Professional Development

Professional Development

The University Center provides professional development courses and programs in addition to the academic degrees offered by our member institutions.  Many—but not all—of these opportunities are via the Educators’ Center.

The Educators’ Center of Lake County works to provide professional development activities to Lake County’s K-12 teachers and staff by drawing on the schools of education within the University Center’s member institutions. These activities are developed with input from the Regional Office of Education for Lake County so as not to duplicate those offered by the Lake County Educational Service Division. The activities can consist of workshops or courses, some of which may carry college credit or Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs). The Educators’ Center can also provide school districts with consultants who can provide customized training.

Below are some current professional development opportunities.  Please check back for updates to this list.

Faculty Consultant Registration

The Educators’ Center is currently seeking information from faculty at University Center member institutions who would be interested in providing staff development to various school districts in the county. Faculty would be remunerated as outside contractors on a fee schedule that will be provided at the time of contract with individual faculty members.

At the current time there is a need for expertise in the following areas:

- Bilingual/ESL
- Bilingual Reading
- Classroom Management
- Behavior Management
- Social and Emotional Needs of Students
- Inclusion
- Collaborative Teaching
- Teaming
- Lesson Design/ Instructional Design
- Data Driven Teaching
- Cultural Diversity
- Administrative Staff Development Specialized Topics

As services to school districts expand, we anticipate that additional areas of expertise will be necessary. With that in mind, prospective consultants are urged to complete the “Other” category on the inventory if they feel that they have expertise that would fill an anticipated area of need. While these topics may appear to be limited to faculty from Colleges of Education, we welcome involvement of faculty from Colleges of Business and Management and Colleges of Arts and Sciences as well.

The attached registration form may be returned with a copy of the prospective consultant’s curriculum vitae to Educators’ Center Director Dr. Hilary Ward Schnadt at

Faculty Expertise Registration Form

The DNA of Successful Schools:  Academic Press + Community of Care

Dr. Joseph Murphy, Professor at Vanderbilt University, and recently named by Education Week as one of the Top Ten education scholars in the nation will present his newest research on the DNA of Successful Schools at a leadership conference hosted by Governors State University at the Congress Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, on September 25 -26, 2014.

For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite.

Professional Development for Earth Science Teachers—needs quick response

Dr. Russanne Low, who presented last spring’s well-received Science Outreach Workshop, has sent out an alert about a few stipends still remaining for teachers who want to enroll in her online graduate course on climate change.  As of August 26, 2014 four slots were still available.  Qualified teachers can receive a stipend of $1,800 to offset tuition costs (of about $2,300).  The course is just starting, so act promptly.  Enrollment details are available from Christine Haney via  Curriculum questions may be directed to Dr. Low via

Download the syllabus