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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College Experience


The College Experience

NCTE’s College Section represents a wide diversity of experiences, and our convention offerings reflect that variety. You’ll find sessions presented by leaders from our Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) that address issues pertinent to teaching first-year writing and assessment in composition courses. You’ll also find hundreds of sessions that are tailored to the needs of those who work in teacher education at the college level; these address teacher preparation across the preK–12 spectrum. If you happen to teach college English, you’ll be intrigued by a range of interesting sessions on literature. There’s truly something for everyone.


Over the course of the Convention there are more than 270 sessions designated at the college level. Here are just a few of the topics:

  • Talking about Transitions: Creating Conversations for Student Success in College Writing
  • Pedagogies That Support Cultural Equity and Social Justice
  • Professional Development for Faculty as Writers: Modeling the Process of Finding Voice
  • Teaching Literature in Higher Education



The English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE—formerly the Conference on English Education) puts together a special program with more than 140 sessions for those who are engaged in the preparation, support, and continuing education of teachers of English language arts/literacy. You can attend large roundtable sessions and meet dozens of people who have come to share their research, as well as smaller, more focused sessions on current issues in the field.

Here is a sample of the topics that are covered:

  • Teachers as Free Speech Defenders: Strategies for Responding to Book Challenges
  • The Places We Learn and Teach: Rural, Urban, and Digital Spaces
  • The Future Is Now: Exploring 21st-Century Teaching Ideas with the Next Generation of English Teachers
  • From Adolescent Development to Critical Youth Studies: Re-claiming the Place of Youth within English Teacher Education





The College Section has designed special sessions that address current issues in the field that reverberate through our classrooms.



Celebrate the accomplishments of ELATE (English Language Arts Teacher Educators) members via an awards ceremony and enjoy the words of acclaimed and bestselling YA author and keynote speaker David Levithan.



This is an immersive learning experience for college teachers that will take place from 2:45 to 5:30 on Saturday. The event will feature an awards presentation, a keynote address from Houston-area educator and activist Roni Dean-Burren, and a hands-on workshop in which participants develop action plans inspired by Dean-Burren’s approach to community engagement.



“What keeps me coming back to the Convention is listening to and making connections to my colleagues in K–12. We do not get a blank slate at the college level in terms of literacy instruction with our students, and whether it’s external, parents, other experiences, or K–12 education, we are not doing this alone, so I know that I have learned a lot from my colleagues in the K–12 spectrum of work and hopefully, in dialoguing with them, they’ve learned from me as well.”

— Shelley Rodrigo, College Section Chair