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The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) welcomes all those concerned with language arts leadership.  Since 1970, CEL has assisted language arts leaders in sharing mutual problems and insights, exchanging resources, seeking the advice of successful leaders, and investigating issues of greatest concern to leaders. 


2013 CEL Elections

In October 2013, CEL members will vote for two Members-at-Large who will each serve three-year terms on the executive committee of CEL The bylaws permit CEL members to vote either in person at the CEL business session of the NCTE Annual Convention--this year Monday, November 25--or by mail.  This year, we are also piloting online voting. CEL members will receive election information via email in October and will be able to cast their votes electronically.  Votes received by mail and electronic votes will be added to those from the in-person election conducted at teh Annual Convention. Click here to view the 2013 CEL Election Slate.


CEL Annual Convention

"Transformative Literacy Leadership and Learning"
Sunday, November 24 - Tuesday, November 26
Boston, Massachusetts

The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) invites educators to participate in a transformative professional learning experience at the 2013 Annual Convention. Throughout the two and a half day convention, sessions will focus on ways educators adapt their leadership and their instruction to meet the changing needs of students, teachers, and communities.

Learn more and join us this November in Boston!


Eric Sheninger: Keynote Speaker

Eric is the Principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. He is passionate about establishing and fostering learning environments that are student-centered, collaborative, flexible, and prepare all learners to succeed in the 21st Century.

As an educational administrator he firmly believes that effective communication, listening, support, shared decision making, and the integration of technology are essential elements necessary for the transformation of school cultures. Eric has emerged as an innovative leader in the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, and help educators grow professionally.  Eric is a NASSP Digital Principal Award winner (2012), PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient (2012), winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award (20 12), Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education Leader, ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, co-author of "Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals" and "What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science", writer on education for the Huffington Post, co-creator of the Edscape Conference, sits on the FEA Board of Directors, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership.  He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2011 by Edublogs.


Improving Leadership Through Connected Learning


The real-time web provides avenues like never before for school leaders to grow through connected learning.  Understanding and harnessing the power of social media by leaders is often met with skepticism.  This session will examine the facets of a connected learning model for leaders to grow professionally as well expose the many free, readily accessible tools at their disposal.  With the tools that are now available and seemingly ubiquitous access to the Internet, connectedness should be the standard, not discounted or just an option for school leaders.



Current Publications/DVD's:

Essentials for Principals:  Communicating and Connecting with Social Media







CEL State Liaison Program Highlight

Janice Schwarze Reflects on the Las Vegas CEL Convention:
The highlights of the CEL Conference for me were the keynote speakers.  In particular, Tom Romano and Penny Kittle inspired me with their hands-on approach to leadership and writing.  It was wonderful to be in a workshop setting where I could put my thoughts into written words and make some sense of them—something that sounds easy for an English teacher but is actually quite difficult because there is never enough time to do the depth of thinking that needs to be done and which was accomplished at this Sunday workshop.  Of course, Kelly Gallagher was dazzling as always, and it was a highlight of my career to be able to have lunch with him, introduce him to the CEL participants, and watch the audience soak up his expertise just as I have in previous workshops.  Finally, as I embark on implementing Common Core Standards in my district, I was pleased to discover many sessions that focused on the Common Core.  Hearing what other districts are doing across the nation provided me with new ideas and with affirmation that our district is headed in the right direction.  I always walk away from a CEL convention proud to be an English teacher, and my Vegas experience was no exception. 

Check out this video of keynote author, Mawi Asgedom, as he interviews Dr. Edie Weinthal about leadership.


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