Annual Convention - National Council of Teachers of English

Convention Details

Join CEL for the 2023 Annual Convention in Columbus, OH, November 19–21, 2023. Details will be added throughout the fall as they become available.

Hotel & Travel
General Schedule

Sunday, November 19
1:45–2:20 p.m. Opening Session
2:20–3:20 p.m. Keynote Address: Carol D. Lee
3:30–4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:40–5:40 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
7:00 p.m. Facilitated Dinners (at local establishments, on  your own)

Monday, November 20
7:30–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00–8:20 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:20–9:20 a.m. Keynote Address: Cathy Fleischer
9:30–10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:45–11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:00–12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45–1:45 p.m. Keynote Address: Sawsan Jaber
2:00–3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:30–4:30 p.m. Problems of Practice Sessions
4:45 p.m. Social Hour (Location TBA)

Tuesday, November 21
8:00–8:20 a.m. Coffee/Breakfast
8:20–8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:30–9:20 a.m. Keynote Address: Lucas Johnson
9:30–10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:40–11:40 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:50 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Problems of Practice Roundtables


Registration is now open for the 2023 CEL Annual Convention.

Registration Rates

NCTE Member
$215 (preregistration)
$235 (after Oct. 11)

$300 (preregistration)
$330 (after Oct. 11)

To register, you’ll first be asked to log into your NCTE account so we can gather your contact information and membership status. You’ll then be transferred to the registration form. If you don’t yet have an NCTE account, you’ll create one before you move on to the registration form. If you are not planning on attending the 2023 NCTE Annual Convention, you should select the “Events Only – ALAN Workshop and/or CEL Convention” option and proceed with registration.

Register by October 11 to take advantage of early-bird pricing. If you are unable to attend the Annual Convention, registration fees will be refunded if you notify NCTE by October 11, 2023. A $25 cancellation fee will apply to all cancellations. Refunds will not be given after October 11, 2023.


Past CEL Conventions


2022 CEL Annual Convention
Leading Literacy Coalitions: From Classrooms to Communities
November 20–22, 2022
Anaheim, California

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