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.


Interested in Exploring Baltimore?

This vibrant city has so much to offer, we bet you’ll want to carve out a few hours to explore! To help you plan your visit, check out these resources below:


This Visit Baltimore guide features various events and attractions you can visit while in town. Since the city is gearing up to celebrate the “Year of the Woman” in 2020, celebrating the 100th anniversary of voting rights for women, page 32 provides you with short itineraries which include visiting local businesses exclusively owned by women. In particular, they recommend Greedy Reads, a bookstore in Fell’s Point.



As you plan your visit, the city of Baltimore is also providing NCTE convention registrants with a new tool to secure discounts and deals at local businesses. All you have to do is download this mobile app. You simply sign up for the mobile pass and show it at the participating location.





Charm City Circulator: Free bus service with four routes that go north-south and east-west, to many attractions and hotels. Take the Banner Route to get from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry. The circulator runs every 15-20 minutes, seven days a week; hours vary.

Baltimore Water Taxi: Baltimore’s most scenic way to get around, with stops from the Inner Harbor to Canton. For a one-price, all-day pass, you can ride around the harbor or hop on and off to visit attractions and have lunch.

Electric Scooters: Baltimore’s newest mode of transportation, electric scooters are available throughout the city. With an app, you can pick up a scooter wherever you find one, scoot around town and drop the scooter off, when you are done. Helmets and drivers’ licenses are required.

MTA: Maryland’s public transit authority operates the Light Rail and the Metro Subway, plus more than 60 bus routes throughout the city. Check the website for schedules and routes.



This set of resources can point you to restaurants, markets, breweries, and more.


There are many great bookstores throughout the city. Here is a list of “The Best Independent Bookstores in Baltimore,” according to Culture Trip. Note that the bookseller in our Exhibit Hall will be The Ivy Bookshop, so you’ll be able to visit them even if you don’t leave the Convention Center!



  • 5th – Baltimore’s place on Forbes’ list of Top 10 rising cities for startups
  • 5th – Baltimore’s ranking in Entrepreneur magazine’s list of “Top Cities for Minority Entrepreneurs”
  • 2nd – Baltimore’s place in a SmartAsset study of the best cities for women in tech
  • Named by The Wall Street Journal as one of “Three Best U.S. Cities for Recent College Grads”
  • Listed in Popular Mechanics’ ranking of the “25 Best Maker Cities in the U.S.”
  • Featured in Thrillist’s 16 “Best American Cities for Creatives (That You Can Actually Afford to Live In)”