The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) has partnered with Chalkbeat, is a nonprofit news organization reporting on education across America, to assess if school districts have adequately prepared educators for the fall. Districts have had months to prepare educators for this historic back-to-school season — but are they doing enough?
The state has recommended that all districts use professional development days to train educators on instructional methods and materials, health and safety protocols, and the mental health needs of students. As districts gear up for the fall and release reopening plans, Chalkbeat and IFT want to hear from teachers about how their school districts are training them for these unprecedented times and whether the training has been beneficial.
Tell us about the state of professional development in your school or district. What kind of training has your district given you, if any? What kind of support would you like to see in order to feel better equipped for the fall?
Looking forward to hearing from you.