Annual Convention: November 21-24, 2024     


Note: this page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Where is the 2023 NCTE Annual Convention?

The 2023 NCTE Annual Convention will take place in Columbus, Ohio, primarily at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street. View maps of the Convention Center.

In what time zone are the Convention times?

Times for all sessions are Eastern Standard Time.

Now that I’ve been accepted, how do I make changes to my proposal/session?

See the emails presenters were sent in August with instructions for signing into the speaker service center, where you will be able to accept or decline your invitation to present, view your session date and time, confirm that your speaker profile information and session information are correct, add or remove speakers from your session, and sign the speaker agreement.

What else do I need to know about presenting?

See our tips for presenters; this page will be updated as needed leading up to the Convention.

Do you have tips for poster presentations?

Yes! See this page on our website.

When will registration open?

Registration for the NCTE Annual Convention, CEL Annual Convention, and ALAN Workshop is now open!

Where can I find information on travel and on booking hotel rooms?

The Hotel & Travel page includes information on reserving  your hotel room, travel discounts, and more.

NOTE! You can also visit the Experience Columbus hotel page to search housing options and availability near the Greater Columbus Convention Center (narrow your search by selecting “Downtown”, “University”, and ” Airport’ “Short North” regions).

What are the hours of the Convention?

Tentative hours for the Convention are below and are subject to change.

  • Wednesday, November 15: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET (registration only)
  • Thursday, November 16: 7:30 a.m. – 7:15 p.m. ET
  • Friday, November 17: 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, November 18: 7:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, November 19: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET (NCTE Workshops and ALAN and CEL programming begins after NCTE’s closing general session; schedules to be announced)
  • Monday, November 20: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET (ALAN and CEL programming only, schedules to be announced)
  • Tuesday, November 21: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (ALAN and CEL programming only, schedules to be announced)

When will the Exhibits be open?

  • Friday, November 17: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

What is the format of the Convention?

NCTE’s 2023 Convention is an in-person event. The unique qualities of this event are such that a hybrid format cannot meet the expectations of NCTE’s Annual Convention. NCTE recognizes that hybrid-format events allow particular benefits; however, both the participation rates and experiences of attending a hybrid Convention remotely in 2022 provided insight that such experiences are inequitable.

What are the different session types?

  • Committee Meeting: for business meetings of NCTE committees, assemblies, caucuses, conferences, or associations
  • Half-Day Workshop: longer session devoted to a topic; registration fee will be charged
  • Individual Proposal: with 1-2 presenters; will be combined with 2-3 other proposals to create a panel under a new session title and description
  • Panel Presentation: with 3 or more panelists
  • Poster Sessions: physical poster presented at a poster board
  • Roundtable Session: multiple presenters present on topics; attendees usually listen to 2-3 talks during the session
  • Special Interest Group: for NCTE assemblies, caucuses, or conferences

What are the strands?

Convention sessions with a special focus or in special sequences fall into session strands. Attend multiple sessions within a single strand for an in-depth learning experience with any of these important themes.

  • Early Childhood Education Strand sessions focus on issues pertaining to the education of children from birth to age eight, their families, and their teachers. Early literacy is a key concept in these sessions that also address diversities in early childhood and highlight practices and processes that are situated in social, historical, and cultural contexts.
  • ELATE (English Language Arts Teacher Educators) Strand sessions focus on issues, research, and practices pertaining to teacher development, professional development, and teacher education programs, including preservice and induction programs. These sessions highlight the practice of those who prepare literacy educators or support their continued development through courses, workshops, and inquiry.
  • LGBTQIA+ Strand sessions focus on issues pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and plus students, their families, and their teachers. These sessions address representations of sexual and affectional difference, and they offer a broad understanding of diversity, free inquiry and expression, critical pedagogy, and democratic teaching practices. The sessions encourage the creation of safer, more inclusive schools.
  • LLA (Literacies and Languages for All) Strand sessions focus on whole language theory and practice and are reviewed by LLA leaders. These sessions push understandings of critical literacy, inquiry, and collaborative learning, and integrate literacy with other sign systems and knowledge systems situated in social, historical, political, and cultural contexts.
  • National Writing Project Strand (NWP) Strand sessions focus on research, practice, and innovation at Writing Project sites, including promising designs for professional learning and leadership programs; youth, community, and civic engagement projects; and fresh looks at curriculum and pedagogy in the teaching of writing. These sessions highlight the potential of teacher-leaders, and educators more broadly, to work collectively to improve the teaching of writing for all learners.
  • Rainbow Strand sessions focus on issues and strategies related to teaching and affirming culturally and linguistically diverse students, especially African Americans, Latinxs, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
  • Research Strand sessions have been chosen through a refereed selection process sponsored by the NCTE Standing Committee on Research (SCR). Although reports and discussions of research are distributed throughout the Convention Program, sessions labeled “Research Strand” are those that report on rigorous and original research studies as refereed by the SCR.

