AP Program Back-to-School Professional Development Opportunities from CollegeBoard

As your students gear up and prepare for the new school year, the College Board can help you do the same. Each fall, we offer professional development workshops for AP® and K–12 educators to share best practices and prepare for the year ahead.

These workshops give educators the opportunity to receive subject-specific support and training to strengthen their AP courses. We also offer specialized workshops for AP coordinators and administrators. Search by subject and location, as workshops are being added in our region.

For example, click HERE for the listing for Webster University in St. Louis.

For more information, email mwromtgs1@collegeboard.org or call 866-392-3019 (toll-free).

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Mistakes New Teachers Make & How to Avoid Them

All teachers, including those of us who are veterans, make lots of mistakes.   New teachers, however, tend to make some common ones.  This three-part series will explore what those might be and how to avoid them.  Perhaps those new teachers who are reading can, instead, make more creative ones!

Click HERE to read the rest of the article and please share with your colleagues.


Free Webinar Series: Unpacking the IL Ed Funding Bill: What SB 1947 Means to School Districts

SB1947TwitterTeachIllinois.com is hosting a free Webinar Series, “Unpacking the IL Ed Funding Bill:  What SB 1947 Means to School Districts” starting 9/19.  Each week, a new, pre-recorded webinar will be posted covering a portion of the new law.  Education attorneys from Tueth Keeney will host each webinar, providing expert explanation for Illinois school districts.
9/19:  Introduction to the Webinar series (Merry Rhoades), Mandate Relief: Waivers (Chad Watkins), Mandate Relief: PE & Driver’s Ed (Laura Hemmer)
9/26:  Tax Credit for Private Schools (D. Shane Jones)
10/3:  TIF Task Force, 110% Adequacy Referendum (Robert Jackstadt)
10/27:  Teachers’ Retirement System (Kameron Murphy)
10/24:  Evidence-based Funding (Merry Rhoades)
11/6:  Live Webinar Roundtable covering questions posted within the online forum (all 6 attorneys)
In addition to each webinar being available for viewing at any time within TeachIllinois, there is an open forum for attendees to pose questions and start discussions.  The 6 attorneys will often join the online discussion, culminating in a live webinar on November 6th where they will cover topics that came up within the online forum.
This is a one-of-a-kind event in Illinois, and a great opportunity for districts around the State to learn from experts on what the new law means to them and their particular situation.  The more people who join in the conversation, the richer the experience will be for everyone.  Please pass this information along to anyone who could benefit.
Click HERE for a downloadable flyer (4.6MB).
Thanks for your help and support!  If you have questions, please let me know.
Matt Weld
Director, Area 5 Learning Technology Center
200 Clay Street
Edwardsville, IL  62025
C : (618) 979-1940
T : @MatthewWeld
E : mweld [at] ltcillinois.org

Great Rivers Math Teachers’ Circle

Math Teachers’ Circles (mathteacherscircle.org) provide an opportunity for teachers to enrich their own knowledge and experience, while building long-term, meaningful partnerships with other teachers and mathematicians. Join us for regular sessions with professional development communities to work on rich mathematics problems. Enjoy dinner while you’re at it – food will be provided! All ability and comfort levels are welcome.


Who: Middle & High School Math Teachers

Where: Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL

When: 5:30-7:30 pm, 3rd Thursday of the month

Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16

RSVP: http://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/math/grmathcirlce.shtml


Adobe Creative Cloud Across the Curriculum: A Guide for Students and Teachers

Explore this new practical guide created by Dr. Todd Taylor, Professor of English at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Adobe Creative Cloud Across the Curriculum: A Guide for Students and Teachers is a rich online resource for students who want to tackle their academic work in innovative, digital ways and teachers in all disciplines who want to incorporate digital assignments into their coursework.

To read more, click HERE.


Effective teacher learning is vital to student success. Teachers who continually improve their practice by using data to inform instructional decisions see improved results for their students. In the tradition of supporting effective professional learning, in 2016 Corwin launched a nationwide survey in partnership with Learning Forward and the National Education Association (NEA) to ascertain the state of teacher professional learning and how to best support educators where they are.

To read the entire survey click HERE.