Urbana School District #116

Professional Development

The office of Professional Development provides several resources to teachers, administrators and schools. In addition to organizing and conducting workshops, we also assist schools in the School Improvement Planning process and


To view the current Staff Development offerings for Urbana School District #116, please view the 2018 Fall Staff Development Offerings Booklet.

To register online for offerings listed in the current Staff Development Offerings Booklet, click here.

If you have questions or comments, please direct them to Jessica Brown, PD & Curriculum Coordinator or Sheana Bryant, PD Secretary.

Professional Development Staff

Full NameJob TitleE-mail AddressBusiness Phone
Director of Professional Development217-384-3582
Gayle JeffreisInterim Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Professional Developmentgjeffries@usd116.org217-384-3641
Jessica BrownProfessional Development & Curriculum Coordinatorjbrown@usd116.org217-384-3582
Jessica AbrahamsonHuman Resources & Professional Development Secretaryjabrahamson@usd116.org217-384-3640
Human Resources & Professional Data & Communication Specialist217-384-3680
Sheana BryantProfessional Development Secretarysbryant@usd116.org217-384-3579

Staff Development Calendar

Board Credit Information

Board Credit is the system of professional development credit that the Board of Education uses to recognize and encourage continual professional growth among

Board Credit is the system of professional development credit that the Board of Education uses to recognize and encourage continual professional growth among certified teachers through advancement on the salary schedule. You can earn board credit for any staff development workshops that you attend that are offered through the district after school or weekends, or you can apply for Board Credit (in advance) for workshops or conferences that you attend that are not on contractual time.

To review your Board Credit in Skyward, please see the instructions (PDF) or the tutorial video here:

To be approved for out-of-District Board Credit, you must complete the Professional Development request in Skyward.  Please see the instructions (PDF) or tutorial video here:

To request Salary Schedule Movement, you must fill out a Request for Movement form and submit it to Human Resources by September 30th.

For more information about Board Credit, please read our Board Credit FAQs

Teacher Licensure

In 2013, Illinois implemented a new licensure system that replaced the previous certification system. All teaching, administrative, and school service personnel must hold a current and registered license. It is the responsibility of the licensee to know the requirements and process to maintain his/her license.

Read more about teacher licensure

Login to the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) to access your license and account information

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