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Professional Training & Development

The IFT is committed to offering you timely, meaningful opportunities to enhance your union and professional skills. Learn about the latest offerings below and register today!


CONFRONTING THE RISE OF SCHOOL BOARD DISRUPTIONS

January 27 | 7 PM


Throughout the country and in Illinois, we have seen the rise of well-funded disinformation campaigns targeting school boards and educators. Register for this virtual event today and learn how to combat these threats.


This online event will cover: Who is behind the disinformation campaign around masks/vaccines mandates, an erosion of LGBTQ+ rights and the way race is being taught in our schools? How can we band together to support our school boards and staff who are being threatened and to protect public education?


Hear from an expert panel, including veteran educator and IFT member Julie Harris (Tinley Park Council of AFT Local 604) and connect with others around Illinois who are organizing in their communities to stand up for inclusion, safety, and teaching a full and accurate history in our schools that protects all students. Learn more and register here.


TEACHER EVALUATION INITIAL TRAINING | AA#2001

Sessions in February, June and October


IFT is offering Teacher Evaluation Initial Training (AA#2001) to support unions and members as they implement a locally-bargained appeals process. Participants who successfully complete the training and assessment will be designated in ELIS as qualified evaluators of teachers.


Participants must register at least 15 days prior to the start date of your selected training session to complete the required pre-class work. In addition, the IFT strongly recommends that participants be (at a minimum) familiar with the Danielson Framework for Teaching before registering for this training.


Learn about session dates, cost, and more on the IFT website. Space is limited, so register today!


A CONVENING: ADVANCING EQUITY THROUGH DEEP LEARNING AND MEANINGFUL ASSESSMENT

Saturday, February 12 | 9 AM - 12:30 PM


In light of ISBE's latest proposal to increase standardized testing in grades K-8, the IFT and our partners are hosting this virtual panel discussion with renowned education experts, teachers, students and parents to get stakeholder feedback about more equitable ways to assess learning and student achievement.



All those invested in education justice are invited to join this important conversation! Learn more about the event and register to attend by February 4.


To find out more about ISBE's proposal to increase testing and how you can help stop it, visit teachnottest.org.


 

For information about additional union-sponsored training just for members, visit the IFT website. Questions? Email IFT Professional Learning Specialist Benita Twillie.



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