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Conference on English Leadership


The 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.

2016 CEL Elections: Call for Nominations

In the 2016 CEL Elections, CEL members will elect two Members-at-Large and an Associate Chair. Nominations Chair Edie Weinthal (pictured) and Assistant Nominations Chair Gordon Hultberg invite your nominations now via email or at the NCTE Annual and CEL Conventions this November.

Learn more about these open CEL Executive Committee positions and find the nomination form here.

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.

2015 CEL Convention in Minneapolis

Join keynote speakers Carol Jago, Jeff Wilhelm, Penny Kittle, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, and Sara K. Ahmed as we reflect on "A Leader's Legacy." Carney Gray and Michelle Schwantes of Poetry Alive! will also perform! Check out the 2015 CEL Convention Program online and register today!

The CEL Convention (W.8) will run from 1:30 pm, Sunday, November 22 - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, November 24, 2015. View the program at a glance.

CEL at 2015 NCTE Annual Convention

Join us for the CEL Luncheon on Sunday, November 22 in Minneapolis, where our keynote speaker will be poet Stephen Dunn, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his collection Different Hours. Luncheon tickets are available for separate purchase.

Also, look for CEL at our annual roundtable session on literacy leadership concerns of interest to all members and attendees. Find more details here as they become available.

Visit with CEL at the Secondary Section's High School Matters roundtable session. Our Liaison to the Secondary Section, Ann Marie Quinlan, will be on hand this year to talk literacy leadership and answer your questions about CEL.

State-Level ELA Coordinators Join CEL

This summer, 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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