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Chicago-Northwest Indiana Teacher Professional Development Collection
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PD Organization & LinkDescriptionGrade LevelContent Virtual Options AvailableCost Offers clock hours, CEUs, or course creditOther Notes
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Illinois Education AssociationIEA is an association of more than 130,000 members composed of Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers. The IEA was founded in 1853 to serve the interest of public education in Illinois. IEA offers a calendar of PD experiences (online and in person) that are hosted or vetted by IEA. Most PD experiences are only available to members.all grade levelsall contentYesmembership requiredyesIEA maintains a calendar of PDs for all grade levels and all contents
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The Field MuseumAttend a workshop, plan an in-service day or become an ambassador for The Field at your school. The Field Museum offers PLCs, forums, online learning, one-day workshops, and workshop series. all grade levelsall contentYesvariesyes
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The NewberryThe Newberry coordinates a variety of professional development programs for Chicago-area educators, including seminars focused on humanities topics. Led by university and college faculty, these seminars connect educators with the latest scholarship in the subject areas in which they teach and offer participants the opportunity to renew their academic interests, deepen their content knowledge, and collaborate with fellow teachers in a collegial settingall grade levelsELA/ HumanitiesYesfreeyesThe Newberry also offers fellowships for teachers
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The Art Institute of ChicagoExpand the scope of classroom learning by bringing art into your curriculum. The Art Institute offers after-school, single-day, and multi-day professional development workshops on a variety of topics for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas. Programs use works of art as catalysts for learning and creative engagement and feature resources that empower you to make art central to learning. Workshops are taught by museum education staff, guest scholars, artists, and peer teachers. Participants earn CPDUs for all workshops, and graduate credit is available for courses that last three days or more.all grade levelsArts & MusicYesvariesyes
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The Shedd Aquarium Our programs connect you with your peers and empower your students to develop a deep scientific inquisitiveness. They're great for the everyday teacher as well as for homeschool teachers and informal educators.all grade levelsSTEMYesvariesyesmany online learning programs that can result in graduate credit or CPDUs
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TFA Online Modules Our online content coaches combine effective coaching and online virtual instructional practices to support new and early career teachers. We design and host self-paced learning experiences for select topics. Our online coaches also moderate our National TFA Teaching Communities. The Teaching Communities are a great go-to-support for quick Q&A. They are hosted on the TFA Google+ domain making it even easier for CMs, alumni and staff to access.all grade levelsall contentYesfreeno
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Chicago History MuseumOur professional development programs provide rich and unique experiences with history. Connect with the Museum’s exhibitions and resources. Engage with staff and experts. Earn PD hours.all grade levelsELA/ HumanitiesUnclearvariesyesAlso has classroom resources
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Teaching ToleranceTeaching Tolerance provides educational materials—from articles that make you think to presentations you can share. These resources are designed to help teachers improve their practice and turn K-12 schools into strong communities that welcome diversity, giving all students an opportunity to learn.all grade levelsall contentYesfreeno
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Peggy Notebaert Nature MuseumThe Nature Museum offers customized, inquiry-based workshops (at your school or the Museum) and off-site trips that apply toward re-certification and meet all Illinois Academic Standards. Workshops provide engaging, in-depth training, curriculum ideas, tools and more.all grade levelsSTEMNovariesyes
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C-SPAN Classroom Offers current event video clips for the classroom, lesson plans, other resources, and a Summer conference in Washington D.C. all grade levelsELA/ HumanitiesYesfreeunclear
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The Museum of Science & IndustryOur FREE teacher courses provide a broad background in science, are designed in accordance with Illinois and national science education standards (NGSS), and complement Museum exhibits and resources. You’ll increase your knowledge of science, improve teaching skills and return to the classroom with new ideas and resources to make science engaging. elementary and middle schoolSTEMYesfreeyesTo participate, teachers must apply and be selected to enroll. We take applications for academic year courses in mid-August and summer courses in mid-May.
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Facing History & OurselvesOur learning opportunities are designed to fit your goals and busy schedule. Gain a new perspective, add more tools to your teaching toolbox, engage your students with compelling content, and benefit from the experience and fellowship of other teachers.middle school and high schoolELA/ HumanitiesYesvariesnoAlso have a massive collection of educator resources!
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Rollins Center for Language & LiteracyThe Rollins Center for Language & Literacy's professional development program gives educators the tools to change children's lives by improving vocabulary, language and comprehension. By learning to engage children in meaningful conversations, create effective interactive learning centers and develop new techniques to promote phonological awareness, teachers are positioned to truly transform children's futures -- in the classroom and beyond.preschool and elementaryELA/ HumanitiesYesfreenoThe Rollins Center is based in Atlanta. Their modules are highly recommended by TFA ECE staff members.
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National Association for the Education of Young ChildrenNAEYC offers a variety of learning opportunities designed for early childhood professionals including: Face-to-face training, Technology-based learning , Accreditation training Annual Conference, and Institute as well as career resource. preschool and elementaryall contentYesvariesnoNAEYC holds an annual conference and summer institute
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Erikson Institute Our workshops, seminars, and online offerings — taught by experts in the field — will help you develop critical skills, familiarize yourself with new techniques and instruments, and earn the credit you need to maintain your professional standing or advance in your career.preschool and elementaryall contentYesvariesyes
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Resource Center for Autism & Developmental DelaysThe Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD) is a Center for Literacy initiative established to provide resources, referral information, education, and training for parents and teachers of children with developmental disorders.preschool and elementaryall contentYesfreeno
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Kohl Children's MuseumFor educators of children 0-8, each workshop topic is aligned with Common Core State Standards, Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards and NAEYC Early Learning Standards. All involve hands-on exploration and small and whole group discussion. Kohl Children's Museum training are approved by Gateways to Opportunity.preschool and elementaryall contentNovariesyes
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Teachers Supporting Teachers TST is an organizing movement dedicated to putting teachers in control of their own personal and professional development. We believe teachers should have the opportunity to decide the means and frequency of their instructional support and professional development. Additionally, we are currently running teacher-teacher mentorship programs in a variety of schools throughout the Chicago area, as well as assisting teachers in creating and running teacher-led Professional Development meetings within their schools.all grade levelsall contentNofreeyesThis is a TFA alumni founded and run organization that offers free quarterly PD and 1on1 coaching
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