In addition to academic classes for students, Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233 also offers learning opportunities for teachers in the summer. Its Homewood-Flossmoor University (HFU) program is open to educators throughout the Chicagoland area. Professional-development classes are taught by Homewood-Flossmoor certified teachers and administrators on a variety of topics, including best instructional practices (i.e. Effective Classroom Management), classroom-technology integration (i.e., Using Photoshop & Illustrator to Enhance the Classroom Experience) and student supports (i.e., REBE Strategies & Tools to Motivate Students).
The HFU program — offered for years for School District 233 teachers — is free for teachers from the district’s feeder schools: Homewood School District 153, Flossmoor School District 161, St. Joseph's School in Homewood and Infant Jesus of Prague School in Flossmoor. In 2012, HFU became available for teachers from any Chicago-area school at an affordable price point. Non H-F teachers and administrators can join in the HFU sessions for $25 for a half-day class, $50 for a full-day class and $100 for a two-day class.
"Our teachers have a wealth of knowledge to share and learn from their colleagues in turn," says Dr. Nancy Spaniak, curriculum director at H-F. "We are delighted to provide this exceptional professional-development opportunity to both H-F teachers and educators from other districts."
Registration is currently being accepted through Friday, May 22. A complete HFU course catalog and registration forms can be found at www.hfhighschool.org/community.