2024 CEL Call for Proposals - National Council of Teachers of English

2024 CEL Annual Convention Call for Proposals
November 24–26, 2024 | Boston, MA

LEADERSHIP matters; Leadership MATTERS


The deadline for proposal submissions was 9:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, March 27, 2024.
Proposal notifications will be sent by May 31, 2024.

The phraseLEADERSHIP matters” emphasizes that effective leadership plays a crucial role in achieving success, driving organizational growth, and influencing positive outcomes. Skilled, capable leaders inspire and guide others, set strategic goals, and create a positive and productive environment. On the other hand, “Leadership MATTERS refers to the specific issues, challenges, and responsibilities that leaders face and carry. Matters of leadership can include decision making, communication, organizational culture, team dynamics, vision setting, problem solving, and many other factors that influence leadership effectiveness.

Both phrases highlight the critical role of leadership, but the former emphasizes the overall, global importance, while the latter focuses on the specific issues and considerations related to daily practices.

How do you juggle all the matters of leadership while envisioning and implementing initiatives to reimagine education?

What leadership is needed to transform English education and our schools?

Please consider sharing your expertise and ideas regarding leadership matters and matters of leadership by submitting a proposal for the 2024 CEL Annual Convention.


  • What specific skills and knowledge areas are essential for effective English leadership?
  • How do you lead the design and implementation of a curriculum that ensures diverse representation and perspectives across various cultures, ethnicities, genders, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds?
  • How do you implement differentiation, accommodations, modifications, and personalization in a curriculum that reduces literacy disparities among students and student populations?
  • How do you maintain a positive culture and build leadership capacity among staff?

Leadership MATTERS

  • How do you effectively communicate the purposes, benefits, expectations, and successes of new literacy initiatives to teachers, administrators, students, and other stakeholders?
  • What techniques do you use to manage your time effectively, maintain an organized schedule, and prioritize tasks and responsibilities?
  • How do you lead and celebrate staff through a changing educational, personal, and professional landscape?
  • How do you create an engaging and inclusive meeting agenda that addresses the needs and interests of staff members to motivate, support, and inspire them?
  • How do you bear the emotional toll of leadership?

Please consider applying to be part of a special panel by proposing an Ignite Session: Do you have a ten-minute leadership take away that you are willing to share as part of a panel? Do you have a scenario or tip that you would like to share, as well as what you learned? Each Ignite Session will have four presenters who address similar themes and each will give a ten-minute presentation. You may submit a full session and an Ignite proposal.

Proposals for interactive, participatory sessions that answer these and related questions are welcomed and encouraged. Forms must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, March 27, 2024. As a nonprofit organization of educators, we are not able to provide a stipend or reimburse expenses to presenters.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2024 CEL Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, November 24–26, 2024.

Mary Luckritz
Program Chair
2024 CEL Annual Convention

  • Proposal database opens in late January 2024.
  • Proposal submission deadline: 9:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 27, 2024
  • Proposal notifications: by May 31, 2024
  • Registration & housing information available: Summer 2024
  • Conference dates: November 24–26, 2024, Boston, MA