UNION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

IFT's professional development opportunities are designed to meet the needs of both new and experienced local leaders and activists in all IFT constituency groups. Our programs provide participants with hands-on learning and a chance to network with other IFT members from throughout the state. We have adapted our training to meet the changing needs of union leadership as we grapple with COVID-19 and racial injustice.

Administrator academy
initial teachers evaluation training (ISBE #AA2001)

IFT is offering this course as part of our Union Leadership Institute program to support unions as they implement a locally bargained appeals process. Participants who successfully complete this two-day course are designated in ELIS as qualified evaluators of teachers.

Participants must complete and submit pre-work, complete both full days of training and successfully complete an assessment in order to qualify as an evaluator.

This training qualifies for Professional Development credit or Administrator Academy credit. Evidence will be provided for teacher evaluator credential.

 
VIRTUAL TRAINING DATES

FEBRUARY 2022

Feb. 15  |  4-6p

Feb. 26 & 27  |  8a-4:30p

JUNE 2022

June 1  |  4-6p

June 11 & 12  |  8a-4:30p

OCTOBER 2022

Oct. 4  |  4-6p

Oct. 15 & 16  |  8a-4:30p

REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED 15 DAY PRIOR TO TRAINING SESSION.

SUMMER courses

 The Illinois Federation of Teachers is hosting virtual and in-person professional development opportunities this summer.

Reclaiming Assessment Workshop

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VIRTUAL | JULY 12, 2-3PM

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the AFT’s 15-hour course, Reclaiming Assessment. The full AFT course digs deeply into assessment, including its power to monitor student growth and inform instruction, assessment tools available to you, the need for balanced assessment systems, and the importance and power of culturally responsive pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment to ensure students engage in authentic learning. Come spend an hour talking with colleagues about the power and opportunity of a more balanced, culturally responsive assessment system in your classroom.

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SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH GRIEF & LOSS FRee

VIRTUAL | JUNE 23, 9:30-11AM & JULY 19, 9:30-11AM

Due to high demand, IFT's Union Professional Issues Department is again offering the AFT webinar “Supporting Students with Grief and Loss.” Participants in this webinar will learn the strategies of a Grief-Sensitive Educator and receive a complimentary kit* of resources and information to help them support their students. Designed especially for PreK-12 and higher education teachers, this training will be led by Jim Arey, IFT Local 1211 Vice President of Local Outreach and AFT National Trainer.

*while supplies last

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Culturally responsive teaching, learning, & assessment workshop

5pd credits | $45 registration fee

IN-PERSON IN WESTMONT & FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS

JULY 20, 9AM-3PM

The importance and power of culturally responsive practices, curriculum, and assessment to ensure students are engaged in authentic learning has never been more relevant. Join the IFT’s Professional Issues Department to learn more about implementing the use of curricula and assessments that are both restorative and academically rigorous. Culturally relevant curricula is a key component of trauma-informed pedagogy—but requires specific components, continual self-analysis, and mindset shifts for educators. Educators are encouraged to bring a unit- or lesson-plan to this workshop.

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AFT LEAD PROGRAM

(Leadership Education and Development)

The IFT, in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Cornell University, offers the LEAD program to help local union and council teams establish strong relationships with their members and the community. Throughout the year-long program, LEAD teams hold several collaborative meetings to assess their challenges, determine how to strategically overcome them, and develop an effective action plan.

Professional Issues Training and Support
IFT members are experts in their fields and uniquely qualified to train their colleagues. After completing an IFT Train-the-Trainer course, members are armed with the skills and materials they need to conduct professional development programs in their locals.

IFT members have instructed many programs in their own locals and councils, including:  
Initial Teachers Evaluation Training

Evaluation Empowerment

Building Responsive and Trauma-Informed Schools

Worksite Leader (WSL) Training
The WSL program is designed to help union activists be effective worksite leaders in their building or workplace. By informing and engaging members, WSLs play a critical role in growing and strengthening their locals and the IFT.

To become a WSL graduate participants must complete five courses, including:
Union 101
Communications and Information
Worksite Advocacy
Mobilization and Engagement
Political, Legislative, and Community Engagement


 

Union leadership institute (ULI)

NOVEMBER 5-6 • FEBRUARY 4-5, 2023 • APRIL 22-23, 2023

IFT’s ULI program has been designed to meet the needs of both new and experienced local leaders and activists in all IFT constituency groups. ULI provides participants with hands-on learning of union skills, professional development opportunities, and a chance to network with other IFT members from throughout the state.

DOWNLOAD 2022-23 ULI INFORMATION

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Registration is open until October 19

 
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CUSTOM TRAINING

Additional trainings and assistance are available based on local need and demand. Examples of custom programs include: campaign and candidate training, social media, current legislative issues, and the teacher evaluation process.

questions? Contact Benita Twillie at btwillie@ift-aft.org or 630/468-4080.

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