The First Chapter
Why Attend #NCTE17?
Each November thousands of literacy educators from across the country make the journey to a Convention that inspires their practice and rejuvenates their profession. They leave with new strategies for reaching their students, new allies in the work of excellent teaching, new connections with luminaries in the field and authors they admire, and enough new books to fill entire shelves in their classroom libraries. And that’s just scratching the surface.
Below you’ll find a few tools we’ve put together to help you build a strong case for coming to NCTE’s Annual Convention in St. Louis this November.
Plan to attend the Convention with personal and school-based literacy goals in mind. Select sessions aligned to those goals and be prepared to explain how they will contribute to your professional know-how in these areas. NCTE provides a certificate of participation and credit options as documentation of continuing education and recertification requirements. Note that each state has different rules for recertification processes, so be sure to check documentation requirements prior to the Convention. In addition, NCTE has worked with the University of San Diego to offer graduate credit for those registering and attending the 2017 Annual Convention.
“NCTE is a powerful, inspirational gathering of gentle, generous, kind, and brave teachers and authors. We know that words matter, but hearing the message in this atmosphere ingrains it into our hearts, and we are empowered to move forward.”
“The best convention experience was connecting with people from all over the US. I met a doctoral student who ended up working with my students. Making those connections—both personal and professional—is so important!”
“I am not ashamed to say that every great idea or ‘best thing’ that has happened in my classroom over the last three years has been a direct result of a connection, collaboration, inspiration, or conversation that I have had at an NCTE Annual Convention.”
Budget Planning Worksheet
Download a spreadsheet including suggestions and links for cost-saving
A Sample Letter
Download a template for talking to administrators about attending the Convention