Registration

Sunday programming will feature two keynote speakers and four sessions; Monday programming will feature one keynote speaker and eight sessions.

Sunday & Monday:
NCTE + CEL Member: $90

NCTE member only: $115

Nonmember: $165 

 

 

2020 CEL Virtual Convention Concurrent Sessions

Sunday, November 22, 5:30 p.m. ET

  • Embracing the New without Trashing the Old —Natalie Croney, Anne Padilla
  • Leading Curriculum and Assessment Design to Foster Critical Engagement and Social Justice  —Christopher Bronke, Cathline Tanis
  • Whiteness Is a White Problem: Antiracist Work as a White Woman with White Teachers —Andrea Zellner
  • Fundi: Creating a Space for Language and Literature Practitioners beyond the White Gaze —Jennifer-Ne-Toi Claiborne

 

Monday, November 23, 4:00 p.m. ET

  • Sing, O Muse: Using Twitter as Inspiration on Your Leadership Quest —Nicholas Emmanuele, Kate Baker
  • Inspiring Sustainable Change That Matters —David Lange, Ian Schwartz
  • Critical Instances in a Public School and University Partnership —Julie Pantano, Elsie Lindy Olan
  • Innovative Literacy, Inspirational Change: How Teacher Leaders Can Build Programs, Lead Teams, and Advocate for Schoolwide Improvement of Student Literacy —Katie Cubano, Bryan Arbut, Lauren Wilkie

 

Monday, November 23, 8:00 p.m. ET

  • Students as Leaders, Advocates, and Disruptors: Authentic Voice through Advocacy and Action — Emily Meixner, Rachel Scupp
  • Instructional Literacy Coach as Mythological Centaur: Meeting the Professional Development Needs of a Part-Teacher/Part-Leader — Susan Ritter, Lorraine Madden, Tom Marshall
  • Innovative Approaches to Create Dynamic Professional Learning Experiences for Educators — Heather Rocco, Dina Secchiaroli, Denise Velez
  • Innovating the System from Within — David Reed-Nordwall

 

CEL Convention Schedule

CEL Goes Virtual! “Dynamic Leadership: Inspiring Literacy Leaders to Imagine, Innovate, and Invent”

See the full program below.

The 2020 Convention will be robust with diversity and innovation, including three keynotes on urgent topics educators need right now: Social Justice, Remote Learning, and Instructing from the Heart.

 

Sunday, November 22
Keynote on Social Justice: Matthew Kay (3:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. CT) followed by four concurrent breakout sessions (5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. CT)

Hitting for Contact
When it comes to leading tough conversations, Hollywood has taught many of us to always swing for the fences. Yet this all-or-nothing approach to tough conversations, especially race conversations, just as often leads to catastrophe as it does to success. In this interactive keynote, Matthew Kay will present a counter vision to home-run-or-nothing thinking and work with fellow teachers to design curriculum build for regular, predictable successes.

 

Keynote on Poetry Instruction from the Heart: Sara Holbrook (7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT)

The Poet As Patriot:  Writing Our Way through Turbulent Times
Poets are hunter/gatherers–words and images—troublemakers who bring truth into focus by writing from the outside/in.  Sharing our living history through poetry offers the potential for social and personal growth, building tender bridges between the real and the possible.

 

Monday, November 23
Four concurrent breakout sessions (4:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. CT)
Keynote on Remote and Blended Learning: Tiffany Wycoff (5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. ET) followed by four concurrent breakout sessions (8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT)

Innovator in Action: A Hero’s Journey
Explore strategies for guiding and empowering teachers as they push beyond the known into the imaginative possibilities of blended, remote, and hybrid learning.

 

This year, all sessions will be available to attendees to watch at their convenience for 60 days after the Convention.

Download the CEL program

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.

 

Hitting for Contact
When it comes to leading tough conversations, Hollywood has taught many of us to always swing for the fences. Yet this all-or-nothing approach to tough conversations, especially race conversations, just as often leads to catastrophe as it does to success. In this interactive keynote, Matthew Kay will present a counter vision to home-run-or-nothing thinking and work with fellow teachers to design curriculum build for regular, predictable successes.

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.”

 

The Poet As Patriot:  Writing Our Way Through turbulent Times
Poets are hunter/gatherers–words and images—troublemakers who bring truth into focus by writing from the outside/in.  Sharing our living history through poetry offers the potential for social and personal growth, building tender bridges between the real and the possible.

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

 

Innovator in Action: A Hero’s Journey
Explore strategies for guiding and empowering teachers as they push beyond the known into the imaginative possibilities of blended, remote, and hybrid learning.

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