An advocate for education by providing positive leadership, coordinating and delivering state and local services, and disseminating information for educators, school districts, and the community.

Professional Development Home > Professional Development > Online Learning

Online Learning

Through a partnership with the Kane County Regional Office of Education, we are able to offer online classes for professional development and some options are available for graduate credit from Concordia University Chicago.

Why DI: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

In this course, you will learn what is meant by Differentiated Instruction (DI) and the common myths associated with creating the differentiated classroom. We will discuss the legal, theoretical, and pedagogical foundations in the field of education that support the utilization of differentiated instructional practices and principles. We will reflect on best practices and national trends in the design of the educational setting to meet the needs of a diverse learning population. Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction will also provide connections to a variety of concepts, variables, and resources that will assist practitioners in aligning their own professional practices with those found in the differentiated classroom. VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

ADHD Info & Interventions

This online course will help the learner achieve a better understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to facilitate positive student change. Taught by Mick R. Jackson MS/ED, this course covers the history of the disorder, accepted methods to assess and identify students with the disorder, and various methods, medications, and strategies that are currently used to treat it. For situations in which services beyond what can be provided in the classroom are required, the referral process for getting help for the student will be addressed. Reference materials include a list of resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about ADD or ADHD. VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE 

Violence in School

Taught by Dr. Michael Sedler, the course provides an overview of violence and the motivational purposes behind aggression. The correlation and impact of the media, community, and family upon violence is investigated. The learner will gain an understanding of identification and intervention approaches to working with out-of-control behaviors. In addition, information about the national resources available for both parents and teachers is covered. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have a better understanding of violence and the motivations behind its use, as well as specific strategies to minimize the occurrence of violence in the school and community. VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Advanced Classroom Management

Welcome toAdvanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents,a course geared primarily for professionals (e.g., regular or special educators, instructional assistants, school psychologist, counselors) serving children and youths presenting behavior problems in the school or community.This course focuses on cognitive and cognitive-behavioral interventions (often lumped together under the rubric "social skills") with an emphasis onteaching students how to change and manage their own behavior.Since previous knowledge and understanding of traditional behavioral (operant) concepts and strategies is required, it is strongly recommended that you take an introductory behavior management course to learn the basic terms and concepts of behavior management prior to taking this “advanced” course.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Autism & Asperger's Disorders

This online course describes Autism and Asperger's Disorder, including characteristics of these disorders, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies. The course helps the learner understand why individuals with Autism spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and what you can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. This course also lists resources for educators, related service personnel, and parents who want more help or information on Autism and Asperger's Disorder.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Behavior is Language

This course provides a developmental framework to help the learner understand what students are trying to communicate through the "language" of their behavior. Topics covered include behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom control, reduce educator workload, and help prevent burnout. After successfully completing this course, the educator and his/her students will be better equipped to find and implement creative, effective solutions to behavioral problems.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Drugs & Alcohol in Schools

This online course is designed to help the learner gain a more comprehensive understanding ofalcohol, drugs, and their influences in the classroom. It provides a contextual framework forunderstanding what students may be experiencing either through their own substance use or as aresult of the substance use of persons close to them and provides a basic historical perspective ofsubstance use along with the biological, psychological, and social factors that comprise thedisease of addiction. Upon course completion, the learner will better understand the complexdynamics that contribute to this biological and social phenomenon.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services

This online course is designed to give you a new perspective on serving the needs of young children and their families. In this course you will learn what is meant by family-centered services as it applies to diverse systems of care, gain an understanding of family diversity, and explore the major stress factors facing families today. We will discuss the theoretical basis for family-centered services, as well as reflect on current research and best practice. Family-Centered Services will also examine the role of early childhood educators and explore ways to build partnerships with parents and create communities of care—for the benefit of our children, and ultimately society as a whole. VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment

This online course explores observation and assessment instruments, as well as recommended practices and available resources for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Content includes an emphasis on observing young children and assessing their early childhood learning environments.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Early Childhood: Program Planning

This online course is designed to give you a new perspective on planning and implementing developmentally appropriate programs for young children from birth through age eight. In this course you will learn what is meant by curriculum, assessment, evaluation, and program planning as these terms apply to early childhood education. We will discuss several historical perspectives and theories on child development and examine best practice for early childhood education. We will also examine key concepts and specific activities for teaching various curricular content areas, including language and literacy, mathematics and science, and the expressive arts.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development

