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2016 Spring 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…


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The CTU Member Learning Series is designed to support new and novice teachers in implementing “Best Practices” in key pedagogical areas. Session topics include student motivation, navigating the CPS Framework for Teaching, classroom management, ‘Knowledge of Students,’ differentiated instruction, brain-based learning theory, setting learning objectives, questioning and discussion, parent involvement, and formative assessment. Each session is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching. Please click below for more information.

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Day/Time: Wednesdays, 5:00 – 8:30 PM


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Open to 6th through 12th grade teachers of Social Studies/History

At this professional learning opportunity, teachers will learn how to use the resources and activities located on the IWitness website developed by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education. The website provides teachers with access and guided exploration to 1,467 full life histories, testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust, and other genocides to use in their social studies/history curriculum. IWitness brings the human stories of the Institute's Visual History Archive to teachers and their students via engaging multimedia-learning activities. Participants will learn how to navigate the free website, and incorporate the videos and activities into their Illinois State mandated Holocaust and Genocide studies (105ILCS 5/27-20.3). The IWitness educational website is designed to be participatory, academic and student-driven while addressing the ELA Common Core State Standards (WHST 6, 7, & 8), and the International Society for Technology in Education standards, among others. This professional learning opportunity is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching, Components 1a, 1b, 3c, and 4d.

Attendees must bring a laptop, digital notebook, or other Wi-Fi enabled and video streaming device.

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Date: May 17, 2016

Time: 4:45 – 8:15 PM

This Learning Series is open to currently practicing CPS K - 3rd grade teachers. Each class is independent of the other classes, but are best taken together.

Primary teachers have struggled with incorporating the components of balanced literacy (word study, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and writing) into their instructional day since the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. This 10-session Learning Series focuses on how to redesign the primary balanced literacy block to incorporate all the components of the English Language Arts K-3 CCSS while maintaining the long-standing, research-based, balanced literacy instructional period. In this Learning Series participants learn:

  • the benefits and challenges of balanced literacy in the primary classroom
  • how to incorporate “gradual release of responsibility” into instruction
  • how to design word study plans to incorporate the skills required in the CCSS
  • how to select appropriate categories of content-related vocabulary to teach, based on students’ learning needs and interests
  • how to address the CCSS Speaking and Listening standards
  • to collaborate with colleagues to design and integrate reading comprehension plans
  • what is prescriptive and integrated strategy instruction and how to implement it
  • what is the reading-to-writing connection
  • how to address the CCSS Writing during literacy instructional time
  • powerful strategies for incorporating read alouds, book groups, and independent reading time
  • to plan for differentiated literacy instruction
  • to plan for project-based learning with a literacy focus
  • how to use assessment as a tool for planning and addressing students’ instructional needs as they grow as readers and writers

Session 1   -  2/23/16  - Foundations of Literacy Instruction - CLOSED

Session 2   -  3/1/16    - Approaches to Literacy Instruction: Synopsis - CLOSED

Session 3   -  3/8/16    - Focus on Word Study - CLOSED

Session 4   -  3/15/16  - Focus on Vocabulary Development - CLOSED

Session 5   -  3/22/16  - Focus on Reading Comprehension - CLOSED

Session 6   -  3/29/16  - Focus on the Reading-Writing Connection - CLOSED

Session 7   -  4/5/16    - Integrating Literacy Instruction Throughout the Day - CLOSED

Session 8   -  4/12/16  - Differentiation and Literacy Instruction - CLOSED

Session 9   -  4/26/16  - Focus on Project Based Learning in Literacy - CLOSED

Session 10 -  5/3/16    - Focus on Assessment

This series is aligned to the CCSS Anchor Standards for Reading, Writing, and Foundational Skills, and the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, and 4d. Instructor: Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco, M.Ed., NBCT

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Time: 5:00 - 8:30 PM

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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. Instructor: Michelle Nash, NBCT

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Dates: Tuesdays, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7

Time: 5:15 PM - 8:45 PM

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

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