Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Conference

This conference brings educational professionals together to share ideas on how teachers and faculty can connect, engage and inspire students at all levels.

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iGen: How to Connect, Engage and Inspire the Newest Generation of Students

The iGen refers specifically to students born between 1996 and 2012; a period which has seen the birth of the iPhone, the vast expansion and commercialization of the World Wide Web, and the explosion of social media.

Those growing up in the iGen have never known life without integrated technology and media impacting the very ways in which they communicate, learn and engage. As a result, ways in which we teach and interact with contemporary students have become complicated due to gaps in generational approaches to communication, technologies and learning.

This conference supports excellence in teaching and is made possible through an endowment by Ron Gentile and Kay Johnson-Gentile.


Andrew McPeak, keynote presenter.

Andrew McPeak

"Marching Off the Map: Inspiring Students to Navigate a Brand New World"

Andrew McPeak is a recognized millennial communicator who brings a unique generational perspective to audiences.

McPeak is the co-author of "Marching Off the Map: Inspiring Students to Navigate a Brand New World" and has shared insights from this resource with educators, coaches and business leaders around the country.

Sponsored by Genteels'

On January 26 we hosted the second installment of our "Lessons Learned" teaching series. This half-day conference helped faculty explore how they can move past the challenges of bringing innovative theory to practice in online and hybrid teaching environments. The conference keynote Flower Darby was sponsored by the Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Conference.