2017 NCTE Annual Convention

St. Louis, MO

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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What’s Happening

2017 Annual Convention


What’s Happening?

This year you’ll experience something new at the large gatherings known as “general sessions” that take place throughout the program. Students from across the country will be engaging with the keynote speakers in presentations and dialogs that speak to the impact of the work we do each day.


The Thursday general session, “Our Family Gathering: A Conversation with Students and Educators,” will look at the efficacy and ethics of high school teachers’ teaching Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the question of whether they should teach not only this novel but also other sensitive texts. Students, teachers, and literary experts will engage in a thoughtful dialog on the topic. View the questions that the students considered.


Friday’s general session features Jimmy Santiago Baca, a poet and writer with a passion for lifelong literacy. This session takes the audience through a literary and audial and visual narrative conversation of his life—before he could read and write, in Arizona to his present. Students with whom Baca has worked will present with him.


Also on Friday, all attendees are invited to join NCTE and Astronaut Leland Melvin for an evening of Chasing Space and pursuing our shared passion in spite of adversity.


On Saturday Jacqueline Woodson will explore how students of all differences relate to and think about her works’ relevance to Generation Z in the United States.


Finally, on Sunday illustrator Gareth Hinds will engage with students and the audience as they explore how the graphic novel genre offers a fresh way to approach the classics.


In addition to the General Sessions, Program Chair Jocelyn A. Chadwick has designed the following Featured Sessions:

  • Where Must We from Here? PreK-Graduate: Exploring Our Voice, Agency, Mission Collectively, Collaboratively (NCTE Past Presidents & Teachers):
    Friday, Nov. 17, 9:30-10:45 a.m. (A.01)
  • Queering English Studies: Navigating Politics, Policies, and Practices in ELA Learning Spaces:
    Friday, Nov. 17, 2-3:15 p.m. (D.01)
  • Teachers Leveraging Their Knowledge to Engage Students in Powerful Literacy Learning:
    Friday, Nov. 17, 3:30-4:45 p.m. (E.01)
  • A State Affiliate’s Quest to Bolster Teacher Voices: Connecting with State-Level Politicians and Curriculum Directors:
    Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:30-11:45 a.m. (F.01)
  • Reimagining the Canon’s Engaging with the Modern: How Generation Z Are Affecting Our Literature:
    Saturday, Nov. 18, 3-4:15 p.m. (I.01)
  • Action Research: A Tool to Recapture Our Voices, Agency, and Our Mission:
    Saturday, Nov. 18, 4:30-5:45 p.m. (J.01)
  • Roundtable for Literary Magazine Advisers: Make Your Lit Mag a Hit!:
    Sunday, Nov. 19, 8-9:15 a.m. (K.01)

NEW: We’ve just released our Meet the Authors booklet which features dates and locations for hundreds of author signings. Start planning your schedule now!


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