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 hours (CPDHs). The Educators’ Center can also provide school districts with consultants who can provide customized training.

If you would like to PROVIDE professional development activities, please follow the instructions below.  If you are SEEKING professional development activities for educators, visit the New Initiatives page in the Resources for K-12 section of our website.  If you want to take individual graduate courses, consult the Schedule of Courses.

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

Emerging Trends Lunch & Learn Series

The School for Professional Studies of Elmhurst College is hosting a monthly conversation about emerging trends in growing industries.  Subject matter experts will discuss the topic of the month in conjunction with job growth and trends.  The $10 cost includes a boxed lunch and the series runs on the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 am to 1 pm starting September 21, 2016.  Most sessions will take place on the Elmhurst College campus, but the March 15, 2017 session on Supply Chain Management will take place at the University Center.

Download a 2016-17 schedule with dates/topics.