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.



If you want to get a better picture of what attending the NCTE Convention might be like, the best place to learn is from teachers who have gone before. Several of the quotes below come from blog posts they wrote after attending the Convention in 2017. Click the links to get the full picture!


“I live for those moments when I am sitting in a session and it all just comes together, when what the presenter is saying “clicks,” and I find an immediate use for the materials or ideas in my classroom.” Karen Shupp


NCTE is a recharging station and an opportunity to learn with and from passionate educators.” Roy Smith


“[NCTE] is still—hands down—the best training I’ve ever attended, and there’s just no other way to offer this kind of career and possibly life-changing opportunity to teachers than to attend the Annual Convention.” Donna Friend


“I’m so grateful for the NCTE Annual Convention every year because I get to connect with friends who feel like family. It’s an opportunity to learn from people who push my thinking and to rejuvenate. I have so many ideas after NCTE that I’m excited to make happen.” Jen Vincent


“I left NCTE with far more than I brought— inspiration from authors I love; the push to keep examining myself, to be truthful with my beliefs, to listen to others who are speaking up; ideas to put into practice; the nudge to return to writing, to honor my own voice; and love from friends that made me feel whole.” Katherine Sokolowski


“I came back [from NCTE] with a head full of ideas, arms full of books, and my heart full of the good so many teachers are doing in this country.” Lynn Hagen


“I met Twitter friends for the first time face-to-face. I got to present with my amazing and faithful blogging buddies—and Tom Newkirk! I loaded my shoulder bag with loads of new books for my classroom library, complements of the book vendors in the Exhibit Hall. I talked with some fascinating educators and attended fantastic sessions—all tattooed on my heart with meaningful messages.” Amy Rasmussen


“Have you ever attended professional development that reached into your soul and stirred things up so thoroughly, so deliciously, so deliriously, that you knew your teaching would never be the same? I hope so. If not, consider packing your bags for NCTE.” Lisa Dennis


“I would not be the teacher I am today without my NCTE and ALAN peers, and I know I will keep growing because of these conferences and the people I know through them.” Kellee Moye


“NCTE is the literacy educators’ red-carpet gala event, a time for literacy luminaries to light up the stage, educators to mingle, and enough books to make an educator’s heart throb.” Carol Varsalona


“The biggest takeaway I have from NCTE 17—the people. Connecting with educators, with authors, with folks excited about teaching, really made my week. Every day, I ate with different people, dug into the teaching profession with others, wandered the vendor hall with more, and networked. I came back refreshed and ready to take on the world.” Beth Crawford


“I cannot express how uplifting and encouraging it was to meet and listen to so many wonderful teachers, writers, and innovators. Made me realize I am a part of a village that is an incredible force for good.” Sarah Slane


“It was an extraordinary conference, an important time to come together as educators, authors, publishers, to remind ourselves we belong to each other and to rededicate ourselves to our highest collective purpose.” Vicki Boyd