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MCTE is pleased to announce our

2023 Spring Conference

Sustaining the Language Arts

May 4-5, 2023

Holiday Inn & Suites-Downtown | Duluth, MN

Keynote speakers include Nicole Kronzer, writer, high school English teacher, and former professional actor(Unscripted and The Roof Over Our Heads); Robert B. Crisp, high school English and film teacher (Using Film to Unlock Student Literacy: A Teacher’s Guide); Tom Rademacher, 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year (It Won’t Be Easy and Raising Ollie); and Shannon Gibney, writer, educator, and activist (See No Color and Dream Country, among others). In addition, Dawn Quigley (Apple in the Middle; Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-To-Be Best Friend) will hold a breakout session on selecting Native American literature.

There will also be 30+ Breakout Sessions over this 2-day event—including topics such as Aligning with Minnesota 2020 ELA Standards, Teaching Diverse Literature, Facing Book Challenges, Supporting Reading and Vocabulary, Engaging Young Writers, and Sustaining Teachers and Teaching. Strands include Elementary, Middle Level, High School, and College-level presentations on a variety of reading and literacy related topics each day. Come join in the fun!

Standard Two-Day Registration Fee is $300

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Full-time students can request a discount code by contacting

Registration includes MCTE membership, breakfast, and lunch each day. WiFi will be available. CEUs will be provided at the end of the conference.

To avoid the late registration fee, please register by April 15.Full-time Student and Board Member registrations will not be available after April 15.


Tentative Schedule Thursday

Tentative Schedule Friday


 7:45-8:45 - Registration and breakfast

 8:45-9:45 - Opening Keynote: Nicole Kronzer 

 10:00 - 11:00 - Breakout Session 1

 11:10 - 12:10 - Breakout Session 2

 12:15 - Lunch

 1:00 - 2:00 - Lunch Keynote: Bryant Crisp

 2:15 - 3:00 - Breakout Session 3

 3:25 - 4:25 - Breakout Session 4

 7:45 - 8:45 - Registration and breakfast

 8:45 - 9:45 - Opening Keynote: Tom Rademacher

 10:00 - 11:00 - Breakout Session 5

 11:10 - 12:10 - Breakout Session 6

 12:15 - Lunch

 1:00 - 2:00 - Lunch Keynote: Shannon Gibney



MCTE will follow community COVID level information and CDC guidance for large public events in determining whether masks and proof of vaccination will be required for indoor conference spaces. We will contact registered attendees with an updated policy prior to the conference.


Holiday Inn & Suites reservations can be made using the link found below, or by calling the hotel directly at 218-722-1202, option 3. Refer to the MN Council of Teachers of English Block for a room rate starting at $119 per night. Reservations must be received no later than April 1, 2023.

Click here to book your hotel reservation at Holiday Inn & Suites!


If you need interpreters or other assistive services, please contact cannot be responsible for payment of these services without advance notification.

After registering, you will receive an automatic invoice by email. If you do not receive this email, you may have mistyped your email address. Contact MCTE's Secretary at to double-check your registration.

Shortly after the invoice, you will receive an email confirming your registration. If you are paying by school or personal check, this confirmation email will include instructions for mailing the check or bringing the check with you to the conference (after April 15).

If you pay online, you will receive an additional email confirming your payment.

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