ITL coursework includes:

  • Effective clinical teaching strategies
  • Instructional course design
  • Developing rubrics
  • Shaping a teaching philosophy
  • Calibrating skill-based performance
  • Optional continuing education credits, available for a variety of disciplines

Program Overview

The Institute for Teaching and Learning, or ITL, is a four-day, onsite program that imparts the skills of a master educator with the benefit of an enhanced post-program experience. In addition to learning from award-winning ITL instructors, participants will network with dozens of colleagues from across the U.S., Canada, and from around the globe.

This innovative program provides hours of intensive, immediately applicable learning to professionals of all levels, including early career faculty, private practitioners transitioning into dental education careers, and experienced faculty looking to sharpen their teaching skills. Using a combination of methods such as class discussions, small group projects, and self-directed coursework, the ITL allows for eligibility into a six-month Beyond-the-ITL experience, a distance learning activity designed to stimulate ideas learned through the experience and identify strategies for institutional contributions. Those who complete the program will receive an AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning Certificate.

Program Dates: August 19 – 22, 2019
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day

Location: The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center    (Cooley Center), Houston, Texas 77054

Registration deadline: July 19, 2019

Tuition: $3,500

In addition, 3-month payment plans are available to individuals paying their own tuition.  Discounts are available for institutions that send two or more individuals to the ITL.

Participants or their institutions are responsible for lodging and transportation expenses. Hotel recommendations and group block information will be posted in the upcoming months.

Tuition includes:

  • Intensive learning in the program  (4 total days onsite):
    Class discussions
    Small-group projects
    Problem-solving exercises
    Observation and critique of teachers in action
    Self-directed coursework
    Peer feedback
    Presentations by ITL Scholars
  • Continuing education credits
  • Program materials downloadable from a learning management system for online viewing or printing
  • Social and professional networking opportunities
  • Breakfast and lunch each day of the program
  • Welcome reception
  • Eligibility to participate in the enhanced post-program experience

Participants or their institutions are responsible for lodging and transportation expenses. The host hotel is:

Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District
6580 Fannin Street, (Driveway Entrance on 1730 Dryden Road) Houston, TX  77030
Book reservations
Reservation Center*: 1-800-228-9290

*If booking via phone, identify as AAL-ITL  Academy for Advancing Leadership group to obtain the discounted rate.

Additional Hotel Recommendations in the Houston Area.

Discounts are available for institutions sending groups of faculty members to ITL.

If you have any questions, please contact AAL Vice President Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively.

The ITL experience is designed as a 4-­day, onsite program to help participants achieve better student outcomes by refining their teaching skills and enhancing the quality of their interactions with students. In doing so, participants will also develop other skills that facilitate confidence, job satisfaction, and professional growth in the academic environment.

As an added participation benefit, ITL Scholars are eligible to receive ITL Plus Recognition by participating in AAL’s post-program sessions over the six months after the onsite program. This premier, enhanced experience includes supplemental online (web-­based) activities, a distance learning opportunity, and interactive webinars.

Please see the ITL agenda below. Download a copy here.

Day 1 -MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019

7:00-8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15 a.m. Welcome & ITL Overview

8:15-10:15 a.m. Session 1: Shaping a Teaching Philosophy

10:15-10:30 a.m. BREAK

10:30-12:00 p.m. Session 1: Shaping a Teaching Philosophy (cont.)

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH

1:00-2:30 p.m. Session 2: Incorporating Critical Appraisal Skills in Teaching

2:30-2:45 p.m. REFLECTION MOMENT

2:45-4:00 p.m. Session 3: Using Critical Thinking to Optimize Learning

4:00-4:30 p.m. Collaborative Learning (Peer Discussion & Strategies)

4:30 pm-onward Scholars’ Night Out: Dinner on Your Own

Day 2 -TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019

7:00-8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00-10:00 a.m. Session 4: Why and How to Be an Effective Educator

10:00-10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15-12:00 p.m. Session 4: Why and How to Be an Effective Educator (cont.)

12:00 pm-1:00 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH

Day 2 -TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019 (cont.)

1:00-2:30 p.m. Session 5: Skills-Based Assessment: Why, What, and How?

2:30-2:45 p.m. REFLECTION MOMENT

2:15-3:45 p.m. Session 6: Matching Correct Assessment to Student Learning Objectives

3:45-4:30 p.m. Session 7: Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Collaborative Practice in Action: Alumni Showcase

4:30-5:00 p.m. Optional Tour of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry

Day 3 -WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019

7:00-8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:30 a.m. Session 8: Wrapping Your Head Around Case-Based and Problem-Based Learning

9:30-9:45 a.m. BREAK

9:45-11:30 a.m. Session 9: Teaching and Giving Effective Feedback for Deeper Learning

11:30 am-12:30 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH

12:30-2:00 p.m. Session 10: The Honest Trust About Dishonesty

2:00-2:15 p.m. REFLECTION MOMENT

2:15-3:45 p.m. Session 11: Creating a Culture of Integrity

3:45-4:30 p.m. Collaborative Learning (Specialty/ Discipline Discussion & Strategies)

4:30 p.m.-onward Scholars’ Night Out: Dinner on Your Own

Day 4 -THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2019

8:00-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:45 a.m. Session 12: What’s with the Lack of Motivation? – Knowing Learners and Providing Effective Feedback

9:45-10:00 a.m. BREAK

10:00-11:30 a.m. Session 13: I Refuse to Be Boring: Flipping My Classroom Using Interactive Teaching Strategies

11:30-12:30 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH (Box Lunches)

12:30-1:45 p.m. Session 14: Academically Diverse Students

1:45-2:30 p.m. Session 15: ITL Connections: Bridging the Gap Between Personal Development and Institutional Engagement

2:30 p.m. ADJOURN

Since 2005, 765 educators and practitioners worldwide have successfully completed the ITL program. To date, a total of 281 tuition scholarships have been provided for individuals to participate in the ITL. Scholarships to the ITL are offered by the:

For more information about these scholarship opportunities, or to submit your application, please click on the organization name above. Application due dates do occasionally change, please confirm each due date with the appropriate association. This page will be updated as specific dates and additional details on scholarships become available.

Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL)
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Houston, TX