Professional Development

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 help teachers and administrators with renewing their teaching licenses. The office also manages Board Credit, an incentive created by the Board of Education to encourage teachers as they work on professional growth.

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 Name Job Title E-mail Address Business Phone
Director of Professional Development 217-384-3582
Katherine Barbour Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Professional Development 217-384-3641
Jessica Brown PD & Curriculum Coordinator 217-384-3639
Jessica Abrahamson HR/PD Specialist 217-384-3640
Sheana Bryant PD Secretary  217-384-3582

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 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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