This online course explores contemporary best practice and perspectives on early childhood development. Content includes patterns and sequences of typical development for children from birth to six years. Emphasis is on individual differences, cultural influences, and the impact of developmental delay and disability during infancy, toddlerhood, and the preschool years. Discussion will also include instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) applications for this population. VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Educational Assessment

This online course is designed to further develop the conceptual and technical skills required by teachers to help them identify their educational goals and implement meaningful instructional strategies for effective learning by students with special needs. The focus of the course is on assessment for instructional programming and will outline procedures for designing or selecting, administering, and interpreting a variety of informal assessment measures typically used in schools. The presentation of assessment information in an acceptable format to parents and teachers is also addressed.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

This online course, Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools, will discuss definitions and the personal, social, and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying, and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Infant & Toddler Mental Health

This online course is designed to help educators achieve a better understanding of infant and toddler mental health, child development, and strategies that can be used to promote positive relationships with children and their families. This course provides information that will help the learner understand and identify his or her role as a child care provider, educator, and early childhood professional. Infant & Toddler Mental Health provides research-based information on child development, attachment, temperament, and curriculum. This course also lists resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about infant and toddler mental health.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Learning Disabilities

This online course describes diverse theoretical approaches to handling learning disabilities in the classroom. Taught by Dr. Bob Pillay, it lays the foundation for sensitive,
appropriate assessment and evaluation of students. In addition, this course covers program planning and implementation, stresses the importance of a close, positive partnership with parents or alternative caregivers, and explores methods for ensuring that the home-school axis is effective and meaningful. Major trends and unresolved issues in the field of learning disabilities are also discussed.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Reading & Writing in Content Area

This online course offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Reading Fundamentals #1

Reading Fundamentals supports the concept of scientifically-based reading research to develop a phonetically-based approach to reading assessment, instruction, evaluation, and remediation.

An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research, the first in the three-course Reading Fundamentals series on effective reading instruction, was designed to give background on scientifically-based instruction as it applies to the federal legislation of 2001. The course discusses the research that supports scientifically-based research as it applies to phonetically-based instruction, assessment, and evaluation. The course explores myths and misconceptions concerning reading instruction and remediation. It also presents an evaluation checklist designed to assess the effectiveness of your current reading program. The goal of the course is to present you with research, trustworthy evidence, and background information that support the need for a reading program that is based on scientific research and proven methods.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Reading Fundamentals #2

The purpose of this second course in this three-course series is to lay the foundation for effective reading instruction. As part of this course, you will learn about the elements of effective instruction. It is important that all teachers have a firm understanding of effective instructional procedures. Teachers benefit, and more importantly, students benefit, both in terms of their behavior and their academic performance, from effective instruction. Further, you will learn about the importance of reading instruction and read some sobering statistics on reading performance in this country and what happens when individuals are not proficient in reading.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Reading Fundamentals #3

This course will focus on learning to read, reading to learn, and an introduction to reading assessment. As part of these two key areas of reading instruction, the five elements of effective reading instruction will be highlighted, including definitions, implications for instruction, and future directions. These five elements include instruction in: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. Further, we discuss information on teacher preparation in learning about comprehension strategy instruction and reading instruction, as well as how to integrate computer technology into the classroom. Additionally, the course will provide information on important assessment terms and definitions and will explore how reading assessment fits within federal mandated programs, including the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. This analysis includes specific recommendations for understanding student reading needs using screening, diagnostic, and progress-monitoring assessments. Finally, the course describes how teachers can conduct and use pivotal curriculum-based measurement procedures in their classrooms.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Teaching Diversity

This course will help you understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning. This course will emphasize understanding how students’ learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, family, and community values. You will be challenged to apply knowledge of the richness of contributions from our diverse society to your teaching field.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually

This online course is designed to expand your methodology for teaching Mathematics. The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and to explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Traumatized Child

This online course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma and explore how stress, violence, and trauma affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short- and long-term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, as well as the social and family causes, will be reviewed. The dynamics of domestic violence and community violence are also discussed, as is the educator's role in the intervention and prevention of violence.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program

This online course is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn about an instructional framework, Differentiated Instruction (DI), aimed at creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. Students will be presented a method for self-assessment of the extent to which their current instructional approach reflects the perspective, principles, and practices of the DI approach. The course reflects an approach that aligns the principles of DI with the practices of DI. The concept of a “theory of action” will also be provided within a DI context. The course has also been designed to introduce students to a range of strategies associated with a DI approach. Strategies included in this course have been selected on the basis that they are effective in the widest possible range of educational K-12 settings. This course follows Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, which addressed the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a DI approach. The focus of Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program is on the When, Where, and How of the DI approach. 

VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Understanding Aggression

This online course includes topics on violence, aggression in the classroom, youth gangs, aggression in sports and on television, how drugs and alcohol play a role in aggression and violence, and "hot spots" that tend to breed aggression and violence.It is designed to help school personnel become more aware of the causes of aggression and ways to evaluate it and intervene before it turns to violence in the schools. The course also discusses aggression in our communities through driving, dating, sports, television, and music, and how these issues are dealt with in modern society.VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Child Abuse

Designed to help the learner identify and effectively teach students affected by child abuse and/or neglect, this course covers how to recognize the signs of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and physical and emotional neglect in students. It also discusses the specific factors that exist in families who abuse or neglect their children. A major emphasis in this course is on helping the participant understand the special learning needs of abused or neglected children and how to meet those needs in the regular classroom. Working with parents and community agencies is also emphasized.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Inclusion

This course is designed to help special and general educators gain a better understanding of inclusion, one of the current educational reform movements that advocates educating students with disabilities in the general education classrooms. Upon course completion, the learner will be able to define key concepts and terms, identify and describe federal legislature and court cases, and list and describe the federal definition of students entitled to special services. This course will also discuss the roles and responsibilities of educators in providing special services to students educated in inclusive classrooms. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Response to Intervention

RTI is a process schools can and should use to help students who are struggling with academics or behavior. Even though RTI is primarily linked to special education and the early identification of learning problems, RTI is not just for students in special education. RTI is for all students and is based on the premise that a student might be struggling due to instruction or the curriculum in the past, or in the current classroom. Every teacher will have students who are struggling and whether it’s short term or long term, RTI is a valuable tool. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Six Traits of Writing Model

This course will discuss why writing is important and why teachers should include writing as often as possible in all content areas. The course will also include practical applications for assessing and teaching writing, including teaching students how to self-assess their own writing. The first chapter of this course will discuss why teaching writing is important and give you an introduction to the Six Traits of Writing Model. Through chapters 2, 3, and 4 we will discuss the elements of the Six Traits of Writing Model. Throughout those elements we will look at practical ways to use this model in your classroom. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Teaching Secondary Math Conceptually

This course will explore an instructional methodology that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts, constructively, and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. The course will also explore teaching methodologies that support many federal and state standards. This course will focus on the topics of integers, fractions, factoring, and functions. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards

This course, Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards, has been divided into four chapters. The organization of the course covers the rationale for and design of the Common Core State Standards, the “Common Core Mindset” practitioners need for successful implementation, and what specific actions can be taken for deeper implementation across settings.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Making Questions Count

This course is designed to lead you through different modules that focus on questioning techniques.  Much of what you do will be reading and learning about different questioning techniques and then trying them in your classroom. This course is unique in that the strategies you will explore can IMMEDIATELY be used in your classroom.  You will take a deep dive into the Question Formation Technique, Inquiry Based Learning, & Depth of Knowledge questions.  In the final module you will explore a variety of different ways to question students, spark meaningful conversations and motivate your learners!!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Flipping Your Classroom

This is an introductory course for participants who wish to explore the instructional methods related to the Flipped Classroom. Included will be examples and models for both flipping your entire classroom, and/or just flipping a lesson. Activities are intended to develop a clearer understanding of the concepts surrounding The Flipped Classroom. This introductory course will cover the basics for the Flipped Classroom method of instruction. Provided will be an introduction of online video resources that can be easily utilized by educators. 
Specifically participants will: 
Learn about the development of the Flipped classroom 
Compare Flipped classroom instruction to traditional classroom instruction. 
Explore the benefits of utilizing a Flipped Classroom model of instruction. 
View a variety of Flipped learning resources to help get started. 
Develop a plan for integrating the Flipped model of instruction.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

Building Literacy in Science

The new Illinois Learning Standards for Science require students to read challenging, complex texts to gain insights, evaluate information, broaden perspectives and write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence. This course provides both the rationale for using disciplinary literacy to comprenend the concepts of science as well as effective, research-based, brain compatible strategies that are effective in science classrooms. Specific modules will address the following: Disciplinary Literacy Vocabulary Strategies Comprehension Strategies Reading and Thinking Like a scientist Close Reading in Science Writing Argument Essays

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE

National Autism Academy

The National Autism Academy offers online Professional Development opportunities and graduate credit through Lindenwood University.