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Becky SipeThe Conference on English Leadership (CEL) offers a collaborative, dynamic, discussion-based forum for literacy leaders to explore current and emerging issues. CEL welcomes education professionals who want to seek solutions and share their special insights with others. Within CEL, leaders of literacy programs in a variety of settings--rural or urban, small districts or large, public or private, traditional or experimental--will find a vibrant forum for exploring contrasting and controversial ideas.Read more about our mission and vision here.

CEL Members

CEL members include literacy leaders at all levels: classroom teachers, department heads, language arts coordinators, supervisors, consultants, resource teachers, principals, directors of instruction, college and university educators, affiliate leaders, and others exercising formal or informal leadership in their schools, districts, or states.

CEL Convention
Each November, CEL holds an annual convention immediately following the NCTE Annual Convention. The CEL Convention features dynamic, interactive sessions with practicing literacy leaders. Attendees enjoy conversations with peers and presenters and take back to their districts practical ideas and resources. Everyone is welcome to attend and will find useful and inspiring experiences, from administrators to teacher-leaders to every educator who works collaboratively. To learn more about the CEL Convention, watch this video with CEL Chair Becky Sipe.

Call for Proposals: 2016 CEL Convention in Atlanta

If you'd like to be on the program for the 2016 CEL Convention in Atlanta, answer Program Chair Tracy Recine's call! The 2016 CEL Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from November 20-22.

The 2016 NCTE Annual Convention, Faces of Advocacy, will be held from November 17-20, with workshops on November 17 and 20-22.

 CEL Renames Award in Honor of Kent Williamson

Over the summer, CEL renamed the Exemplary Leader Award to the CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award in honor of NCTE's emeritus executive director whom we lost too soon. We celebrated Kent's legacy at the November 2015 CEL Convention in presenting the renamed award to first recipient Penny Kittle. Read CEL Past Chair Wanda Porter's tribute to Kent Williamson in the August 2015 ELQ.

2016 CEL Election Results

CEL members elected two new Members-at-Large: Matt Morone of Pascack Valley High in Hillsdale, New Jersey, and Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Members-at-Large represent CEL's general membership on the Executive Committee and take on special projects.

State-Level ELA Coordinators Join CEL

In Summer 2015, the CEL Executive Committee extended an invitation to the leaders of the NCTE Assembly for State Coordinators of the English Language Arts (ASCELA) to merge the two organizations. As of August 2015, ASCELA has dissolved its status as an NCTE Assembly and its leaders, Morgan Dunton (Maine) and Tricia Parker (Nebraska), have accepted the invitation to join with CEL. All former members of ASCELA are encouraged to join CEL.

Former members of ASCELA and new CEL members who are employed by a state department of education or who serve at a statewide level as a contracted provider for a state department of education also have the option to join CEL's Special Committee for State Coordinators of English Language Arts (SCELA). SCELA will meet for the first time at the CEL Convention (November 22-24, 2015) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To be listed as a member of SCELA and added to the SCELA mailing list, please write to Kelly Searsmith, CEL's administrative liaison. Applicants must be active CEL members employed at the state level as ELA coordinators.

English Leadership Quarterly Goes Green

Starting with the August 2015 issue, ELQ has gone green (online only). Read more about the media enhancements to ELQ that you'll gain as a subscriber. The production and mailing savings from ELQ's going green, plus a small increase in green membership rates (to $25 for standard individual subscriptions), will help to fund new and expanded CEL programming initiatives that support literacy leaders, including an expanded Emerging Leader Fellowship cohort and the CEL NJ Regional Institute this October.

CEL Blog

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 #LitLead Twitter Chat

The CEL #LitLead Twitter Chat is held at 9 pm ET on the second Thursday of each month. Discussion questions and a preview of the chat are posted on the CEL blog. See the recent #LitLead Twitter Chat archives and the archives for earlier 2014 chats.

 CEL Journal, ELQ


English Leadership Quarterly (ELQ) is the official journal of the Conference on English Leadership. Take a moment to read the latest issue today!

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