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2016 Summer Professional Development

For more information contact Deborah Pazera at (312) 329-6271 or

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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…


This 3-session Learning Series is designed to support K - 12th grade teachers and school support staff in creating a positive learning environment by developing healthy and nurturing relationships with their students and, as a result, begin to lessen the amount of detentions, suspensions, and expulsions in their schools.  Attendees will learn what restorative practices are and are not, as well as their historical context.  Participants will analyze videos, articles and their own and each other’s teaching to determine why and how to integrate specific restorative practices such as reflective bell ringers, check ins/check outs, and mediation, into their practice. During this 3-session Learning Series, attendees will engage in the practices of restoration: classroom community building; talking circles; restorative conversations; peer conferences; and conflict, healing and re-entry circles. This Learning Series will support teachers and school support staff in cultivating their classroom cultures and honing classroom management skills. This professional development offering is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 2a, 2b, 2d, and 4d. Instructor: Walter Taylor, NBCT

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Dates: July 26, 27, and 28, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Are you a K-8 teacher struggling to find appropriate texts for your units and lessons? Feeling lost with a library of old books that you are not sure how to use with the new standards? Then this workshop is for you!

This workshop focuses on how teachers can strategically choose rigorous and complex texts to use in their instruction. Through the use of multiple tools to evaluate text complexity, participants deepen their understanding of the instructional shifts in the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

You will learn how to:

  • Consider quantitative, qualitative, and reader and task-related factors to select challenging, engaging, and developmentally-appropriate texts that support students in mastering CCSS for their grade level.
  • Analyze texts noted as favorites among students.
  • Review current CCSS exemplar texts to determine alignment with the CCSS ELA to make informed instructional decisions.
  • Learn to use a graphic organizer to facilitate their analysis of various texts for use in their teaching.
  • Collaborate with grade-band peers to select exemplar texts to include in their long-term plans.

This workshop is aligned to CPS Framework for Teaching Component 1a, 1b, 1d, 3c, 3e, & 4d.

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Date: July 26, 2016

Time: 3:15 PM - 6:45 PM

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This four-session professional learning opportunity, supports all currently practicing CPS Clinicians (School Psychologist, Social Workers, School Nurses, and Teaching Speech Pathologists) with their REACH Frameworks and the current evaluation process.  Clinicians will work together to break down the Framework for their particular area of specialty.  Each job-specific group will analyze the criteria for each component and element in the four domains.  They will determine strategies and practices aligned to the “Distinguished” level and discuss next steps in preparation for their upcoming evaluation cycle. Participants will collaborate with fellow clinicians on how to approach the case review, especially when a principal is charged with their evaluation.  There will be a general discussion about the four Domains as well as breakout sessions for collaboration with job-specific colleagues led by a member of each clinical group. In this study group, clinicians will develop strategies and plans for successful practice according to their Framework.  Group leaders will discuss what and when an evaluator can and cannot observe, as well as how to avoid impacts on the confidentiality of practice and clinical licensure. 

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Date(s): August 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2016

Time: 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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  • The Art of Questioning and Discussion
  • Using Knowledge of Students to Impact Learning
  • What is the “E” in STEM?
  • Learning Progressions ► Learning Targets ► Setting Objectives ► Learning Standards: How It All fits Together
  • Family and Community: Partners in Increasing Student Learning
  • Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines
  • Brain-Based Learning in Practice
  • Formative Assessment: The Essential Connection of Assessment and Feedback
  • Incorporating Technology into Everyday Instruction
  • Creating a Trauma Sensitive Learning Environment
  • Next Generation Science Standards: An Overview of the Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
  • The Art of Reflective Practice
  • The Art of Questioning and Discussion
  • Using Knowledge of Students to Impact Learning

Bonus Session >> The CTU Contract Campaign – Looking to the New School Year <<

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Dates – August 22-25, 2016

Time: Morning Sessions - 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM      Afternoon Sessions - 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Free bonus session for Boot Camp Registrants!

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.

For more information contact Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco at 312-329-6270 or

Thank you for your input!



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