FLOSSMOOR | Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233 will renew "Homewood-Flossmoor University" this summer, offering teachers a chance to continue their education during the summer.
The HFU catalog for 2014 includes 23 professional development courses open to educators throughout the Chicago area. Classes will be taught by Homewood-Flossmoor teachers and administrators, covering topics such as best instructional practices, classroom-technology integration and student supports.
District staff members put in proposals to teach courses based on their interests and expertise.
"Our teachers are very comfortable presenting and get so much out of learning from the experiences of their colleagues," Homewood-Flossmoor Curriculum Director Nancy Spaniak stated in a news release. "We are delighted to open this affordable professional development opportunity to teachers from other districts."
The program has been offered to educators from the district for many years, Spaniak said, but was opened to teachers from any Chicago area school about three years ago. Those from outside the district can register for $50 for a full-day class and $100 for a two-day class.
The classes help teachers earn Continuing Professional Development Units, which Illinois requires for re-certification.
All tuition dollars go into H-F's professional development account to pay for materials, supplies, speakers and other related expenses, Spaniak said.
Registration will be open until May 23. The complete course catalog and online registration can be found at www.hfhighschool.org/community.