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.

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Making the Case to Attend

Member Tonya Perry shares why attending the NCTE Convention is like finding your family.

 

“Why do I attend Convention and what do I enjoy most about it?

I’ll be honest: it’s the family. I have an English language arts family nationally and internationally that I would not give up for anything.

[There’s] nothing like walking through the halls and being able to see people you haven’t seen in a year or talked to in a year, at least not face to face.

There’s something about the relationship building and the camaraderie that happens after you continuously attend, go to an event, share space, have conversations . . . there’s a certain family or bonding that occurs.

And I would say that when you get to that point, then you understand that missing Convention is more than just missing a meeting. It’s almost like you’re missing seeing your old friends.

In addition to that, I get a chance to make new friends every year. Convention is a place where not just the same people come, but new people come all the time, whether it’s from a presenting standpoint or from new people attending the conference.

So your family is always extending, your NCTE family is always growing. And I appreciate that about NCTE. It’s big, but it’s [also] not big. It’s large in number, but you also have an opportunity to find your place in the family.”

Tonya Perry
NCTE member

“Why do I attend Convention and what do I enjoy most about it?

I’ll be honest: it’s the family. I have an English language arts family nationally and internationally that I would not give up for anything.

[There’s] nothing like walking through the halls and being able to see people you haven’t seen in a year or talked to in a year, at least not face to face.

There’s something about the relationship building and the camaraderie that happens after you continuously attend, go to an event, share space, have conversations . . . there’s a certain family or bonding that occurs.

And I would say that when you get to that point, then you understand that missing Convention is more than just missing a meeting. It’s almost like you’re missing seeing your old friends.

In addition to that, I get a chance to make new friends every year. Convention is a place where not just the same people come, but new people come all the time, whether it’s from a presenting standpoint or from new people attending the conference.

So your family is always extending, your NCTE family is always growing. And I appreciate that about NCTE. It’s big, but it’s [also] not big. It’s large in number, but you also have an opportunity to find your place in the family.”

Tonya Perry
NCTE member

If you’re pitching convention registration to your administrators right now, share this video from NCTE President-Elect and Program Chair Leah Zuidema.
She offers concrete examples of the benefits of participation.

 

 

“If you’re an administrator, I’d like to encourage you to advocate for the teachers and educators in your building.

I serve as an academic administrator and have done so–this is my seventh year as an associate provost. I understand well what it means for budget to send people to conferences. I also understand very well what it means to have to deal with teacher turnover and issues of retention. And when I think about the cost of sending a teacher to a conference for professional development, for their growth, to know that their school or their district cares about them, it’s so high value to invest in a teacher and have them spend those days here.

It truly is investing in your students. They come back with ideas. They come back with a renewed vigor for studying and growing. They come back with a network for continued learning. They come back ready to share with others in your school.

When we review our sessions and our proposals for the conference, we look very carefully that we are choosing sessions where the pedagogies, the curricular ideas are based on research, they’re sound, they’re focused on student learning, on outcomes, on things that can be assessed, that we know will work.

We have high confidence and want to be able to recommend this Convention to you.”

Leah Zuidema
NCTE President-Elect and Program Chair