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Teaching and Learning

The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) is the premier onsite program for full- and part-time health professions educators, and private practitioners embarking on a new career in academia.

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ITL Overview


The ITL is a 4-day, onsite program, now available at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), 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 U.S. and international colleagues.


ITL Graduates 


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.


  • Shaping a teaching philosophy
  • Interprofessional education and collaboration
  • Critical thinking and evidence-based practices
  • Instructional course design
  • Effective clinical teaching strategies
  • Case-­based learning and problem-­based learning
  • Enhancing learning environments to maximize student motivation
  • Developing rubrics
  • Assessing student learning outcomes
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Calibrating skill-­based performance

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.

7:00–8:00 am                   Breakfast

8:00-8:10 am                    Welcome

8:10-8:15 am                    ITL Overview

8:15-10:15 am                  Shaping a Teaching Philosophy

10:15-10:30 am                Break

10:30-11:30 am                Shaping a Teaching Philosophy (cont.)

11:30 am–12:30 pm         Lunch

12:30-2:30 pm                  Why and How to be an Effective Educator?

2:30-2:45 pm                    Break

2:45-5:00 pm                    Why and How to be an Effective Educator? (cont.)

5:30–6:30 pm                   Welcome Reception

7:00-8:00 am                     Breakfast

8:00-8:15 am                    Crafting Your Teaching Persona to Optimize Learning

8:15-9:15 am                    Learners of Today: Who Are They?

9:15-9:30 am                    Break 

9:30-11:00 am                  What’s with the Lack of Motivation? - Knowing Learners & Providing         

                                           Effective Feedback

11:00-12:00 pm                I Refuse to be Boring: Flipping My Classroom using Interactive Teaching


12:00 pm–1:00 pm          Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm                   Academically Diverse Students

2:00–3:00 pm                   Clinical Teaching Strategies

3:00-3:15 pm                    Break

3:15-3:45 pm                    Unpacking Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

3:45-4:30 pm                    IPE in Action: Alumni Showcase

4:30 pm                            Adjourn

7:00-8:00 am                     Breakfast

8:00-8:15 am                     Optimize Learning – Integration of Learning

8:15-9:45 am                      Academic Integrity and Ethical Issues

9:45-10:00 am                   Break

10:00 am-11:30 am           Working Effectively with Students to Establish an Ethical Learning Environment         

11:30 am–12:30 pm          Lunch

12:30-2:00 pm                  Teaching and Giving Constructive Feedback

2:00-2:15 pm                     Break

2:15-3:30 pm                     Wrapping your Head around Case-based and Problem-based Learning

3:30–4:30 pm                    Making Connections with Learning-Centered Portfolios

4:30 pm                             Adjourn

7:00-8:00 am                     Breakfast

8:00-8:15 am                     Optimize Learning – Critical Thinking

8:15-9:45 am                     Skills-based Assessment: Why, What, and How?

9:45-10:00 am                   Break

10:00-11:30 am                 Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

11:30 am–12:30 pm          Lunch

12:30 – 1:45 pm                Matching Correct Assessment to Student Learning Objectives

1:45 – 3:00 pm                  Calibrating Skill-based Performance

3:00-4:00 pm                     ITL Connections & Wrap-Up

4:00 pm                             Adjourn


Program Dates: August 27 - 30, 2018 , 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 27, 2018

Tuition: $3,500

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 

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 Recommendation:


(Rate: $169.00 plus tax for standard single/double rooms)

6633 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-313-4655 


Please note: exclusive rate is available by selecting above link or calling the hotel directly with the Group Name (AAL Group) to secure a reservation. If you have any questions, contact AAL Vice President, Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively.


Since 2005, nearly 707 educators and practitioners worldwide have successfully completed the ITL program. 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.

In the ITL, you will interact with top scholars in teaching and learning. Each instructor has years of experience as a teacher, researcher, and facilitator of faculty development programs. You will have opportunities for both classroom and one-on-one consultation with the ITL faculty.

Hershey S. Bell


Senior Consultant

Mary D. Bondmass

Ph.D., RN, CNE


Lisa Cain



Marcia M. Ditmyer

Ph.D., M.S., MBA, M.C.H.E.S.

