2019 NCTE Annual Convention

Baltimore, MD
November 21-24, 2019

This fall, when we come together in Baltimore, let’s inquire together. Let’s dare to wonder, to be bold and creative in our curiosity. Let’s reawaken our own spirit of inquiry as teachers, leaders, writers, readers, and thinkers.


Deepen Your Learning with a Workshop


All workshops take place Thursday, November 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 


A variety of people are listening and learning in workshops and learning sessions at the 2017 NCTE Annual Convention.Register for a workshop today!

2019 Workshops

Click the titles below to learn more about each workshop. 

Grade-level interest for each workshop is listed in parenthesis at the end of the title (E = Elementary, M = Middle, S = Secondary, C = College, G = General (E, M, S, C), TE = Teacher Education, R = Research).


National Writing Project Strand

After hearing a brief introduction from the facilitator, who has led over 100 Writing Marathons sponsored by the National Writing Project in locations across the country, participants take part in a two-hour Writing Marathon, writing and sharing their work around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor before returning to the meeting room to reflect on the process as a community of teacher/writers.

Presenter: Richard Louth


National Writing Project Strand

This interactive workshop is designed for teachers who don’t know how much longer they can last in the profession, even though they still love it fiercely. Participants will dig into a theory of change called “sustainable teaching,” explore the science behind mindfulness practices, and learn strategies to help them thrive in the challenging circumstances of teaching.  They will read and discuss professional resources, write reflectively, and practice mindfulness exercises that are easily transferable to the classroom. They will leave with handouts, an annotated bibliography, and a personal action plan for integrating their workshop experiences immediately into their teaching.

Presenters: Cindy O’Donnell-Allen, Kelly Burns, Jennifer Putnam, Molly Robbins


Learn to break from traditional ELA assignments and assessments with Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a revolutionary framework for designing meaningful teaching experiences for all students. Attendees will gain an understanding of the UDL guidelines, receive hands-on practice working with UDL concepts, and receive ready-to-use teaching resources while designing and supporting inclusive, engaging literacy classrooms, driven by the spirit of inquiry.

Presenters: Katie Novak, Danielle Patenaude, Ian Wilkins


WLU Strand

Students have varied experiences, identities, languages, and interests. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work; sound instruction requires loyalty, feedback, and agency. Joy & happiness are vital components of learning environments that cultivate success. In this interactive session, participants will learn tips for practicing culturally responsive teaching, differentiation, & personalization, all of which are essential in creating equitable literacy experiences for all students. This will be highlighted with an emphasis on happiness inquiries that help the classroom community experience the joy of learning. The win-win here is that when teachers and students are independent & capable of self reflection, responsive teaching becomes far easier.

Presenters: Gravity Goldberg, Cornelius Minor, Kim Yaris, Jan Burkins, Christina Nosek, Katie Cunningham, Kristin Rainville, Kari Yates, Renee Houser


Rainbow Strand

This workshop provides approaches for classrooms and institutions to promote learning by decreasing the impact of colonization on students, as well as theoretical frameworks for understanding and resistance. New and returning participants will learn new and practical ways to recognize and counter the racism and inequity inherent in English education.

Presenters: Michael Seward, Kylowna Moton


ELATE Strand

Application of media and digital literacies provide alternate and complementary approaches to core skills in the language arts, grounded in the world to which teenagers are most connected. In an interactive workshop designed to be responsive to educator needs, three veteran media educators will share time-tested tools and techniques for critical media literacy. We will delve into media literacy methods and principles that can be integrated into a range of courses across the grade levels to increase student learning and engagement, and, ultimately, citizen action.

Presenters: Ben Boyington, Allison Butler, Julie Frechette


How can student curiosity fuel passion for reading and writing? Experience the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple, powerful strategy to teach all students to ask and work with their own questions to drive their learning. Leave ready to immediately implement the process with students in the classroom and share it with colleagues in professional learning settings.

Presenters: Sarah Westbrook, Dana Huff, Jenn Brickey


In this Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore how slideware presentation apps, such as Pecha Kucha and reference management tools, like Zotero can not only support critical literacy, but can also develop a sense of student inquiry within specific literacy events.

Presenters: Johnny Allred, Crystal L. Beach, Katie Dredger, Katherin Garland, Beth Lehman, Ewa McGrail, J Patrick McGrail, Mary Rice, Clarissa West-White


As educators, we do not shed who we are at the schoolhouse doors, nor should we. During this session, the presenters will lead participants through an inquiry into themselves, applying a critical lens to who they are and examining how their identity and experiences impact their work with students.

Presenters: Tricia Ebarvia, Sara Ahmed, Chad Everett, Jess Lifshitz


Through quest-based learning you can transform literacy instruction into a game with creativity, collaboration, and play, while still meeting Common Core State Standards. Learn how to organize an overarching mission in which assignments are like a sequence of game levels students need to successfully complete in order to “rank up” and complete all the required learning targets. To differentiate learning, some students may take side quests, while others might fast-forward to level-ending boss battles or solve mysteries that help unlock the legends, themes, and pertinent information. Participate in this hands-on workshop and learn how to build a quest.

Presenter: Michele Haiken


National Writing Project Strand

This interactive workshop will allow site leaders to share information about their sites and learn from each other strategies to improve their site management. Topics that will be included are site diversity, financial support, research, branding, teacher engagement, and conflict resolution

Presenter: Tonya Perry


National Writing Project Strand, WLU Strand

Teachers will explore ways to lead students through the production of multimedia storytelling and citizen journalism they can contribute to “Our Democracy”, a project from award-winning photojournalist Andrea Bruce, funded by National Geographic and Catchlight Foundation and supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The session will be led by Lorraine A. Ustaris, a Philadelphia Writing Project teaching consultant and full-time video producer and educator for “Our Democracy”. In the longest segment of the workshop, she will provide photo, video, and multimedia reporting resources and hands-on training for educators.

Presenter: Lorraine Ustaris


Rainbow Strand

The session examines literature, visual culture, politics, aesthetic foundations, music, spokespersons, and institutional development emerging from both movements. This session exposes participants to a conceptual and aesthetic framework for analyzing, interrogating, and understanding two major cultural phenomena: 1) the political and cultural roots of BAM; 2) the political and cultural roots of Hip-Hop. Additionally, the workshop examines Black Art as critical media literacy and interrogates its Radical Tradition as a powerful force for social change, cultural preservation, principled truth telling, social justice, ‘edutainment’, and human liberation.

Presenter: Lasana Kazembe


Rainbow Strand

Preserve the Baltimore Uprising is a crowd-sourced online repository, managed by Baltimore-area university faculty in collaboration with the Maryland Historical Society, that preserves and provides access to original content produced by witnesses to the protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.  In the first part of this hands-on workshop, participants will explore the archive and learn how to leverage its content to support both classroom instruction and original student research.  In the second part, the focus will shift to crafting research-based units of study that will empower students to illuminate the neglected histories of their own communities.

Presenters: John Eugene, Denise Meringolo


This workshop for educators demonstrates ways of engaging students creatively, critically, and empathetically with global news stories supported by the Pulitzer Center. Participants explore compelling multimedia news stories and respond through hands-on poetry and photography activities. Participants emerge from the workshop with immediately implementable activities and resources that help students 1. cultivate their curiosity about global news, 2. develop personal and local connections to global news stories, 3. consider which news stories and whose perspectives go under-reported, and 4. seek out, share, and produce news that matters to them.

Presenters: Hannah Berk, Fareed Mostoufi