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2018 Conference on English Leadership Convention

CEL logoCELebrating the Vision, Voice, and Momentum of Leadership

November 18-20 • Houston, Texas
George R. Brown Convention Center


Call for Program Proposals: Deadline April 1, 2018

Proposals are currently under review.

"We live in worlds that we have forged and composed. One of the most distinctive features of human intelligence is the capacity to imagine, to project out of our own immediate circumstances and to bring to mind things that aren't present here and now.”—Ken Robinson

The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) is a constituent group of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) that fosters a collaborative professional community dedicated to building the leadership capacity of literacy education. For 50 years, CEL has established, nurtured, and sustained a community of literacy leaders. Join us as we celebrate the vision and accomplishments of those who contributed to this organization and look to the future to craft a vision for the next 50 years of literacy education at the 2018 CEL Annual Convention.

The theme for the 2018 CEL Annual Convention is “CELebrating the Vision, Voice, and Momentum of Leadership.” Leadership is the intangible force we use to create meaningful change, but the long-term sustainability of any change rests in the active pursuit of innovation—innovation as a result of forward thinking and deliberate reflection. Whether you are a department chair, lead teacher, instructional coach, curriculum supervisor, or administrator, the CEL Program Committee invites literacy educators at the elementary, middle, secondary, and higher education levels to submit a proposal that addresses the theme and considers the following questions:

  • What is the future of literacy?
  • What traditional practices still hold high value in the 21st-century literacy classroom?
  • How can we align literacy skills to support our vision for the future?
  • How do we balance reflection and action to effect meaningful change?
  • How do we create cultures of change that honor individuals?
  • How can we systematically collaborate to effect large scale change?
  • How can we amplify our voices and vision?
  • How can we be agents of sustainable change?
  • How can we overcome inertia and friction so as to sustain momentum?

Proposals for interactive, participatory sessions that answer these and related questions are welcomed and encouraged. Format options include 5-minute Ignite-style speeches, 30-minute focused sessions, and 60-minute interactive sessions. As a nonprofit organization of educators, we are not able to provide a stipend or reimburse expenses to presenters.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 CEL Annual Convention in Houston, Texas, November 18–20, 2018!

Kate Baker, 2018 CEL Convention Program Chair


If you have questions about the 2018 CEL Annual Convention, please contact the Program Chair.


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