Welcome Illinois Teachers

Please get PRE-APPROVAL in writing (an email is fine) from your employing or local Illinois Public School District (the approved provider) to use Professional Learning Board courses for PD Hours.

Teachers in Illinois use Professional Learning Board online courses for teachers to meet IL requirements, keep an Illinois teaching license current and renew a teaching license in IL.

  • Online professional development clock hour/ pd and cpdu courses Self-study classes.
  • Graduate Credit Courses Incorporate quizzes and a Course Action Plan. Teachers, study at your own pace, complete within 4 weeks and receive 1 semester professional development through a regionally accredited university partner.

Professional Learning Board courses align with teaching standards and are designed for teachers across grade levels and subject areas. Professional Learning Board is recommended by school districts and teachers across the country, please ensure the courses meet the requirements of your local authorities to meet your local needs.

  • PACKAGE: Essential Teaching Package #1 (25 Hours)
    This package includes the following online teacher classes – Accommodating all Learners, Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies, Reading across the Curriculum, Recognizing Early-onset Mental Health Disorders in Children and Adolescents and Introduction to Technology for Teachers.
  • PACKAGE: Essential Teaching Package #2 (25 Hours)
    The following online classes for teachers are included in this package – Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges, Introduction to Autism, Tackling Tough Text, Technology in the 21st Century Classroom and Transformative Classroom Management.
  • PACKAGE: Essential Teaching Package #3 (25 Hours)
    This package includes the following online teacher classes – Accommodating ALL learners using UDL, Common Core Enhancing Instruction, Internet Safety, Reading Through Technology, Suicide Prevention
  • PACKAGE: 21st Century Learning (25 Hours)
    This package is made up of 5 five-hour online courses covering Classroom Collaboration, Classroom Organization in the 2st Century, Flipping Classrooms, Inquiry-based Learning and Standards-based Instruction through STEM.
  • PACKAGE: Accommodating All Students (25 Hours)
    This package is made up of 5 five-hour online courses including the following topics, cognitive skills, accommodations, UDL, differentiation for gifted learners and IEPs.
  • PACKAGE: Child Abuse Prevention Package for Educators (20 Hours)
    This package is made up of online courses in the following areas: Recognizing and Preventing Child Abuse, Internet Safety, Bullying - Prevention and Policies for Schools and Ethics for Education Professionals.
  • This package is made up of eight five-hour online courses addressing standards, assessment, evaluation and covers the Common Core, a great addition to your teaching tool kit whether your school is implementing Common Core or simply looking to improve student performance.
  • PACKAGE: Mental Health (25 Hours)
    This package is made up of 5 five-hour online courses addressing recognizing early-onset mental health disorders, autism, ADHD, bullying and suicide prevention.
  • PACKAGE: Technology in Education (25 Hours)
    This package is made up of 5 five-hour online courses ranging from an introduction to technology to technology in the 21st century classroom including internet safety, iPads in the classroom and apps in education.
  • SELF-STUDY: Accommodating All Learners (5 Hours)
    Addressing accommodation, modification, and adaptation of curriculum, materials, and instruction to appropriately meet the needs of teachers and a variety of students.
  • SELF-STUDY: Accommodations through UDL (5 Hours)
    Make teaching ALL students a very real possibility with the Universal Design of Learning (UDL) framework. This structure builds on research findings that show how a single teaching approach has very limited results on student learning and highlights the need for a new curricular approach in which a learner’s level of recognition, strategic, and effective networks are all taken into account to determine the best means of teaching.
  • SELF-STUDY: Action Research for School Improvement (5 Hours)
    This course is designed to equip teachers to initiate action research for potential areas of improvement in a classroom or at the school level. Through this course, teachers will be able to learn how to go about each step of the action research process from selecting the area of focus, gathering and interpreting data, setting up an action plan, and finally presenting the findings in order to help others.
  • SELF-STUDY: Apps for Education (5 Hours)
    Teachers will be equipped to go beyond using an app merely because someone else has recommended it and fully examine the true learning potential. The integration of apps into education, may seem like a natural product of the times. However, successfully impacting students’ learning, requires a whole new level of teachers’ engagement and effort.
  • SELF-STUDY: Assessment Strategies for the Common Core (5 Hours)
    Assessment is an essential part of learning. It helps teachers and students determine to what extent education goals are being met. This course familiarizes teachers with the strategies and methods that are available to help make assessments meaningful and useful tools.
  • SELF-STUDY: Assistive Communication for Every Classroom (5 Hours)
