Crete-Monee School District 201-U provides all staff members with professional development opportunities. All professional development is aligned with District and School Improvement Plans and follows the Standards for Professional Learning developed by Learning Forward, a national staff development organization.
Standards for Professional Learning (Learning Forward, 2011)
Learning Communities: Professional learning that occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.
Leadership: Professional learning that requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning.
Resources: Professional learning that requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning.
Data: Professional learning that uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.
Learning Designs: Professional learning that integrates theories, research, and models of human learning to achieve its intended outcomes.
Implementation: Professional learning that applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long term change.
Outcomes: Professional learning that aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.
Throughout the school year, District 201-U utilizes Institute Days, School Improvement Days, meeting time, and the summer months to provide staff with essential professional development experiences. Employing in-district faculty expertise, as well as out-of-district resources, our faculty members receive ongoing professional learning that is designed to increase effectiveness of instruction and student learning results. By participating in professional learning, faculty may fulfill the Illinois State Board of Education recertification requirements for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU).