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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.




Ann Marie Quinlan


Congratulations Ann Marie Quinlan, Lincoln Southeast High School, Lincoln, Nebraska, for being elected to serve on the Conference on English Leadership Executive Committee as the representative to the Secondary Section Steering Committee. 





2015 CEL Annual Convention

Call for Proposals
Optimize the Power of Influential Leadership
Minneapolis, MN

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another”        -John C. Maxwell

Karen DelbridgeNo matter what our role is in education, influence can be our most valuable asset. Our? actions in small and large settings can greatly impact decisions and create a positive place for students and colleagues.  Leadership is about influencing people in countless situations. Taking the time to inspiring others to accomplish what may seem the impossible is worth the effort within our field. When trepidation has crept into the climate of our schools and districts, learning how to continue to make a difference in the lives of people around us is a worthy cause.

As we consider the power of leadership in education, several questions arise. What are the attributes to influence those around us to move in a positive direction for students, teachers, schools, districts, communities, and states? How do we share our work in a collaborative way that promotes literacy and positivity? How do we build strong teams that promote a more positive and productive work environment? What are the ways we influence and teach those around us?

Through self-reflection, we are able to think about our craft, consider the decisions that we make, and be aware of how those actions can impact people around us. Join us for the CEL convention in Minneapolis where we will explore these questions collaboratively 

We encourage you to submit proposals for the 2015 CEL Conference that address the theme for this session, Optimize the Power of Influential Leadership, including:

  • Influencing change and making it work
  • Productive literacy leadership
  • Building leadership capacity
  • Effective collaborations
  • Literacy coaching
  • Curricular and instructional design
  • Assessment
  • Being intentional with outcomes
  • How to run effective meetings
  • Building communities with teams
  • Resolving conflicts

The Conference on English Leadership encourages interactive, participatory presentations.  As a non-profit organization of educators, we are not able to give a stipend or expenses for this appearance.

Once the form is available, we ask that you submit your proposal prior to the April 1, 2015 deadline.  We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis, November 23-25, 2015.

The form will be made available shortly. 

Karen Delbridge, 2015 CEL Convention Chair


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