    This course also shows teachers how to improve learning using various low-tech and high-tech Assistive Communication devices. It instructs teachers on how to identify and choose suitable devices and how to explore the laws promoting and supporting the use of these devices in the classroom. Teachers will also gain a clear understanding of their role in the evaluation and implementation of Assistive Communication technology in the classroom. The suggestions, ideas and templates provided in the course will help teachers confidently apply these strategies in the classroom.
  • SELF-STUDY: Building School-wide Initiatives (5 Hours)
    Enhance students’ learning experiences by developing strategies and initiatives that benefit entire schools. Teachers will be introduced to a range of successful strategies to collaborate at a wider level to address learning issues faced by schools, and implement corresponding, well-designed interventions.
  • SELF-STUDY: Bulletin Boards - Ideas for Every Classroom (5 Hours)
    Providing a new and fresh direction that helps teachers understand the basic principles of art and design while applying these in planning and creating bulletin boards that reinforce learning in the classroom.
  • SELF-STUDY: Bullying - The Golden Rule Approach (5 Hours)
    Enables teachers to help students respond effectively to verbal comments. Includes video role plays that model and demonstrate methodologies.
  • SELF-STUDY: Bullying - Prevention and Policies for Schools (5 Hours)
    The goal of this course is to help teachers understand the different aspects of bullying and to provide recommended strategies and techniques to deal with both victims and bullies.
  • SELF-STUDY: Child Abuse Prevention (5 Hours)
    Teachers will be introduced to the basics and fundamental facts of child abuse and neglect, its types, indicators and risk factors. The course primarily aims at educating teachers on the abuse, its legal implications and the legislative statutes addressing them in their role as mandatory reporters.
  • SELF-STUDY: Classroom Collaboration (5 Hours)
    Explore the benefits of using teamwork as a key element in K-12 classrooms, along with successful strategies to involve students in the various aspects of collaborative instruction. Building on a strong research base, this course empowers teachers to understand and implement effective practices of collaboration in their own classrooms.
  • SELF-STUDY: Classroom Management for Positive Behaviors (5 Hours)
    As educators, we want to be able to ensure that all students have access to a positive school environment that is conducive to learning. Classroom Management for Positive Behaviors presents an instructive approach that ensures creating this environment with efficient behavioral practices and interventions in order to support academic success. This concept uses prevention to reduce new problem behaviors from occurring and eliminates the problem behaviors that already exist.
  • SELF-STUDY: Classroom Organization for the 21st Century (5 Hours)
    Effective classroom organization aids teachers as they strive to make their lives and classrooms more structured and a lot less stressful. The ideas in this course present effective ways for teachers to be organized with practical steps in planning enabling teachers to avoid last minute time crunches.
  • SELF-STUDY: Cognitive Skills - Understanding Learning Challenges (5 Hours)
    Discover methods for detecting weak cognitive skills in students and strategies to strengthen such skills.
  • SELF-STUDY: Common Core Enhancing Instruction (5 Hours)
    For students graduating from high school to be fully equipped and college and career ready, they must possess high standards of academic and behavioral skills. Learn the scheme of implementing the Common Core State Standards as a successful strategy to address what students are expected to know and be able to do when they have graduated from high school and prepares them for life outside the classroom.
  • SELF-STUDY: Common Core Mathematics for All Teachers (5 Hours)
    Successfully address a range of mathematics learning needs with strategies designed to benefit veteran math teachers, as well as teachers who have ever thought or said, “I’m not good at math.”
  • SELF-STUDY: Common Core Raising Academic Achievement (5 Hours)
    This course provides educators with information about academic interventions that can be incorporated in the classroom, through frameworks such as the RTI or even in the absence of such structures.
  • SELF-STUDY: Cultural Competency and Responsive Teaching (5 Hours)
    This cultural competency and responsiveness training helps teachers assess their own cultural lens and examine potential bias that impacts the classroom framework with equitable sensitivity to all learners across languages, genders, religions, races, cultural backgrounds, and special needs.
  • SELF-STUDY: Curriculum Development (5 Hours)
    Empower students to face the dynamic world around them with confidence, by implementing novel ideas in curriculum development, within classrooms. With this framework, teachers are equipped to create powerful, yet practical plans that enable students to learn more effectively.
  • SELF-STUDY: Differentiation for Gifted Learners in the Classroom (5 Hours)
    Better understand gifted and talented education by learning how to identify, instruct and assess these students.
  • SELF-STUDY: English Language Learners in the Classroom (5 Hours)
    Create a welcoming environment that ensures English Language Learners thrive educationally through the integration of useful research based strategies that promote student engagement with the lessons and curriculum.
