In response to the COVID-19 emergency, on March 13, the Governor announced a temporary statewide closure of all K-12 schools to minimize the spread of COVID-19 across communities, and has now been extended for the remainder of the school year. Schools have transitioned from Act of God Days to Remote Learning Days, counting as attendance days toward the school year.
The Illinois Education Association acknowledges that educators spent valuable time during the past several weeks learning, planning and transitioning into remote learning in an effort to meet the local needs and, to the greatest extent possible, minimize the negative impact this unprecedented pandemic has on our students’ educational trajectories. Many educators spent hours learning new software programs, worked endlessly with their colleagues converting lessons to remote learning plans, and participating in many online training opportunities to transition into this new mode of remote learning and most importantly ensuring students are safe and healthy. In an effort to support educators in meeting their Illinois licensure requirements, the Illinois Education Association will provide Professional Development Clock Hours to members for completion of PD activities in preparation for remote learning.
For members to request PD Clock Hours, individual activities must be submitted using the provided form, including time of activity, description of the PD opportunity, specific skill set, and the intended impact on student learning. Members must also complete an evaluation form and validate the accuracy of the submission. Educators may submit requests for Clock Hours on a weekly basis beginning with the week of March 17th through May 29th. IEA will offer a maximum of 3 Professional Development Clock Hours per weekday for qualifying PD activities.
All requests for Clock Hours must be submitted by June 15, 2020. The Illinois Education Association will review all submissions and members will be notified via email of clock hour approval.