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Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Excellence in Teaching Conference, hosted by the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and sponsored by the College Football Playoff Foundation! Save the date for our 2023 conference: March 10-12, 2023

Registration for the Excellence in Teaching Conference: Reading for a Better World opens in December. Check back for more information soon.

Reading for a Better World

From the uptick in calls for book bans and censorship to the recent debate over the science of reading, teachers know how challenging the teaching of texts can be in today’s classrooms.  Here at Notre Dame, we want to imagine what teaching can look like when literature is wielded as a force for good.  So, save the date for this year’s Excellence in Teaching Conference, March 10-12, 2023, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, where we will take up the idea of Reading a Better World. We’ll hear from renowned speakers and workshop classroom strategies that will help us and our students “read the world” and “write the future.” Stay tuned for more announcements and even some surprises along the way!


The Excellence in Teaching Conference is open to all participants, and most especially this year, ELA and English teachers, Literacy leaders and coaches, and school and community librarians.

A: approaches to the teaching of reading and writing (K-12)
C: curriculum issues
E: engagement with reading (including, textual analysis/interpretation, writing)

EL: Elementary
MS: Middle School
HS: High School
LIB: Librarians
LL: Literacy Leaders, Administrators, and Stakeholder
A: All


5:30 - 7:00 pm Optional Reception with hor d'oeuvres and drinks included. Q&A with Scholastic author. 
Smith Ballroom of the Morris Inn

McKenna Hall
McKenna Hall

8:00 - 9:00 am Registration check in and breakfast
Smith Ballroom of the Morris Inn

9:00 - 9:30 am Opening Remarks
Smith Ballroom of the Morris Inn

9:45 - 10:45 am Session A
McKenna Hall

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Session B 
McKenna Hall

12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch and Keynote
Smith Ballroom of the Morris Inn

Downes Ballroom
Downes Ballroom

1:45 - 2:45 pm Session C 
McKenna Hall

3:00 - 3:30 pm Session D 
McKenna Hall


5:00 pm Optional Mass
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

6:30 pm Dinner with National Speaker and ELA Expert
Downes Ballroom overlooking Notre Dame Stadium

8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast
Smith Ballroom of the Morris Inn

9:00 - 10:00 am Celebrated YA Author and Winner of the 2023 Alexandria Award Keynote Q&A
Smith Ballroom of the Morris Inn

10:15 - 11:00 am Optional Final Planning Session
Smith Ballroom of the Morris Inn


We have two hotels that have reserved rooms for the Excellence in Teaching Conference for 2023. 

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites South Bend at Notre Dame
    • Use this booking link to receive a rate of $133/night for conference attendees.
    • Last day to book with this rate in Friday, February 10, 2023. 
  • Morris Inn - located on Notre Dame's campus
    • Please call 574.631.2000 to reserve your room with the name of the conference to receive a special rate.