Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Illinois State University
Jump over the College navigation bar.

2017 Symposium logo

2017 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Start 2017 off right! Catch up with hundreds of colleagues and share your best teaching ideas. The 2017 Teaching & Learning Symposium will feature more than 40 presentations by Illinois State teachers and staff. Explore the 2017 theme, Start Where You Are: The Journey Towards Cultural Responsiveness. Luncheon with our keynote speaker, award-winning author, teacher, and researcher Dr. Ernest Morrell, is free. The event will be at the Marriott Conference Center in Uptown Normal. Register by Friday, December 16, 2016.

Register now

Get the Complete Schedule through the Illinois State App

The complete Symposium program, including complete session descriptions, times, and locations, is available for free as a guide within the official Illinois State App. To download it on your iOS or Android mobile device:

  • Go to and follow the instructions to download the official app
  • Launch the Illinois State App on your mobile device
  • Tap "Enter passphrase"
  • Enter the code CTLT2017 and download the guide

You can also view the complete guide on the web. A printed schedule-at-a-glance will be available at the Symposium registration desk on January 12 (download a draft, below).

Need help installing the App or downloading the guide? Email for help.

  • Keynote Speaker - Dr. Ernest Morrell
  • Printable Schedule
Ernest Morrell

An award-winning author, teacher, and researcher, Ernest Morrell is the Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Morrell is also past-president of the National Council of Teachers of English, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and an appointed member of International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. In 2016, he was ranked among the top 100 university-based education scholars in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Morrell was an award winning English teacher and coach in Northern California and he now works with schools and after school programs across the country to infuse social and emotional learning, digital technologies, project based learning, and multicultural literature into culturally and socially empowering literacy practices in K-12 classrooms.

Morrell is the author of more than 75 articles and book chapters, and eight books including Every Child a Super Reader, New Directions in Teaching English, Linking Literacy and Popular Culture, and Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools, which was awarded Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice Magazine of the American Library Association. He has earned numerous commendations for his secondary and university teaching including being nominated five times for Who’s Who Among America’s High School teachers and receiving UCLA’s Department of Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Morrell earned his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of California at Berkeley, where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award. He also sits on the Executive Boards of LitWorld and the Education for Democracy Institute.

You can download a draft version of the schedule-at-a-glance, should you wish to print it in advance.

A printed version will be available at the Symposium. For detailed session descriptions, please download the Illinois State App or visit this website.


Contact Dr. Julie-Ann McFann at or (309) 438-5848.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.

2016-12-05T08:27:19.264-06:00 2016