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2018 Conference on English Leadership Convention - Previous Revision

Transformative Literacy Leadership and Learning
Sunday, November 24 - Tuesday, November 26
Boston, Massachusetts

The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) invites educators to participate in a transformative professional learning experience at CEL’s 2013 Convention. Throughout the two and a half day convention, sessions will focus on ways educators adapt their leadership and their instruction to meet the changing needs of students, teachers, and communities. Participants will discuss how teachers and leaders transform English language arts classrooms into interactive, authentic, and rigorous learning environment while also meeting the national and local standards for literacy. Throughout the convention, attendees will participate in interactive sessions presented by literacy leaders who are department chairs, curriculum coordinators, building administrators, college professors, teachers, and education consultants.





2013 Convention PROGRAM



Click here to register onlineRegistration includes three meals and two social events, allowing participants to enjoy the collegial spirit of CEL. Choose Workshop W.15 on the registration form or when you register online

$165 CEL/NCTE Member      $190 NCTE Member Only      $240 Nonmember 

The Boston Sheraton will be the CEL Convention Hotel Headquarters and meetings will be held at the Hynes Convention Center.

The 2013 CEL Convention will offer us the opportunity to share our learning, network with our colleagues and bring transformative practices back to our home districts.  We hope you’ll join us!


CEL Luncheon, Sunday 11:30 a.m.

Robert Pinsky; photo by Eric Antoniou

Robert Pinsky served an unprecedented three terms as the United States Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000. He founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after he was nominated in 1997. The project documents the presence of poetry in American’s lives.

Pinsky’s poems have earned praise for their wild musical energy and ambitious range. His The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and received the Lenore Marshall Award and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union. Pinsky’s landmark, best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation.

His book, due in August 2013, will be Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters. He is also editing The Best of the Best American Poetry, the twenty-fifth volume of the popular Best American Poetry series. Pinsky is the poetry editor for Slate and publishes frequently in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review, American Poetry Review, and The Best American Poetry anthologies. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. 


Opening Session, Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Eric Sheninger - "Improving Leadership Through Connected Learning"

The real-time web provides avenues like never before for school leaders to grow through connected learning. Understanding and harnessing the power of social media by leaders is often met with skepticism. This session will examine the facets of a connected learning model for leaders to grow professionally as well expose the many free, readily accessible tools at their disposal. With the tools that are now available and seemingly ubiquitous access to the Internet, connectedness should be the standard, not discounted or just an option for school leaders.

Eric Sheninger is the Principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. He is passionate about establishing and fostering learning environments that are student-centered, collaborative, flexible, and prepare all learners to succeed in the 21st Century.  As an educational administrator he firmly believes that effective communication, listening, support, shared decision making, and the integration of technology are essential elements necessary for the transformation of school cultures. Eric has emerged as an innovative leader in the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, and help educators grow professionally. Eric has received numerous national awards including the NASSP Digital Principal Award winner (2012  and Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award (2012).  He is co-author of Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals and What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science. He is an education writer for the Huffington Post and co-creator of the Edscape Conference.  His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2011 by Edublogs. 


Keynote Speakers

Donalyn MillerDonalyn Miller, Fifth Grade Teacher in Fort Worth, Texas & Author of The Book Whisperer (2009) and Reading in the Wild (2013)

Session Title: "Reading in the Wild: Learning from Lifelong Readers"

Based on survey data from 900 adult readers and assessments from her middle school students, Donalyn Miller identifies the characteristics of wild readers and shares methods that support students’ development into lifelong readers.

Donalyn Miller has worked with a wide variety of upper elementary and middle school students and currently teaches fifth grade at O.A. Peterson Elementary in Forth Worth, Texas. In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Donalyn currently co-facilitates the community blog, The Nerdy Book Club and co-writes a monthly column for Scholastic’s Principal-to-Principal Newsletter. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Choice Literacy's The Big Fresh, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and The Washington Post.


Troy Hicks, Director of the Chippewa Writing Project & Author of The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) and Crafting Digital Writing (2013)

Session Title: "Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices: Crafting Writing in an Information Age"
As the inputs continue to multiply, how can we help students find, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources? More importantly, how can we help them craft digital writing in effective ways, utilizing the information that they have found to develop multimedia texts? Bring your favorite device, because in this interactive keynote we will explore a variety of web-based tools and mobile applications to help students mix together a variety of sources and amplify their digital voices.

Dr. Troy Hicks is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Also, Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) in addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters. In March 2011, Hicks was honored with CMU's Provost's Award for junior faculty who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and creative activity. Most importantly, he is the father of six digital natives and is always learning something new about writing and technology from them.



Meenoo RamiMeenoo Rami, High School English Teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & Moderator of #engchat on Twitter

Session Title: "Re-imagining Classroom Practice in a Connected World"

How does the teaching of reading, writing and critical thinking evolve as we continue to navigate a connected, collaborative and often confounding world?  Sharing stories from classrooms around the country, we will examine teacher practice that leads to authentic reading and writing experiences for our students.

Meenoo Rami is a national board certified teacher who teachers her students English at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA.  Mixing moments of joy, laughter, risk and encouragement Meenoo pushes her students to think critically about their connection to the word and the world.  Meenoo did her undergraduate work at Bradley University in IL in areas of Philosophy and English and completed her Master’s degree in Secondary Education at Temple University.  Meenoo is also the co-chair for EduCon, an annual conference held at SLA..  Meenoo works as a teacher-consultant for the Philadelphia Writing Project.  She has shared her classroom practice at various conferences  such as: NCTE, ISTE, ASCD, EduCon, Urban Sites Conference for National Writing Project, and #140edu.  Meenoo also runs a weekly twitter chat for English teachers called #engchat which bring together teachers from around the country to discuss ideas related to teaching of English. She recently finished writing her first book for Heinemann publishing. This book aims to help teachers find ways to thrive in the classroom by doing concrete things such as building networks, finding mentors, and empowering their students. In her free time, Meenoo can be found on her bike, on her yoga mat or in her kitchen tinkering with a vegetarian recipe.



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