A Few Notes about Preparing Your NCTE Annual Convention Proposal
- Each NCTE Annual Convention proposal must include teacher voices. Please provide teacher names within the proposal form.
- This proposal form will look a bit different from last year, as it is a new platform for us. If you have any questions as you are developing your proposal, please let us know (NCTEevents@ncte.org).
- If you would like a proposal coach to read your proposal draft, please contact NCTE by 9:00 a.m. ET, Monday, December 5 (NCTEevents@ncte.org).
- All submitters will be notified of their session status in Spring 2023.
- If selected to present, we will ask you to accept or decline your invitation by Friday, September 1, 2023.
- Please note that all presenters are required to register for the Convention.
- Submit your proposal by 9:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, January 18, 2023.
Explanation of 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
Explanation of 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.