How do I take my writing and reading instruction to the next level?


Join us and veteran teachers Leila Christenbury and Ken Lindblom in answering this question in an event that will advance your practice and transform your classroom! NCTE’s Summer Institute is informed by more than 70 years of combined classroom experience, a large body of research in the discipline, and the collective expertise of a broad network of English educators.

Held in the beautiful and historic Providence Biltmore Hotel in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, this institute is both a celebration of and a call to action for veteran English teachers, and will ensure that you:


  • Reenergize yourself by rethinking your role as a veteran English teacher
  • Discover advanced approaches to teaching reading and writing
  • Develop a firmer understanding of how to responsibly navigate controversial topics without avoiding them
  • Explore new technologies, including social media platforms, that can electrify your classroom in exciting, relevant ways for you and your students
  • Meet like-minded colleagues from many states who can refresh your thinking
  • Build a lasting professional network to strengthen your efforts (and sense of humor) as you walk this continuing journey called teaching English.

All participants will take home a copy of Continuing the Journey: Becoming a Better Teacher of Authentic Writing, Continuing the Journey: Becoming a Better Teacher of Literature and Informational Texts, a comprehensive presenter handout packet, and a personalized certificate of attendance for 15 CPUs.


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Why We Need This Institute Now


Read a sample chapter from the second book in the Continuing the Journey series.

Teaching English well has always required bravery. To be relevant, teaching English today requires different skills than it did even just five years ago, skills that are critical to our students’ informed participation in society.

A literate population depends on the work we do and how well we do it within the changing landscapes in which we work. More now than ever, the wisdom and insight of veteran teachers is crucial to our ongoing, effective classroom instruction.

It’s time to use your experience—and to share it with others—to go bold and try new things:

  • Teach challenging texts.
  • Engage with new media, a central facet of teaching critical literacy.
  • Help students to apply ethical and critical thinking to the tools they use for composition.
  • Broaden the genres, types, and intended audiences for which your students learn to write.

These are hard, but necessary, things we as veteran teachers must do.
This Institute will teach you how.

“Teaching is unique in that the longer you do it, the more you know you have so much left to learn. It’s not easy to continue this journey, but it’s worth the effort. Every blister, every sprained ankle, every aching muscle is a reminder of how many miles we’ve come and how many lives we’ve touched along the way. For this reason especially we keep walking.”

Leila Christenbury and Ken Lindblom

About the Presenters


Both Ken and Leila are veteran English teachers who are passionate about staying current with their teaching skills and helping other teachers improve their practices. They have successfully collaborated for some years on a number of projects and bring, between them, both a shared commitment to teaching excellence and different perspectives on a variety of topics.



Leila Christenbury is Commonwealth Professor Emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, where she has taught English methods, young adult literature, applied English linguistics, and the teaching of writing. A past president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and a past editor of English Journal, her research has been recognized by the David H. Russell Award, the James N. Britton Award, and the Edward B. Fry Book Award. An active member of NCTE for more than 40 years, she has taught in Virginia high schools and universities for most of her career.



In his thirtieth year as a teacher, Ken Lindblom is Professor of English at Stony Brook University, where he teaches courses in English teacher education and rhetoric. A member of NCTE since 1989 (when he taught high school English in upstate New York), Ken was editor of English Journal from 2008 through 2013. He is coauthor of four books about teaching English and more than two dozen articles, book chapters, and peer-reviewed blog posts on the subject.




Special Guests


Mexican American author David Bowles has written fifteen books, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror and Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico (one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best YA Books of 2018). His novel-in-verse, They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems, has received multiple accolades, such as the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, the Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry, the Pura Belpré Author Honor, and the Walter Dean Myers Honor Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. Penguin just published The Chupacabras of the Río Grande, which David co-wrote with Newberry Honor-Winning Adam Gidwitz. His work has also appeared in a wide range of venues, among them Journal of Children’s Literature, Translation Review, Rattle, and Bookbird. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in recognition of his literary accomplishments.


Dr. Kimberly N. Parker currently works with preservice teachers as Assistant Director of Teacher Training at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA. Kim taught English in public schools for 17 years and served on several committees for NCTE and NEATE. As a Heinemann Fellow (2016-2018), Kim documented her successful work de-tracking her ELA classroom for students of color. Her continuing scholarship explores the literacy lives of Black youth, particularly those of Black boys.  She is a co-founder of #DisruptTexts. Twitter: @TchKimpossible


Nuts and Bolts

If you are a veteran English teacher, beyond the first-year jitters and ready to focus fully on the success of your students and your own professional growth, this Institute is for you.

