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2016 Spring Professional Development

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

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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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This learning series 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


Domain 1 & 3 Study Group - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This study group is offered to all currently practicing CPS teachers interested in discussing and brainstorming best practices, skills, and implications of Domains 1 & 3 of the CPS Framework for Teachers. 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 2016-2017 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. Instructor: Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco, M. Ed., NBCT

Domain 2 & 4 Study Group - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This study group is offered to all currently practicing CPS teachers interested in discussing and brainstorming best practices, skills, and implications of Domains 2 & 4 of the CPS Framework for Teachers. 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. 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 2016-2017 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.  Instructor: Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco, M. Ed., NBCT

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Time: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

With the unfolding of the Common Core State Standards in 2010, the term “Close Read” has infiltrated high school and elementary literacy instruction throughout the district. But what is “close reading” and where did it come from? Does it disenfranchise students, as many claim, or is it really a powerful process for deeper reading comprehension?

This 3-part learning and discussion series will focus on the history of close reading, its impact on the social perspective of “reading as a privilege,” and how the process has been misinterpreted and misrepresented in current academic contexts.

Participants will closely read for practice, and prepare for implementation in their classrooms. They will discuss and collaborate to determine the structures and purpose of various texts frequently taught in K-12th grade. They will align close reading practices to current teaching and learning standards, and determine how text selection impacts close reading and students’ access to becoming critical readers of text.

This learning and discussion series is open to all Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers of all content areas, and is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 1a, 1b, 1d, 3b, 3c, and 4d, and the CCSS ELA Anchor Standards 1, 2, 5, and 10. Instructor: Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco, M.Ed., NBCT

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Dates: Mondays - June 13, 20, and 27, 2016

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This course exposes teachers to the resources available for their classrooms at eight Chicagoland cultural institutions. Teachers will uncover the authentic uses of museums as sites for extended teaching and learning experiences. Participants create a culminating presentation highlighting their visits and the resources that will benefit their students.  This course is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, and 4d.  Instructor: Linda Comminos, Ed.D, NBCT

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Dates/Time:

June 27 & July 13 from 3:30 to 6:30 PM at the Chicago Teachers Union

June 28, 29, 30, & July 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM - various museums whose locations will be distributed at the first session, June 27, 2016

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 TheresaInsalaco-DeCicco@ctulocal1.com

Thank you for your input!

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