Attending Homecoming

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Why Attend?

  • Celebrate, learn, strategize, and begin to heal before the start of a new academic year with focused content emphases such as critical media literacy and intellectual freedom.
  • Customize your professional learning: Homecoming provides multiple, exciting tracks and session options. You can choose your own adventure and engage in the content most relevant to your development, aligned to the topics and issues that are most pressing to your professional setting. Topics include, but are not limited to, battling censorship, culturally responsive pedagogy, book selection, and more. The most recently updated Homecoming program can be accessed here.
  • Build your professional learning network: This point in time represents a critical one for educators to learn from and lean on one another. Attendees from various work settings, experience levels, and areas of the country will join you in person. In just two days, you’ll build a wider and deeper network. Presentations include content for (and from!) early career educators.
  • Meet beloved authors and thinkers: The list of keynote speakers is impressive, highlighted by Celeste Ng, Matt de la Peña, Ruta Sepetys, Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Frank X Walker, and Shelly C. Lowe, and additional speakers and sessions are continuously being added. Altogether, this makes for a can’t-miss program.
  • Get credit for your learning: Check with your school or district to see if participation in the NCTE’s Homecoming event will count toward your recertification. NCTE provides a certificate of participation and has partnered with the University of San Diego to offer 2.0 graduate-level semester hours of continuing education credit. Visit the course page for further details about continuing education credit. Note that each state has different rules for recertification processes, so be sure to check documentation requirements prior to the conference.

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Why is Homecoming in Louisville, Kentucky?

The decision to locate the Homecoming event closer to the East Coast was made not only in counterpoint to the West Coast location of the 2022 NCTE Annual Convention (Anaheim, California), but because Louisville is within a day’s drive for over half of the US population. Locating Homecoming in Louisville makes it a very accessible opportunity and will allow for maximum drivability for many teachers this summer.

What will I gain from attending Homecoming?

Depending on which workshops and sessions you attend, you might go home with lesson plans, original writing of your own, strategies for advocacy, and much more. Plus you’ll be returning home with new ideas and inspiration, ready to share with your students, colleagues, and communities.

What are “NCTE Homecoming Keynote Sessions”?

Keynote sessions are the events that bring all attendees together in one space. No other concurrent sessions are taking place during these times. They feature keynote speakers and other presentations relevant to the audience as a whole.

Will I be able to meet authors at Homecoming?

Yes, though the experience is likely to be different from that of the NCTE Annual Convention. While some trade authors will be in attendance, as you’ll soon see in our speaker line-up, the focus of this event is bringing the NCTE community together for healing and forward planning, so you’ll see a concentration on professional (member) authors, attending along with trade authors as part of the NCTE family.

When is the Exhibit Hall open?

The Exhibit Hall will have hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Will you provide ASL or other accommodations?

All NCTE keynote sessions will have ASL. If you want to request other accommodations, please contact before June 30, 2022.

In what time zone is Louisville, KY?

Louisville is in the Eastern time zone.

What are the general hours for all programming?

Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – followed by a Social Event with Live Entertainment in the evening.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to as late as 1 p.m. (Each track will determine their own end time).

See this daily overview.


Is there a cut-off date for registration?

Registration for Homecoming will be available on-site in Louisville at the full registration rate. Advance registration is recommended to take advantage of hotel block availability.

Can I register for one day only?

No, one-day registration is not available for this event.

I have a question about becoming an NCTE member.

Visit our website for a full list of benefits that come with membership. Customer Service is available at or 877-369-6283 to assist with questions.

Do I need a separate ticket to attend the NCTE Workshops Saturday afternoon?

No, you do not need a separate ticket. If you select the NCTE Track during registration, you will be able to attend all NCTE concurrent sessions and the workshops in your registration track, as well as the Keynote Sessions.

Are there any discounts available for my team or department?

Yes! You can greatly enhance your Homecoming experience by bringing a team, and we offer a 10% discount when registering 8 or more attendees. If you’re interested, contact us! Every member of your team will return to work energized by what they’ve learned and ready to collaborate on implementing the new ideas.

What is included with my conference registration?

Registration includes access to all NCTE Keynote Sessions, two meals, and the programming during breakout times for whichever track you are attending (e.g., NCTE or ELATE or LLA). All attendees will also have access to the Social Event on Friday evening and to the Exhibit Hall space.

I’m registered for Homecoming, but now want to attend ELATE, LLA, or the Affiliate Leadership Meeting. What should I do?

If you need to change your registration, or if what you are seeing does not match how you registered for Homecoming, please contact us immediately at


NCTE Event Policies

Please see this link for our Policies.

Am I required to be vaccinated?

Yes, please see this link for additional details and our Health Policy.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

Due to the changing conditions created by COVID-19 and is variants, NCTE is continually monitoring and evaluating our heath and safety protocols for the upcoming Homecoming Event. Based on this evaluation NCTE is making mask a requirement while attending NCTE Homecoming unless actively eating or drinking. This mask requirement is in addition to the Health and Safety protocols that have already been announced.

What is NCTE doing proactively to protect the health and safety of all participants?

NCTE is planning for most rooms to be at 75% capacity to allow for additional spacing. We are also working with Louisville Tourism to have at least one evening event outside. Please see this link to our Health Policy for additional information.


What are the official hotels for Homecoming and how can I secure a room?

NCTE has room blocks at two hotels: the Marriott Louisville Downtown and the Galt House. The Marriott Louisville Downtown is the host for ELATE and the Affiliate Leadership programming. The Galt House is a historic hotel on the Ohio River and was renovated in 2020. To book a room, please visit the Hotel and Travel page.

I am driving to Louisville. Where can I park?

Please visit the Hotel & Travel page for additional information.

What is the best airport to fly into?

Please visit the Hotel & Travel page for additional information.

What else is there to do in Louisville?

Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail

Ali Center – Ali Center

Slugger Museum – Slugger Museum


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