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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.

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CRITICAL ISSUES with a focus on assessment for school leaders and teachers
Thursday, July 17- Sunday, 19, 2014
Elmhurst College, Chicago





2014 CEL Annual Convention


Call for Proposals for the 2014 CEL Convention:  The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) will hold their 2014 annual convention in Washington, DC, November 23–25. The theme is "Leading in a Collaborative World."

Never has collaboration been more important in schools.  Common Core State Standards, literacy coaching, professional learning communities, co-teaching, mentoring, tweets, wikis, Google Docs, literature circles, and other initiatives and resources have the potential to bring together educators and students across the world.  While these opportunities for collaboration are exciting, they also can present challenges.

If you are wrestling with the challenges or have experiences that could help provide insight on them, the 2014 CEL Convention is the place for you.  CEL is a professional community dedicated to developing leadership qualities in English educators. The annual convention is an opportunity for leaders to gather, share ideas, and grow. A unique quality of the convention is that attendees have many opportunities to network over breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and social gatherings. Indeed, it is the perfect place to hone our collaborative leadership skills.

The 2014 Program Committee is accepting proposals that address issues of collaboration and  topics related to collaborative leadership.  In the spirit of the theme and the nature of CEL, interactive presentations are encouraged.  A link will be provided to the proposal application shortly.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC, November 23–25.  In the meantime, follow us on Twitter @CELeadership.

Click here for the FULL CALL for Proposals.

Ready to submit your proposal? Click here to complete and submit the proposal form online.

All applications are due by April 1, 2014. Questions can be directed to Janice Schwarze, Program Chair, at



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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