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 later this spring.

2022 CEL Convention Schedule

The 2022 CEL Convention will feature over 40 breakout sessions, keynote speakers, social gatherings, and opportunities to connect, network, and engage around problems of practice. See the tentative 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. 

Call for Proposals

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Submit a Proposal


As you craft your proposal, please utilize any of the following questions to inspire your thinking:

  • How do literacy leaders new to a role or location enter the institution’s communities of practice that already exist?
  • How have you empowered your literacy teams, communities, and coalitions?
  • To what extent do literacy leaders engage in community with departments outside of English language arts educators?
  • How do we build engaged, meaningful, collaborative communities to further literacy education and practices?
  • What are the most meaningful, effective, or joyful ways to facilitate meetings?
  • To what extent do we engage with communities outside of our school buildings?
  • Whose communities do our institutions value, and how do those institutions show who they value?
  • To what extent do we invite communities to contribute to our curricula and literacy instruction?
  • What happens when communities are divided or when communities collide in discussions on literacy education or practices?
  • How do we facilitate and lead conversations in cross-curricular literacy education as a collective responsibility of all teachers and stakeholders?
  • How do we create communities of practice for literacy leaders within our buildings, districts, states, and beyond?
  • How are students involved in our literacy communities, how are they impacted, and how do they lead such communities?

We are seeking presentations that provide professional sharing and learning for building-level and district-wide literacy leadership efforts, instructional coaches and reading specialists, state-level literacy leadership, literacy consultants, NCTE affiliates and other literacy organizations, and teacher-leaders. We encourage proposals that focus on implementing strategies and systems rather than only individual classroom instructional choices or educational technology innovations. Proposals should address literacy leadership and do not only need to align to the theme.

Presentations should fit one of the following session types:

  • One-hour presentations/workshops (especially collaborative sessions) that can be presentation-based or interactive. We are not seeking research presentations or reading of papers, however. Choose this session type: 60-minute Presentation/Workshop (CEL ONLY)
  • Problem of Practice conversations where you may submit one burning literacy leadership question to explore with attendees or select one of our guiding questions of this call for proposals. Although you may pose a question, these will not be presentations but collaborative conversations about a problem of practice. You will be asked to facilitate/moderate and lead this discussion with structure and support provided by the CEL Executive Committee after problems of practice are accepted. These discussions will last 30 to 45 minutes apiece.
    Choose this session type: 30-45-minute Problem of Practice (CEL ONLY)

Submit a Proposal: Use this Online Form and choose one of the session types listed above.

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 20, 2022.

Costs: As a nonprofit organization of educators, we are not able to provide a stipend or reimburse expenses to presenters, who must register in order to present.

Questions: Any questions regarding proposals can be directed to Program Chair Nicholas Emmanuele.

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