Trauma impacts students' learning and behavior at school. Schools have an important role to play in meeting the social and emotional needs of students. All individuals can help build resiliency skills by providing safe and supportive relationships for students. This online course has been developed to increase the knowledge, skills and attitudes of child-serving individuals to respond to the needs of students impacted by trauma and/or chronic stress.

A foundation of the 8 Mathematical Practices will be explored through a variety of resources including articles, best-practice strategies, videos and instructional materials.  Participants will explore instructional shifts and strategies in order to implement the 8 Mathematical Practices.

As we strive to have students career and college ready, math instruction is changing to support this goal. In this workshop we will touch on topics that are currently paving the way to shift from a traditional math classroom to one that builds number sense, fluency and allows for student discovery through inquiry-based learning and student-centered learning . We will examine how to establish a safe environment that enables students to feel comfortable with problem solving. We will look at how to find the balance of rigor in our instruction. Materials that can be used to differentiate instruction in the math classroom will also be presented.

Participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to explore various assessment ideas and effective digital tools to enhance both formative and summative assessments. Additionally, participants will learn about and apply their knowledge of Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR Model of technology integration to enhance units of study and support mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards. Through use of weekly content, discussion boards, collaborative conversation, feedback, and support, participants will experience hands-on practice with digital tools to utilize the integration of technology for assessment in a classroom setting. As a culminating project, participants will develop a lesson or unit containing a digital assessment tool to be implemented in their classrooms. 

This workshop will provide an introduction to adapting curriculum through exploration of a variety of strategies to support ALL learners in the classroom.  This highly interactive workshop will explore why teachers should be providing supports within the classroom, establish a common vocabulary, examine Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and focus on eight types of adaptations to support student success. Utilizing each of the workshop components, participants will develop a lesson plan that includes adaptations for a variety of learners. 

This Illinois Civics Is Back workshop will prepare participants to identify, analyze, and reflect upon both the new civics law and their current practices and offerings in their civics curriculum. Participants will also examine and assess best practices in civics using direct instruction, current and controversial issues, simulations of democratic processes and practices, and service learning. Additionally, the workshop will provide participants the opportunity to implement one of the best practices for civics education in their classroom.

In this workshop, participants will review the importance of vocabulary and vocabulary instruction. Participants will identify how to choose vocabulary words within text, strategies that may be used to teach vocabulary, how to teach word parts for understanding and effective ways to assess vocabulary knowledge of students. Participants will develop a lesson or unit utilizing vocabulary strategies to be implemented in their classroom.