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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 FALL 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.
Fall 2018 TEACH Schedule
All workshop participants receive 1 Professional Development hour per hour attended towards licensure.
Water and snacks will be provided.
Voila—Math Problems Solved!
Saturday, September 22. Held at AFT Local 943 office, 15521 S. 70th Court, Orland Park, 9 am to 1 pm
One of the most challenging components of math for students is deciphering and understanding word problems. We teach them to look for key words, match them to the appropriate operation and “Voila!” – problem 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. Target audience: 1
grade teachers and paraprofessionals.
Presenter: Alfrieda Jamison.
Making Cooperative Groups Work for Everyone
Thursday, September 27, and October 4 (2 day workshop). Held at AFT Local 943 office, 15521 S. 70th Court, Orland Park, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Getting students to work cooperatively takes time, thought and good classroom management skills. In order for students to work cooperatively, they must be motivated, focused, and well-prepared to complete those projects/activities we assign. This workshop will prepare teachers to get their students up and running in group situations, while making sure they stay focused on the tasks at hand. Evaluators are looking to see if teachers have a firm grasp on having students work in groups. This course will help teachers be more confident when grouping students. Target audience: ALL teachers and paraprofessionals grades K-12.
Presenter: Mary Stockwell.
2 Courses—1 night:
(1) Breakout EDU-The Perfect Escape; (2) What the Heck are Hyperdocs?
Tuesday, October 2. Held at AFT Local 943 office, 15521 S. 70th Court, Orland Park, 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Breakout EDU-The Perfect Escape
– Breakout EDU games address the 4C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. The complex problem-solving and teamwork required in Breakout EDU engages learners of all ages and is FUN! Grades 3-12 teachers will be able to experience educational “Box and Locks” or a “Digital” Breakout EDU Session. The concept of Breakout EDU, how to set up a Breakout for your classes, and information on creating a Breakout will be shared.
What the Heck are Hyperdocs?
– Experience an “activity” hyperdoc on the topic of “Empathy and Inclusion,” which is sure to resonate. Hyperdocs delve deeply into concepts, using a combination of media accessible from a Google Doc or slides. They can be used to teach any topic and can include activity. You’ll receive access to a library of Hyperdocs and templates for creating your own Hyperdoc lessons. Target audience: ALL teachers and paraprofessionals grades K-12.
Presenters: Mark and Becky Foellmer.
Math Strategies: Thinking Math 3-5 Common Core Edition
(4 sessions: Wednesdays—October 10, 24, November 7, 14). Held at Harnew School, 9101 Meade, Oak Lawn (Enter front door, Room number TBA), 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
This course is designed to help teachers examine and understand strategies based on scientific research, which are aligned to the Math Common Core for 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. Target audience: Teachers and paraprofessionals grades 3-5.
Presenter: Colleen O’Connor
Reading Comprehension: Informational Text
Thursday, October 11. Held at Simmons Middle School, 6450 W. 95th Street, Oak Lawn (Enter at Gymnasium door on south side of the building, facing 95th Street, Room 232), 4:30 to 7:30 pm
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. Target audience: ALL teachers and paraprofessionals grades K-12.
Presenters: Allison Gunner and Andrea Kalchbrenner.
Wednesday, October 17 at Local 943 office, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Vocabulary is a critical link to reading comprehension, writing and student achievement. Participants will develop engaging, instructional activities that can help students to understand and think about words which can lead to better communication, reading, listening and writing skills.
Target audience: ALL teachers and paraprofessionals grades K-12
Presenter: Pia Conte
Strategies for Student Success: Engaging Families as Partners
Wednesday, October 24. Offered at Simmons Middle School, 6450 W 95
St., Oak Lawn. *Please enter at Gymnasium Door on South side of building (facing 95th St). Room TBA, 4:30 – 7:30.
Students Success has a direct connection with parental engagement.
This course uses research based strategies to engage parents and shows how to implement two-way communication with parents and much more. With this class, you can develop skills to make your parent-teacher encounters positive. Target audience: ALL teachers and paraprofessionals grades K-12
Presenter: Ann Francis
2 Courses – 1 night!!
Wednesday, November 28th at the Local 943 office, 4:30 - 7:30
“Got Chromebooks?” Infusing Tech into Your PE Classroom
DIY Activities and Games for the PE Classroom
“Got Chromebooks?” –
Explore tons of apps, extensions, and sites available on Chromebooks for use in your classroom! We’ll also share lessons for Health, and Elem., MS & HS PE that combine those apps, extensions and sites with Google Classroom & G-Suite to create engaging lessons that address the 4 C’s ( Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativiity).
DIY Activities and Games for the PE Classroom:
Little or no equipment? No problem. We will share with you games and activities you can implement immediately with equipment you can make, no equipment and items you can purchase from the dollar store. Also, you will learn how you can increase MVPA with these activities and games and meet state standards.
Target audience: ALL HEALTH and PE teachers grades K-12
Presenter: Mark Foellmer
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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