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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Why Attend?

2018 Annual Convention


Why Attend #NCTE18?

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 strong strategies and best practices for teaching literacy, language, and composition. They learn new ideas for delivering instruction that engages students and addresses the most pressing needs within the school and district.

NCTE’s Convention is the most historic annual literacy convening for teachers and educators. Now celebrating its 108th consecutive year, the historic event connects educators to the most passionate and energetic minds in literacy. Attendees can expect to hear from leading educational voices as well as nearly 300 national authors, all engaging together around the pressing topics of the field. Join us to establish new allies in the work of excellent teaching, new connections with luminaries and authors, and enough new books to fill entire shelves in 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 Houston this November.

NEW! NCTE is mailing this flyer to members in June to provide an overview of the event. You may find this useful to share with administrators who want to get a sense of what the Annual Convention is all about.

Participation Credits

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 has partnered with the University of San Diego to offer continuing education credits. Note that each state has different rules for recertification processes, so be sure to check documentation requirements prior to the Convention.




“My first NCTE conference was easily the most fueling and invigorating ‘teacher thing’ I could do for myself.” Alex Bondar


“I learned that spending my time, money, and effort to come to the national conference to present with my colleagues brings me closer to them in the shared expenditure of energy, and allows us to share some of the work we are doing at our high school with the rest of the teaching world.” Tracy Brennan


“Authors sign novels, teachers present lessons, strangers become friends, and amid all this there is a shared love – for children, for teaching, for the power of words. I have always looked forward to it because there are few places I go where I’m surrounded by so many like-minded people at once.” Amanda Atkins

Budget Planning Worksheet

Download a spreadsheet including suggestions and links for cost-saving


A value proposition for your students, yourself, your team, and your school

A Sample Letter

Download a template for talking to administrators about attending the Convention


What past participants say about their convention experiences