Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) is pleased to provide the following comprehensive online courses listed below for educators within the state of Illinois. Each course is directly aligned to the Illinois State Learning Standards and Standards for Professional Learning.

Completion of each comprehensive online courses will earn educators 45 Clock Hours of professional development, and may count towards Continuing Education Units (CEU)s for certification renewal purposes or for salary advancement at the discretion of the employing district or Regional Superintendent.

Please make your course selection from the following list below based on your license renewal and continuing education needs. Teachers should check with their employing district or regional office if they are not sure course activities will be accepted for continuing professional development requirements or salary advancement. Click here for Illinois Request for Pre-Approval of Coursework form.

Courses are listed in alphabetic order. Please make your selection below.

Our flex-time bundled course program is an affordable way to purchase multiple courses which can be used whenever you decide you are ready to complete the coursework. By purchasing our 3-course bundle you will save 15% off of our regularly priced $170.00-course fee. With our 3 Course Bundle, you will save $76.50. This 3-course bundle package code will never expire.
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3 Course Bundled Pricing Program

This course will explore practical teaching strategies to integrate 21st Century skills, and more specifically Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity & Innovation into classroom units and lessons.Teachers will gain insight into the 21st Century skills and their relevance to education today. Shifts in the world including the proliferation of technological resources and information will be highlighted, as well as the skills students today will be expected to have in the workforce will be explored.
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21st Century Learning and the 4Cs (Critical Thinking Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity) Grades K – 12

This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators proven methods to implement more rigorous academic standard requirements into daily classroom practices, easily and efficiently. This course also provides an understanding of how to use ELA academic guidelines for dramatic improvement of teacher effectiveness and achievement of greater student performance.The focus of this course is to support teachers by illustrating how the more rigorous State Standards for English Language Arts can meet the of teachers in helping students master reading, writing, listening and speaking standards.
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 ABCs of Higher Expectations for Elementary English Language Arts (Gr K-5)

This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators with research-based methods to effectively address the needs of English Language Learners in daily classroom practices in order to meet state English Language Proficiency across all content areas. This interactive course will help facilitate the process for teachers to think through how to better incorporate the instructional practices necessary for ELLs.
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Academic Achievement For English Language Learners (ELLs), Grades K – 12

Throughout the course, participants will learn strategies for increasing student interaction, as well as increasing the quality of student interactions to be sure that they focus on content, utilizing the language of the content areas. Vocabulary instruction as well as other key aspects of academic language instruction will be integrated into instruction. Participants will build lesson plans that show more formal, academic language and vocabulary use based on the course of study.
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Academic Discourse for ALL Students (Grades 6-12)

This course provides practical strategies and resources for teachers in selecting appropriate reading material for students. The goal of selecting materials that is neither too difficult nor too easy for students is a task which needs constant attention and adjustments on the part of the teacher. To ensure that students learn to read and use increasingly complex texts, teachers have to understand what makes a text hard but also engaging.
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Addressing Complex Textual Reading CCSS, Grades 6-12

This course is a unique comprehensive course which is rich in resources that succinctly summarizes the extensive key components in the ELA State Standards, uncovers the deep connections between the four literacy strands, explains the base of research, and provides immediately transferable instructional strategies.
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Addressing Higher Expectations for Secondary English Language Arts (Grades 6-12)

This course provides an overview of relational aggression, female bullying, and the dynamics that lead to the causes and effects of this phenomenon. Each succeeding module enriches and leads to in-depth knowledge of the types of relational aggression, what feeds and diminishes the bullying, and how to help girls learn to make positive choices to solve their own friendship problems.
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Anti-Bullying Guiding Girls Through Relational Aggression, Grades K-12

This course provides participants with practical strategies, resources, and ideas to effectively facilitate a “Blended Learning” experience for learners with technology rich lessons and activities where students explore; practice and apply; create, communicate and collaborate using 21st century skills in a blended learning environment. Participants will develop a personal plan to effectively facilitate teaching and learning that engages students in blended learning environment.
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Blended Learning Fostering College and Career Readiness (Grades K-12)

What is one of the most critical indicators of students’ success in school, in life and standardized tests? A student’s expansiveness of vocabulary, coupled with their ability to leverage it in enhancing their reading, speaking, listening, and writing abilities. The focus of this course is to support teachers by helping them to identify ways to expand student vocabulary knowledge and usage within the content area classroom in grades K-5. This interactive course is designed for job-embedded learning and practical classroom application using our virtual lesson study process.
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Building Academic Vocabulary and Deep Comprehension: Grades K – 5

This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators proven methods for integrating Academic Vocabulary instruction into daily classroom practices, easily and efficiently. In addition, we will be focusing on proven Academic Vocabulary instructional practices for dramatic improvement in achievement of student academic performance in advance of the more rigorous assessments which have been put into place. This course will support teachers from all content areas by helping to identify ways to expand student academic vocabulary knowledge and usage within the grades 6-12
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Building Academic Vocabulary and Deep Comprehension (Gr. 6-12)

The course will help educators answer such questions as: What is the difference between a truly gifted student and a hard-working, highly-motivated student? How can I best help my gifted students stretch and grow in a heterogeneous or clustered classroom? What are disabled gifted students and how can I help these students experience the success they deserve? How do I differentiate my lessons so that I challenge my gifted students yet do not overwhelm my struggling students? How can I answer parent questions and help them best support the needs of their gifted children at home and at school?
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Challenging Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom

In this course, participants will gain insight into classroom management and ways to keep a positive focus in the classroom. Shifts in common classroom practices will be highlighted, including setting up a positive classroom culture, explicitly teaching expectations and reinforcing positive behaviors in the classroom, and building positive relationships with students. Research shows that teacher’s actions, including classroom management, have a high impact on student achievement. Numerous studies conducted over the past few decades have outlined the importance of having a classroom where students and teachers are clear on behavioral expectations as well as consequences for inappropriate behavior.
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Classroom Management Keeping it Positive (Grades K-5)

