USF faculty and staff achieve PBL Certification


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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF Faculty and Staff Achieve PBL Certification
Nine faculty and staff members of the University of Saint Francis are now certified in project-based-learning.

(July 14, 2015) — Magnify Learning, a service of the Indiana Collaborative for Project Based Learning, has certified nine faculty and staff members from the University of Saint Francis as educators recognized as leaders in project-based-learning (PBL).

Eve-Lynn Clarke, Rebecca Coleman, Andrea Robinson Hinsey, Alan Nauts, Tim Parsley, Brandi Prather-Leming, Melissa Rasmussen, Lori Westropp and Matthew White have all completed PBL certification.

In a project-based-learning classroom, students engage in rigorous, authentic projects that require the utilization of several learning strategies including lecture, audio-visual, demonstration, discussion, personal reading, and practice. The university will be engaging community partners to provide real-world, hands-on learning opportunities. Individuals or organizations interested in partnering with the university should contact Natalie Wagoner, Director of Employer Relations for the University of Saint Francis Career Outreach Center, at 260.399.8059 or

The purpose of Magnify Learning’s educator PBL certification is to establish standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, to provide support and networks for educators and to engage certified teachers and leaders in on-going professional development. Certified educators are encouraged to become facilitators to help other teachers learn the project-based-learning process.


The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. The university will open a Downtown Fort Wayne Campus in the fall of 2016 that will feature business, entrepreneurship and music technology programs. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.


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