Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers

Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers

AFT Local 943

 TEACH

 (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 WINTER 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.

Winter/Spring 2018 TEACH Schedule

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

Water and snacks will be provided.


Going Google:
Tuesday, January 23. 4:30 – 7:30. Offered at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, 5345 W 99th St., Oak Lawn. Room 1019

 

Google Apps for Education is a powerful suite of applications that can make life in our profession easier. Learn some of the basic features of Google Drive, Gmail, Google Chrome and more in this introductory course. There are many creative ways to use this powerful suite of tools. If you feel overwhelmed with your workflow these applications can help both you and your students achieve more in the classroom. Laptops optional.

Presenter: Brian Jurinek

 

Share Your Story: Tuesday, March 20. 4:30 – 7:30. Offered at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, 5345 W 99th St., Oak Lawn. Room 1019

 

Create and share your classroom story! Technology allows us to connect families to each of our classrooms. Social media and other tools make it easy to for parents to get a glimpse of their child’s day and the world of education today. Learn how to use these tools to bring our families into classroom conversations and invite them to be a part of the learning alongside their child. Learn how to utilize social media apps such as Twitter and engage your students and families with tools such as Google Sites. These tools will help you open the doors of your classroom to families and help build positive relationships within the community. Laptops optional.

Presenter: Brian Jurinek

 

Beginning Reading Instruction: Vocabulary Session 1: Thursday, February 8. 4:30 – 7:30. Offered at Union office, 15521 S 70th Court, Orland Park.

 

Effective communication is a critical link to reading comprehension and student achievement.  Knowledge of a word is the extent or degree of knowledge that a student can possess. 

This workshop can help students to understand words which can lead to better communication, reading and writing.  Teachers will be able to work with students increasing their understanding of the different parts that make up words.

Presenters: Ivory and Linda Manney

 

Beginning Reading Instruction: Vocabulary Session 2: Thursday, March 15. 4:30 – 7:30. Offered at Union office, 15521 S 70th Court, Orland Park.

 

Effective communication is a critical link to reading comprehension and student achievement.  Knowledge of a word is the extent or degree of knowledge that a student can possess.

In the 2nd session of this Vocabulary workshop, the teacher will develop instructional activities that can help students to understand and think about words-  which can lead to better communication, reading, listening and writing skills.

Presenters: Ivory and Linda Manney

 

Strategies for Student Success : Stress Management:  Tuesday, April 10. 4:00 – 7:00. Offered at Simmons Middle School, 6450 W 95th St., Oak Lawn. *Please enter at Gymnasium Door on South side of building (facing 95th St).

 

Now that testing is over and May is not far away, treat yourself to this informational workshop to help develop coping mechanisms for managing stress. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to walk away with strategies to prevent and reduce stress: Come join us!!!

Presenter: Ann Francis

**Please note time change.

 

Accessible Literacy Framework - Wednesdays - January 10, 24, 31   4:30 – 7:30 at the union office, 15521 S 70th Court, Orland Park.

 

Do you have students with complex communication needs in your classroom environment? Are you struggling with strategies to boost their literacy skills? The Accessible Literacy Framework can provide you with some tools to apply to your existing curriculum to reach all students, no matter how complex their needs. This three week class will encompass the pillars of reading instruction with adaptations and modifications for various communication needs.

 

January 10: We will build a foundation by reviewing best practices in reading as they apply to students with complex communication needs and then take a reflective look at our assessment practices and how they can be adapted and modified. Teachers of early reading instruction; this week’s strategic focus is on teaching phoneme segmentation, and phonological awareness.

 

January 24: Teachers of developing reading instruction; this week’s focus is on sound blending, decoding, sight word recognition, and shared reading through the lens of a complex communication needs.

 

January 31: Teachers of readers at many levels will find strategies to use in this class. We will cover strategies for sentences and simple stories through overall reading comprehension at the higher levels for students with complex communication needs.

These research based, field tested strategies will be invaluable in your teaching toolbox..

Presenters: Pia Conte, Meredith Doyle and Michelle Kedzierski

 

Reading Comprehension : Close Reading and Text-Dependent Questions:  Tuesday, February 13. 4:00 – 7:00. Offered at Simmons Middle School, 6450 W 95th St., Oak Lawn. *Please enter at Gymnasium Door on South side of building (facing 95th St). Room 232.

 

This workshop will guide teachers of all content areas and grade levels through the benefits of close reading and using text-dependent questions. Participants will receive practical and useful lessons and strategies to bring back to their classrooms. Please bring your textbook or whatever reading materials you typically use in class, along with a laptop if you choose.

Presenters: Allison Gunner and Andrea Kalchbrenner

**Please note time change.

 

Reading Comprehension : Informational Text:  Tuesday, March 13.
4:00 – 7:00. Offered at Simmons Middle School, 6450 W 95th St., Oak Lawn. *Please enter at Gymnasium Door on South side of building (facing 95th St). Room 232.

 

This workshop will guide teachers of all content areas and grade levels through navigation expository texts. Participants will receive practical and useful lessons and strategies to bring back to their classrooms. Please bring your textbook or whatever reading materials you typically use in class, along with a laptop if you choose.

Presenters: Alison Gunner and Andrea Kalchbrenner

**Please note time change.

 

Math Strategies – Thinking Math 3-5:  Common Core Edition
This 6 class course will be held every other Wednesday beginning January 24 and running through April 4. 4:00 – 6:30. Offered at Harnew School, 9101 S Meade, Oak Lawn.

 

This course is designed to help teachers examine and understand strategies based on scientific research that are aligned to the Math Common Core of grades 3-5.  Participants will increase their own mathematical knowledge as they examine how children learn mathematics, the basis for common errors, and core ideas of grade level standards and practices.

Presenters: Marie Chavosky and Colleen O’Connor

**Please note time change.

 

Foundations of Effective Teaching:Teacher Praise and Time on Task: Thursday, Thursday, February 1. 4:30 – 7:30. Offered at Union office, 15521 S 70th Court, Orland Park.

 

How to keep your students on task and working cooperatively will be the focus of this course. Evaluators are looking for students to be ENGAGED and SELF STARTERS. How to better keep students engaged comes from the PRAISE and CONFIDENCE emitted from the classroom teacher.

Presenter: Mary Stockwell

  
Call Local 943 at 708/633-0943 x 225 or send an  email to
jspirakes@ift-aft.org

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!
                                                                                                                                   

Registration form Winter

 

    

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