TCTELA wants to connect with you beyond the annual conference. Sections are patterned after our parent organization, the National Conference of Teacher of English, and provide the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues throughout Texas all year long. Groups meet during the year via online options to share best practices and develop various resources to support the needs of the section. Read our Section Newsletter for ways to get involved! Find your section below and your section chair here.

Summer Writing Confab 

Writing can be an intimidating process. However, the process can become easier transforming into a beautiful relationship once you have found a solid support group. This is what we aim to birth this summer. All members are welcomed to apply and are encouraged to share with colleagues a nd student teachers.

The confab is a six-week experience in which members will work towards developing fruitful writing habits or routines, learn about publishing, hone in on craft and voice, and complete one targeted piece of writing.

The confab will meet on the following dates between June 13th- July 25th. All gatherings will be virtual. There will be a meet-up opportunity for those who live in the Houston area. That will result in a synchronous confab gathering. Zoom info will be emailed a week before meetings. See below for dates and times:

Sunday, June 13th at 11:30 am
Saturday, June 26th at 11:30 am
Saturday, July 10th at 11:30 am
Saturday, July 17th at 11:30 am
Sunday, July 25th at 11:30 am (Houston meet up/Synchronous gathering)

All Sections Welcome!  Sign Up Here!

The High School Section is all about supporting, encouraging, and growing secondary educators that are focused on equity and celebrate diversity in their classrooms.  Two major projects of the High School Section are our ongoing podcast, Learnin & Yearnin, and through additions to lessons in our mentor bank.  We meet monthly to discuss our outreach opportunities, to discuss major issues, and to share our celebrations. To join, use this link to get to our survey.


Our Teacher Development section commits to supporting ELAR coordinators, coaches, administrators, professors, and other teacher developers in growth and community.

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Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts is dedicated to nurturing, fostering, and supporting pre-service English teachers by offering quality professional development experiences and opportunities to build relationships with veteran teachers across the state. Click here to apply for the Preservice Teacher Grant. Applications are being accepted through November of each year.