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Survey of Professional Learning Needs for the 2014-2015 School Year

The CTU Quest Center values your input. Help us to determine the categories of professional learning opportunities that meet your professional development needs. We will analyze the data to determine the courses, workshops and study groups CTU membership would like the Quest Center to provide during this school year so we can plan accordingly.

 Please CLICK HERE and take a few minutes to complete this survey to tell us what you need from us!


Current Professional Development Offerings

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Nurturing Teacher Leadership, established in 1997, is a two year program of weekly professional development and candidate support that prepares teachers for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. It includes:

  • small group facilitation
  • collaboration with a cohort of other CPS NBPTS candidates
  • technical support
  • mentoring
  • and more…


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  2015 Workshops


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 6.5 ISBE Professional Development Hours

(Attendance is required for the entire session in order to receive ISBE PD Hours)

Do you want to incorporate close reading of complex texts into your instruction but just don’t know how to begin? Join us for this full day professional learning experience about close reading and selecting appropriate texts for your teaching context. Learn how to get your students started with the close read process, how to select grade-level appropriate complex texts, and then, how to implement close reading as part of your regular instruction. Work with colleagues in your grade- level band and content area to design a close read lesson

Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM


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3.5 ISBE Professional Development Hours

Earn 3.5 ISBE PD Clock Hours by collaborating with your colleagues and learning how to provide effective, clear, and standards-driven feedback to students.

This session is open to all current practicing Pre-K through 12th grade teachers. Participants will learn what feedback is, what types of feedback are appropriate in specific teaching situations, and how to guide students toward new learning. They will learn how to create clear and concise objectives and determine learning progressions appropriate for the students. Analyzing scenarios, participating in an interactive learning activity, and viewing examples of feedback successes are included in the session. This learning opportunity aligns to the CPS Framework for Teaching - Components 1e: Designing student assessment, 3d: Using assessment in instruction, 3e: Demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness and 4d: Growing and developing professionally 

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM


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Individual Session - 3.5 ISBE Professional Development Hours

Entire Series - 1 Lane Placement Credit and/or 17.5 ISBE Professional Development Hours

This course addresses implementation of authentic, timely, and embedded technology use for all practicing K-8th grade classroom teachers.  Participants study current technology instruction and its communicative, collaborative, and creative aspects.  They analyze and create timely appropriate formative and summative assessment tools, and digital writing avenues and products. Attendees produce learning activities and assessments using embedded technology, analyze how to implement in a classroom setting, and reflect on their practice, instruction, and implementation of effective technology integration.  During these Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) sessions, teachers explore and plan the use of technology-based activities and multimedia in support of the Common Core State Standards and the CPS Framework for Teaching, Components: 1a, 1d, 1e, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3e, and 4d.

Time: 5:00 – 8:30 PM

Session1 – Multimedia Application - April 14, 2015

Session 2 – Digital Collaboration - April 21, 2015

Session 3 – Communicate Via Twitter - April 28, 2015

Session 4 – Tech-Based Assessment Practices - May 5, 2015

Session 5 – Authentic Writing In The Digital Age – May 12, 2015

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Individual Session - 3.5 ISBE Professional Development Hours

Entire Series - 1 Lane Placement Credit and/or 21 ISBE Professional Development Hours


Participants dig deep into the language of Domain 3 with this 6 session learning series about observable instruction. They breakdown the components and elements of Domain 3 one at a time to learn what qualifies as evidence for REACH. Teachers learn what an evaluator is looking for, and listening for, as they observe instruction and discuss instructional practice during pre- and post-conferences.  Teachers learn how to engage students by setting a clear purpose for learning and aligning assessments to instruction. They find out how to incorporate levels of questioning in instruction and get their students to explain their thinking by implementing discussion techniques such as Socratic Seminar and ‘Fish Bowl’. Participants can use what they learn during each session the following day and determine its impact on instruction and student learning. CPS Lane Placement Credit participants are required to complete additional weekly assignments. This Learning Series is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, & 4d.  


This Learning Series is open to all currently practicing Pre-K through 12th grade teachers.

Time: 5:00 – 8:30 PM

Session 1 - Domain 3 Breakdown - Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Session 2 - Component 1a: Communicating with Students   - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Session 3 - Component 1b: Questioning and Discussion - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Session 4 - Component 1c: Engaging Students - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Session 5 - Component 1d: Assessment in Instruction - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Session 6 - Component 1e: Flexibility and Responsiveness - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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2nd Semester 2014-2015

Professional Learning Opportunities



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