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Chicago TLPL 2016-17 Participant Registration

Registration Now Open for Teacher-Led Professional Learning (TLPL)

You are invited to join a dynamic group of teachers through TLPL – a set of free teacher-led professional learning courses that connect you with fellow teachers. Share strategies and refine your instructional practices instruction over five sessions. 

What is TLPL? 

  • Five three-hour sessions spread over 10 weeks, beginning this semester. Dinner is provided.
  • Led by current teachers who are experts in their content and pedagogy  

Why participate? 

  • Immediate Impact: Sessions include hands-on strategies for you to participate in. At the end of the course, you will have lesson plan ideas, and/or strategies that you can use immediately in your classroom. 
  • Collaboration:  TLPL is teacher-created and teacher-facilitated.  Collaborate with highly-motivated teachers to benefit the day-to day work in your classroom.  
  • Delivered by Experts: Facilitators will share what has revolutionized their classroom. It is entirely teacher driven by someone who understands your experience. 

What course will you take? Course locations and descriptions are below. Because all courses happen on the same night, you may only enroll in one course this semester. Space is limited. 

Courses Offered at Crane Medical High School, ( 2245 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612)
Dates:  (2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17 & 4/5/17) from 4:30-8:00 (first half hour is when dinner will be provided)

  • Conquering the Core: Math Made Easy (Grades K-5) 
  • Implementing Technology in the Common Core Classroom (All grades/subjects) 
  • Social Emotional Learning as the Foundation for a Successful ECE Classroom
  • Integrating the Next Generation Science Standard Practices into Your Science Classroom (Grades 6-12, Science) 
  • Writing & Inquiry through Text-Based Discussion & Socratic Seminar (Grades 6-12, Humanities/ELA)


Course Descriptions


Conquering the Core: Math Made Easy (Grades K-5)

Are you frustrated with how to implement the Common Core in Math?  You hear about all the Mathematical instructional shifts that are taking place, but you don’t know how to implement them.  In this course, you will collaboratively learn about various math strategies that will transform your math instruction.  The topic of productive struggle will be dissected and how to effectively incorporate it into everyday math instruction.  We will learn about math questioning strategies and modeling problem solving strategies and you will walk away with projects that encompass problem-based learning and personalized math talks. Your students will marvel in their new mathematician status.  You will marvel and say, “Now that was easy!” 

Implementing Technology in the Common Core Classroom (Grades 3-8, All Subjects)

Today’s students need to utilize the tools of today in order to meet the Common Core State Standards. Creating a strong foundation in technology use will not only increase student engagement and motivation, but also better prepare them for college and careers in the rapidly evolving landscape of the technological world we live in. In this course, we will explore many different tools, strategies and methods of teaching Common Core while utilizing technology.


  • Utilize technology in a variety of ways, content  areas and methods 
  • Build 21st century skills in order to become more college and career ready
  • Gain a variety of technology resources (including Hyperdocs, web based tools, formative assessment tools) to use in multiple content areas
  • Develop a better understanding of project-based learning with the integration of technology
  • Increase student collaboration and engagement utilizing technology
  • Develop new strategies in partnership with other educators

Integrating the Next Generation Science Standard practices into Your Science Classroom (Grades 6-12, Science)

The creation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has given rise to a fundamental shift in the way we teach science.  Together, we will pool our collective knowledge of the NGSS to develop strategies for effectively implementing the three dimensions of NGSS in your classroom.   The initial focus of the session will be on integrating Dimension 1 (the Practices) into your labs and activities.  By the end of the course you will leave with a working knowledge to navigate the framework in order to continue using it in your classroom. Your facilitator has been working with the NGSS for 4 years, and has achieved significant gains with student achievement with implementing the practices in implementing these skills department wide at a science focused school.  Whether you are new to the NGSS, or you have been using it for some time, you are welcome at the session.  The focus will be on collaboration to ensure that together we can all raise the bar for implementing these new and exciting standards.



Social Emotional Learning as the Foundation for a Successful ECE Classroom (Grades Pre-K & Kindergarten**)

Empathy is the new buzzword in the world of early childhood education, but research has shown that teaching our youngest learners empathy doesn’t only lay the foundation for the ECE classroom, it also pays off in the long run. A recent study from Duke and Penn State proved that children who were able to help and share with others by kindergarten were more likely to graduate from high-school and have a full time job, whereas those students who weren’t as socially competent were more likely to drop out, go to juvenile hall or need government assistance in the future. In this five-week course, educators will learn the importance of social emotional intelligence and how to start teaching our 3 to 5-year-old students empathy and social competence. Teachers will walk away from this course with a plethora of resources and materials to take directly into the classroom, a vision of what they want to see in their classroom and for their students’ social emotional growth, and an understanding of how to use data and assessments, including Teaching Strategies GOLD data,  to inform their social emotional lessons to prioritize their students’ needs. 

**If you are a 1st or 2nd grade teacher interested in social/emotional strategies for your classroom, please email to see if this class would be a good fit for you!**

Writing and Inquiry through Text-Based Discussion & Socratic Seminar (Grades 6-12, Humanities/ELA)

With the transition to the SAT, students need intensive supports to read high level non-fiction texts and be able to defend a position with relevant evidence. We can improve students’ comfort level with complex texts by choosing appropriately difficult texts and crafting developmentally appropriate questions to make material accessible to all students. In this course we will identify resources for rigorous, engaging texts, model questioning techniques, and develop class norms to facilitate a Socratic Seminar for maximum engagement with diverse learners. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate on creating discussion questions for a relevant text, discussing strategies that work for Socratic Seminar, and crafting rubrics for Socratic Seminar that align with CCSS.