Fund Your Way to NCTE’s Annual Convention!
Have you dreamed of attending the NCTE Annual Convention, but struggled with finding the funding and support to attend? In an era of ever-tightening budgets and staffing cuts, it is increasingly important to make a solid case for continuing education and professional learning. Here are a few suggestions to help lower costs and help you to raise money for your trip to the 2019 Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland!
Plan Your Budget
When attending a convention, it’s important to know what your expenses might be. Download this spreadsheet to help estimate the expenses for your trip, It also includes suggestions and links for cost-saving.
Make sure you are already a member of NCTE! Members receive exclusive discounts on conventions, meetings, and professional learning materials.
Share Your Story!
Tell your community your professional development goals and how experiences like the NCTE Annual Convention can positively impact your teaching. Here is a template that can be used as a guide to request support from your administrator, families at your school, local businesses in your community, friends and family. Customize this request with your specific details to make your story more personal.
You may find this website useful to share with administrators who want to get a sense of what the Annual Convention is all about.
Check with your principal or department chair to see if there is any professional development money available. Attending a national conference with all of its sessions, workshops, and many other opportunities for education often qualifies as professional development training.
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.
Apply for Grants, Scholarships, and Awards
Investigate local, district, or state grants and scholarships or grants.
Each year NCTE celebrates more than 90 different awards across our various constituencies. These awards shine a light on the exceptional work of our educators and students and offer myriad opportunities to recognize and elevate what makes the teaching and learning of English language arts so powerful. Learn more and apply at: http://www2.ncte.org/awards/.
Volunteer to Work!
If the NCTE Annual Convention comes to your area, volunteer to work on the local committee. There are often registration discounts for volunteers, and it’s a great way to build camaraderie with and help out other teachers from your state.
More Tips to Save
Looking for someone to split hotel or travel costs with? Chat with others in NCTE Connects or through the convention app. Post a message to find travel partners, a hotel roommate, or to simply connect in advance and make new friends.
Be creative and use crowdfunding sources to cover your expenses . See how one teacher raised money to attend Annual Convention.
Need some additional advice and suggestions? See these testimonials!
We can’t wait to see you in Baltimore, November 21-24!