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2017 Conference on English Leadership Convention

CEL logoLiteracy Leadership for Access and Opportunity
St. Louis, Missouri, November 19-20

“Acquiring literacy is an empowering process, enabling millions to enjoy access to knowledge and information which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates alternatives for building a better life.”     -- Kofi Annan , 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

2017 Call for Program Proposals

Deadline Extended to May 1

Click here for the Program Proposal Form


Any questions regarding proposals should be directed to Karen Raino at

As educators and literacy leaders, we know that high levels of literacy create opportunities for students, but building access to those opportunities can be challenging. How have you increased access to high levels of literacy instruction when students come to your schools with diverse needs, backgrounds, and skill levels? How have teachers approached high levels of literacy instruction when they possess varying degrees of expertise? What successes can you share with a community of literacy leaders?


Please join fellow educators from the Conference on English Leadership (CEL) at the convention in St. Louis where we will explore the issues of access and opportunity and engage in dialogue to answer the following questions:

  • What is the link between opportunity and literacy?
  • How do we provide access to rigor for all students, and how do we support teachers in their efforts to differentiate for all learners?
  • How can we ensure accessibility and opportunity for English learners and students with disabilities in general education classes?
  • How can we create professional development opportunities that effect permanent
    change and instructional practice, moving educators from knowledge to action?
  • How can we provide meaningful, collaborative professional development opportunities concerning disciplinary literacy in our schools?
  • How do we open up the dialogue for access and opportunity in our school communities?
  • How can we create buy-in for change using current research on learning?
  • How does technology provide greater opportunities for literacy?
  • How can we empower students to advocate for equity in and outside the classroom?
  • How has being literate opened up access or opportunities for you?

Registration Information

The CEL Convention immediately follows the NCTE Annual Convention and is designated as "CEL Convention (W.17)" on the registration form under Step Two: Workshops and Special Events.

NCTE + CEL Member: $180
NCTE member only: $205
Nonmember: $255


Online Registration

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Whether you are a department chair, lead teacher, instructional coach, curriculum leader or
administrator, you provide leadership every day and your voice matters. At CEL, we will share our expertise and collaborate to build our capacities as we address the theme for this convention, Literacy Leadership for Access and Opportunity. The CEL Program Committee welcomes you to craft a proposal that addresses the theme, and we encourage interactive, participatory presentations. As a non-profit organization of educators, we are not able to provide a stipend or reimburse expenses for this appearance.

We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis, Missouri, November 19-20, 2017.

Karen Raino,
2017 Program Chair



If you have questions about the 2017 CEL Annual Convention, please contact the Program Chair, Karen Raino.

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