ADEA CCI Resources


Tool 1: Assessing Readiness for Change
June 2017

ADEA CCI Liaisons receive exercises or “tools” that promote reflective, critical and collaborative thinking at their respective academic dental institution. This tool should require no more than three hours of reflection, followed by a two-hour meeting. It should be completed over the next four months. View instructions

Change Is Here: ADEA CCI 2.0—A Learning Community for the Advancement of Dental Education Change Is Here: ADEA CCI 2.0—A Learning Community for the Advancement of Dental Education
Journal of Dental Education | June 2017

How “future-ready” are our dental education programs? It is exciting but also daunting to consider that the students and residents currently in predoctoral dental, allied dental, and advanced dental education programs will be caring for patients through 2050 and beyond. Read more

Renewing Our Commitment to the Future of Dental Education: ADEA CCI 2.0
Journal of Dental Education | March 2017

The ADEA Board of Directors reviewed the progress of the ADEA CCI in 2016, determining there had been immense success as a result of the Commission’s work since 2005 and that it was the appropriate time to renew the Association’s commitment to change and innovation in dental education. Read more


Beyond the Crossroads: Change and Innovation in Dental Education

The book compiles 22 papers published originally in the Journal of Dental Education (JDE), which were commissioned by the ADEA CCI to stimulate dialogue about the future directions of dental education and help support curricular innovation. View the JDE articles.  

ADEA CCI White Papers
2005 – 2008 

Between 2005 and 2008, the Journal of Dental Education published a series of white papers commissioned by the ADEA CCI.

Competencies for the New General Dentist

Competencies for the New General Dentist constructs the competencies for a new general dentist as an interdisciplinary model with thematic units rather than as discipline-specific courses and identifies foundation knowledge for each competency as well as the knowledge that should be a prerequisite to admission to dental school.

Critical Thinking Skills Toolbox

Learning how to teach students to use critical thinking skills requires fundamental shifts in beliefs about and planning for teaching. Some dental educators ask, "What does critical thinking look like in the clinic? In the classroom? How do I successfully teach students to use critical thinking skills when they don't read before class or attend class regularly?" This toolkit is designed to begin answering those questions.

Dental Student Assessment Toolbox

This Dental Student Assessment Toolbox was created to assist dental educators with the critical yet challenging task of determining the optimal methods for assessing students’ progression toward and ultimate attainment of the competencies designated as necessary for the entry-level practice of general dentistry.