Elementary and secondary educators will convene Oct. 24-26 (Friday-Sunday) at the University of Notre Dame for a conference titled “Excellence in Teaching: A Vocation of Learning and a Call to Service.”p. Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Alumni Association, the program is open to all kindergarten to senior high school teachers, principals and counselors from public, Catholic and private schools.p. Rev. Kenneth M. Molinaro, C.S.C., assistant provincial superior of the Indiana Province of Holy Cross, will formally open the conference with a keynote address titled “Toward a Soaring Spirit” at 7 p.m. Friday in the McKenna Hall auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.p. The address will be preceded by the presentation of the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Educator Award to Thomas F. Finke, a mathematics teacher and the head of school at Trinity School at Greenlawn in South Bend. Finke earned his master’s degree from Notre Dame in 1971.p. Participants will attend an all-day workshop Saturday, titled “Teaching Confidence and Inspiring Your Students,” which will focus on the ways in which educators can instill confidence in their students while enhancing their motivation.p. The conference will conclude with a discussion titled “Taking it Back to the Classroom” at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, facilitated by Kathleen M. Sullivan, associate director of the Alumni Association and director of Alumni Continuing Education at Notre Dame.p. The conference registration fee is $199. For more information, call 574-631-6691.