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Practices Leading to High Student Achievement

  • Template 2019
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 12/18/2019 to 07/29/2100
  • Modified 08/15/2023

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


This course will allow candidates a multifaceted understanding on how to create lessons that are highly engaging, fundamentally purposeful and deeply reflective which will produce higher academic student achievement and promote increased social emotional growth for all students.  All the practices and theories that will be discussed in this course are researched based and classroom tested action that will make for a positive and enriched learning experience in every classroom.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community, and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.


Candidates will develop high expectations for student achievement.


Candidates will become advocates for the development of strong school, community, and family partnerships.


Candidates will strive for excellence in teaching, leadership, and service.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Create learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learners. (InTASC 1, 2, 3, 5, 8)
  2. Revise learning experiences using a variety of strategies, resources, and technology. (InTASC 2, 3, 7, 8)
  3. Identify student behaviors that support a safe, respectful environment. (InTASC 1, 3, 7, 9)
  4. Develop challenging and rigorous learning experiences. (InTASC 1, 3, 4, 5, 7)
  5. Formulate feedback to enhance learning. (InTASC 6, 9, 10)
  6. Create formative assessment to measure student growth.
  7. Modify and adapt materials and activities to meet the social emotional needs of learners. (InTASC 1, 2, 3, 5, 8)
  8. Identify reflective professional behaviors that support effective teaching. (InTASC 9, 10)


Discussions and Reflections

Candidates will respond to weekly discussions and reflection prompts based upon course content.

  • Course Outcomes: 1 - 8
  • Standards: InTASC 1 - 10

Student Needs Assessment

Candidates will create a student needs assessment that addresses any pertinent information educators need to gather about/from students in order to make instructional decisions to enhance student growth and achievement.

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 3, 6
  • Standards: InTASC 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9

Enhancing a Lesson with Technology

Candidates will choose a lesson and determine how to enhance instruction and student achievement through the inclusion of technology.

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 7
  • Standards: InTASC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

Enhancing a Lesson with Interactive, Thoughtful Social Emotional Learning

Candidates will select a multimedia presentation that could be incorporated into a learning opportunity to promote interactive, thoughtful, social emotional learning.

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 7
  • Standards: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8

Instructional Change Document

Candidates will reflect upon the course content/experience and identify how the new knowledge may enhance instructional practices and student growth/achievement.

  • Course Outcomes: 8
  • Standards: InTASC 9, 10

Institutional Policies

Students should use the MyUSF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the MyUSF portal.

  • A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. Students are expected to follow all policies in the USF Catalog and Student Handbook, both of which can be found in the student portal.
  • Students are expected to be familiar with and follow the various procedures and guidelines regarding USF’s COVID-19 Response, including the USF Preparedness Plan and other materials incorporated in the Saints United resource hub (
  • Policies not covered in this document will be handled in accordance with the USF Catalog, Student Handbook, and Program Handbook as applicable.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Accessibility Services is located on the third floor of Tower Hall in room N320. Consultations are welcome; please contact the Office of Accessibility Services for an appointment.

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room N316 in Tower Hall (815-740-5060 or [email protected]) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.

Technology Support

If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support:

  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. Canvas has a 24 hour support by clicking on ? Help while in Canvas. You can Chat with Canvas Support, Report a Problem, or call the Canvas Support Hotline. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day seven (7) days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu; select Report a Problem to send an email support request, select Chat with Canvas Support (Student) for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session, or to speak to someone directly use the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline (Student). NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.
  2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at
  3. You can phone the Technology Support Center for personal help at (815) 768-8324 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday or fill out a Technology Support Center ticket and select Canvas/Online courses as the component.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, you can also contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via: