Programs

IL Teacher ESL/Bilingual Endorsement Project
Advanced Strategies for Professional Development (ASPD)
This project provides IL teachers with a MOSTLY ONLINE, fast-paced, low-cost, high quality alternative pathway for completing the six courses IL requires for the ESL and Bilingual endorsements K-12 teachers need. Graduate credit is earned through the fully accredited, private, prestigious Brandman University School of Continuing Education.

Fully online courses are open to all teachers in any location. Blended courses are typically offered at school and district sites and are open only to teachers in the hosting district.

ASPD is actively seeking to expand into districts outside of Chicago.
ELL/ESL, Teacher Training
Adult
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, Other
No
IWP Conferences on Teaching Writing
Illinois Writing Project
IWP holds one or more conferences annually for educators, on teaching writing. For the 2018-19 academic year, the IWP conference will take place on Feb. 28, 2019.
Pre-Writing, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Curriculum Development
Adult
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, Suburbs
No
Literacy Chicago – Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Literacy Chicago
Adult Basic Education (ABE) sessions prepare adult students to increase their basic skills in the following subjects so students can transition into the GED preparation class, obtain their GED, transition into the workforce, and/or pursue post-secondary education opportunities. Basic Fundamentals for adult learners include basic reading, critical thinking, mathematics, science, social studies, and writing techniques to assist in reaching their personal goals.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Workforce Development
Adult
Central
Yes
Literacy Chicago – Adult Literacy Program
Literacy Chicago
Literacy Chicago’s adult literacy program provides a safe and comfortable place for adults to learn to read. Each of our ten weekly classes has its own distinctive style, taught by our dynamic and engaged teachers. All students are welcome in our classes. In small group settings students learn how to read, comprehend and analyze books, newspapers and other documents. They also improve their writing skills, focusing on punctuation, grammar and spelling.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Book Access & Distribution
Adult
Central
Yes
Literacy Chicago – Beginning ESL
Literacy Chicago
 Beginning English Secondary Education (ESL) introduces students to basic structures and vocabulary of the English language through the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students learn strategies in order to advance their reading, listening, and pronunciation skills. They expand oral comprehensibility and write complete sentences, a standard paragraph, and short content-based essays. They utilize level-appropriate conventions of grammar and punctuation with a minimum of errors.   
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing, ELL/ESL
Adult
Central
Yes