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’s Happening?


THURSDAY, November 15

On Thursday we invite you to begin your convention experience early. We have a wide variety of workshops and sessions available to convention attendees. Take advantage of this time before the opening session by attending a session or two.

The Thursday General Session at 4 p.m. will be the kickoff to the 2018 Convention. For this session, we welcome Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Americanah, and much more; creator of one of the most viewed TED talks, The Danger of a Single Story; a speaker across the world and collaborator with forces such as Oprah; one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015 and one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2017.

Following the general session, we invite participants to attend Thursday’s Elementary, Middle Level, and Secondary Section Get-Togethers from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.

FRIDAY, November 16

For participants who are attending the NCTE Convention for the first time, please join us for coffee and conversation at 7 a.m. on Friday morning. Over coffee, you’ll hear from NCTE members Ernest Morrell and Donalyn Miller and you’ll get tips from table hosts on making the most of your convention experience.

Friday’s General Session will be fast and full of energy. This session will be a celebration of students who are using their voices to change the world and will be facilitated by NCTE members Antero Garcia and Kristin Ziemke. Students of all ages will share their passions with attendees. Speakers at this session include students who have created movements or organizations, raising their voice to create change: Marley Dias, Sara Abou Rashed, Zephyrus Todd, Olivia Van Ledjte, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Jordyn Zimmerman, Alex King

On Friday evening, all attendees are invited to join NCTE as we celebrate stories with a panel of authors and illustrators of books for all ages led by Sharon Draper. Panelists include, Elizabeth Acevdeo, Matt de la Pena, Loren Long, and Nina LaCour.

SATURDAY, November 17

The Saturday General Session features Chris Emdin, author of the New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood . . . and the Rest of Y’all Too; associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; and creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement.

Also on Saturday afternoon the College Section will host a workshop session featuring Roni Dean-Burren, a lecturer at the University of Houston, an editor for English in Texas (official journal of TCTELA), and a public speaker.

SUNDAY, November 18

On Sunday, participants are invited to the NCTE Presidential address by NCTE President Jocelyn A. Chadwick. Following this important address, Peter and Paul Reynolds will close out the Convention. Peter is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Dot, Ish, and Happy Dreamer. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother, Paul, as a social change agency to help create “stories that matter, stories that move.” Paul is CEO and co-founder of FableVision. Going Places, a picture book about creativity and engineering, was Paul’s first collaboration with twin brother Peter. They followed that up with a STEM-meets-Arts (STEAM) early chapter book series called Sydney & Simon.


In addition to the General Sessions, Program Chair Franki Sibberson has included the following Featured Sessions to deepen thinking around the convention theme, “Raising Student Voice”:

  • Raising Student Voice-What Is Our Role in Equity and Justice in the English Classroom with Jocelyn A. Chadwick and Cornelius Minor
    Friday, November 16, 9:30-10:45 a.m. (C.01)
  • Students Raise Their Voices for Equity and Justice: A Continuation of Friday’s General Session with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Zephyer Todd, Sara Abou Rashed, Olivia “LivBits” Ledtje, Jordyn Zimmerman, and Alex King.
    Friday, November 16, 11-12:15 p.m. (D.01) 
  • Representation Matters: Exploring Female Identity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature with Samira Ahmed, Laurie Halse Anderson, Detra Price-Dennis, Laura Jiminez, Lamar Johnson Brendan Keily, Grace Lin,  and Noelle Mapes
    Friday, November 16, 2-3:15 p.m. (F.01) 
  • Raising Student Voices about Bullying: Speaking out for Equity and Justice with Aurelia De Silva, Roxanne Henkin, Rebecca Palomo, and Anita Pickett
    Friday, November 16, 3:30-4:45 p.m. (G.01)
  • A Stone of Hope with Jim St. Germain
    Saturday, November 17, 2:45-4:00 p.m. (K.01)
  • Beyond Digital Storytelling: Multi-sensory, Multicultural, Multimedia with Billy Corcoran and Mike Lewis
    Saturday, November 17, 8-9:15 a.m. (H.01)
  • Raising Student Voice in a Digital World with Bill Bass, Chad Everett, Katharine Hale, Sara Kajder, Aliza Werner, Shelbie Witte
    Sunday, November 18, 10:30-11:45 a.m. (N.01)

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