Academics

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Academy of Continuing Professional Education

Through the Institute of Professional Studies, Concordia University has created the Academy of Continuing Professional Education as a part of the ongoing effort to meet the needs of educators seeking professional development activities. Through the Academy, Professional Growth Opportunities (PGOs) are planned and offered to those in our educational community. Experts on staff at Concordia University or other persons recognized in the field will serve as presenters and facilitators of the PGOs.

The Academy offers a variety of educational activities designed to meet district, school, and individual needs. Our goal is to help teachers become even more effective in their classrooms and happier with their own classroom performance.

Earn PDHs - Workshops

The Academy of Continuing Professional Education

James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program

Rev. and Mrs. James and Karen Laatsch generously fund the James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program which consists of free monthly workshops and meetings giving strategies and practical solutions to orient teachers to new urban environments, teach classroom management skills and offer insight for successful parent-teacher relationships.

In addition to the monthly meetings, workshops are offered through The Academy of Continuing Professional Education at Concordia University Chicago and are open to teachers enrolled in the James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teachers Program

Monthly meetings are held on Monday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m.  
The group enjoys dinner together, discusses educational topics and learns more about current educational trends and information from guest speakers.

For more information about joining or presenting at the James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program, please contact Roberta Smith, 708-209-3622, Roberta.Smith@CUChicago.edu.

Roberta Smith is the Director of the Institute of Professional Studies at Concordia University Chicago. She facilitates and oversees the James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program and Annual Conference.

2016-2017 Meeting Dates

  • October 24
    • Topic: Back Door Reading - Riddles, Poems, Magic Squares, Games and Non-Fiction
      Presenter: Susan Gittings
  • November 21
    • Presenter: Marlene Panebianco
  • January 23
    • Topic: Word Study 102
    • Presenter: Kari Pawl
  • February 27
  • March 20
  • April 24

The James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program is formerly known as the New Urban Teachers Series. In the Spring of 2015, Rev. and Mrs. Laatsch generously endowed this program. Learn more about their story.