  • SELF-STUDY: Ethics for Education Professionals (5 Hours)
    Bring and maintain high standards of ethics into our schools. Includes a variety of topics to explore practical ways of addressing ethical decisions in our lives.
  • SELF-STUDY: Examining and Evaluating Student Work (5 Hours)
    Understand effective and dynamic methods by which teachers can assess student work. Learn to examine student work through a process of intentional reflection with other teachers. Engage with other teachers on improving educational practices through critical evaluation of student work samples.
  • SELF-STUDY: Flipping Classrooms (5 Hours)
    Explore how you can use technology to effectively ‘flip’ your classroom and enhance your students’ learning experience. The resources, examples and templates presented in this course help teachers to plan and create efficient flipped classrooms. Educators are shown how to integrate content while collaborating effectively with students, co-workers and school leaders.
  • SELF-STUDY: Formative Assessment (5 Hours)
    Respond to the needs of students and shape instruction through the use of formative assessments.
  • SELF-STUDY: Fundraising Basics for Teachers (5 Hours)
    Teachers learn the basics of fundraising for the classroom. It helps teachers understand the fundraising process by going through key aspects like sources of funding and effective ways to budget and plan.
  • SELF-STUDY: Grant Writing (5 Hours)
    Secure the best-suited funds to enrich the classroom or develop the skill of grant writing. Teachers can rise above budget constraints and think outside the box, developing students and growing professionally.
  • SELF-STUDY: Guided Reading (5 Hours)
    Develop students’ independent reading skills in the classroom, through the process of guided reading, while also promoting comprehension, critical thinking, problem solving, intellectual skills and interpersonal communication.
  • SELF-STUDY: IEPs: Documentation and Implementation for Teachers (5 Hours)
    The goal of this course is to help teachers understand the IEP process and build the teachers comfort level in developing, aligning with and carrying out the IEP through rich examples and templates to help teachers understand and practically use the recommended strategies in a classroom setting.
  • SELF-STUDY: Inquiry-based Learning (5 Hours)
    The Inquiry-based Learning course details some models that teachers can adapt to meet specific needs of their class, as well as to monitor and enhance the learning of their students. Teachers learn practical and dynamic ways of evaluating their students’ progress while also incorporating technology for better results.
  • SELF-STUDY: Integrating Standards (5 Hours)
    Untangle what turns out to be the not-so-mysterious language of today’s teaching and learning and put successful strategies, including the Common Core, into practice.
  • SELF-STUDY: Internet Safety in a Connected World (5 Hours)
    There are multiple ways in which we are responsible for protecting children. Today’s online world magnifies those opportunities as well as complicates them in ways in which we must be aware. The goal of this course is to increase your awareness of how students today are using technology, as well as helping you understand the risks of the online world. Teachers will be equipped with strategies and ideas to talk about internet safety to students in their classrooms.
  • SELF-STUDY: Introduction to Autism (5 Hours)
    Understand what learning and interactions are like for a student with Autism while also learning to accommodate and teach students with Autism in the classroom.
  • SELF-STUDY: Introduction to Technology for Teachers (5 Hours)
    Gain confidence in navigating the Internet and using technology in teaching and learning.
  • SELF-STUDY: iPads in the Classroom (5 Hours)
    You have iPads in the classroom. Now, what do you do with them. This course will introduce you to the pedagogy of using iPads to improve student learning in your classroom.
  • SELF-STUDY: Language Acquisition (5 Hours)
    This course provides an in-depth understanding of the language acquisition process to enable educators to successfully teach English Language Learners.
  • SELF-STUDY: Mobile Technology in the Classroom (5 Hours)
    Teachers integrate smartphones, tablets, iPads, Kindle and more into everyday classroom activities while achieving learning targets. In this course, teachers learn to create technology-based lesson plans, activities and assessments that incorporate mobile devices.
  • SELF-STUDY: Partnering with Parents (5 Hours)
    Bridge communication gaps with useful strategies to employ while facing common challenging situations in working with parents.
  • SELF-STUDY: Peer Review of Teaching (5 Hours)
    Aimed at propelling teachers toward growth and improvement, this course presents peer review as an easy-to-apply model of wholesome teacher evaluation. Teachers will be equipped with practical strategies and tools so they can engage in systematic assessment of teaching performance.
  • SELF-STUDY: Preparing College & Career Ready Students (5 Hours)
    Teachers are the strongest and most influential link between high school and college for every student, and are often the best people to guide students in the endeavor to become college and career ready. This course will examine the details of mastering the current needs of students to be college and career ready.


