Teachers – Stay ahead of the curve
Earn PD Hours through the RIROE and Black Hawk College.
Your profession is truly one that makes a difference in the lives of students. Black Hawk College’s Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) Department and the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education (RIROE) have partnered to offer a variety of classes to help you enhance your professional development.
To obtain PD Hours for a chosen course, teachers need to contact Julie at the RIROE (309-736-1111) to inform her of their intent to obtain PD Hours. The RIROE fee for processing a PD Hours Certificate is $25. One hour of course time = one PD Hour. Most of the online courses require a minimum of 24 hours of contact with some variances. Hours of classroom courses vary.
Classroom computer skills classes:
Go to computer classroom for more information on day and evening classes:
- Windows – 3 PDs
- Word (Level 1, 2 & 3 available) – 6 PDs (each)
- Excel (Level 1, 2, & 3 available) – 7 PDs (each)
- Access (Part 1, 2 & 3 available) – 6 PDs (each)
- PowerPoint – 6 PDs
- Publisher – 6 PDs
- Adobe Photoshop Elements Basics – 12 PDs
- Beyond Photoshop Elements Basics – 12 PDs
- Keyboarding – 8 PDs
- Computer Basics – 8 PDs
- Continuation of Computer Basics – 8 PDs
- Moving to Windows 8.1 – 3 PDs
- Introduction to Word – 8 PDs
- Intermediate Word – 8 PDs
- Introduction to Excel – 8 PDs
- Intermediate Excel – 8 PDs
- iPad: Getting Started – 6 PDs
- iPad: Beginner – 2 PDs
- iPad: Intermediate – 2 PDs
Online computer classes also available.
Classroom language classes:
Go to the Language web page for more information:
- French I – Conversational – 16 PDs
- French II – Conversational (Part 1) – 12 PDs
- French II – Conversational (Part 2) – 8 PDs
- Italian I – 16 PDs
- Spanish I – 16 PDs
- Chinese (Mandarin) – I – 16 PDs
- Beginning Sign Language (ASL) – 16 PDs
Register for the class at 309-796-8223 after receiving approval from RIROE.
For online classes:
Visit the Online Teaching and Education page and choose from:
- Classroom Computing
- Reading and Writing
- Test Prep
- Tools for Teachers
Here is a sample of just some of the more than 60 outstanding Teacher Professional Development Online Courses offered:
Teaching Smarter with SMART Boards
Master the use of the SMART Board and SMART Notebook technology so you can create powerful interactive lessons that capture your students’ attention.
Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
Learn how to successfully meet the diverse needs of students with learning disabilities in your classroom.
Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom
Improve your ability to teach diverse learners with real-world examples from elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.
Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success
In this professional development course for teachers; you’ll get the training you need to reach the diverse mix of students you face every day–learning proven strategies that turn diversity into opportunity.
Ready, Set, Read!
A learning specialist shows you how to develop successful readers and writers.
Solving Classroom Discipline Problems
Veteran teacher reveals the secrets to an orderly classroom. This is a step-by-step approach to effective, positive discipline.
Survival Kit for New Teachers
Veteran instructor shares the secrets for success in your first years of teaching.
The Creative Classroom
Enrich your teaching talents and encourage your students’ creative thinking as you learn to turn your classroom into a creative classroom.
Integrating Technology in the Classroom
You will discover simple ways to integrate technology to enhance your subject material and meet your course goals.