Bellwood School District offering salary bonuses for taking free courses

Bellwood School District offering salary bonuses for taking free courses
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Bellwood School District offering salary bonuses for taking free courses (Bellwood, IL) – The Bellwood School District in Chicago has found a unique way for students and teachers to recover from the effects of COVID. The district is offering a graduate-level PD program for everyone in its district, including teachers, secretaries, and bus drivers. Everyone who signs up receives a salary bonus.

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The program, detailed below, of being offered through a collaboration between the University of St. Francis and BloomBoard. According to a joint press release, the program, “allows teachers to develop skills through an on-the-job, learning-and-proving-by-doing process that is directly relevant to their classroom practice. Micro-credential-based programs are a flexible alternative to earning traditional graduate course credit towards a master’s degree. They provide an innovative approach to professional learning while promoting educators’ professional and compensation advancement opportunities.”

The programs offered through this partnership are:

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  • Student Learning Recovery
  • Student Well-being
  • Equity in the Classroom
  • Effective Blended Learning

Dr. Mark Klaisner, Executive Director of West40 and President of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools said, “Our teachers need tools to help our students face a challenging year ahead, but our teachers are exhausted. This opportunity through the University of St. Francis and BloomBoard is exactly what Cook County schools need to address learning recovery and support our educators in learning by doing without creating unnecessary work.”

Bellwood School District offering salary bonuses for taking free courses

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