2022 Conference

Host hotel and conference location:

Moody Gardens Galveston Island Hotel, Spa & Convention Center

Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX. 77554

(409) 744-4673

Sleeping rooms - Run of the House: $159*
Complimentary Self Parking

Reserve your sleeping room here!

*TCTELA Conference sleeping room discount is available on a limited basis until February 2, 2022.

Attendees register online here by credit card or purchase order.

Attendee Registration Form to print and mail with check.

Email [email protected] with any questions.

Undergraduate Student Grants available until December 1, 2021. Apply here

Sponsor and exhibitor registration is now open! Sponsorship opportunities are available here.




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NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, Palestinian-American, is the Young People’s Poet Laureate of the United States (Poetry Foundation). For 2019-2020 she was the poetry editor of the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Selected for Lifetime Achievement Awards by the National Book Critics Circle and the Texas Institute of Letters in both 2019 and 2020, she has conducted writing workshops all over the world and published more than 35 books of poetry and prose. She lives with her husband, documentarian/photographer Michael Nye, in San Antonio, Texas. They have one son and one grandson.
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KELLY GALLAGHER is a literacy education author and consultant, specializing in the teaching of English Language Arts for grades 4-12. Informed by a 35-year teaching career, Kelly has developed and shares an ever-evolving body of work that helps teachers engage and empower even the most reluctant readers and writers. Kelly is the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association and the author of several professional development books, including Readicide and Write Like This, and two books co-written with Penny Kittle, 180 Days and Four Essential Studies.
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KATE ROBERTS is a national literacy consultant, top-selling author, and keynote speaker. She taught reading and writing in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a literacy coach before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in 2005, where she worked as a Lead Staff Developer for 11 years. Kate's latest book, A Novel Approach, asks how we can teach whole class novels while still holding onto student centered practices like readers workshop. She is also the co-author of Falling in Love with Close Reading (with Christopher Lehman), DIY Literacy (with Maggie Beattie Roberts), and she co-wrote two Units of study books on Literary Essay. Her work with students across the country has led to her belief that all kids can be insightful, academic thinkers when the work is demystified, broken down and made engaging. Kate has worked nationally and internationally to help teachers, schools, and districts develop and implement strong teaching practices and curriculum. 
Saturday General Session
JULIA E. TORRES is a nationally recognized veteran language arts teacher-librarian in Denver, Colorado. Julia facilitates teacher development workshops rooted in the areas of anti-racist education, equity and access in literacy and librarianship, and education as a practice of liberation. Julia's work has been featured on NPR, AlJazeera’s The Stream, PBS Education, KQED’s MindShift, Rethinking Schools, Learning for Justice Magazine, and many more. She is a current Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award committee member, a member of both the Book Love Foundation and ALAN boards of directors, an Educolor Steering committee member, a The Educator Collaborative Book Ambassador, and a co-founder of #DisruptTexts.

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MINH LÊ is the author of the picture books Lift (Eisner Award nominee) and Drawn Together (winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature) illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, Let Me Finish! (named an NPR Best Book of 2016) illustrated by Isabel Roxas, and The Perfect Seat illustrated by Gus Gordon (all published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). He also wrote Green Lantern: Legacy, a middle grade graphic novel (illustrated by Andie Tong) for DC Comics. In addition to writing books, he serves on the Board of We Need Diverse Books and has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, The Horn Book, NPR, and HuffPost.

Outside of spending time with his wonderful wife and children at their home in San Diego, his favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book.
Sunday Workshop
SARA K. AHMED currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Integration and 5th-grade advisor at Catherine Cook School in Chicago. She has taught and coached in city, suburban, public, independent, and international schools, where her classrooms were designed to help students consider their own identities and see the humanity in others. When she is not in the classroom or meeting with teachers, you can find her coaching cross country, soccer, or basketball.



The Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (TCTELA)  is excited to welcome teachers to Galveston, Texas and the 57th annual conference and exposition February 18-20, 2022. When planning for this conference, the many variables surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic led the TCTELA Board to consider a new style of conference for 2022: the hybrid conference. Our goal is for all members to have an avenue where they can comfortably and safely interact with their peers during the annual conference. A hybrid conference provides that opportunity. 

What does hybrid conference mean for TCTELA 2022?

Conference participants will have the ability to choose how they experience the conference this year: in-person or virtually through an online platform like last year. Attendees who choose to attend the conferences online will have the opportunity to watch all keynote speakers live as well as access to a variety of the workshop sessions that have been pre recorded to ensure a quality experience. 

Attendees must decide how they want to attend at the time of registration. If choosing to attend in person, participants must agree to follow all the guidelines below concerning Covid-19 safety measures. 

In order to plan for the conference, changes from one format to the other will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis before December 17. All keynote speaker sessions and a selection of workshop sessions will be recorded and available to all conference participants for 60 days from the close of the conference. 


TCTELA wants all participants to have a safe and enjoyable conference experience. We strongly recommend all in-person conference attendees be fully vaccinated  against Covid prior to attending. 

Attendees, exhibitors and all other service providers must adhere to the safety protocols required by Moody Gardens. Additionally, TCTELA will expect all participants to comply with the current Center for Disease Control and Prevention Standards, including: 

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Maintain physical distance as recommended by CDC guidelines
  • Wear masks while in the presence of others as recommended by CDC guidelines

TCTELA will provide the following safety measures:

  • A basic health screener and temperature scanner at the conference entry point
  • Hand sanitizer outside each session for participants as they enter.
  • Facemasks will be available for attendees 
  • TCTELA Board Members and staff will be required to wear masks
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes available in meeting rooms
  • Health and safety signage will be strategically placed as friendly reminders of best practice. 

Moody Gardens Conference Hotel Safety Measures

  • Hotel and convention center staff will be required to wear masks
  • Seating capacity will be reduced in concurrent sessions 
  • Seating capacity will be reduced for luncheons and general sessions.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the hotel and convention center and are maintained
  • Gloves will be provided to use when handling serving utensils when food is provided

Responsibility Waiver

By choosing to attend the in-person option for the 2022 Texas Council of Teacher of English Language Arts Annual Conference and Exposition at Moody Gardens in Galveston, you acknowledge there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people gather. We expect attendees to follow CDC guidance and all posted instructions while attending the conference to ensure the health and safety of all who participate. 

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

Registrations may be cancelled or transferred up to December 17th and will incur a $50 cancellation/name change fee. No refunds will be provided after that date. 


If you are experiencing symptoms, have COVID-19, or think you may have been exposed, stay home and contact [email protected] We will transfer your registration to the virtual option. 

Thank you for your support of TCTELA!

Photos from TCTELA 2020