Annual Convention: November 21-24, 2024     

College Experience

NCTE’s College Section represents a wide diversity of experiences, reflected by a variety of Convention offerings.

You’ll find sessions presented by members active in our English Language Arts Teachers of English (ELATE) group that address the needs of those who work in teacher education at the college level. There are also sessions pertinent to teaching English in the two-year college, assessment in composition courses, first-year writing, and current research in the field. If you teach college English, you’ll be intrigued by a range of interesting sessions on literature. There’s truly something for everyone!

What kinds of sessions can I attend?

Throughout the Convention there are nearly 200 sessions designated of interest to college-level educators. Here are a few of the topics:

  • Innovative Strategies for Supporting Postsecondary Writing Development
  • Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies, Literacies, and Place in Native American Classrooms
  • What Our Tutors Know: The Advantages of Small Campus Tutoring Centers
  • Who Is Writing Student Papers? Addressing AI Generated Writing in Writing Courses
  • Connecting and Collaborating: An Evolving Mission for a New National Writing Project Site
  • Planning with Purpose: Nuts and Bolts for New College Classroom Teachers
  • From Visual Literacy to Community Literacy: Reflections from College Faculty as Teacher-Scholars of Color
  • Connecting the Processes in Academia: A Conversation on Navigating the Ranks of Academia in English Teacher Education
  • Reimagining Antiracist Curriculum and Praxis with Preservice Teachers: Critical Conversations in Book Clubs for Educators
  • Situating Persuasive Communication in Real-World Contexts

I’m a teacher educator—are there sessions for me?

Of course! The English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE) group puts together a special program with hundreds of sessions for those who are engaged in the preparation, support, and continuing education of teachers of English language arts/literacy. Sample session topics include:

  • Addressing the University-School Disconnect in Teacher Preparation
  • Complicating Conexiones: Finding and Building Relationships as Teacher Educators of Color
  • Contexts of Care for LGBTQ+ Teachers
  • Cultivating Critical Consciousness: Connecting Preservice Teachers, Pop Culture, and Critical Media Literacy
  • Digital and Multimodal Literacies in Teacher Education
  • Diverse and Digital Picture Books in Preservice Teacher Education
  • Facing Censorship: Preparing Educators to Teach Difficult or Controversial Books and Topics
  • NWP Site Development: Building Network Connections
  • Preservice Teachers Reading the Word and the World with Literacy Strategies
  • Reimagining Mentorship and Coaching for New ELA Teachers

Don’t miss these college level favorites!

Featured College Sessions: The College Section has designed special sessions that address current issues in the field that reverberate through our classrooms.

ELATE Luncheon: Celebrate the accomplishments of ELATE (English Language Arts Teacher Educators) members and enjoy a keynote address.
Friday, Nov. 17, 11:30 A.M.–1:30 P.M.

College Section Workshop: Join us for an immersive learning experience for college teachers.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:45–5:30 P.M.

What about Research?

Each year the Annual Convention features a carefully selected set of sessions devoted entirely to current research in the field, bringing together different perspectives on critical issues. You will be able to search the Research Strand on our online program to explore more than 100 sessions.



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