2018 NCTE Annual Convention

Houston, TX

This fall, we’ll come together in Houston to celebrate students’ voices and the impact they make in the world.

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November 15-18, 2018

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Information for the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention in Houston, Texas, November 15–18, will be posted soon. All content below is from the 2017 Annual Convention.



Wednesday, November 15

4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Registration Open

4:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
NCTE Central Open

 Thursday, November 16

8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Registration Open

8:00 a.m.8:00 p.m.
NCTE Central Open

11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Preconvention Workshops (*additional registration required)

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 
Thursday General Session:  “Our Family Gathering: A Conversation with Students and Educators”

5:45 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Section Get-Togethers

 Friday, November 17

7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Registration Open

7:00 a.m.6:30 p.m.
NCTE Central Open

8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m. 
Friday General Session:  Poet and Writer Jimmy Santiago Baca

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
A Sessions

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
B Sessions

11:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 p.m–1:45 p.m.
Ticketed Luncheons


UPDATE: Jewell Parker Rhodes, Middle Level Section Luncheon
Angie Thomas, CEE Luncheon

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
C Sessions

2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
D Sessions

3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
E Sessions

5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Annual Business/Board of Directors Meeting

6:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.
Evening for All Attendees: Join NCTE and Astronaut Leland Melvin for an evening of Chasing Space and pursuing our shared passion in spite of adversity

 Saturday, November 18

6:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m. 
Ticketed Breakfast


Rick Riordan, ALAN Breakfast

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

7:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Awards Session

8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
NCTE Central Open

9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. 
Saturday General Session: Jacqueline Woodson

10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
F Sessions

12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
G Sessions

12:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Ticketed Luncheons


Marilyn Nelson, Jason Reynolds, and Melissa Sweet, Children’s Book Award Luncheon
Daniel José Older, Secondary Section Luncheon
Laurie Gries, CCCC/College Section Luncheon

1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
H Sessions

3:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
I Sessions

4:30 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
J Sessions

6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Special Interest Group Events

 Sunday, November 19

7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. 
Ticketed Breakfasts


Kevin Henkes, Children’s Literature Assembly Breakfast
Franki Sibberson, Affiliate Roundtable Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
NCTE Central Open

8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Registration Open

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
K Sessions

9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 
Sunday General Session:  Author Gareth Hinds

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
L Sessions

12:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
M Sessions

2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
N Sessions

CEL Convention (*additional registration required)

 Monday, November 20

8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Registration Open

CEL Convention (*additional registration required)

ALAN Workshop (*additional registration required)

 Tuesday, November 21

ALAN Workshop (*additional registration required)