BALTIMORE, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 8,000 English teachers from across the country will gather in Baltimore, Nov. 21–24 for the 109th Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). They will discuss crucial concerns to the field, including innovative ways to teach grammar and to get students excited and engaged in the study of English, language arts, literacy, literature, and composition.
Nearly 300 renowned authors will be speaking, reading, and signing books, including George Takei, actor and author of the New York Times bestselling graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy; Tara Westover, bestselling author of the memoir Educated; co-authors of Dark Sky Rising Henry Louis Gates, Jr., distinguished Harvard University professor, and Tonya Bolden, award-winning author of books for children and young adults; and 2019 Newbery Award winner Meg Medina.
The NCTE Annual Convention brings together nationally recognized experts in language arts education, from preK through college, to discuss new ideas, strategies, and best practices for teaching literacy, language, and composition. The 800+ topics will include how to create a culture of readers, redefining the canon, classroom equity, and multilingualism. NCTE will also highlight its Build Your Stack® initiative, in which authors and educators talk about their favorite books and how to use them in the classroom.
"The Annual Convention highlights teacher expertise in language, literacy, and literature, and creates access to new and beloved authors and books, to bring back to their students and classrooms," says Emily Kirkpatrick, NCTE Executive Director.
On Sat., Nov. 23, the NCTE Penguin Random House Awards will be presented to two outstanding educators in the field, as will the five NCTE Leadership Awards. The winners of the 2019 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and the 2019 Award for Poetry for Children, will also be announced.
"In our days together here in Baltimore, we will be imagining, composing, and revising new futures for the students in our classrooms and communities," says Leah Zuidema, 2019 Annual Convention Program Chair and NCTE President-Elect. "We will be crafting questions that matter, pursuing studies that dig deeper, and sharing findings that demand action."
To learn more, visit www.convention.ncte.org or follow us at #NCTE19.
About the National Council of Teachers of English
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is the nation's most comprehensive literacy organization, supporting more than 25,000 teachers of preK through college. Through the expertise of its members, NCTE has served at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911. For more information, visit the website: www.ncte.org.
SOURCE National Council of Teachers of English