Attending Homecoming

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 development: 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. 
  • 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, and Frank W. Walker, 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.

What is NCTE Homecoming?

NCTE Homecoming is a new event concept to help our community of teachers come together in person after teaching for over two years in a pandemic.

The NCTE Homecoming offers content tied to pressing interests in literacy education, including critical media literacy, intellectual freedom, literature, book selection, and so much more. The event also offers the opportunity to choose tracks tied to teacher education, drawing you into the English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE) special interest group within NCTE, the Literacies and Languages for All (LLA) special interest group within NCTE, as well as specialized content for leaders of NCTE’s state and regional affiliates known as the Affiliate Leadership Meeting (ALM).

How is Homecoming different from the NCTE Annual Convention in November?

Homecoming serves as the signature NCTE event of the 2022 summer, offering a new experience. It recognizes the unique needs of our time, as NCTE has not held an in-person event for our community since November 2019 as a result of the worldwide pandemic. The content speaks to the urgent needs of the summer. The Annual Convention will continue to provide opportunities for our field to offer high numbers of presentations, a larger number of keynotes and focus on new voices, a large exhibit hall, and content offered over a larger number of days.

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 can I do at Homecoming?

Rejuvenate with colleagues and draw energy from them as we turn into a new academic year! The event offers opportunities to learn and strategize together, recognizing that the needs of our students continue to rapidly evolve.

You can also choose among several tracks of programming:

What does “NCTE Track” mean?

NCTE Track is the track for everyone who is not participating in events from one of the affiliated groups joining us, such as ELATE and LLA. Don’t worry—there will be several times where all attendees, regardless of track, will come together, for example, during the NCTE Keynote sessions.

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 NCTEEvents@ncte.org before June 1, 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 3 p.m. (Each track will determine their own end time).

REGISTRATION RELATED

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 early-bird pricing and 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 CustomerService@ncte.org 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 CustomerService@ncte.org.

HEALTH & SAFETY

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?

NCTE will follow protocols that comply with any then-applicable local public health requirements and that are consistent with then-prevailing public health standards, as issued by the CDC (or other relevant public health authorities).

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.

LOGISTICS

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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