What is a PGAP course?

Professional Growth Activity Program (PGAP) is a subcommittee of the Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC). The purpose of this program is to provide quality professional development to all District #301 certified staff. Courses are offered based on the needs of District staff members. Participants are given the option of receiving PGAP credit or a stipend for every successfully completed PGAP course.

How many credits can I earn?

Professional Growth Activity Program classes (PGAP) must have a minimum of 15 hours of instruction. Participants are expected to be present at all sessions and to complete all assignments. Absence of more than 20% of instructional time will result in loss of credit for that course. Teachers participating in the program will be granted one hour of equivalent credit for each 15 hours of instruction successfully completed. A maximum of 8 equivalent credit hours may be earned in this manner during the course of one school year. A school year is considered from September 1st to August 31st.  Teachers participating in the approved PGAP will be granted credit for salary schedule movement at the rate of one (1) hour of equivalent graduate credit for each fifteen (15) hours of instruction successfully completed. Teachers who elect not to take the PGAP credit will be given a stipend of $150.00 for every PGAP hour earned up to a maximum of $1200.00 per year.

What is the registration process & the cost?

Teachers who wish to participate shall pay a $50 registration fee per PGAP class (made payable to CCUSD 301) which shall be refunded to the teacher only if he/she successfully completes the course in the original allotted time period.  (i.e., teachers who withdraw after the registration deadline or do not complete the course shall forfeit the $50 registration fee). In order for your registration to be complete the $50 registration fee must be submitted by the deadline date for each of the PGAP classes you have signed up for (Please provide separate checks for each PGAP you have registered for).  A non-refundable fee of $25.00 is charged to each participant which will be due at the beginning of each PGAP course taken. In addition, each participant shall be responsible for the cost of any possible course books, materials, and/or other supplies.

How do I sign up?

Complete the registration form(s) below. If you have questions, please contact Bernadine Matthews  (bernadine.matthews@central301.net) or call (847) 464-5867.

Course Schedule

Classroom Strategies to Reach the Hard-To-Reach Learner: Sept. 1, 14, 28, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 9, 2021
Registration Deadline: August 18, 2021

Registration form for: Classroom Strategies to Reach the Hard-To-Reach Learner

Teach Like a Coach:  December 6, 9, 13, 15, 2021  (8 hours face to face, 7 hours blended)
Registration Deadline: November 22, 2021

Registration form for: Teach Like a Coach

Focusing on Feedback January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 2022
Registration Deadline: December 27, 2021 

Registration form for: Focusing on Feedback

Course Information

Classroom Strategies to Reach the Hard-To-Reach Learner
Instructor: Kim Paulus
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: Sept. 1st (4:15-7:15), 14th (4:15-6:15), 28th (4:15-6:15), Oct. 12th (4:15-6:15), 26th (4:15-6:15), Nov. 9th (4:15-7:15)
Time: see above
Location: CMS – Collaboration Room
2 PGAP Credit
Materials Needed: Tovani, C. (2021). Why Do I Have to Read This? Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Stenhouse Publisher.
Description: Teaching is incredibly complex and educators need ongoing ways to investigate and learn about how students learn best. In addition to academic expectations to increase content reading and include more writing, teachers often face social and emotional difficulties that plague students. Add that to the pressure to make connections to the real world, the educator is overwhelmed. Educators continually ask, “How can I do all that when there are so many standards to teach?” or “How do we do all that when students won’t engage?”and “What does my classroom look like when students are in charge of their own education?”

This class will use real-world questions and issues across all disciplines and grade levels to develop an understanding of what that would look like in your classroom, with your students. By using some inquiry, some research, and an experiential approach to learning, you will be able to immediately apply strategies in your classroom. You should be willing to take a rigorous look at research and methodologies in order to hone in on essential curriculum elements that will target even the most challenging and reluctant learner and help put them in charge of their own learning.

Due to the in-depth nature of this class, it will be worth 2 PGAP hours (30 hours), and span the entire first semester. The classes will be spread out, giving participants time to read, attend classes, work with instructor(s) and small groups, and practice what we learn and then come back together and keep learning!

Teach Like a Coach
Instructor: Vince Neil
Intended Participants: K-12
Session Schedule: December 6, 9, 13, 15, 2021  (8 hours face to face, 7 hours blended)
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location: CHS LMC
1 PGAP Credit
Materials Needed: Laptop, curriculum, classroom resources
Description: Coaches are flexible, reflective, constantly seeking professional development &  resources, organizing practices with a specific target in mind, season planning  and differentiating based on athletes ability. What if this concept was applied to  the classroom? The goal of this course will reprogram how we look at education  and focus on the skills that your students need to win the big game!

●Creating specific student objectives/learning targets

●Backwards design

●Formative assessment


●Corrective Feedback


Focusing on Feedback
Instructor: Leah Herold
Intended Participants: K-12/All Content Areas
Session Schedule: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 2022
Time: 4:15-6:45 p.m.
Location: CMS – Collaboration Room
1 PGAP Credit
Materials Needed: laptop, curriculum materials (paper or digital)
Description: Feedback in the classroom can be a valuable tool in supporting student growth. Teachers identify areas needing improvement first and then students get the support to improve their learning. In this course, teachers will investigate feedback and the components needed for it to be effective. Formative assessments and learning targets will help to generate opportunities to practice giving effective feedback to students. A variety of strategies and delivery methods (i.e. verbal, written, or digital) will be introduced, practiced, and applied throughout the course. Teachers will reflect on feedback strategies used and their impact on student learning.

Class 1: What is effective feedback?

Class 2: Feedback and Assessment

Class 3: Strategies for Delivering and Managing Feedback

Class 4: Practicing Teacher Feedback

Class 5: Student Generated Feedback

Class 6: Presentations of Culminating Activity, Teacher Reflections