CEL Annual Convention - NCTE

2022 Convention Information

CEL invites you to join us for the 2022 Convention in Anaheim, CA, November 20–22. Additional details will be posted soon.


2022 CEL Convention Schedule

The 2022 CEL Convention will feature nearly 40 breakout sessions, keynote speakers, social gatherings, and opportunities to connect, network, and engage around problems of practice. See below for a list of session titles. See the schedule.


2022 CEL Keynote Speakers


Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins – Sunday, November 20, 2022 

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D., is the founder of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. With more than eleven years in education, he has served as a teacher, a principal, and a director of special education. Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in social science education, an M.S. degree in educational leadership, and a Ph.D. in K–12 education. You can find him on Instagram at @sheldoneakins and on Twitter at @sheldoneakins. 




Dr. Isaac Huang – Monday, November 21, 2022 

Dr. Huang is a firm believer in growth mindsets and building a culture of active learners. He is focused on equity and diversity and currently serves on the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s Inaugural Equity Task Force. Furthermore, Dr. Huang is an advocate for the power of mentorship. A graduate of the CALSA Mentoring Program Cohort 12, Dr. Huang dedicates his free time to serving others through his work on the CALSA Mentoring Committee and is working with fellow Asian administrators in the formal development of CAAPLE (California Association of Asian & Pacific Leaders in Education).  

He started his career teaching toddlers and preschool-aged children before becoming an elementary school teacher and then a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) focused on curriculum and second language acquisition. Dr. Huang has also spent time teaching learners at Rose City Continuation High School in Pasadena and postsecondary candidates in the MAT Program at the University of Southern California as an adjunct professor. Dr. Huang has served as assistant principal at both the elementary and middle school levels. He is currently the principal and lead learner at Madrona Elementary, which supports the moderate and severe special education needs of children in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.  


Dr. Lee Ann Jung – Monday, November 21, 2022 

Lee Ann Jung, Ph.D., is CEO of Lead Inclusion, clinical professor at San Diego State University, and a consultant to schools worldwide. She provides support to schools in the areas of Universal Design for Learning, inclusion, intervention, and mastery-based assessment and grading. Before beginning a career in higher education, she worked in special education in the roles of teacher and administrator. She is a former full professor and director of international partnerships in the University of Kentucky College of Education. Lee Ann has authored 6 books and more than 45 journal articles and book chapters and has served as associate editor for Young Exceptional Children (YEC), section editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Education, guest editor and editorial board member of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and the Journal of Early Intervention. Lee Ann is past chair of the Classroom Assessment special interest group for the American Educational Research Association. You can find her online at LeadInclusion.org and on Twitter at @leeannjung.  


Sarah Rafael García – Tuesday, November 22, 2022 

A child of immigrants and a first-generation graduate, Sarah Rafael García has more than thirteen years of experience as an arts leader in Orange County and a literary arts advocate nationally. She’s the founder of Barrio Writers, LibroMobile, and Crear Studio—all art programs initiated as a response to build cultural relevance and equity for BIPOC folks in her community. As of 2020, her community projects collectively established the LibroMobile Arts Cooperative (LMAC).  

In 2010, Congressman Lou Correa honored García with the Women Making a Difference award, and in 2011 she was awarded for Outstanding Contributions to Education by the OC Department of Education. She obtained an MFA. in creative writing with a cognate in media studies in 2015. In 2016, García was awarded for SanTana’s Fairy Tales multimedia exhibition, which was supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation. The bilingual, short story collection was recently added as a required ethnic studies read in the Santa Ana Unified School District. In 2018, she was honored as an Emerging Artist at the 19th Annual OC Arts Awards. In 2019, she was recognized as an inaugural ASU Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow and a recipient of the UH Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts—Project Row Houses Fellowship. Currently, she splits her time stacking books and curating BIPOC art exhibitions, while developing an archival ethnofiction project for the life of Modesta Avila as a 2020 USLDH Mellon-Funded Grantee and 2021 ARCUS Fellow. She gives credit to her parents’ GED education and the migrant labor that brought her grandparents to the US as the source of her perseverance and the foundation of her accomplishments. 

