PLEDGE Academy

Calling all graduates and alumni of our PLEDGE (Partnering to Lead and Empower District-Grown Educators) cohorts and PLEDGE LEAP (Licensed Educator Accelerated Program) cohorts! 

The College of Education is pleased to offer a free continuing professional development event for you to explore current education topics influencing special education, early childhood and elementary education teachers. Participants will have significant opportunities to engage with experts and other teachers to discuss challenges and reflect on their current teaching practice as well as time to reconnect with classmates. Participants can earn up to 4.5 professional development hours.

Saturday, June 22

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch provided)
College of Education Learning Center
Gabel Hall 01D
DeKalb, IL 60115

PLEDGE Academy Registration

Renew your pledge and register by Friday, May 31.

PLEDGE Academy Registration Form

Please e-mail if you have any questions.

PLEDGE Academy Agenda
9 – 9:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee Networking
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address by Briana Morales, Illinois Teacher of the Year
10:15 a.m – noon Sessions 1 and 2
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (sandwich buffet, pasta, chips and dessert)
1 – 3 p.m. Sessions 3 and 4

Session Topics

  • Differentiation and Post-COVID Learning Gaps.
  • Tips for engaging students for active learning.
  • Scaffolding: If you build it, they will learn.
  • What data do I need? Writing data-driven IEP goals.
  • Small Grant-writing for Teachers.
  • Work-Life Balance and Battling Imposter Syndrome.
  • Problem-based learning with Robotics.
  • Strategies for Upper Elementary and Middle Level Math Learners.

NIU graduate advisors will be available during lunch and in between sessions to share information on master’s programs, certificates and endorsements.  

  • Principal Preparation program.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst program.
  • Teacher Leader certificates in Reading/Literacy and Social Justice.
  • Endorsements in ESL/BL, Special Education, Early Childhood Education and more.

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Dean's Office
General Information
Phone 815-753-1949
Graham Hall 321

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