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2015 Conference on English Leadership Convention - Previous Revision

CELTransformative Literacy Leadership and Learning
Sunday, November 24 - Tuesday, November 26

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.

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Registration 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 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!

Keynote Speakers

  • Donalyn Miller, Fifth Grade Teacher in Fort Worth, Texas & Author of The Book Whisperer (2009) and Reading in the Wild (2013)
  • Troy Hicks, Director of the Chippewa Writing Project & Author of The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) and Crafting Digital Writing (2013)
  • Eric Sheninger, Principal at New Milford High School in Bergen County, New Jersey and Co-Author of Communicating and Connecting with Social Media (Essentials for Principals) (2011)
  • Meenoo Rami, High School English Teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & Moderator of #engchat on Twitter

CEL Luncheon, Sunday at 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. 


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