CEL Annual Convention - NCTE

2021 Registration

Archived sessions from the 2021 CEL Annual Convention will be available to registrants until Saturday, February 19, 2022. (Registration closes December 31, 2021.)

CEL & NCTE Member: $100
Nonmember: $165

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2021 CEL Convention Schedule

The full 2021 CEL Convention Program is now available. Archived CEL Convention sessions will be available through Feb. 19, 2022.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Prerecorded sessions will be available at the start of the CEL Convention and through Feb. 19, 2022.

1:45–3:30 p.m. ET — Liz Prather Keynote and 2021 CEL Awards Celebration

3:45–4:45 p.m. ET — A Session Block

5:30–6:45 p.m. ET — NyRee Clayton-Taylor Keynote

7:00–8:00 p.m. ET — B Session Block

8:00–9:00 p.m. ET — CEL Sunday Social Gathering

Monday, November 22, 2021

4:30–5:30 p.m. ET — C Session Block

6:00–7:15 p.m. ET — Mirko Chardin Keynote

7:30–8:30 p.m. ET — CEL Monday Social Gathering


2021 CEL Keynote Speakers


Liz Prather – Sunday, November 21, 2021 – 2:15–3:30 p.m. ET

Liz Prather teaches writing at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky.  She holds an MFA from the University of Texas-Austin and is the author of Project-Based Writing: Teaching Students to Manage Time and Clarify Purpose (Heinemann 2017), Story Matters: Teaching Teens the Tools of Narrative to Argue and Inform (Heinemann 2019), and The Confidence to Write: A Guide for Overcoming Fear and Developing Identity as a Writer (Heinemann 2022). You can follow her on Twitter @PratherLiz or on Substack at @writingteacher.substack.com.




NyRee Clayton-Taylor – Sunday, November 21, 2021 – 5:30–6:45 p.m. ET

To engage, enlighten, and educate is NyRee Clayton-Taylor’s focus as she uses her creative writing class to explore the therapeutic healing of writing to encourage her students to write to heal.  

Growing up in the west end of Louisville, NyRee grew up with many of the same challenges that many students in Kentucky are faced with today and believes teachers can help students find their purpose. As a child, NyRee gravitated toward educators who recognized her potential and let her use her talents to learn specific skills. This factor was her biggest influence in becoming an educator today. She understands the power of letting students be their authentic selves and offers them the tools to enhance their talents.  

NyRee has presented at many conferences in and outside of Kentucky and has won many awards. She has even been recognized by Louisville Metro Council for her service to the community and is the founder of the nonprofit HHN2L, Inc. with her husband, Antonio Taylor. While she is proud of these accomplishments, she is most proud of the fact that students will lead the way using the curriculum of Justice Now to create change in our community. 


Mirko Chardin – Monday, November 22, 2021 – 6:00–7:00 p.m. ET

Mirko Chardin is Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA, and coauthor of “Equity by Design: The Power and Promise of UDL with Katie Novak. Mirko’s work has involved all areas of school management and student support. His greatest experiences and passion revolve around culturally connected teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining educators of color, restorative practice, and school culture.  Mirko was a keynote speaker at the 2017 UDL for Social Justice Symposium, the 2018 Massachusetts DESE Leading with Equity & Access Conference, and the 2019 California MTSS Professional Learning Institute. 

Past CEL Conventions


2021 CEL Annual Convention
Leading with Balance: Achieving Harmony with an Ever-Changing World
November 21–22, 2021
Virtual Convention

2020 CEL Annual Convention
Dynamic Leadership: Inspiring Literacy Leaders to Imagine, Innovate, and Invent
November 22–23, 2020
Virtual Convention

2019 CEL Annual Convention
Creating Opportunities: Leadership to Ignite Movements and Momentum
November 22-24, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland

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