Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers

Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers

AFT Local 943


 (Together Educating America's Children)


Local 943 is pleased to present to its members a research-based professional development program created by the American Federation of Teachers known as TEACH. These quality staff development courses are available to all teachers and paraprofessionals. The goal is to encourage educators to improve their practice and student achievement by using research based techniques and strategies.

Register Now for SUMMER Workshops 

  • Sign up early.  If enrollment is less than 10 participants, the course will not be held.

  • Registration closes 1 week prior to workshop

  • All workshop participants receive 1 Professional Development hour for every hour of class attended towards licensure.

  • Water and snacks will be provided.

Summer 2019 TEACH Schedule


 To sign up for any TEACH classes, please contact Judy at (708) 633-0943, extension 225 or at least 10 days before the date of the class.


Fact Masters:Tuesday, June 18th.  Held at AFT Local 943, 15521 S. 70th Court, Orland Park, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


We all know the importance of fact fluency in math.  As early as first grade, we give students flash cards, require students to write their facts 10 times every week, ask parents to practice with the students, drill them on random facts in the halls during bathroom breaks, and give them timed tests every Friday.  And yet – eighth grade math teachers complain the students don’t know their facts!  Come see what research says about these approaches and learn strategies that genuinely increase fact fluency and retention.  Audience:  K-8 teachers and paraprofessionals. 

Presenter:   Alfreida Jamison. 

Licensure hours:  3.


Voila!  Math Problems Solved!:  Tuesday, June 25th.  Held at AFT Local 943 office, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


One of the most challenging components of math for students is deciphering and understanding work problems.  We teach them to look for key words, match them to the appropriate operation, and “Voila!”— the problem is solved.  This one-day workshop will go beyond key words and show you how to teach students to successfully model word problems using basic components of Thinking Math.

Presenter:  Alfreida Jamison.          

Licensure hours:  3.


Strategies for Student Success Wednesday through Friday, June 26, 27, & 28th.  Held at AFT Local 943 office, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


An AFT program consisting of modules based on the Current Learning Standards that address teaching and learning aspects of the classroom for both new and veteran teachers.  Topics include:  Engaging Students Long-term Memory; Social Media; Gaming; Questioning Techniques; Bullying and Managing Stress. 

Presenters:  Ann Francis and Mary Stockwell. 

Licensure hours:  9.


Summer Reading Workshop:  Reading & Vocabulary Strategies to Use for Informational & Narrative Texts: Wednesday through Friday, July 17- 19th.  Held at AFT Local 943 office, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


This three-day workshop will guide teachers of all content areas and grade levels on different reading and vocabulary strategies to use with narrative and informational texts.  Participants will receive practical and useful lessons and strategies to bring back to their classrooms.  Please bring any classroom materials you typically use in class, along with a laptop if you choose, so you can directly apply what you’re learning to your curriculum. 

Presenters:  Alison Gunner and Andrea Kalchbrenner. 

Licensure hours:  9.


Beginning Year Classroom Management and Working with Antisocial Students: Tuesday through Friday, August 13 - 16th.  Held at AFT Local 943 office, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 


This core course addresses the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant for teachers and classroom paraprofessionals in all grade levels and subject areas.  It examines proven practices for establishing and maintaining classroom management, maximizing use of learning time and guided instructional strategies to help actively engage students and address the diversity of their learning needs — especially those of the antisocial child.  It also presents research on emotional and behavioral problems of students who consistently act out.  Participants will learn strategies to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of disruptive or dangerous outbreaks.  Both new and veteran teachers are welcome to attend. 

Presenter:  Mary Stockwell. 

Licensure hours: 16.


All workshop participants receive 1 Professional Development hour per hour attended towards licensure.


Water and snacks will be provided.



Call Local 943 at 708/633-0943 x 225 or send an  email to

No cost for union members.

$25 fee for non-members—checks payable to AFT Local 943.
Workshops must have a minimum of 10 participants to proceed. Sign up today!




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