Professional Development

Upcoming Professional Development Offerings


One of the many benefits of ILMEA membership is access to professional development sessions and PD credit. ILMEA is proud to be an ISBE approved professional development provider.  Upcoming professional development/PD opportunities; updated information regarding the licensure transfer; and other communication from ISBE is listed on this page.  If you have questions regarding PD hours or the licensure exchange, or would like to host a professional development session, please contact Emily Petway at professionaldevelopment@ilmea.org or (770) 361-0802. 


Check this page, newsletter, or calendar for upcoming PD events!




Sing, Dance, Create, and Play the General Music Classroom Way

We are excited to bring this event Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day) to Fremont Middle School in Mundelein.  You can view the session information as well as register on our new, secure online portal!

October 10, 2016 Sing, Dance, Create, and Play the General Music Classroom Way Registration



ISBE Rule Update

Timeline to Enter PD

The 60 day rule to enter PD has been overturned.  You now have until the end of your licensure cycle to enter your PD.  

IEIN- Required at PD events

Your IEIN (Illinois Educator Identification Number) is now required at all PD session in order to receive a completion form with PD Hours.  This IEIN number is the only unique number to you other than your social security number that connects you with your teaching license regardless of change of address or teaching position.  For this reason, ISBE now requires this number at attendance sign in.  In the even you or ILMEA is audited, this number will confirm that Mary Smith from Carbondale is not Mary Smith from Waukegan and that she should be awarded the PD for the event.  

Where to find your IEIN

Your IEIN can be found by logging into the ELIS (Educator Licensure Information System) on the isbe.net website.  You may follow the link here.  After logging in, your IEIN number will be visible on the main screen in the upper left-hand corner.  


Summary of New Licensure Requirements pursuant to HB 2657- Effective July 16, 2015

There are important changes in rules for earning and reporting PD units for your license renewal. Please see www.isbe.net for details. You must have a completion form for all activities. Providers who can issue forms are schools, school districts, institutions of higher education with ed programs, regional offices of education, and approved professional associations. ISBE recommends you ask these providers for permission to receive PD credit prior to taking part in an activity for which you wish to receive credit. All educators are required to earn 120 PD units for each 5 year license renewal cycle. Teachers who are in the middle of their renewal cycle need only earn the number of PD units required at the beginning of their last renewal cycle.

The former rule requiring edcucators to submit their PD within 60 days of the PD even has been overturned.  Educators now have until the end of their cycle to submit PD.  

ISBE PD Guidelines

Guidelines for Professional Development Activities

ed TPA

edTPA is the evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness that has been approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. The new informational document contains general information on the edTPA, security and privacy concerns, legal authorities and ISBE rules, suggestions to assist school districts with supporting teacher candidates, and a sample release form that can be used by districts.

This information is available on the ISBE website and has been sent to all school districts.

Professional Development Events Calendar

Below is a listing of Music Education Professional Development Professional Development Opportunties sponsored by ILMEA.  We continue to add events to the calendar so please check back!

 Professional Development In Your District

We continue to look to create more opportunities for Music Educator Professional Development.  Please contact us if you have any suggestions, would like to host, or if you know of an organization that would like to parnter with ILMEA to offer PD.  Email Education Programs Manager Emily Petway at professionaldevelopment@ilmea.org


Professional Development Committee District Representatives and email contacts

District 1:  Valerie Pasqua and Megan Fitzgerald-  d1profdev@ilmea.org

District 2:  Jennifer Mills- d2profdev@ilmea.org

District 3:  Justin Lee- d3profdev@ilmea.org

District 4:  Keith Johnson- d4profdev@ilmea.org

District 5:  RaeAnn DeSutter and Austin Stout- d5profdev@ilmea.org

District 6:  Cathy Stranc- d6profdev@ilmea.org

District 7:  Caitilin McGovern- d7profdev@ilmea.org

District 8:  Lisa Eaton- d8profdev@ilmea.org

District 9: Jannica Fredric and Ali Kordelewski- d9profdev@ilmea.org

District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8 District 9