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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

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

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…


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

CPS Framework for Teaching

   *Click here to view the Domain 1 Learning Series Flier

Dig deep into the language of Domain 1. Learn what qualifies as evidence for REACH. Learn to plan effective lessons. Work with colleagues to design artifacts such as questionnaires, surveys, and student-group recording sheets. Use what you learn in this series the next day at school!

  Session 1 – Domain 1 Breakdown - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Session 2 – Knowledge of Content - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Session 3 – Knowledge of Students - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Session 4 – Learning Objectives - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Session 5 – Designing Instruction - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Session 6 – Designing Assessment - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

*CLICK HERE To Register for the Entire Series and save $40.00

  2015 Workshops

 3.5 ISBE Professional Development Hours

This workshop will introduce K through 12th grade teachers to the vision and mission of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Participants will learn how to traverse the NGSS and apply them to their teaching context. This workshop will assist teachers with making changes in their practice to address conceptual shifts and the many aspects of what students are expected to learn and be able to do in science class that have changed in these standards. Participants will learn the intent of the NGSS: 1. the convergences in literacy, math, science and engineering practices; 2. the conceptual shifts; 3. the college and career readiness, equity for all students, and economic development facets that have been intentionally placed in the standards; 4. the deliberate alignment to the Common Core State Standards; 5. the attempt to close the equity gaps of diverse populations;6. the effort to increase the number of graduates with majors in scientific disciplines; 7. the proliferation of STEM enrollment in postsecondary programs;  and, 8. improvements in NAEP and TIMSS scores. This workshop is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching ­ Components la, ld, 3c, 3d, 3e, 4a, 4d and 4e.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time: 5:00 – 8:30 PM



2nd Semester 2014-2015

Professional Learning Opportunities


3 Lane Placement Credits- 49 ISBE Professional Development Hours

This course is designed to help classroom teachers develop instructional strategies that apply brain-based learning theories to engage all students. While brain research alone can't tell us how to teach children, understanding the brain leads to uncovering underlying learning mechanisms.  This offering addresses eight neurodevelopmental constructs as the building blocks of learning: attention, temporal-sequential ordering, spatial ordering, memory, language, neuromotor functions, social cognition, and higher order cognition. This course investigates how emotions and stress play a role in the learning process, how the brain's maturation process affects learning, and how it adapts to changing circumstances when learning languages and mathematics. Participants will study how each brain is uniquely organized, how social interaction affects the brain and cognition, and how the mind-body connection affects executive functioning, problem solving, and motivation. This course covers how learning involves students' conscious and unconscious thinking processes.  Using inquiry-based learning activities, participants will analyze brain-mind learning principles to guide their teaching practice.  They will learn the characteristics and experiences that shape each unique learner's brain. Participants will learn practical brain compatible classroom techniques in order to differentiate their instruction.  Participants will develop and implement brain-based  lesson plans, materials, and assessments  to support multiple learning styles and modalities.   There will be homework.   This course is forK-12th  grade teachers, is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching-  Components 1a, 1b, 1d, 1e, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, and 4d. Instructor: Michael P. Moriarty, NBCT

Days/Dates: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/14, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

Time: 4:45- 8:15PM

*This course meets on Wednesdays, except 4/14, which is a Tuesday.

Increasing Rigor with Quadratic Functions:

Using the Instructional Unit Created by CPS Teachers to Analyze the CCSS-M Instructional Shift of Rigor

 1 Lane Placement/15 ISBE Professional Development Hours

 This course is designed for 6 – 12th grade mathematics teachers who want to learn new and time tested strategies for teaching quadratic functions aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).   The participants will analyze and use the model instructional unit, “Quadratic Functions,” created by the CPS teachers, to learn ways in which the CCSS – Mathematics content and practice standards can be implemented in daily instruction.  This course delves into 8 detailed lesson plans and a culminating task which takes students from developing their basic understanding of a quadratic function by its algebraic and graphical representations to solving real life scenarios by manipulating its form.  Participants will use this unit to guide their students in analyzing and solving quadratic functions through each of its symbolic forms: factored form, general form, and vertex form.  Participants will learn how to use hands-on activities, performance tasks, manipulatives, and collaborative group activities featured in the unit.  CTU Quest Center will provide, “Quadratic Functions: A 9th Grade Model Mathematics Unit – Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Driven by the Common Core State Standards,” to all participants.  This course is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching - Components 1a, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, and 4d.

Date: Saturdays, March 21st and March 28th, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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Professional Development Offerings by Framework Specialists

February Framework Fest

Reach PL Series


Chicago Teachers Union