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29th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference (2024)

The 29th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference (2024)

Friday, May 3rd, 2024 | 10am | Online

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.

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Call for Proposals

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:


  • Student success across course modalities Innovative teaching methods 
  • Effective use of technology Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in teaching and learning 
  • Integrating DePaul’s mission in the classroom 
  • Students and global citizenship 
  • Managing burnout  
  • Culturally responsive teaching 
  • Strategies for using ChatGPT and other generative AI as a teaching tool  

General Questions: 

  • What aspect of your teaching are you most proud of that you could share with others? 
  • How does your teaching help to realize DePaul’s Vincentian Mission? 
  • How do you collaborate with your colleagues to help students succeed? 
  • What evidence do you use to identify effective teaching practices, and if you find something that’s not working, how do you adjust? 

Deadline for Proposals 

The deadline for proposal submission is March 18​th, 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

About the Keynote and Keynote Speaker

Courtney Potts
As a highly sought-after consultant and thought leader, Dr. Courtney Plotts has established herself as a leading authority in her field. Her expertise and insights have made her a trusted advisor to organizations and individuals seeking innovative strategies for growth and transformation. 

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 resp​onsiveness 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.

Brain Gains in Diverse Lanes: Navigating the Intersection of Culture and Cognition

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.


  • ​Illuminate the Relationship Between Culture and Cognition: Provide a comprehensive overview of how culture influences cognitive development and shapes best teaching practices, demonstrating the intertwined nature of cultural and cognitive factors in the educational process.
  • Highlight the Value of Cultural Insights in Education: Emphasize the importance of integrating cultural understanding into cognitive approaches, showcasing how this integration can enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes.
  • Introduce Culturally Responsive Teaching Methods: Share a range of practical, evidence-based strategies for implementing culturally responsive teaching in the classroom, designed to meet the diverse cognitive and cultural needs of students.
  • Promote Classroom Inclusivity and Engagement: Offer guidance on creating an inclusive learning environment that actively engages all students, respecting and valuing their cultural backgrounds and cognitive differences as assets rather than challenges.
  • Equip Educators with Actionable Insights: Empower attendees with actionable insights and tools to apply the principles of culture and cognition in their teaching practices, aiming to foster an enriching educational experience that supports the success of every student.​

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