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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

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 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!


Award Renamed in Honor of Kent Williamson

Kent Williamson CEL has 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 welcomes two newly elected 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 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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