and excited about teaching English. The Convention rejuvenates and refreshes my curriculum in ways that are contemporary and exciting for my students. Getting to meet and attend sessions with authors that my students read in class really helps them understand that the work is bigger (and sometimes smaller) than they realize."
—Jason Kurtz, high school teacher, South Dakota
Council of Teachers of English Vice President
"NCTE is where I find new energy and renew my commitments to teaching and learning. Talking with like-minded colleagues, attending stimulating sessions, and looking at new teaching materials—these things give me the strength to return home and do the things that need to be done."
—Anne Ruggles Gere, University of Michigan, NCTE Past President
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