This course will explore practical teaching strategies to integrate positive classroom management into the classroom. Various areas of classroom management will be explored, including classroom set-up and arrangement, teaching social skills, teaching cooperative learning strategies, power dynamics and struggles, rewards and punishments, rules and expectations, student buy-in, consistency, and other topics. Participants will learn about the “public praise/private conversations” philosophy and how it can change the dynamic of the classroom.
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Classroom Management Keeping it Positive, Secondary Grade Levels

This course focuses on the quantitative and qualitative factors of identifying texts that are neither too difficult nor too easy for students but rather, helps them stretch and grow as readers. We also examine how close reading of complex texts scaffolds student understanding of what they are reading at deeper levels and allows them to develop the skills necessary to read informational text like a detective.
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Close Reading Made Easy for English Language Arts (Gr 2-5)

The goals and priorities for this course is intended to provide opportunities for teachers to proficiently master implementation of the more rigorous state standards for English Language Arts, using Writer’s Workshop as a vehicle to provide tangible connections between the standards and real-life, hands-on application of literacy instruction within the classroom through student choice, building confidence as writers and through frequent, ongoing collaboration and dialogue.
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Creating Enthusiastic Student Writers (Grades 2-5)

Many of today’s classrooms are designed and practiced as teaching classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on and driven by the teacher. Teaching classrooms however, do not match the needs and expectations for 21st Century learning. The focus of this course is to provide educators and leaders proven methods and support for transforming their teaching space into a 21st Century learning classroom.
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Creating Learning Classrooms: Supporting the Danielson Framework, Grades K – 12

The State Standards for Mathematical Practice require teachers to help their students to develop the mathematical expertise or ‘habits of mind’ that will allow them to work with challenging tasks across mathematics domains. One way of developing this mathematical expertise is through the use of cognitively demanding tasks as a central lesson focus. Cognitively demanding tasks require students to think deeply, make sense of problems, productively struggle to create a solution, and then communicate their thinking and understanding in a public way.
By participating in the course, teachers will learn how to plan these types of lessons and examine the instructional strategies that need to be implemented in order for maximum benefits to be gained.
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Developing Mathematical Expertise in a Problem Centered Classroom, Grades K – 12

This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators proven methods to implement a rigorous mathematics culture which will help students to achieve better results and mastery. This course takes a deeper look into how the current more rigorous mathematics state standards can easily be integrated into today's classroom lessons. Through the use of a lesson study process, teachers will address the question of what should instruction look like with rigor in mind?
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Differentiated Instruction Driven By Assessments

This course provides teachers with an understanding of what project-based learning is and what research says about the effectiveness of PBL on student achievement. During this course, participants will learn how to create an effective PBL unit based on their grade level or key content standards and objectives.
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Engage Your Students With Project-Based Learning (PBL)

The goals and priorities for this course is intended to provide opportunities for teachers to proficiently implement engaging writing instructional strategies for English Language Arts, using Writer’s Workshop as a vehicle to provide tangible connections between the standards and real-life, hands-on application of literacy instruction within the classroom through student choice, building confidence as writers and through frequent, ongoing collaboration and dialogue.
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Engaging Students with Writer’s Workshops CCSS, Grades 6 – 8

​This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators proven methods to teach struggling students to become more motivated and successful readers. This course provides an understanding of why students struggle with reading, what barriers prevent students from becoming more fluent and efficient readers and what teachers can do to help struggling students become more effective readers and writers.
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Helping the Struggling Reader Succeed in Grades 4-12

This course is for ELA teachers who wish to deepen their own understanding of how to help their students become more effective and efficient writers, listeners, speakers and deep thinkers. This course will explore how teachers can help their students excel with the types of writing genres found in typical State ELA Standards. Teachers will expand their instructional knowledge about writing genres such as narrative, informational, citing textual evidence, argumentative writing and synthesizing research from multiple sources to help students improve their abilities to write effectively to these common types of writing.
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Highly Effective Writing Instruction for Secondary ELA Classrooms

This comprehensive course provides educators with the strategies and tools for understanding and increasing the level of student engagement within every lesson, every day. To meet the learning expectations of course standards and to be College and Career ready, students must engage in lessons at a deeper level than ever before. However, many educators are left wondering, what does deep engagement look like, how can I increase the level of student engagement within my classroom, and how can I do this in a way that is easy to manage, timely, and, most of all, meaningful to students.
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Increasing Student Engagement Planning Outside the Box

This course is for content area teachers in grades 6-12 who wish to deepen their own understanding of how to help their students become more effective and efficient readers, writers, listeners, speakers and deep thinkers. Participants will explore how content teachers can support the ELA standards within the subjects of History, Social Studies, Science and/or Technical subjects.
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Me? Teach Reading and Writing? Teaching Literacy Across Content Areas

We have come to a tipping point in education when we must change our assessment beliefs and act accordingly. Assessment may be the most powerful tool available to us for ensuring universal student mastery of the more rigorous State Standards. This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators proven methods to implement instruction and assessments aligned to the current state math requirements into daily classroom practices, easily and efficiently.
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Preparing Students For More Rigorous Math Assessments, Grades 3-10

This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators proven methods to implement a rigorous mathematics culture which will help students to achieve better results and mastery. This course takes a deeper look into how the current more rigorous mathematics state standards can easily be integrated into today's classroom lessons. Through the use of a lesson study process, teachers will address the question of what should instruction look like with rigor in mind?
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Teaching Mathematics With Rigor and Results