2022 Convention Program

Sunday, Nov. 20, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

A.01 From a Room to a Zoom: Leading Literacy at the State and National Levels

A.02 How (and Why) We Created ELA Curriculum for Our District

A.03 I Wanted to Engage My Students with the Writing Process . . . So I Became a Living Poet

A.04 Intentionally Developing Teacher Leaders

A.05 Light in the “Never Ending Shade”: A Project- Based Exploration of Amanda Gorman’s Theme with Three Different Student Populations


Sunday, Nov. 20, 4:40–5:40 p.m.

B.01 Empowering Leadership Teams

B.02 Foster Curiosity, Fuel Collaboration: Teach Students and Faculty to Ask Better Questions with the QFT

B.03 I’ll Bloom Right Here, Thank You: Elevating Student Voices for a “Woke” and Urban-Ready Community

B.04 Inquiry in the Classroom

B.05 The Value of Virtual Professional Development Communities: How One State Works to Empower and Elevate Educators with Comprehensive Learning Opportunities


Monday, Nov. 21, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

C.01 Growing Writers Not Grading Writing

C.02 Leading New Literacy Initiatives in New Roles

C.03 Leading the School Where All Students Succeed!

C.04 Meeting Better: Purposes and Protocols to Maximize Productivity


Monday, Nov. 21, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

D.01  A 30-Day Writing Habit: Developing a Community of Teacher-Writers

D.02 Activate Your Community of Practice through Intentional, Actionable, and Empowering Feedback

D.03 Beyond Book Lists: Texts and Tools to Build Community

D.04 Growing New Leaders in Your School and District: Methods for Empowering Teachers and Expanding Their Leadership Avenues

D.05 Partnering to Help All Kids Learn: Transformational Literacy Leadership

D.06 Transformative Protocols to Address the Influence of Hate Groups in School Communities


Monday, Nov. 20, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

E.01 Building a Collaborative Community of Literacy Leaders through the Launch of a Regionally Facilitated English/Language Arts Cohort

E.02 CÀ PHÊ SỮA ĐÁ & BÁNH MÌ | The History of Colonialism, Imperialism, and Militarism in Vietnam from the Vietnamese American Perspective

E.03 Collaborative Literacy Communities with EL and Special Education Students

E.04 Learning Together as Educators: Supporting Teacher Learning through Mathematizing Children’s Literature

E.05 Preparing in an Era of Pushback: Guiding Planning for the Teaching of Diverse Books


Monday, Nov. 21, 3:10-3:50 p.m.—Problem of Practice Sessions

PP.01 How can I plan, prepare, and publish with CEL’s English Leadership Quarterly?

PP.02 What can literacy leaders do to support novice teachers?

PP.03 How can we leverage ebooks to support diverse texts and changing curricula?

PP.04 How could better collaboration between high school teachers and first-year college writing instructors impact student writing?

PP.05 How do we engage with and discuss the “science of reading” while honoring teachers’ current practices?

PP.06 What are ways in which we can build community between parents and schools?


Monday, Nov. 21, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

F.01 Building a Literacy Ecosystem: Our Collective Responsibility

F.02 Challenging the Poverty Narrative through Children’s Literature

F.03 Growing and Sustaining Literacy Leaders

F.04 Inclusive Innovation: Community Led Solutions to Challenges in Adolescent Writing in Two School Districts


Tuesday, Nov. 22, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

G.01 Co-Constructing Meaning of Literacy Projects in Order to “Honor, Develop, and Enact” Literacy Practices within the Communities of Students and Teachers

G.02 Grading as a Process Not a Product: Reflecting on How Assessment Practices Need to Mirror Composition Studies Knowledge of Writing as a Process

G.03 Literacy for Liberation: A Community’s Counter Story

G.04 Resuscitating Professional Learning: Opportunities In and Out of PLC Spaces


Tuesday, Nov. 22, 10:40–11:40 a.m.

H.01 Centering Leadership in Literacy by Understanding Diversity: Building Trust, Culture, and Reflective Practice

H.02 Circle Momentum: Exploring Restorative Circles for Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Community

H.03 Enhancing Student Literacy Learning: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

H.04 Learning Together: Conversations on Academic Writing Tutoring in a Community High School

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