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Conference on English Leadership Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program (ELF) provides leadership support, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early career leaders of language arts programs at the K-university levels.

This program works with new leaders to:

  • build the leadership capacity of emerging literacy leaders;
  • assist in the development of essential skills necessary for success in key leadership positions;
  • access timely information regarding literacy education and student learning;
  • facilitate change in schools and in professional communities; and
  • encourage interaction among English leaders as members of a leadership group shaping the field of English education.

This program invites beginning leaders to collaborate with a mentor from a community of highly experienced English leaders and scholars whose own work can be enriched through engagement with new ideas and school contexts.

Fellows are selected through a competitive application process and individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • hold current membership in NCTE and
  • serve as a current English leader (e.g., team leader, department chair, lead teacher, literacy coach,curriculum coordinator for English/language arts) at the K-university level who has been working in a new leadership position for 1-3 years.

Applications are solicited in February each year with notifications in the spring. Fellows and mentors meet during the CEL Annual Convention in November and continue their work throughout the following year. Fellows and mentors receive complimentary CEL Annual Convention registration for the second year of their participation.

Past Program Participants


to help support a fellow for an entire year. You can even dedicate your donation to a mentor who has made a difference in your life.



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