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Thank you for your interest in the Excellence in Teaching Conference: Reading for a Better World  hosted by the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) on Notre Dame's campus March 10-12, 2023. Registration is now open!



Registration for the Excellence in Teaching Conference 2023: Reading for a Better World is now open!

The deadline for financial aid is February 12, 2023.

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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


Donalyn Miller
Donalyn Miller

5:30 - 7:00 pm Optional Reception with hor d'oeuvres and drinks included. Q&A with Scholastic author, Donalyn Miller
Donalyn Miller is an author, educator, and co-founder of The Nerdy Book Club. We will discuss her latest books, The Commonsense Guide to Your Classroom Library and GameChanger!
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 including Donalyn Miller
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, Carol Jago

Books Can Bring Us Together

Carol Jago
Carol Jago

According to the most recent Common Sense Media survey, screen time for students ages 8 through 18 is up by 17%. By many accounts, young people’s mental health is deteriorating. Could literature provide an alternative to Tik Tok and a balm for their pain? As James Baldwin explained, “You think your pain and heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” In this session Carol Jago will offer texts and tasks that engage students in an exploration of literature that can help them thrive. She will model effective instruction that can help students from K through college read for a better world.

Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school in public schools for 32 years and is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and as chair of the College Board’s English Academic Advisory committee.

Downes Ballroom overlooking Notre Dame Stadium

Neal Shusterman
2022 Alexandria Award winner Neal Shusterman 

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

9:00 - 10:00 am Keynote Q&A with Celebrated YA Author and 2022 Alexandria Award winner, Neal Shusterman
All attendees will receive a free copy of the 2022 Alexandria Award winning book, "Scythe."
Smith Ballroom of the Morris Inn

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


The cost of the conference, which includes meals, is $200 through February 20, 2023. Any registration after this date will cost $250. Financial support is available through your schools Title funds or various scholarships and financial aid opportunities. The deadline for financial aid is February 12, 2023.

Financial Aid Maione Scholarship Application


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 is Friday, February 10, 2023. 
  • Morris Inn - located on Notre Dame's campus
    • Use this booking link to receive a rate of $119/night for conference attendees
    • Last day to book with this rate is Friday, February 10, 2023.