This year there are are two options for CEL Convention registration: Sunday programming will feature one keynote speaker and four sessions; Monday programming will feature two keynote speakers and eight sessions.

Sunday Only:
NCTE + CEL Member: $80 

NCTE member only: $105

Nonmember: $155


Sunday & Monday:
NCTE + CEL Member: $110 

NCTE member only: $135

Nonmember: $185 



Session Strand Topics

  • Instruction
  • Leadership
  • Technology
  • Professional Development


CEL Convention Schedule

2020 program information, including session titles, presenter names, and daily schedules, will be posted soon.

Keynote Speakers



Matt is a proud product of Philadelphia’s public schools and a founding teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA). There, he teaches an innovative inquiry-driven, project-based curriculum. He also is the Founder and Executive Director of Philly Slam League (PSL), a nonprofit organization that shows young people the power of their voices through weekly spoken word competitions. The PSL is the only season-long, school-based slam poetry league in the United States. He is the author of Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classrooms.


Tiffany Wycoff is an innovative educator with a specialization in learning innovation and school leadership. As a teacher and school leader, she was an early adopter of blended learning at the K-12 level. Tiffany spent many years in the classroom teaching English to middle and high school students and several years as a school principal helping her schools to implement personalized learning models. Tiffany continues to be an advocate for student-centered learning and innovative leadership through the combination of online and face-to-face learning spaces. She is the co-author of the bestselling book, Blended Learning in Action, and a prominent speaker on learning innovation and leadership. Tiffany received her BA and MA in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University and an Executive MS in Technology Management from Columbia University. Connect with Tiffany on Twitter: @teachontheedge

Sara Holbrook is the author of poetry books for children and teens and adults. Her first middle grade novel, The Enemy, Detroit 1954, won the Jane Addams Peace Prize in 2018, among other honors. Along with her co-author Michael Salinger, she is also the author of five teacher professional books on writing, poetry, vocabulary instruction, and performance. Her most recent title is From Striving to Thriving Writers: Strategies that Jumpstart Writing (Scholastic, 2018). A frequent speaker at state, national, and international conferences, she is also a well-published opponent to standardized testing (The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Forbes). She has visited schools all over the US and in more than 50 countries around the world, where her life has been enriched by talking to children of all backgrounds. Jane Yolen once said, “Sara doesn’t speak a poem…she puts her hand down the poem’s throat and pulls it from the inside outside.”

Past CEL Conventions


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