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Excellence in Education Conference

University of Dallas
Excellence in Education Conference

“Language and Literacy” 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

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

Where: University of Dallas Campus, Gorman Lecture Center

Participants can receive 4 CPE credits. Lunch is provided.

The University of Dallas Education Department is pleased to announce its third “Excellence in Education Conference" to be held on the campus of the University of Dallas this coming March 7, 2020.

The main aim of the conference is to bring scholars, researchers, educators, pre-service teachers, professionals and other groups interested in teacher education to discuss, present, and/or access topics in the educational sciences. The Excellence in Education Conference provides an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various areas of education to share their theoretical knowledge, research findings, and educational practices with colleagues and the larger academic community – all within the context of a broad conference theme.

Sample Breakout Topics: 

  • Join us to discuss critical issues in education and hear from engaging speakers on current and relevant topics, including:

    • Understanding Dyslexia and Learning Differences (Shelton School presenter)
    • Strategies for Working with Newcomer ELLs
    • Classical and Multicultural Children’s Literature
    • Digital Tools for Literacy Development
    • Shakespeare


  • 8:30-9:30       Registration check-in & breakfast items (coffee, pastries), & Poster Sessions (UD                             student presentations)

  • 9:30-10:20     Concurrent Breakout Sessions (notable scholars/professional presenters in the area)

  • 10:30-11:20   Concurrent Breakout Sessions (notable scholars/professional presenters in the area)

  • 11:30-12:20   Concurrent Breakout Sessions (notable scholars/professional presenters in the area)

  • 12:30-2:30     Lunch and keynote speaker, Clodecott awards (lunch included with ticket price)


Principals - If your school is planning to pay for a group of teachers/administrators to attend the conference, please contact Tonya Cooper at (972) 721-5389 or  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.  

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

Past Conferences 

2019 - Keynote speaker and fifth-generation Texan Sherry Garland is an award-winning author of over 30 books for children, teens and adults, including The Lotus Seed (Harcourt-Brace, 1993) and the “Voices of History” series (Pelican Publishing).

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.


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"


Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking ceremony took place just one day before the first day of classes on campus. Construction for the new student services and administration building is expected to be complete in early 2018.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

From left to right: Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph Murphy, Diocese of Dallas Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly, Student Government President Karmina Martinez Ruiz, President Thomas W. Keefe, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Board of Trustee member Win Bell.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking officially kicks off construction for the new student services and administration building Tuesday. The new building will be located adjacent to the Braniff Memorial Tower.