2018 NCTE Annual Convention

Houston, TX
November 15-18, 2018

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

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What are the WiFi log in & password in the George R. Brown Convention Center?

NCTE2018 (all capital letters)

NCTE2018 (all capital letters)


Where can I find lunch if I’m not attending a convention luncheon?

Grab a bite to eat at any of the following restaurants connected to and accessible from inside the Convention Center: McAlister’s Deli, Pappadeaux’s, The Grotto, and Bud’s Barbecue. The George R. Brown Convention Center and its food service partner, Levy Restaurants, offer a wide array of options from coffee stands to specialty food carts throughout the Convention Center on the 2nd and 3rd floors and on the Exhibit Hall floor.

There is a wide variety of dining options within walking distance of the Convention Center. Visit any Information Desk at the George R. Brown Convention Center to talk with a host about the best dining options, make a reservation, and more. The Information Centers also offer information about attractions and transportation options; they will be open daily during the Convention.


What is a general session?

General sessions occur when no other concurrent sessions are taking place. They are events that all attendees are invited to and the majority attend. They feature keynote speakers and other presentations relevant to the audience as a whole. This year each of the general sessions will also include student voices from classrooms and communities with whom the speakers have worked.


Will I be able to hear a luncheon or breakfast speaker even if I don’t have a ticket?

You will. Simply attend the function and sit in the back. You may need to wait to make sure ticketed attendees have their seats.


Are there any discounts available for my team or department?

Yes! You can greatly enhance your convention experience by bringing a team, and we offer registration at $150 a person if a school or district sends 10 or more teachers. If you’re interested, contact us! Every member of your team will return to work energized by what they’ve learned and ready to collaborate on implementing the new ideas.


Who is the bookseller for the Convention?

Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston Is the bookseller for the Convention; if you need assistance in book ordering or author signings, please contact the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention bookseller:

Valerie Koehler, 281-497-8675; girlboss@bluewillowbookshop.com please cc staff@bluewillowbookshop.com


What’s included with my convention registration?

Convention registration gets you into every session on the program except workshops on Thursday and the CEL and ALAN workshops on Monday and Tuesday. For an extra fee you can sign up for a luncheon and eat a meal while you listen to the speaker.


What’s the last day I can register?

November 5, 2018, is the last day to preregister (at a lower registration rate); after this date registrations must be completed in Houston at the onsite rate. 


What will I bring home with me?

Books! Books! Books! Depending on which workshops and sessions you attend, you might also go home with lesson plans, original writing of your own, strategies for advocacy, and much more. Even more important, you’ll return home with new ideas and inspiration, ready to share with your students, colleagues, and communities.


How can I get those books home?

A UPS shipping center will be located in the Exhibit Hall and is offering special discounted rates for NCTE convention attendees.


Is there more to NCTE than the Convention?

As the oldest professional organization for English teachers in the nation, there is much more to NCTE than just the Annual Convention. Membership gives you access to over 100 years’ worth of teaching expertise as well as professional resources and support for wide-ranging teaching methods at all grade levels. It also introduces you to a community of professionals — educators, administrators, and other education support staff — dedicated to promoting literacy at every level. Be sure to stop by NCTE Central for more information.


Is childcare available to convention attendees?

The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has one registered service that they recommend:

College Nannies Sitters & Tutors of Katy/Bellaire:  Doina Berea, Director (713-825-4828)