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Pekin Public Schools District 108

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Professional Development Academy Courses for 2016-2017

  • Clock hours earned through Professional Development Academy Courses may count for professional development needed for license renewal AND for hours beyond degree for recognition on District #108’s salary schedule.  15 clock hours earned through a PDA course earns 1 credit hour for advancement on the salary schedule. 

    You can  register for the classes through the PDA calendar.  Priority is given to TIPS 1 and TIPS 2 participants.   Classes are now open for registration.


    Using Math Tools - Instructors:  Jennifer Heath and Stacey Melloy
    January 10, 2017 and February 28, 2017
    Do you need some ideas for teaching with those math tools?  Join us to investigate math tools and learn how to use them and think together about additional ways they could be used.   We will work together on tasks as a whole group and also by grade level bands.   

    The Responsive Classroom - Instructors:  Erin Heilman and Jennifer Heath
    January 24, 2017 and March 7, 2017
    Do you want your classroom to feel more like a supportive community?  Do you want positive student behavior where your students are engaged in their learning and the learning of those around them?    Join us as we investigate how morning meetings, interactive modeling, teacher language and more can facilitate this positive learning environment.


    Dealing with Trauma - Instructor:  Nikki Michalak
    February 13, 2017 and April 3, 2017
    The prevalence of childhood trauma is evident in every school and classroom. Twenty-six percent of children in the United States will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four.  We also know that more than 60 percent of youth age 17 and younger have been exposed to crime, violence and abuse either directly or indirectly. So what do we do? We create trauma-informed environments within our schools. This training provides an introduction to developing a trauma-informed lens with the school setting. 


    Language Development Using Read Alouds - Instructors:  Angie Theleritis, Tiffany Cascia, and Shannon Crawford
    January 26, 2017 and March 2, 2017
    Do you want to learn more about language rich Read Alouds?  We will explore understanding the importance of connecting why language development is a necessary foundation to further establish and improve a students' reading.


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