2020 NCTE Virtual Annual Convention

November 19-22, 2020

This fall, when we come together online, let’s read, write, speak, listen, and view with curiosity.  Together, we will be a confluencia of our songs.

Read our most recent update on transitioning to a virtual environment.

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Convention Attendee & Presenter FAQ

If you have any question regarding the 2020 NCTE Virtual Annual Convention that we don’t answer in this FAQ, please contact annual2020@ncte.org.


Q: Why is the NCTE Annual Convention moving from an in-person event in Denver to a virtual event?

A: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCTE—along with most large-scale conference organizers—is moving its Convention to a virtual format this year.


Q: What will the virtual event look like?

A: NCTE staff is working with the program chair and other volunteers to develop a dynamic and immersive virtual experience including as many of the sessions and presenters from the original 2020 Annual Convention as possible, with more than 400 sessions (76 live, 56 scheduled, and 266 on-demand) designed to engage, inspire, and expand your professional development.


Q: Can I receive continuing education credits for the virtual 2020 NCTE Annual Convention?

A: Yes, http://convention.ncte.org/2020-convention/whyattend/ will be updated with the new information.


Q: I was chosen to present at the 2020 NCTE Annual Convention. Will I be part of the virtual NCTE Annual Convention?

A: Continuing with the vibrant virtual professional learning and sharing opportunities we have introduced during the past few months, we are planning an engaging virtual experience for Convention attendees. We will build upon the dynamic professional learning opportunities that NCTE has pioneered since March. We intend to include as many presenters in the new Convention format as is practical. As soon as we have more information, we will be in touch with you first, as a vested participant at NCTE 2020. Until then, we thank you for your patience as we continue to create an outstanding program for 2020. If you were accepted to the original 2020 NCTE Annual Convention program, we encourage you to list this on your curriculum vitae.


Q: Does NCTE offer scholarships to cover Annual Convention registration?

A: Yes! We are happy to announce that NCTE is accepting applications for scholarships to cover the cost of 2020 Annual Convention registration! Early career educators, teachers from under-represented groups, non-tenure-track faculty, unemployed NCTE members, and those who do not otherwise have the funds to pay for registration are encouraged to apply. Please follow this link for all of the details and to submit an entry form.

Donations are being accepted from anyone who would like to support educators through this scholarship. Any amount is welcome. We will have more information in the weeks to come!

This is an evolving program and it is our goal to provide opportunities for donation and scholarships on an annual basis. NCTE is stronger when everyone can contribute to and benefit from the resources, community, and expertise that are offered at this event each year.


Q: Can I donate to the scholarship fund to help others attend Convention this year?
A: Donations to the scholarship fund will pay for convention scholarships. Decisions on the recipients will be made by members who have been selected to review requests, prioritize scholarships, and advise the NCTE 2020 Program Chair. Please respectfully refrain from lobbying for the selection of a specific individual to receive a scholarship. If you are interested in assisting a specific colleague in attending the Convention, we encourage you to work with them directly to pay for or defray the registration fee. Any donated funds remaining at the close of the 2020 Annual Convention will be automatically applied to scholarships for the 2021 Annual Convention.


Q: Will there be an Exhibit Hall?

A: Yes. NCTE is planning a virtual exhibit hall with opportunities for exhibitors and attendees to interact, and ways to encourage attendees to spend time with exhibitors.


Q: When and where is the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention?

A: The 2021 NCTE Annual Convention will take place November 18–21, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky. The proposal system will be live in November or December 2020; proposals will be due in mid-January. We will share information in the NCTE member newsletter, INBOX.