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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!

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Current Professional Development Offerings

To view all ALL workshops and study groups the Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center is currently offering  CLICK HERE. Stay tuned for all winter courses, workshops, and study groups.

For more information contact Deborah Pazera at (312) 329-6271 or deborahpazera@ctulocal1.com

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National Board Certification

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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First Semester Professional Learning Opportunities

To register, click on any of the links in the Professional Development Opportunities listed below

 

Fall 2014 Framework Study Group Sessions

CPS Framework Study Groups for Domains 1 & 3

(3 ISBE Professional Development Hours)

This is a “Back-to-School” study group offered to all CPS teachers and clinicians interested in discussing and brainstorming best practices, skills, and implications of Domains 1 & 3 of the CPS Frameworks for Teachers and Clinicians. Participants will unpack each component and critical attribute of Domains 1 & 3 to understand what is required, what is valued, and what skills are necessary to perform at the distinguished level of teaching. Participants will create, organize, and begin to collect evidence for the upcoming observation cycle in preparation for pre-and post-conferences, develop a professional learning goal and plan for the 2014-2015 school year to guide their own professional learning and demonstrate reflective practice, and learn how to use the information in the critical attributes to advocate for their successes in the classroom. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 4:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


 CPS Framework Study Groups for Domains 2 & 4

(3 ISBE Professional Development Hours)

These study groups are offered to all CPS teachers and clinicians interested in discussing and brainstorming best practices, skills, and implications of Domains 2 & 4 of the CPS Frameworks for Teachers and Clinicians. Participants will unpack each component and critical attribute of Domains 2 & 4 to understand what is required, what is valued, and what skills are necessary to perform at the distinguished level of teaching (or distinguished level of your respective clinician title). Participants will create, organize, and begin to collect evidence for the upcoming observation cycle in preparation for pre- and post-conferences. They will develop a professional learning goal and professional learning plan for the 2014-2015 school year, demonstrate reflective practice by discussing strengths and weaknesses addressed during their previous evaluation cycle, and learn how to use the information in the critical attributes and/ or addenda to advocate for their successes in the classroom (or clinical environment).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 4:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


CPS Framework Study Groups for Component 1e -(Designing Student Assessment)

(3 ISBE Professional Development Hours)

This study group is offered to all CPS teachers interested in discussing and brainstorming best practices, skills, and implications of Component 1e of the CPS Framework for Teachers. Participants will unpack Component 1e and its related critical attributes to understand what is required, what is valued, and what skills are necessary to perform at the distinguished level of teaching in the area of designing student assessment. Participants will focus their conversations on aligning objectives and assessments to standards, determining appropriate and reflective assessment criteria, and tailoring formative assessment to the needs of the students.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 4:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


CPS Framework Study Groups for Component 3b - (Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques)

(3 ISBE Professional Development Hours)

This study group is offered to all CPS teachers interested in discussing and brainstorming best practices, skills, and implications of Component 3b of the CPS Framework for Teachers. Participants will unpack Component 3b and its related critical attributes to understand what is required, what is valued, and what skills are necessary to perform at the distinguished level of teaching in the area of questioning and discussion. Participants will learn various strategies and skills related to the art of questioning, teaching students to question one another, and incorporating discussion that require and invite all students to participate at all grade levels K-12.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – 4:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

 


CPS Framework Study Groups for Component 3d - (Using Assessment in Instruction)

(3 ISBE Professional Development Hours)

This study group is offered to all CPS teachers interested in discussing and brainstorming best practices, skills, and implications of Component 3D of the CPS Framework for Teachers. Participants will unpack Component 3D and its related critical attributes to understand what is required, what is valued, and what skills are necessary to perform at the distinguished level of teaching in the area of using assessment in instruction. Participants will focus their conversations on how they monitor student learning and check for understanding as lessons progress, how to include peer and self-assessment strategies in lessons, and how and when to provide appropriate feedback to students.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 4:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

 

 2014 Workshops

Extreme Makeover: Turning Current Math Lessons into Common Core Aligned Instruction

(3 ISBE Professional Development Hours)

Many math educators are concerned that they have to develop completely new material for instruction as they move from previous standards to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  This offering helps teachers address this concern by redesigning rich lessons they currently use and aligning them to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).    This offering also equips teachers to use the CCSS for mathematical practice to develop math activities and problems that prepare students to be college and career ready. Participants engage in analysis of what “rigor” means in the context of the CCSS, and learn how to determine if mathematical tasks are rigorous enough to meet the standards. This workshop is for K-12th grade teachers.  This offering is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching - Components 1a, 1d, 3c and 4d.

Date:  October 30, 2014

Time:  5:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Selecting Common Core-Aligned Texts for the Elementary Classroom

(3 ISBE Professional Development Hours)

This offering focuses on how teachers can strategically choose rigorous text to use in their instruction.  Teachers learn how to consider quantitative, qualitative, reader and task-related factors to select challenging, engaging, and developmentally-appropriate texts that support students in mastering Common Core State Standards for their grade level.  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.  Teachers learn to use a graphic organizer to facilitate their analysis of various texts for use in their teaching.  This workshop is for K-8th grade teachers.  This offering is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching - Components 1a, 1b, 1d, 3c, 3e and 4d.

Date:  November 18, 2014

Time:  5:00 - 8:00 p .m.

S.T.E.M.ulating Scientific Thinking in the Early Grades

(3 ISBE Professional Learning Hours)

This workshop, designed to aid primary grade (K-3) classroom teachers in stimulating the scientific thinking of their students, focuses on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (emphasizing science and engineering practices). Participants learn what 3-dimensional teaching and learning is. In this workshop, teachers learn engaging activities that will pique their young learners’ interest while learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content. Primary grade teachers come away with techniques for designing coherent instruction and strategies for questioning and discussion. Participants take part in STEM activities they can use in their classrooms immediately. Resources (i.e., websites, articles, lists of books, and names of stores) are provided to help attendees build and sustain STEM instruction in their classrooms. This offering is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching - Components 1a, 1d, 3b, and 3c.

Date: December 9th, 2014

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 PM

 


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