Teaching Commons > Events > Teaching & Learning Conference > 29th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference (2024)
Each year, the conference brings together roughly 300 faculty, staff, and other members of the DePaul community to share knowledge, promote effective teaching practices, and improve student learning experiences across the University. The 29th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference will be held online.
The conference is sponsored by DePaul’s Center for Teaching and Learning. The Writing Center is a key contributor to the planning of the conference.
Register for the Conference
DePaul faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals for the 29th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. For 2024, we are seeking 20-minute (or less) presentations on teaching and learning best practices, followed by approximately 30 minutes of breakout discussion facilitation. The conference will be fully online, and sessions will be facilitated over Zoom.
Presentations might address the following:
Deadline for Proposals
The deadline for proposal submission is March 18th, 2024. Notification of selection decisions will go out to presenters by April 5th, 2024. For more details and selection criteria, please visit the
Call for Proposals.
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Welcoming Remarks | 10:00am - 10:15am
Keynote Presentation | 10:15am - 11:30am
Concurrent Offerings | 11:45am - 12:30pm
Concurrent Offerings | 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Concurrent Offerings | 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Dr. Plotts is a licensed school psychologist specializing in culturally responsive interventions and teaching strategies in K12, higher education, and corporate organizations. Over the past decade, she has worked extensively with the Council for At-Risk Student Education and Professional Standards, advocating for inclusive practices and providing support to educators.
Her experience and knowledge have allowed her to effectively bridge the gap between theory and practice, empowering teachers and improving outcomes through cultural responsiveness. Aside from their professional achievements, Dr. Plotts is known for her friendly and approachable demeanor. She believes in fostering positive relationships, creating a warm and inclusive environment where colleagues feel comfortable expressing themselves and sharing her unique perspectives.
Dr. Plotts understands that cultural responsiveness is not just a buzzword, but a fundamental aspect of providing quality education. She continuously strives to enhance her own understanding of cultural responsiveness and perspectives, promoting evidence-based practices within the classroom and beyond. With Dr. Plotts leading the way, positive change is not only possible but imminent. Her relentless commitment to improving cultural responsiveness, combined with her extensive experience and friendly nature, makes her an invaluable asset to any educational institution or professional community she serves.
This keynote addresses the dynamic interplay between culture and cognition and its implications for teaching and learning. It underscores the significance of integrating cultural insights into cognitive approaches to enhance educational strategies and outcomes. By exploring the ways in which cultural backgrounds influence cognitive development and best teaching practices, the presentation offers practical strategies for educators to adopt culturally responsive teaching methods. These approaches not only accommodate diverse cognitive needs but also promote inclusivity and engagement in the classroom. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of how to apply cultural and cognitive insights to foster an enriching learning environment that supports all students' success.