Register for “Facilitated Discussions in Critical Race Theory”

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35 ISBE PD Hours and/or 2 Lane Placement Credits

Course Dates: Mondays – 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, and 4/3/2017

This 35-hour course focuses on how to engage and encourage unmotivated students by addressing their individual academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Teachers learn key processes (emphasizing effort, creating hope, building relationships, respecting power, and expressing enthusiasm) that provide the appropriate amount of challenge, student choice, and risk-taking activities – enabling students to find relevance and meaning in school work.

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3.5 ISBE PD Hours

Session Date: 1/26/2017

In this session, 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. They will learn the importance of strategically planning lessons that reflect the cultures representative of the children they teach.

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3.5 ISBE PD Hours for each session

Session Dates: 1/31, 3/23, 3/28, 4/18, 4/25/2017

Teachers will share past evaluation experiences, provide advice to each other, and troubleshoot ideas for meeting expectations for the CPS Framework for Teaching (FFT). Participants will learn how to advocate for and justify their practice as aligned to the FFT. They will also prepare for future pre-and post-observation conferences by discussing their planning, implementation, and assessment, framing the conversation around the requirements of the FFT.

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10.5 ISBE PD Hours

Session Dates: 2/7, 2/8, and 2/9/2017

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. During this Learning Series Intensive, attendees will engage in the practices of restoration: classroom community building; talking circles; restorative conversations; peer conferences; and conflict, healing and re-entry circles.

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3.5 ISBE PD Hours

Workshop Date: 2/16/2017

This workshop provides an introduction to trauma-informed pedagogy for K-12th grade teachers and PSRPs. Participants will learn how to confront the wide-ranging, long-term impact of traumatic exposure that often results in grief and depression, adversely affecting their students’ learning and social/emotional well-being by creating a safe and supportive environment in which students feel nurtured, not only to learn but also to express their feelings.

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14 ISBE PD Hours

Course Dates: 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, and 3/14/2017

In this 4-session course open to all teachers and PSRPs, teaching partners will learn ways in which to collaborate with one another, plan instruction together, and implement various research-based co-teaching instructional models. Participants 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.

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