Excellence in Education Conference


University of Dallas

Excellence in Education Conference

“Light the World through Literacy” 

Saturday,  March 2, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: University of Dallas Campus, Gorman Lecture Center & SB Hall


Join us for this informative and interactive conference, where you’ll hear from engaging speakers on current and relevant topics as we discuss critical issues in education. You can also earn four hours of CPE credit. This conference brings together scholars, researchers, educators, pre-service teachers, professionals and other groups interested in teacher education to discuss timely topics in the educational sciences.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Breakout Topics: 

  • Engaging Students with Multicultural and Culturally Relevant Literature by Dr. Carmen Newstreet and Dr. Amie Sarker
  • What are they thinking? The Boy Brain, Behavior and Learning by Dr. Janette Boazman
  • Digital Tools for Learning and Literacy by James Tiggeman, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Irving ISD and Shannon Hoff, Digital Learning Coach, Irving ISD 
  • Understanding Dyslexia and Learning Differences by John Hodges, Scholars Coordinator/SEE Co-Coordinator, June Shelton School (2 sessions)
  • Basic Elements of Fiction Writing by Ms. Sherry Garland
  • Seesaw for Beginners by James Tiggeman, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Irving ISD and Shannon Hoff, Digital Learning Coach, Irving ISD  
  • Exploring Socio-Cultural Status through Literature by Dr. Stefan Novinski 
  • The Importance of and Strategic Connections Between Independent, Interactive, and Shared Reading by Rita Ruiz, Elementary ELAR Coordinator, Irving ISD
  • Innovations in Teaching Across the Curriculum by University of Dallas Education Students
    • Mary Goodykoontz, Favier Hu, Mackenzie Tano, Jackie Landry, and Carolina Herrera

Student Poster Presentations:

  • One Caring and Connected Thread: An Interview with Educator Mrs. Mary Ligon by Megan Best
  • Second Language Acquisition Through the Lens fo Krashen by Bryan DeLaCruz
  • The Effects of Sports on Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Development by John Paul Diffenthaller
  • Sources of Math Self-Efficacy Through the Lens of Bandura by Emily Feller
  • The Power of Positive Reinforcement thought the Lens of Skinner by Rachel Mohr
  • Are you more Creative than a Four-Year Old? Through the Lens of Werner by Julia Rowley
  • Montessori Techniques by Margaret Novacek and Favier Hu
  • Identity in Middle School through the Lenses of Erikson and Marcia by Claire Schwartz and Katie Offen
  • The Power of the Parent: Effects of Media Upon Growth and Development by Teresa Vall
  • Dr. Jason Lewallen: Reflections on Mentorship, Diversity, and Teacher Preparation by Madison Vielhauer


Register Today

Principals - If your school is planning to pay for a group of teachers/administrators to attend the conference, please contact Kathryn Penland at (972) 721-5389 or kpenland@udallas.edu.   We are happy to invoice your school or district to help your registration.  All we need is the name, title, email, and school of those registering for the conference.

Where to Park:

Conference will begin at the Gorman Lecture Center is Building #6 on the campus map.  Parking is best in lots J, K, L, N. If parking is not available in those lots, please use B or P near the dorms and our main entrance.  

Lunch & the Keynote Speaker will be in SB Hall, building #34 on the map.

Signs will be located around campus to direct to the Gorman Lecture Center for the conference.

Past Conferences 

2018 - Keynote Speaker Donalyn Miller is an award-winning Texas teacher and the author of several books on engaging children with reading, including The Book Whisperer (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and Reading in the Wild (Jossey-Bass, 2013).

2017 - Keynote Speaker John Seidlitz is an independent educationalconsultant and the founder of Seidlitz Education, as well as the author of several publications, including 7 Steps to Developing a Language-Rich Interactive
Classroom®, that prepare teachers for today’s diverse and challenging classrooms.


Junior Education Major Favier Hu presenting on Montessori Techniques

Senior Education Major Rachel Mohr presenting on the Power of Positive Reinforcement

Junior Education Major Carolina Herrera presenting on Montessori vs. Traditional Schools

Graduate Education Student Lisa Saman presenting on "Funds of Knowledge"



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