CEL/NCTE Member $180
NCTE Member only $205
Nonmember $255

The CEL Convention immediately follows the NCTE Annual Convention and uses the same registration form. Registration includes access to all sessions, events, breakfast, and lunch.

Advance Registration Deadline: November 11, 2019


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Find flight, shuttle, and hotel discounts for your travel to the 2019 CEL Convention. All Convention activities will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Reservation Deadline: October 31, 2019

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Session Strand Topics

  • Instruction
  • Leadership
  • Technology
  • Professional Development


CEL Convention Schedule

Sunday, November 24
1:30-2:00 pm: First Timers Session
2:00-3:20 pm: Opening Session, Kent Williamson Award, Jarred Amato Keynote
3:30-4:15 pm: A Sessions
4:30-5:15 pm: B Sessions
5:30-6:30  pm: CEL Social
Evening: Facilitated Dinners

Monday, November 25
8:00-9:30 am: Breakfast, Opening Session, Awards, Dana Stachowiak Keynote
9:45-10:45 am: C Sessions
11:00 am-12:00 pm: D Sessions
12:00-1:45 pm: Luncheon, Kim Parker Keynote
2:00-3:00 pm: E Sessions
3:15-4:15 pm: F Sessions
4:30-5:15 pm: G Sessions
5:15-5:45 pm: Session Promos
Evening: New gathering at local establishment or self-selected entertainment

Tuesday, November 26
8:30-9:00 am: Coffee
9:15-11:15 am: H Sessions-Focused Workshops (Leadership, Technology, Instructional)
11:20 am-12:30 pm: CELF Breakout and Conclusion

Keynote Speakers

Opening Session Speaker on Sunday, Nov. 24

Dr. Jarred Amato is an award-winning educator from Nashville, TN, and the founder of Project LIT Community, a national literacy movement. Jarred is an avid reader, writer, and speaker who enjoys collaborating with fellow educators to improve literacy attitudes and outcomes in our schools and communities. Jarred is a two-time MNPS Blue Ribbon teacher and the recipient of the Penguin Random House Teacher Award for Literacy as well as the Inspiring Educator Award from the Nashville Public Education Foundation. Jarred has served in several teacher-leadership roles over the past decade and he has received Teacher of the Year honors at Maplewood High School and Jere Baxter Middle School, where he taught for the first six years of his career. Dr. Amato received his B.A. in English and History from Vanderbilt University, his M.A.T. from Belmont University, and his Ed.D. from Lipscomb University. You can follow Jarred at @jarredamato and @projectlitcomm on Twitter!

Opening Session Speaker on Monday, Nov. 25

Dr. Dana M. Stachowiak is an associate professor in the Watson College of Education Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and director of the Women’s Studies and Resource Center. She earned her Ph.D. in educational studies with a concentration in cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to her appointment at Watson College, Dr. Stachowiak was an assistant professor of diversity/multicultural education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was also curriculum specialist and teacher for a decade in North Carolina.

Dr. Stachowiak’s primary areas of specialization and research include trans/gender studies in education, social justice education, equity literacy, literacy curriculum development, cultural foundations of education, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Stachowiak has several publications in peer reviewed journals and edited books. Most recently, she co-edited a special edition on radical hope for curriculum for the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy. Currently, Dr. Stachowiak is working on research related to her community engaged grant project, Queer[ed] Storyscapes, which infuses art with social justice work in the Wilmington area.

Luncheon Speaker on Monday, Nov. 25

Dr. Kimberly N. Parker currently works with preservice teachers as the assistant director of the Teacher Training Center at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA. Kim has taught English and ELA methods in public schools and graduate schools for 18 years, and has served on several committees for NCTE, earning awards that include the Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Studies Award from Tufts University and the Faculty of Distinction Award from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. As a Heinemann Fellow (2016–2018), Kim documented her successful work detracking her ELA classroom for students of color. Her continuing scholarship explores the literacy lives of Black youth, particularly those of Black boys. Kim is the co-founder of the Educators of Color Conference and is a co-founder of #DisruptTexts. She regularly delivers professional development locally and nationally for educators. Kim holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign; her ongoing research looks at the literacy practices of Black boys. Twitter: @TchKimPossible

Past CEL Conventions


2018 CEL Annual Convention
CELebrating the Vision, Voice, and Momentum of Leadership
November 18-20, 2018
Houston, Texas

2017 CEL Annual Convention
Literacy Leadership for Access and Opportunity
November 19-20, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri

2016 CEL Annual Convention
Innovative Leadership
November 20-22, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia

2015 CEL Annual Convention
A Leader’s Legacy
November 22-24, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2014 CEL Annual Convention
Leading in a Collaborative World
November 23-25, 2014
Washington, DC

2013 CEL Annual Convention
Transformative Literacy Leadership and Learning
November 24-26, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

2012 CEL Annual Convention
Writing as Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Writing and Reflective Practice
November 18-20, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada

2011 CEL Annual Convention
Leadership Matters
November 22-24, 2011
Chicago, Illinois