Tuesday, September 20, 2016

PD Opportunities in District 205

It is the responsibility of each educator to keep his/her own professional teaching license up-to-date by collecting and recording PD Credit through ELIS. Educators who have received or renewed their license in the past couple of years know that they need 120 hours every 5 years, or an average of 24 hours per year.

Educators in District #205 have a vast amount of free or very-low-cost options to do so:  
  • ROEPD.net - Operated jointly by ROE26 and ROE33, this calendar-based resource will show you all sorts of opportunities (free and fee-based) throughout these 2 local regions. In addition to their ongoing PD options, they’re developing professional learning cadres focusing on the following topics:
  • EdLeadersNetwork.org - Provided free-of-charge for all persons working in Illinois Schools, this on-demand video warehouse can be used to satisfy mandated PD requirements. It is also a great resource for “just in time” professional learning on all sorts of topics. ELN provides License Renewal credits on demand for educators free of charge.
    • If you need an ELN account, email Matt with your name, position, and the building to which you are assigned for 51% or more of your day.
    • It takes 5-10 business days for Springfield to create accounts. Please be patient - this is not something we control locally.  
  • PD Academy - Once we get underway, participants can earn hour-for-hour PD Credit for License Renewal. All classes occur from 4-5 pm unless otherwise arranged. PD Academy classes are always free to educators in District #205.
School Improvement Days - We have 6 School Improvement Days for which we can award PD Credits this year. We can provide UP TO 3 PD Hours on each SIP Day, or the equivalent of up to 18 hours/year. The exact amount of hours we can provide will be limited by each day’s agenda, travel time needed to get to training sites (when needed), and respect for contractual lunch and release times across schools.  

Chromebook Basics for Students & Parents

Here's a brief tutorial about basic procedures & practices for student use of Chromebooks in District #205 (especially students in G...