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Union Leadership Institute

The Illinois Federation of Teachers recognizes the quality union-sponsored professional development is critical to helping you be more effective in your job and as a union leader That's why the IFT offers a wide variety of professional development programs designed to enhance your skills and provide strategies to help educators, including paraprofessionals, meet the requirements of their professions.

IFT members have been taking advantage of the union's professional development programs since 1979. Courses are taught by union members and staff who have been specially trained to meet your professional development and union training needs.


2017-18 ULI North
Most courses are presented over three weekend sessions: November 4-5, 2017, February 10-11, 2018, and April 28-29, 2018. Participants must attend all three weekend sessions to complete these courses. Special one-weekend sessions are also available.

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Great Lakes ULI
This four-day training and leadership development program, co-sponsored by the IFT and AFT, is designed to enhance local capacity for all constituency groups.

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Regional ULI
One-day regional ULI courses will be held in Fairview Heights in 2018. Learn more about upcoming opportunities.

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Single-Weekend Courses
In Winter and Spring 2017, ULI North will offer two one-weekend courses. Space is limited, so register today!

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Worksite Leader training program
The IFT's WSL program is a series of five courses, or modules. Each module provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills needed for worksite leaders to be effective.

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Professional Issues Courses
Evaluation Empowerment course and Building Responsive and Trauma-Informed Schools courses
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