What will the Advocacy and Leadership Summit be like?

This event is FREE to all NCTE members and includes:

  • One-and-a-half days of workshops, featured speakers, and other learning opportunities focused on teacher impact on education policy
  • Visits to legislative offices on Capitol Hill
  • The opportunity to network with members from across the country
  • Complimentary dinner, breakfast, and lunch
  • A personalized certificate of participation


Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging and transportation to and from the summit.


Featured Speakers


Laura Wides-Muñoz is the author of The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to Be American, her first book. It is based on nearly two decades of reporting on immigration, politics, and policy, much of it done while she was a staff writer for The Associated Press.

Previously, Wides-Muñoz also served as Vice President for Special Projects and Editorial Strategy at Univision’s English-language Fusion Network in Miami and as a senior story editor for the network’s award-winning TV and digital investigative teams.

Wides-Muñoz broke into journalism covering the end of the Guatemalan civil war and has reported from Cuba and throughout Central America. Her writing has been published inThe Washington Post,TheMiami Herald, The Guardian,The Providence Journal Bulletin, and The Los Angeles Times, among other outlets.


Elissa Nadworny is a reporter and editor for NPR. She covers education—from the research about preschool to why teenagers should learn about their own brains. She’s spent the last six months telling stories about who goes to college today and how schools can be more student-ready. In 2017, she won a Murrow Award for excellence in innovation. In addition to education, Nadworny has covered the Obama White House, Syrian refugees in Jordan, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and investigated the story behind her high school’s skeleton.

After the 2016 election, she traveled with Melissa Block  across the U.S., telling stories about how people’s identity is shaped by where they live. Their reporting won a 2018 James Beard Award.

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Nadworny has a bachelor’s degree in documentary film from Skidmore College and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.


Member Voices


Vikki Orepitan is a 9th grade Pre-AP English teacher at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, TX. This year she was awarded the Mercedes Bonner Leadership Award by TCTELA (Texas Chapter of NCTE) as well as the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award for publicly opposing her district’s ban of Angie Thomas’s novel, The Hate U Give. She has taught multiple levels of English as well as Ethics (Civics) to students in Abu Dhabi and in Texas in grades ranging from 7 to 12. Inspired by her childhood teachers, her college instructors, and her mentors, she wishes to empower educators (and students) to challenge injustice and model leadership in their communities.



Grace Eunhye Lee is a current NCTE Kent D. Williamson Policy Fellow, a teacher at Hinckley Big-Rock Middle School in Big Rock, Illinois, and a doctoral student at the University of Illinois. Her research involves education policy related to diversity and equity in the K-12 school setting.

Agenda (Updates Weekly)


Monday, April 8

Location: Hall of the States 

2:00 p.m.
Welcome and Overview

2:30–5:00 p.m.
Learning Sessions to Prepare for Advocacy on Capitol Hill and Beyond, Including:

  • Finding your Voice: A Censorship Story
    Victoria Orepitan, 2018 NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award Winner
  • Using NCTE Positions to Advocate for Policy and Practice
    Grace Lee, NCTE Kent Williamson Fellow

5:30–7:00 p.m.
Dinner at the Folger Shakespeare Library
Keynote by author Laura Wides-Muñoz followed by book signing


Tuesday, April 9

Location: TBA
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Logistics from NCTE

10:00–11:30 a.m.
Hill Visits / Guided tours of the Capitol

12 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address by Elissa Nadworny
Remarks from Ranking Member Virginia Foxx of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce

2:00 p.m.–3:30
Hill Visits / Guided tours of the Capitol

4:00 p.m.     Closing

Advocacy Day 2018 Recap


Take a peek at what last year’s event entailed. We look forward to more great experiences this year!