Professional Development

Our office provides a wide variety of professional development opportunities for educators and administrators throughout the region. We also work with many partners to provide cutting edge professional development and encourage educators to attend many excellent statewide conferences that support Career and Technical Education.

Teacher Treks for K-12 Educators

Each summer our office organizes professional development opportunities for area teachers in a wide variety of subject areas. Teacher Treks are held during the summer and are organized to meet the needs of K-16 teachers in all subject areas of our region. Past treks include tours of hotels, restaurants, a corn mill, county health department, retail stores and many others.

Please contact Courtney Conlin at 217/258-6283 or with any questions or concerns. New Treks are posted each Spring.

CTE Teacher Meetings

Our office hosts various CTE teacher meetings during the year. If you have a topic or location that you would like to share with other teachers in our region, please let us know!

For example, Ag Instructor's Forum - November 9, 2021. Ag teachers from throughout the region toured and watched a meat cutting demonstration with Mike Love, owner of Morgan's Meat Market in Mattoon. They learned about CTE Updates, shared curriculum thoughts, networked, and obtained new information about Ag Programs at Lake Land College to better meet the needs of their students.

ROE 11 Workshops

Visit the ROE 11 website for a current list of their professional development opportunities:

Curriculum Revitalization Project This group works with CTE teachers throughout the state with curriculum, tools, technology and many other things. They meet with all CTE instructional areas each year in a variety of statewide meetings. Be sure to check out the curriculum, MyCAERT - Free for Illinois teachers!

How to Teach Cooperative Education/ Workplace Experience

Cooperative Education has been redesigned into the Career Development Continuum - providing career development experiences to students K-12. Workplace Experience is the capstone course that includes job placement. There are two required classes for CTE teachers who will be teaching a co-op course at their school to take at the university level. These courses will now be submitted to ISBE for Workplace Education Coordinator (WECO) endorsement on your teaching license. Please contact our office to let us know of your intent to take the classes and verify that the courses have been completed. Courses are offered throughout the state, on-campus and online. Visit the Educator Resources page for additional information.

Check with these local Universities:

Illinois State University: on-line and run for 3 weeks each,

Eastern IL University: online courses run for 6 weeks --CTE 4913, Organization and Administration of Cooperative Education and CTE 4923--Coordinating Techniques for Cooperative Education, Jeff Duck,

Chicago State University: online and will be held for 5 weeks each, Patrice C. Boyles, Ed.D., 773-995-2271