Can I preorder books from the speakers?

Yes! Skip the line and order ahead from the local bookseller Prologue Bookshop. (we’ll add a link to the list of titles with ordering information when it is available). These titles are available only for pickup at the Columbus Convention Center during the 2023 NCTE speaker events, November 17–19.

How do I get a certificate of attendance?

To request a certificate of attendance for the NCTE Annual Convention, CEL Annual Convention, or ALAN Workshop, please email at the conclusion of the events.

Can I get graduate credit for attending the Convention?

You can earn graduate credit for attending the 2023 NCTE Annual Convention through the University of San Diego. Learn more and register here.

What are the Convention policies?

By attending the Convention, all attendees agree to follow NCTE Event Policies on Health & Safety, Code of Conduct, Mutual Respect & Anti-Harassment, Demonstrations, Presenter Registration, and Use of Multimedia.

Is there a Convention app?

Yes! To download the mobile app, search your app store for “Eshow Events.” Once installed, open the app, search for NCTE, and click download on the 2023 Convention. The access code for the mobile app will be listed in your registration confirmation email.

Accessibility Questions

Where can I rent a scooter or wheelchair?

See the Greater Columbus Convention Center accessibility website and guest services website for information on scooters and wheelchairs. Scooters are $50-$100 per day depending on the size of the scooter rented. (There is a $100 damage deposit required for all rentals.) Wheelchairs are free to borrow with an ID.

Registration Questions

Is there a cut-off date for registration?

Early-bird pricing expired on October 11.

Will registration be available onsite?

Attendees will be able to register online until the start of the Convention and onsite in Columbus during the times listed below (tentative schedule, subject to change).

  • Wednesday, November 15: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, November 16: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
  • Friday, November 17: 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, November 18: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, November 19: 6:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Monday, November 20: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

When can I contact NCTE Customer Service?

Convention attendees can contact NCTE Customer Service by email or by phone (877-369-6283) during the times listed below (tentative schedule, subject to change). Standard business hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

  • Wednesday, November 15:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, November 16: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday, November 17: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, November 18: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, November 19: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Monday, November 20: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, November 21: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET

Are there any discounts available for my team or department?

Yes! Discounts are available to NCTE members across all categories. In addition, you can greatly enhance your Annual Convention experience by bringing a team; group discounts are available. Details are posted on the registration page.

Is there a student rate?

Yes! We offer highly discounted rates for NCTE student members.

Are scholarships available?

The submission window for our Annual Convention Scholarships has now closed. Funds will be awarded on a rolling basis as available. Decisions are made by a committee of NCTE members appointed by the 2023 Program Chair.

Membership Questions

How do I become an NCTE member?

To learn more about the benefits of membership, including discounts on Annual Convention registration, please see our website.

Health & Safety Questions

What is NCTE’s Health and Safety Policy?

Please see NCTE Event Policies for information on the health and safety policies. These policies will be updated as necessary.

Convention Preview & Program

Where can I learn more about the Convention?

Search the online database of sessions to begin planning your 2023 NCTE Annual Convention schedule. Browse the Convention Preview magazine!

See the Convention Program:

2023 NCTE Annual Convention Program

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