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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

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

  2015 Workshops


3 ISBE Professional Development Hours

This offering is designed to assist the primary grade (K-3) teacher in creating, setting up, facilitating, managing and monitoring S.T.E.M. learning stations. This workshop will familiarize teachers with learning stations and how they can be utilized to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematical practices in the early grades. Participants will learn how to implement learning stations as a way to involve young students more deeply in S.T.E.M. practices, without becoming overwhelmed by their procedural management. Participants can expect to engage in hands-on learning activities and participate in the actual learning station lessons that are designed to advance S.T.E.M. learning that their students participate. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), in science and engineering practices, will be emphasized during this workshop.  Participants will also develop the professional habits of minds: modeling, collaborating, and reflecting. This offering is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching – Components 1a, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3b, and 3c.



6.5 ISBE Professional Development Hours

(Attendance is required for the entire session in order to receive ISBE PD Hours)

Do you want to incorporate close reading of complex texts into your instruction but just don’t know how to begin? Join us for this full day professional learning experience about close reading and selecting appropriate texts for your teaching context. Learn how to get your students started with the close read process, how to select grade-level appropriate complex texts, and then, how to implement close reading as part of your regular instruction. Work with colleagues in your grade- level band and content area to design a close read lesson

Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM




2nd Semester 2014-2015

Professional Learning Opportunities


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.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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