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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…

In this professional development offering teachers and paraprofessionals who work with students in all grades and subjects will  learn what cultural competency and diversity means, and why it is important to develop cultural competencies and identify and value diversities in their classrooms. Attendees will begin to build the capacity for cultural self-assessment. They will learn the importance of strategically planning lessons that reflect the cultures representative of the children they teach. Participants will also learn how implicit and explicit biases play a part in a teacher’s ability to effectively teach ALL children. They will begin to develop skills that enable them to respect diversity within and among cultures; avoid stereotyping and overgeneralizations; use effective learner-centered and parent-centered interactive communication skills to form and maintain constructive and collaborative relationships with students and families; and incorporate students’ cultural backgrounds into daily teaching practice as a way to honor and value diversity, build cultural competencies, and enhance the classroom environment and instruction. This professional development is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 1b, 2a, 2b, 3c, 4a, 4c, and 4d. Instructor: Walter Taylor, NBCT

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Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

This course supports classroom teachers of all subjects and grade levels in developing teaching strategies and resources that capture individual student interests and strengths. Issues as to why students become discouraged and ways in which to increase their motivation will be explored. This course focuses on how to engage and encourage unmotivated students by addressing their individual academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Teachers learn key processes that provide the appropriate amount of challenge, student choice, and risk-taking activities that enables students to find personal relevance and meaning in school work. Participants will develop learning goals, instructional tasks, and assessments that target the needs of a discouraged learner. This offering is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 1a, 1b, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3e, 4c, and 4d. Instructor: Michael P. Moriarty, NBCT

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Dates: July 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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This CPS Framework for Teaching Domain Colloquium offers CPS teachers the opportunity to learn more about each of the Domains through discussion, analysis, and collaboration with their colleagues. The instructor will guide participants through the process of ‘breaking down’ each Domain and determining what is considered ‘Distinguished level’ practice by evaluators during the observation cycle. Each 3.5 hour session provides participants with the opportunity to draft, design, and create artifacts, as well as a long term plan for their professional development goals and the upcoming REACH evaluation cycle. Instructor: Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco, M.Ed., NBCT

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Dates: July 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2016

Time: 3:15 PM – 6:45 PM

This workshop is designed to support K - 12th grade teachers and school support staff in building a positive learning environment by developing healthy and nurturing relationships with students and, as a result, lessening the amount of detentions, suspensions, and expulsions in their schools.  Attendees will learn what restorative practices are and are not, and will learn the historical context of restorative practices.  Participants will analyze videos, articles and their own and each other’s teaching to determine why and how to integrate restorative practices. This professional development offering is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 2a, 2b, 2d, and 4d. Instructor: Walter Taylor, NBCT

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Dates: July 12, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

This 3-session Learning Series is designed to support K - 12th grade teachers and school support staff in creating a positive learning environment by developing healthy and nurturing relationships with their students and, as a result, begin to lessen the amount of detentions, suspensions, and expulsions in their schools.  Attendees will learn what restorative practices are and are not, as well as their historical context.  Participants will analyze videos, articles and their own and each other’s teaching to determine why and how to integrate specific restorative practices such as reflective bell ringers, check ins/check outs, and mediation, into their practice. During this 3-session Learning Series, attendees will engage in the practices of restoration: classroom community building; talking circles; restorative conversations; peer conferences; and conflict, healing and re-entry circles. This Learning Series will support teachers and school support staff in cultivating their classroom cultures and honing classroom management skills. This professional development offering is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 2a, 2b, 2d, and 4d. Instructor: Walter Taylor, NBCT

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Dates: July 26, 27, and 28, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

In this 4-session professional learning opportunity teaching partners will learn ways in which to collaborate with one another, plan instruction together, and implement various research based co-teaching instructional models. General education teachers will learn how to adapt to an inclusionary setting, what to expect from their special education teaching partner, and how to make their classroom more accessible and equitable to special education students who were previously in self-contained settings.

Participants will focus on protocols for getting started as partners in the inclusion classroom, such as learning how to utilize the expertise of both teachers and how to advocate for one another and for all students. They will learn how to address common parental concerns and questions, and how to ensure placements accurately reflect student learning needs and IEPs.  Participants will then focus on how to implement the most appropriate co-teaching models for various learning contexts and student needs.  They will learn how to plan and implement instruction using the universal design format for all their students, including the use of flexible, heterogeneous group settings, and differentiation strategies. Finally, participants will focus on methods for including parents and community members in the decision making process when implementing inclusion with co-teaching, and how to address misconceptions about co-teaching that others might have.

This offering is open to all currently practicing K-12th grade CPS teachers working in an inclusion setting. It is highly recommended that co-teacher teams attend together. Participants without a partner in attendance will learn how to communicate with their co-teacher about planning and implementing an effective and research based co-teaching model for their school context.

All resources and materials from “Collaborating in the Inclusion Classroom” can be added to teachers’ professional development binders as evidence as evidence of collaboration with colleagues for their REACH evaluation. This offering aligns to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3c, 3d ,4a, 4c, and 4d. Instructors: Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco, M.Ed., NBCT and Walter Taylor, NBCT

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Dates: July 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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This four-session professional learning opportunity, supports all currently practicing CPS Clinicians (School Psychologist, Social Workers, School Nurses, and Teaching Speech Pathologists) with their REACH Frameworks and the current evaluation process.  Clinicians will work together to break down the Framework for their particular area of specialty.  Each job-specific group will analyze the criteria for each component and element in the four domains.  They will determine strategies and practices aligned to the “Distinguished” level and discuss next steps in preparation for their upcoming evaluation cycle. Participants will collaborate with fellow clinicians on how to approach the case review, especially when a principal is charged with their evaluation.  There will be a general discussion about the four Domains as well as breakout sessions for collaboration with job-specific colleagues led by a member of each clinical group. In this study group, clinicians will develop strategies and plans for successful practice according to their Framework.  Group leaders will discuss what and when an evaluator can and cannot observe, as well as how to avoid impacts on the confidentiality of practice and clinical licensure. 

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Date(s): August 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2016

Time: 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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

Bonus Session >> The CTU Contract Campaign – Looking to the New School Year <<

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Dates – August 22-25, 2016

Time: Morning Sessions - 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM      Afternoon Sessions - 1:30 PM - 4:30 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 TheresaInsalaco-DeCicco@ctulocal1.com

Thank you for your input!

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