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 – 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.
2015 Meeting Dates
- September 28
- Topic: 'Getting the Reading Program Up and Running' - presenter Debbie Blanco, Literacy Staff Developer, School District #83
- October 26
- Topic: ‘Reaching the Reluctant Writer,’ Presenter Linda Mikottis, from the Institute for Excellence in Writing
- November 23
- Topic: ‘Instant Improvement in Writing: Grammar through Writing,’ Presenter Linda Mikottis, from the Institute for Excellence in Writing
2016 Meeting Dates
- January 16 & 30, 2016
- January 23 & February, 2016
- Topic: 'I Do, We Do, You Do'
- January 25, 2016
- Topic: ‘Bible Based Writing Lessons,’ Presenter Linda Mikottis, from the Institute for Excellence in Writing
- February 29
- March 28
- April 25
- May 23
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.