Senior Consultant

Harold A. Henson

R.D.H., M.Ed., Ph.D.


Peggy Hsieh

M.Ed., Ph.D.


Cameron B. Jeter



Tawana K. Lee-Ware

D.D.S, M.S.D.


Felicia Tucker-Lively

Ph.D., M.P.H.

Vice President

Donna P. Warren-Morris

RDH, M.Ed.




Class of 2016 ITL Scholars (click here to open)

2006 - 2015 ITL Scholars (click here to open)

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"The ITL program is an absolutely necessary training for every dental educator. It is an excellent source of knowledge and inspiration that boosts one's pedagogic efficiency and competency."
Dr. Ioanna Tsolaki, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

"ITL provided me with insights and methods to improve my teaching skills and to further my career."
Dr. Euane Newen, SUNY Stony Brook, School of Dental Medicine

"This program has been very rewarding towards attaining my goal as a dynamic dental educator."
Dr. Edward H. Bradford, Jr., University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry

"Being a new faculty in a developing school, I was constently in a position were a lot is expected from me without having senior faculty to learn from or consult. This program gave me the tools and basic training that made me more aware of my current skills and how to find new resourses for future development. ITL made me look at my teaching strategies in more organized approach. My future courses at Taibah University College of Dentistry will never be the same after ITL."
Dr. Yaser Alsahafi, Taibah University, College of Dentistry

"I really enjoyed my time in AAL's ITL training. This program was very well organized and well customized for dental educators. Being a junior faculty, I learned valuable information in lecturing, course design, student feedback, and interactive teaching styles - much needed for this generation of students. Speakers were experts in their areas, very engaging, and interactive. Also thanks to the American Association of Orthodontists for their scholarship to attend such an excellent training."
Dr. Shankar Rengasamy Venugopalan, University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Dentistry

"The AAL team have enhanced my knowledge and decision making tools, objective analysis, and creativity in a radically changing health care environment."
 Dr. Tandra Atkins, NYU Lutheran Medical Center and Christ Community Health Services

"The ITL program is an excellent opportunity to develop and refresh teaching skills. It is uniquely structured and organized to inculcate and promote excellence in teaching. No matter the stage of your teaching career (early vs. advanced), the program allows you to introspect and improve. The fruitful interactions with clinicians and academicians from dental schools all over the country are an integral aspect of this condensed program. I would highly recommend it to all educators and those considering a career in academia."
Dr. Achint Utreja, Indiana University, School of Dentistry

"It was so encouraging to meet colleagues from across the country who are faced with the same challenges and obstacles every day and to hear their opinions and solutions. My existing knowledge in dental education was challenged and expanded from both the ITL faculty and the participants. There was definitely a collaboration and exchange of thoughts and ideas that made this program unique."
Dr. Mojdeh Dehghan, University of Tennesse, College of Dentistry

"ITL training given by authoritative faculty experts in education complemented my knowledge base in dental education. It provided important tools to help me continue growing as an effective dental educator."
Dr. Satish Kumar, University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine

"ITL has been an experience that I would recommend for any person considering education or already in education. It is well-organized and relevant to current educational methodologies. I know that I can go back to my university and put the things that I learned into immediate practice."
Prof. Kristen Thomas, Pacific University Oregon, School of Dental Hygiene Studies


Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) partners with CE providers to help professionals in academia and those transitioning to academic careers achieve their goals as leaders, educators, and agents of change for their organizations.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education and AAL. The formal continuing education programs of this sponsor are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 11/01/2015 to 12/31/2019. 

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

 This page will be updated as additional providers are registered to provide CEs in their professions.

Program Curriculum

  • Shaping a teaching philosophy
  • Interprofessional education and collaboration
  • Critical thinking and evidence-based practices
  • Instructional course design
  • Effective clinical teaching strategies
  • Case-­based learning and problem-­based learning
  • Enhancing learning environments to maximize student motivation
  • Developing rubrics
  • Assessing student learning outcomes
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Calibrating skill-based performance


Dr. Achint Utreja

Indiana University

"The ITL program is an excellent opportunity to develop and refresh teaching skills no matter the stage of your teaching career. I would highly recommend it to all educators and those considering a career in academia."