Education Workshops and Conferences

Upcoming Events for Educators

The College of Education book study series provides educators with common interests an opportunity to engage in educational topics and immediately apply them to the classroom and learning environment. Text selected for the series focus on improving instruction and increasing student growth.

  • Participants are responsible for registering for book study and purchasing the text.
  • Licensed Illinois educators must complete all required discussions/activities as assigned to receive professional development hours. No partial hours will be awarded.
  • Participants successfully completing a book study may choose to apply the experience toward one graduate credit. Additional fee applies for this option.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
January 24 – February 21, 2022 | 9 PD hours

  • Textbook: Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta L. Hammond (via USF bookstore dept=PRDE, course=102,sect=A)
  • Register for Book Study


  • Upon registration, participants should purchase the book and begin reading the text at their leisure.
  • The link to the book study platform and specific due dates for activities will be sent to the preferred email (submitted with registration) the week prior to the start of the book study. A personal or education affiliated Google account will be required to access the Google Classroom.
  • The text will be divided into sections. Participants will complete discussion posts with feedback to others and a final reflection explaining application of text to profession.
  • A moderator will participate in discussions, as well as review and provide feedback on final reflections.

FREE webinars on practical and powerful moments in education . . . the ones that fuel our minds and fill our hearts! 60 meaningful minutes of REAL Talk for Teachers.


January 25 (Tuesday) | 6-7 p.m. via Zoom
Powerful Interviewing for Teachers
Register HERE for REAL Talk

Obtaining your ideal teaching position is never an easy task. You may wonder about what to expect during the interview process, how to prepare, or ways to demonstrate that you’re the right educator for the role. Two accomplished administrators with extensive hiring experience will lead this conversation on powerful interviewing.

  • Courtney Orzel, Ed.D., Associate Director for Professional Development – Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA)
  • Pete Sullivan, Ed.D., Assistant Regional Superintendent – Will County Regional Office of Education

February 8 (Tuesday) | 6-7 p.m. via Zoom
10 Tech Tools Every Teacher Should Know
Register HERE for REAL Talk

Thoughtful use of technology tools and strategies for the classroom are in high demand. With so many options, it can be challenging to determine which ones are best suited for your teaching and student learning. Whether you are new to teaching or have worked with students for years, let us help you find the right technology tools for your toolkit.

  • Kim Darche, K-12 Educator | Instructional Technology Coach
  • Lindsay Zilly, K-12 Educator | Instructional Technology Coach

March 8 (Tuesday) | 6-7 p.m. via Zoom
Building Vocabulary for Reading (strategies that work for everyone)
Register HERE for REAL Talk

Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to build academic vocabulary and reading comprehension? Join us to discover methods that work and useful strategies you can implement immediately!

  • Don Casper, K-12 Educator | English Language Teacher
  • Lily Mertes, Ed.D., K-12 Educator | Reading Interventionist

April 5 (Tuesday) | 6-7 p.m. via Zoom
Educator Update with the Will County Regional Office of Education
Register HERE for REAL Talk

Get the latest information on licensure requirements, license renewal, endorsement requirements, and news from ISBE.

  • Pete Sullivan, Ed.D., Assistant Regional Superintendent – Will County ROE
  • Ladia Zavala, Licensure Specialist – Will County ROE

Education Conferences - Experiential Credit

Experiential graduate credit course for educators attending the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (IAHPERD) 2021 Conference.

Experiential graduate credit course for educators attending IL-ASCD Pre-K and Kindergarten Conference 2022.

  • RECT 695 A Best Practices in Early Childhood Education (1 credit)
  • March 15 – April 25, 2022 | online course
  • Course tuition: $195
  • Register here for RECT 695 A 

Workshops and PD offered by our partners

The University of St. Francis (USF) recognizes that profound learning occurs in a variety of formal and informal settings. The College of Education is pleased to work with the following organizations to offer experiential graduate credit for select learning experiences outside the traditional classroom structure.