Indiana Council of Teachers of English — CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 2020 ICTE Conference

“Sparking Joy” of Teaching
University of Notre Dame, March 21, 2020

Building off of the success of our inaugural conference, the ICTE invites educators of all levels to submit proposals for the annual spring conference of the NCTE state affiliate. This year’s theme, Sparking Joy in Teaching, celebrates the practices, activities, and pedagogy that spark joy in you, in your students, and even in your broader school community.

Marie Kondo, of Netflix’s Tidying Up and “spark joy” fame, suggests that in a moment of joy, “every part or cell of your body lifts up little by little….” So, we want to hear about the teaching strategies, methods, skills, texts, topics, and content-specific materials that lift up you and your students.

What practice has been the most joyful for your teaching? What classroom activities spark joy in your students? What keeps you joyful and excited about teaching or about being a literacy educator? Consider drafting a conference proposal that showcases your favorite resource, practice, or curricula to support other teachers in making literacy learning a joyful experience for students.

This is YOUR time to shine — we want YOU to share the amazing things you do in your classroom!

As you draft your proposal, please choose one of the following formats:

  • Panel Presentation: 50-minute session featuring two or more speakers who will engage the audience around a common theme or question, leaving at least 10 minutes for audience questions and responses.
  • Workshop: 50-minute interactive session led by one or more speakers who will engage attendees in activities around a central topic, question, or theme.
  • Individual Presentation: 20-minute presentation led by one speaker; individual presentations will be paired by level, topic, or theme to make up one 50-minute session.

All proposals should include some element of interaction with session attendees. Please submit your proposal that identifies which type of session you are proposing and that clearly explains its relation to the theme Sparking Joy in Teaching. Proposals will be blinded and reviewed by the Proposal Review Committee.

Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Presenters are required to register for the conference and are encouraged to participate in all conference activities. Representatives from the Indiana Department of Education will be on hand to distribute educator PGPs to participants.

Ready to submit? Access our proposal submission form here.

Interested in being part of the team that plans the conference? If you would like to join the team of teachers who plan the conference, click here, and sign up. We would love to meet and collaborate with you!



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New Jersey English Journal

New Jersey English Journal, a peer-reviewed publication of New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, invites you to share submissions on the 2020 theme, “What’s Next? Embarking Upon a New Decade of English Language Arts.”

We seek research and practitioner-oriented pieces (1000-2000 words), as well as personal essays (700-1000 words) and other creative responses related to the theme and geared towards an audience of P–12 and postsecondary English Language Arts educators. In addition to submissions that respond to the theme, we also welcome poetry on the topic of teaching.

We welcome single and co-authored submissions from both veteran and new teachers, and we especially invite new writers, pre-service teachers, and graduate students to develop submissions. Writers are urged to read past editions available online at to review past successful submissions.

We invite you to respond to the theme of “What’s Next? Embarking Upon a New Decade of English Language Arts” by considering such questions as:

  • In what ways has the ELA classroom evolved? How, if at all, will the role of ELA teachers change in the future?
  • How and when can ELA teachers make space for new voices, texts, and approaches?
  • In what ways might interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches shape teaching and learning in ELA and beyond?
  • How have your teaching methods evolved over time, or in what ways do you anticipate they will evolve? What factor(s) catalyzed these shifts? (e.g, technological innovation, the sociopolitical landscape, learners’ interests & needs)
  • How can technology enhance traditional methods and/or create innovative modes for student communication, assessment, and learning? What opportunities and challenges does technology pose?
  • What’s next for ELA? Over the next 10 years, how will our students change? How might we need to change? Which traditions and practices will (or should) grow obsolete, and which should be preserved?

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, December 27, 2019, via All submissions will be reviewed through a double-blind process by multiple members of the Editorial Board. Submissions should not have been previously published or under review elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow MLA guidelines for citations. All writing should appear in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, and authors’ names and identifying information must be removed from all submissions. Send any queries to