Chicago Public Schools
Professional Development Unit
320 N. Elizabeth - Room 305
Chicago, IL 60607
Telephone: (773) 553-6767

Chicago Public Schools

Continuing Education for Educators

Chicago Public Schools has partnered with Virtual Education Software, inc. to offer continuing education courses for K-12 educators online or via CD-Rom. These interactive courses are available for Lane Credits or CPDUs.

TO REGISTER for one or more courses, call VESi at 1-800-313-6744 between 8:00AM-5:00PM PST, Monday through Friday.

VESi recommends that you check with your school district and/or state licensing agency to verify these course offerings will meet your district and/or state requirements for salary advancement and/or state certificate re-licensure.

You are limited to no more than nine (9) lane credits per Chicago Public Schools calendar year (July 1st through June 30th), per sponsoring organization.


Offered Online Offered via CD

Attention Deficit Disorder: Information & Interventions for Effective Teaching

Lane Credits: 2
Fee: $145

CPDUs: 30
Fee: $145

  • Course Description
    This course will help the learner achieve a better understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to facilitate positive student change. Taught by Mick R. Jackson MS/ED, this course covers the history of the disorder, accepted methods to assess and identify students with the disorder, and various methods, medications, and strategies that are currently used to treat it. For situations in which services beyond what can be provided in the classroom are required, the referral process for getting help for the student will be addressed. Reference materials include a list of resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about ADD or ADHD.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Autism & Asperger's Disorder: Information & Effective Intervention Strategies

Lane Credits: 2
Fee: $145

CPDUs: 30
Fee: $145

  • Course Description
    This course describes Autism and Asperger's Disorder, including characteristics of these disorders, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies. The course helps the learner understand why individuals with Autism spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and what you can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. This course also lists resources for educators, related service personnel, and parents who want more help or information on Autism and Asperger's Disorder.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

Lane Credits: 3
Fee: $165

CPDUs: 45
Fee: $165

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to give the learner a new perspective on student behavior and effective tools to facilitate positive student change. Taught by Mick R. Jackson MS/ED, this course provides a developmental framework to help the learner understand what students are trying to communicate through the "language" of their behavior. Topics covered include behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom control, reduce educator workload, and help prevent burnout. After successfully completing this course, the educator and his/her students will be better equipped to find and implement creative, effective solutions to behavioral problems.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children

Lane Credits: 2
Fee: $145

CPDUs: 30
Fee: $145

  • Course Description
    Designed to help the learner identify and effectively teach students affected by child abuse and/or neglect, this course covers how to recognize the signs of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and physical and emotional neglect in students. It also discusses the specific factors that exist in families who abuse or neglect their children. A major emphasis in this course is on helping the participant understand the special learning needs of abused or neglected children and how to meet those needs in the regular classroom. Working with parents and community agencies is also emphasized.

    Note: This course meets the child abuse and neglect educational requirement in most states. It is the responsibility of the student to verify the course content with his or her specific state professional licensing agency to ensure proper credit.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse

Lane Credits: 2
Fee: $145

CPDUs: 30
Fee: $145

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to help the learner gain a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol, drugs, and their influences in the classroom. It provides a contextual framework for understanding what students may be experiencing either through their own substance use or as a result of the substance use of persons close to them and provides a basic historical perspective of substance use along with the biological, psychological, and social factors that comprise the disease of addiction. Upon course completion, the learner will better understand the complex dynamics that contribute to this biological and social phenomenon.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment

Lane Credits: 3
Fee: $165

CPDUs: 45
Fee: $165

  • Course Description
    This course explores observation and assessment instruments, as well as recommended practices and available resources for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Content includes an emphasis on observing young children and assessing their early childhood learning environments.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers

Lane Credits: 2
Fee: $145

CPDUs: 30
Fee: $145

  • Course Description
    This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Teaching Diversity: Influences & Issues in the Classroom

Lane Credits: 2
Fee: $145

CPDUs: 30
Fee: $145

  • Course Description
    Designed to give the learner the knowledge, tools, and dispositions to effectively facilitate a diverse classroom, this course teaches how to understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning. An emphasis in this course is on understanding how students' learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, and family and community values. The learner is challenged to apply knowledge of the richness of contributions from our diverse society to the teaching field.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

Lane Credits: 2
Fee: $145

CPDUs: 30
Fee: $145

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to expand your methodology for teaching Mathematics. The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and to explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning

Lane Credits: 2
Fee: $145

CPDUs: 30
Fee: $145

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma and explore how stress, violence, and trauma affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short- and long-term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, as well as the social and family causes, will be reviewed. The dynamics of domestic violence and community violence are also discussed, as is the educator's role in the intervention and prevention of violence.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program

Lane Credits: 3
Fee: $165

CPDUs: 45
Fee: $165

  • Course Description
    Try DI! is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn about an instructional framework, Differentiated Instruction (DI), aimed at creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. Students will be presented a method for self-assessment of the extent to which their current instructional approach reflects the perspective, principles, and practices of the DI approach. The course reflects an approach that aligns the principles of DI with the practices of DI. The concept of a “theory of action” will also be provided within a DI context. The course has also been designed to introduce students to a range of strategies associated with a DI approach. Strategies included in this course have been selected on the basis that they are effective in the widest possible range of educational K-12 settings. This course follows Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, which addressed the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a DI approach. The focus of Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program is on the When, Where, and How of the DI approach.