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2017 CEL Annual Convention

2017 Conference on English Leadership Convention

CEL logoLiteracy Leadership for Access and Opportunity

November 19-20
America’s Center Convention Complex
St. Louis, Missouri

Registration Information

The CEL Convention immediately follows the NCTE Annual Convention and is designated as "CEL Convention (W.18)" on the registration form under Step Two: Workshops and Special Events.

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

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NCTE Annual Convention

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. Join fellow educators from the Conference on English Leadership (CEL) at the Annual Convention in St. Louis where we will engage in dialogue and explore the issues of access and opportunity. 

Karen RainoWhether you are a department chair, lead teacher, instructional coach, curriculum leader or administrator, you provide leadership every day and your voice matters. At the CEL Annual Convention, we will share our expertise and collaborate to build our capacities as we address the theme, Literacy Leadership for Access and Opportunity.

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

Karen Raino,
2017 Program Chair

CEL Executive Committee Statement

Keynote Speakers:


Timothy Shanahan

Timothy Shanahan
will speak at the Sunday Opening Session from 1:00--2:45 p.m.


John KrownappleJohn Krownapple
will speak at the Monday Breakfast from 8:00--9:30 a.m.

Cornelius MinorCornelius Minor
will speak at the Monday Luncheon from 12:15--1:45 p.m.


Strands: Leadership, Professional Development, Instruction, Equity, Technology



Sunday, November 19, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.

12:30–1:00 p.m. First Timer Session 
1:00–2:45 p.m.Opening Session with Timothy Shanahan
3:00–4:00 p.m.Breakout Session A   
4:10–5:25 p.m. Breakout Session B
5:30–6:30 p.m.CEL Social
7:00 p.m. Facilitated Dinners

Monday, November 20, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

8:00–9:30 a.m. Breakfast with John Krownapple 
9:45–10:45 a.m.Breakout Session C
10:45–11:00 a.m.Coffee Break
11:00–12:00 a.m. Breakout Session D
12:15–1:45 p.m. Luncheon with Cornelius Minor
2:00–3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions E
3:15–4:00 p.m. Closing Session

Hotel Information
America’s Center Convention Complex in downtown St. Louis is the venue for the 2017 CEL Annual Convention. A number of hotels surround America’s Center; many of them are just steps away from its doors. Deadline to reserve your room at the convention rate is October 19, 2017.

Discounted Shuttle Transportation 
GO BEST Express
shuttle service is offering NCTE/CEL convention goers a $20 round trip rate for a ride to and from the airport and your convention hotel. Normal roundtrip rates cost between $50 and $90, so we highly recommend taking advantage of this discounted rate.

In partnership with NCTE, Explore St. Louis is underwriting this opportunity.

Reserve your ride no later than 11:59 PM C.T. November 13, 2017.



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


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