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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…


Click Image Above to Customize your Boot Camp PD From The Following Selections:

  • 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

Dates – August 22-25, 2016

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


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This 9-month long Action Lab Learning Community focuses on developing student-driven, community-based social justice projects. Participants will learn how to teach their students to gather information/conduct research about local issues and community needs/challenges which will be the primary lever for planning, creating, implementing, and completing learner-centered projects both in the classroom and throughout their community. Teachers who participate in this Action Lab learning community will attend 3 “launching” sessions and come together once a month, in person and through a virtual forum managed by the course facilitator, to discuss the progress of their students’ social justice projects and collaborate with their colleagues as they move ahead. Participants will videotape their ongoing student projects and share with the Action Lab Community for demonstration and review of progress. In order to receive CPS and ISBE credits for this professional learning opportunity, participants must attend all scheduled sessions and virtual forums. The 9 month Action Lab is open to currently practicing K – 8 teachers, library and media, school counselors, and school social workers. This Action Lab is aligned with the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3c, 4a, and 4d.

Teachers will earn 3 CPS Lane Placement Credits and 49 ISBE PD Clock Hours for attending 11 onsite sessions (9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 11/15, 1/10, 1/24, 2/14, 3/14, 4/25, 5/9, and 6/23) and 3 virtual forums (11/8, 4/4, and 5/23).  Participants will be required to use their CPS accounts from 5:00 – 8:30 PM on 11/8, 4/4, and 5/23 to access “Google Hangouts” for the virtual forums on an internet accessible computer.

Instructor: Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco, M. Ed., NBCT

Dates:  Onsite: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 11/15, 1/10, 1/24, 2/14, 3/14, 4/25, 5/9, and 6/23

             Virtual: 11/8, 4/4, 5/23

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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This 3 session course provides teachers with strategies to increase student learning by developing strong partnerships with their families and the school’s community. Participants learn about the Framework for 6 Types of Family and Community Involvement (Parenting, Communicating, Volunteering, Learning at Home, Decision-Making, and Collaborating) and how to utilize it in their practice. Attendees will learn how and why to involve family members (and guardians and caregivers) as partners with both school and home-based activities; how to break the barriers that hinder family and community involvement in school; strategies for 2-way interactive communication with families that advance student learning; and why and how to be responsive to families and their cultures and needs. Teachers also learn to effectively engage more community stakeholders in their instruction, how and where to seek community resources, and ways to best make use of them. This offering is aligned with the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 4c and 4d.

Instructor: Michael P. Moriarty, NBCT

Dates: 9/26, 10/3, and 10/10/2016

Time: 5:00 – 8:30 PM

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This 3 session course will assist K-12th grade teachers in learning new ways to effectively manage their classrooms through student engagement, motivation, collaboration, and differentiation. The participants read articles, view videos, and engage in individual, small-group, and whole-class activities that showcase “best practices” associated with effective classroom management. Teachers enhance their ability to manage time, promote positive behaviors, motivate students, plan classroom procedures, and maintain self-reflective practice. Participants develop effective professional habits of mind: collaboration, leadership, and reflection. This offering is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 4a, and 4d.

Instructor: Walter Taylor, NBCT

Dates: 10/5, 10/12, and 10/26

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:30 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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