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.

Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About and to Students Every Day
Mica Pollock, Author | USF Bookstore: PRDE 101 A
October 11 – November 15, 2021 | online
Earn 15 PD hours
$50 plus cost of book
Register HERE for this 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.

Register for REAL Talk HERE

September 28, 2021 (6 – 7 p.m.) | What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?
Karen Blaha, Assistant Professor and Educational Leadership (M.S.) Program Coordinator

  • The term culturally responsive teaching has become quite common, but what exactly does it mean? How do ALL students benefit from culturally responsive teaching, and how is it tied to the way the brain makes connections and learns? Participants will discuss how to effectively use culturally responsive practices to support the growth of all students.

October 26, 2021 (6 – 7 p.m.) | Considering Your Next Move? Explore USF’s Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs 
Maggie Stevenson, Graduate Admissions Counselor

  • Learn more and have your questions answered about Educational Leadership (Ed.D. and M.S.), Initial Licensure (M.Ed.), Instructional Coaching (cert), Reading (M.S.), Teaching & Learning (M.S.), and TESOL (cert).

November 9, 2021 (6 – 7 p.m.) | Supporting English Learners with Disabilities in the Classroom Environment
Rita Guzman, K-12 Administrator and REAL Bilingual/ESL Program Co-Coordinator & Andrea Prola, K-12 Administrator and REAL Special Education Program Coordinator

  • Focus will be on understanding students, planning for instruction, implementing supports, and team collaboration.

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.