Michael Day, professor of English and director of First-Year Composition at NIU, recently hosted the Centennial Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), which drew 6,800 English teachers from across the country and overseas.
The convention was held the week of Nov. 17 at the Chicago Hilton and Palmer House.
As general chair, Day supervised a local committee of 200 volunteers, who handled convention logistics.
To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of NCTE, which was founded in Chicago in 1911, Day arranged for the city to welcome teachers with 8-foot-high NCTE Centennial banners that graced the light poles on Michigan Avenue, as well as State, Monroe and Balbo streets.
Teachers also celebrated the occasion with sessions on the council’s history, timeline posters and a gala party, with cake and a champagne toast.
NCTE also arranged with Chicago Public Schools to give teachers a professional development “in service” day at the conference. One thousand teachers attended.