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Conference on English Leadership

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.

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

2016 CEL Convention:  November 20-22, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia
Innovative Leadership: Navigating Changes in Literacy Education

Program Chair Tracy Recine invites you to learn about the 2016 Convention. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

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. Learn more about the CEL Convention by watching this video with CEL Chair Rebecca Sipe.


2016 CEL Regional Institute

CEL invites you to join us for the 2016 CEL Regional Institute, "Innovative Leadership: Navigating Transitions in Education." This immersive, interactive one-day literacy leadership institute will be held on September 30, 2016 in Bowling Green, KentuckyLearn more and join us this fall!


State-Level ELA Coordinators Join CEL

SCELAIn 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 qualify as state level-employed ELA coordinators also have the option to join CEL's Special Committee for State Coordinators of English Language Arts (SCELA).

To be listed as a member of SCELA and added to the SCELA mailing list, send an email to


English Leadership Quarterly


English Leadership Quarterly (ELQ) is the official journal of the Conference on English Leadership. In August 2015, ELQ went green (online only).

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