An Agency of the Regional Offices of Education for Will and Grundy - Kendall Counties
Phone: (815) 744-8334   Fax: (815) 744-8396  
Tuesday, June 06, 2023

Inservice Offerings


The Professional Development Alliance has developed a talented network of internal and external presenters who are prepared to present a wide range of topics to your teachers and professional staff during Inservice Days. Let us know the area that you want to target and your goals for the day, and we will assist you.


Common Professional Development Topic Areas

Choosing a topic for your professional development day can be a challenge.  In general, we recommend that you allow your School Improvement Plan to guide you. 

To learn more about these professional development trainings, contact Alexia Lopez at (815) 744-8334.


Let us help to spark some ideas with the following list of the areas in which we receive the most requests for inservice presenters:


Administrators' Academies

In addition to sending your administrators to the PDA for Administrators' Academy opportunities, you can also host Academies right at your district during an Inservice, Institute or School Improvement day.  This is a cost-effective way of helping your Type 75 personnel meet their annual Academy requirements.


Balanced Assessment

  • Aligning Standards-Based Curriculum and Classroom Level Assessment
  • Using Classroom Assessment to Promote Student Learning and Motivation
  • Keys to Building Quality Classroom Assessment

Classroom Management

  • Research-Based Classroom Management and Instructional Practices
  • Systems Development to Increase Student Engagement and Development
  • Problem Solving and Coaching

District/School Improvement Planning

  • Continuous Improvement Planning
  • Using Rising Star (RS) for Continuous Improvement Planning
  • Networking for Implentation


  • Communicating with the Parents of ELL Students
  • Assessment and Accountability for English Language Learners
  • Helping English Language Learners to Meet the Standards

Family Engagement

  • Family Engagement Overview
  • Building Cultural Competency
  • ISBE Framework
  • Collaborative Approach
  • Assessing and Action Planning

Fine Arts


Instructional Strategies

  • ELA
  • Math


  • Differentiating Mathematics Instruction
  • Math Games and Puzzles
  • Problem-Solving and Mathematical Thinking

Physical Education

  • Standards and Assessments


  • Helping Students of Poverty to Succeed
  • McKinney-Vento


Reading and Writing

  • Vocabulary Development
  • 6-Trait Writing
  • Shift Kits
  • Writing Matters
  • Writing to Read


Response to Intervention (RtI) and Differentiation

  • Aligning Your Core Curriculum
  • Effective Teaming and Problem Solving
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Co-Teaching
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Flexible Grouping and Interventions

Restorative Justice

  • Call the Professional Development Alliance at 815.744.8334 for more details 


Social Emotional Learning

  • Call the Professional Development Alliance at 815.744.8334 for more details 

Social Studies

  • Focus on a Common Set of Illinois Social Science Standards
  • Produce Illinois Graduates Who are Civically Engaged

Special Education

  • Classroom Management Strategies
  • Research-Based Instructional Strategies that Support Student Achievement
  • Co-Teaching
  • Effective Instructional Strategies for Students with ADD/ADHD

Standard Based Grading

  • Examine Grade Calculation vs Grade Determination
  • Use of Performance Level Rubrics to Collect Student Data
  • Sample Reporting Tools

Standards and Curriculum

  • Establishing Clear Learning Targets for Students
  • Effective Instructional Feedback

Teacher Evaluation

Technology (Instructional)

  • Using a SmartBoard in the Classroom
  • Digital Storytelling
  • The Google Classroom
  • Integrating Technology to Improve Student Achievement
  • Integrating Podcasting, Blogs, and Wikis into the Curriculum


  • Call the Professional Development Alliance at 815.744.8334 for more details 
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