USF Hosting Best Practices Showcase for Area Educators

Jan. 21, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Education and social work professionals from across the state are slated to share their successful, evidence-based best practices and “what-works” responses to real world challenges at the seventh annual Best Practices Showcase at the University of Saint Francis on Saturday, February 23 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Grades K-12 educators, social workers, counselors and psychologists in public, private, parochial and charter schools are invited to choose from over 50 workshops. The broad range of topics include infusing project-based learning into the 21st century classroom, flipped classrooms, research-based methods to engage students, effective literacy strategies, Common Core State Standards, and differentiating instruction and assessment for diverse learners.

In addition to presentations by educators, specialists from the Indiana Department of Education will provide overviews of the department’s initiatives.

The Best Practices Showcase schedule is:

7-8 a.m. - Registration, Doermer Center
8-8:50 a.m. - First session, Doermer and Pope John Paul II centers
9:05-9:55 a.m. - Second session, Doermer and Pope John Paul II centers
10:00-10:30 a.m. - Coffee and snacks, Doermer Center
10:35-11:25 a.m. - Third session, Doermer and Pope John Paul II centers
11:40-12:30 a.m. - Fourth session, Doermer and Pope John Paul II centers

Registration for professionals is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. A reduced registration fee ($13) for Indiana State Reading Association members is available. Registration for students is $5 in advance and $10 the day of the event. Purchase orders payable to the Best Practices Showcase may also be submitted.

To pre-register, download the registration form at and mail it with payment by Monday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. to: Nancy Hankee, Department of Education, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808. For information, email or call 399-7700, ext. 8405.

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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