Why Attend? - National Council of Teachers of English

Why attend #NCTE17?

Each November thousands of literacy educators from across the country make the journey to a Convention that inspires their practice and rejuvenates their profession. They leave with new strategies for reaching their students, new allies in the work of excellent teaching, new connections with luminaries in the field and authors they admire, and enough new books to fill entire shelves in their classroom libraries. And that’s just scratching the surface.

Below you’ll find a few tools we’ve put together to help you build a strong case for coming to NCTE’s Annual Convention in St. Louis this November.


Participation Credits

Plan to attend the Convention with personal and school-based literacy goals in mind. Select sessions aligned to those goals and be prepared to explain how they will contribute to your professional know-how in these areas. NCTE provides a certificate of participation and credit options as documentation of continuing education and recertification requirements. Note that each state has different rules for recertification processes, so be sure to check documentation requirements prior to the Convention. More details about the options available will be added to this page as we get closer to the date of the event.

Budget Planning Worksheet

Download a spreadsheet including suggestions and links for cost-saving


A value proposition for your students, yourself, your team, and your school

A Sample Letter

Download a template for talking to administrators about attending the Convention


What past participants say about their convention experiences