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"This course was fantastic! I actually looked forward to working on the course! It was fun, interactive, practical and useful. Thanks for putting this together so well!"                - Michele T.

"A great deal of technical terminology was foreign to me before I started this course. I have a new appreciation for blogs and various instructor/student sites that can be helpful for both students and teachers. The quiz was also a solid assessment of what was presented in the course."

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"I learned more from this course than I ever could have anticipated. It truly was enriching. I thought the course was great. It provided a different outlook on certain skills that will be helpful to me in my teaching."

Brenda K.

"This course was very informative and really opened my eyes to the struggles of autistic students. With an increase in autism, I know I will be teaching more autistic students as time goes on. This course gave me more confidence and ideas to handle these students."

Christine W.

"This course had me take a step back and look at my teaching style. I thought I was using technology by the occasional technology based project and using the SmartBoard every day. I now realize this is not enough. There are so many different ways I could include technology into my daily lessons. I need to try harder to include technology into the lessons."

Kelley Z.

"Both the Transformative Classroom Management and the Positive Behavior Intervention courses persuaded me to confront classroom challenges in a productive way. I thank you for that."

Robert D.

"This was a very enjoyable online class. It was extremely informative about cognitive skills. As a working teacher and mother, this class gave me great flexibility with the time frames. That was really important to me and made taking this class much less stressful. I enjoyed not having to write a paper but still took as many notes as if I would have. The test/quiz at the end covered the information and the questions were straight forward and not tricky. Thank you for making an online class informative, non-stressful, and extremely enjoyable."

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"I really enjoyed trying out the websites included in this course. I admit I was starting to fall behind in technology and I feel that this course and the websites/resources provided have given me some ideas to incorporate technology into my classroom. Overall I think my students will appreciate these new resources to differentiate their lessons and give them some more hands-on experiences."

Jacob G.

"This course has made me aware that there are many different methods of incorporating technology into the classroom. I knew that technology gave students instant access to all kinds of information but the concept of making lessons more fun, engaging the student, student centered learning will have a positive impact on my teaching. I do believe it is my responsibility as a teacher to continually improve and implementing new technologies will certainly lead to more effective learning."

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"I love learning! Just completed this wonderful course in cognitive skill building, good towards 5 professional hours. The best part is, although I am a learning consultant and a reading specialist, I believe I learned more in this coursework, than in all my education classes combined. It got right to the point, addressing cognitive issues directly, instead of just tackling the secondary academic issues. It speaks to neuroscience, and the amazing capability of the brain to improve itself, through specific techniques and activities. The comprehensive nature of this program, and its practical uses is a marvel! Absolutely highly recommended."

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