If you’re a mentor, senior colleague, department chair, or school leader who supports teachers in their first 10 years in the classroom, thank you! You are so important to helping them continue the journey. In this institute you’ll learn new ways to strengthen your role in that work.

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Imagine you’re stepping into an Ideal Teacher’s Lounge for three days. In that Ideal Teacher’s Lounge, real support is offered. Everyone in the room is there to offer advice, encouragement, and signposts pointing to innovations you can use in your classes. Through a workshop approach and with the voices of teachers from across the country, Ken and Leila will help you dive deeply into fresh ways to teach texts, inspire writing, and share wisdom and expertise with each other. And we wouldn’t be surprised if some of Leila and Ken’s friends from the field stopped by…

Schedule Overview


Sunday, June 30
4–7 p.m.

Welcome, Introduction, and Dinner (included in registration)

Monday, July 1
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Explorations of new approaches to reading and writing.
(Lunch included in registration. Tuesday night dinner will be on your own or in groups.)

Tuesday, July 2
8 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Practical Realities and Brave Next Steps
(A box lunch will be provided.)

Conference Registration:

$1000 (advanced rate, applicable until April 30)
$1200 (regular rate, applicable May 1-May 30)

Registration covers the Sunday afternoon through Tuesday evening Institute which includes:

Sunday, June 30
4–7 p.m.

Welcome, Introduction, and Dinner (included in registration)

Monday, July 1
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Explorations of new approaches to reading and writing.
(Lunch included in registration. Tuesday night dinner will be on your own or in groups.)

Tuesday, July 2
8 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Practical Realities and Brave Next Steps
(A box lunch will be provided.)


$139 per night for a junior suite (two king-sized beds) at the Graduate Providence Hotel

NOTE: The hotel changed its name to The Graduate Providence within the last several weeks. If you reserved at room at the Biltmore Hotel, this is same location and your reservation still applies.

Graduate Credit (optional):

One credit will be available through San Diego State University. An additional written assignment and fee will be required. More details coming soon.


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The Graduate Providence is offering a very reduced room rate ($139 per night) to Institute attendees. Each room has two king-sized beds, as well as a nicely appointed sitting area.


Reserve Your Room Online

NOTE: The hotel changed its name to The Graduate Providence within the last several weeks. If you reserved at room at the Biltmore Hotel, this is same location and your reservation still applies.

Visit Graduate Providence, click on the “Book Now” button in the top right corner of the screen, choose your arrival and departure dates and enter the group code 1906NCTE19. Rooms in our block will be held until May 30, 2019.

Reserve Your Room By Phone

Guests can call a Hotel Reservations Agent directly at 401-340-2974 seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, and use the group code 1906NCTE19 when speaking with the reservations agent.

What the 2018 participants said about the NCTE Summer Institute: 


“Worth every penny, every minute of my time. The people, the information, the resources—priceless.”

Jennifer Ehlers, Cincinnati Public Schools


“The CTJ Institute was phenomenal! Leila and Ken turned a group of strangers into a community and, indeed, created the ultimate collaborative team teachers lounge where everyone was accepted, encouraged, validated, and challenged. I can’t wait to do it again!”

Jana L. Rieck, Champlin Park High School, MN


“A great workshop with practical and real facilitators in Ken and Leila that offered keen insight and resources to support all teachers so that students can learn from us.”

Alfonso Strong, Equality Charter School, Bronx, NY


“This was an incredible opportunity to really rethink my practices as a teacher and to engage with a community of incredibly reflective and dedicated professionals.”

Anna Lubowitz, New York, NY


“I leave this conference with renewed spirit, love of the profession, and new friends from around the world. I sometimes dread the first day of school. Now I can’t wait to bring everything I’ve learned and gained to my classes this coming year.”

Johanna Buckels, St. Matthew Catholic School, San Mateo, CA


“This is truly an inspirational and invigorating experience for veteran teachers. Quality professional development is difficult to find at our level. This experience is worth traveling for.”

Pamela Doiley, McCormack Middle School, MA


“Timely, informative, and fun! What a treat to share ideas and inspiration with like-minded veteran teachers. I’ve never been to professional training where I felt more understood and appreciated for what I do as a teacher.”

Molly Stephenson, Kirkwood School District, MO


“This was a very inspiring and invigorating experience for me as a veteran teacher. I’m walking away with lots of ideas for how to jazz up my practice and bring it and my whole department into 2018 and all that means/demands. I feel renewed and validated in my commitment to this important career. Educating our kids ‘right’ is a moral imperative.”

Sabrina Strand, Los Altos Hills, CA


“This workshop was incredibly uplifting and affirming as we work in such a challenging field.”

Anne Shealy, South Carolina Department of Education