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.

See our program listings of live, scheduled, and on-demand sessions, as well as a list of exhibitors taking part in the virtual convention.

Registration Is Now Closed

2020 Virtual Annual Convention


Why Attend #NCTE20?

Attending the 2020 NCTE Virtual Annual Convention provides considerable opportunities for professional learning from the comfort of your home, office, or classroom. Typically, each November, thousands of literacy educators from across the country make the journey to a Convention that inspires their practice and rejuvenates their profession.

They collect strategies and best practices for teaching literacy, language, and composition. They learn new ideas for delivering instruction that engages students and addresses the most pressing needs within the school and district. This year, we’ve created many of the same opportunities for our first virtual Convention, which features nearly 400 sessions (76 live, 56 scheduled, and 266 on-demand). Attendees will have access to sessions for a full 60 days following the Convention!

NCTE’s Convention is the most historic annual literacy gathering for teachers and educators. Now celebrating its 111th consecutive year, #NCTE20 connects educators to the most passionate and energetic minds in literacy. Attendees will hear from leading education voices as well as hundreds of national authors, all engaging together around the pressing topics of the field.

Below, you’ll find a few tools we’ve put together to help you build a strong case for attending NCTE’s Virtual Annual Convention this November.


For information on scholarships to cover Convention registration costs, please see this website.




Participation Credits

Plan to virtually attend #NCTE20 with personal and school-based literacy goals in mind. Select sessions aligned to those goals and be prepared to explain how they will contribute to your professional know-how in these areas. 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.


“My first NCTE conference was easily the most fueling and invigorating ‘teacher thing’ I could do for myself.” —Alex Bondar


“I learned that spending my time, money, and effort to come to the national conference to present with my colleagues brings me closer to them in the shared expenditure of energy, and allows us to share some of the work we are doing at our high school with the rest of the teaching world.” —Tracy Brennan


“Authors sign novels, teachers present lessons, strangers become friends, and amid all this there is a shared love – for children, for teaching, for the power of words. I have always looked forward to it because there are few places I go where I’m surrounded by so many like-minded people at once.” —Amanda Atkins


Planning Resources


  • Download a Budget Planning Worksheet which includes suggestions and links for cost-savings
  • Review the value proposition for your students, yourself, your team, and your school
  • Download a Sample Letter Template for talking to administrators about attending the Convention
  • Hear from NCTE members and leaders on the benefits of attending Convention through these video statements
  • Learn what past participants say about their convention experiences through these testimonials
  • Check out these suggestions to help lower costs and help you raise money for your Convention costs in our Funding Guide