Lesson plans and learning materials from Verizon's content partners (including National Geographic and Smithsonian). The site also offers opportunity to share resources and ideas in an online community.

The Metropolitan Math Club of Chicago hosts monthly dinners with speakers on various Math topics. A great place for learning and networking!

C²ST seeks to be the preeminent regional consortium for science- and technology-related education and policy and a prominent voice nationally.

This website offers community, research resources, publications, professional development, online learning, links to conferences, and other programs.

An anti-plagiarism website.

This website links you to conferences, professional development, journals/books, lessons/resources, and research/news developed by NCTM.
Chicago Teaching and LearningCPS site with suggested lesson plans, professional development opportunities, etc..

  This website contains information and teaching tips for Pre-AP (all subjects).

News, recommendations and resources for teachers, by teachers.

A library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises.

Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world

eteachers -- by teachers, for teacherseTeachers is filled with free lesson plans, free ebooks and the latest coupons for teachers.

A quick source for word etymology -- to understand the etymology of terms and vocabulary employed in class and encountered in assigned texts.

Users may access the entire Chicago Public Library catalog, reserve books, videos, music and more and have those items sent to any CPL location.

For Teachers to make their class an online community (blog, forum, videos, etc.).

StudentNewsDaily.com is a current events website which provides free resources for teaching the news. Featured resources save you time by providing a daily news article with comprehension and critical thinking questions.

Lesson plans and resources for your SMART Board - SMART Exchange. Find Lesson Plans for Your SMART Board and Connect with Teachers.

Teq provides a full range of classroom technology and professional development services.

Includes information about the organization's history, membership rates and types, governance, meetings, programs and activities, news, and publications.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Instructional Literacy Toolbox

Last year the ILT began sharing information with you regarding literacy throughout Lane's curriculum, from PD sessions to posters. This year, CPS's Department of Literacy has regrouped and created a specific district-wide vision that they have been sharing with me during quarterly sessions. Their vision has 3 parts:
  1. collaborative conversations,
  2. close reading of complex texts, &
  3. text-dependent questions.
Of course each school's needs are different, however, the information that they are providing is valuable, and we feel that the best way to share it with you is through these weekly e-mail tidbits (unless you would like to hear about it in a PDC meeting :) Each Friday I will share one component that we are hoping that you will try to implement in your class the following week. Each component is flexible enough to incorporate into any course and be adapted to any teaching style, as well as being Common Core, PARCC, & REACH friendly. We also hope that you will discuss it with your colleagues. Andrew Chipman and Haleemeh Mikbel have been trying these out in their classes with great success and will be happy to help answer any questions that you may have.

So, let's get started...
The first tidbit is about text dependent questions. Students are expected to be able to analyze complex text using increasingly difficult questions (similar to Bloom’s taxonomy) generated by the teacher which require the students to use textual evidence to answer the questions. The 6 categories include: 1) general understandings, 2) key details, 3) vocabulary and text structure, 4) author's purpose, 5) inferences, & 6) opinions, arguments, and intertextual connections. The attached template and supporting documents (also found in the literacy folder in Googledocs) can be used with any text. At the meetings I attended, they encouraged us to have several of each type of question prepared to use as we measure our students' depth of understanding of the text. Ultimately, they would like students to be able to develop their own text dependent question sin order to have meaningful conversations about the text they are studying.


ISBE - Common Core Standards
ELA Excel
Math Excel
Math PDF
ELA with intro and glossary
Math with intro and glossary

ISBE - State Learning Standards
Fine Arts
Foreign Languages
Physical Development and Health
Social Emotional Learning
Social Science


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Absence Procedures

The following procedures should be followed if you are absent from work.

If you are a Non-Special Ed ESP, please notify the administration of your absence by clicking here. For all other staff members, if you are absent, you are expected to:
  1. Notify the administration of your absence.

    • You may use AESOP (instructions below)


      You may use this Absence Form to submit your absence. If you are requesting a day off after 6:30 a.m. on the day of the absence, please call 773.534.5400 x 23685.


      You may call Lane at 773.534.5400 before 6:30 a.m. and leave your absence information on Voice Mail Box 23685. If you call Lane between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. give your name, subject area, number of days you will be absent, cause of absence (i.e. sickness, personal business, funeral, religious holiday, etc).

    If you don't know when you will return, you must indicate your intentions by calling Lane before 1:30 p.m. each day that you are absent. Teachers, please remember that failure to keep us informed may result in a substitute in your program on the day that you return. If this occurs, you will have to take another day of absence.

    Please don't wait until 7 a.m. to call in if you know the day before that you are not coming in to work. If you are in the building and you know you are going to be absent the next day, please inform the Main Office before 1:30 p.m. on the day prior to the absence. Please fill out the form online when you know you are going to be absent. Please do this by 6:45 a.m. the day you will be absent. If you cannot do that by 6:45 a.m. please call 773-534-5400 ext. 23685.

    You will not need to call sub center or Lane the morning of your absence if the absence is entered online the form above by 1:30 p.m. the day before the absence.

  2. Complete a "Cause of Absence" form when you return. The form will be placed in your mailbox in the Main Office. Please complete this form the day you return and submit it immediately to Ms. Owens’ mailbox in the Main Office.

    You must submit the yellow Cause of Absence Form on the day you return. Late submission of yellow forms may result in a "zero" day(s) on your next pay stub.
Sub folders should include:
-Rosters for attendance
-Meaningful emergency plans related to your subject area/grade level
-Up to date class rosters and lesson plans
-Substitute Teacher Guide should be completed on both sides
-Any lesson or instructions you would like your substitute to distribute to students

Subs and the main office staff rely solely on the sub folders.

The Main Office staff does not have time to write down lesson plans for you when you call in in the morning. You may fax plans to 773.534.5544 in the main office or contact a colleague via email or telephone and send the plans through them to the main office. Keeping an updated sub folder will help you avoid this situation.

Requesting a Sub:

Teachers can request a sub. There is no guarantee that your class will get the sub you request. There are times when more than 20 teachers are out and the Main Office staff does the best they can to ensure that all of the classes have coverage.

Personal Business Days

Personal Business Days must be approved in advance by the principal.
Please submit a request on Aesop.
The system will send an approval request to Dr. Dignam.

Conference Days (CF) and Professional Development(PD)

CF/PD days require approval from Mollie Hart, Personnel.

CF/PD days also require approval from the Network.
Network forms are available in the Main Office.
Please see Miriam Santana for a Network form as soon as you know the date(s) for the conference.

All staff attending CF/PD day must agree to share information within a department or school wide presentation in order to receive approval. if you attend a conference, you are expected to share information with your department. You may be asked to present information during a staff development day at Lane Tech.

Extended Leave/Maternity Leave

Please contact HR4U if you need to take a maternity leave or an extended leave of absence.
773.553.HR4U (773.553.4148)

Aesop Information

  1. Go to the Aesop website (www.aesoponline.com)
  2. Log on using your ID (employee ID number) and your PIN (emailed to your CPS accounts, most likely your birthday in the format MMDD)
  3. Fill out the form. When you are done, click on "Create Absence & Assign Sub"
  4. You will be assigned a sub from the entire pool of CPS subs. Click on "Reassign to New Sub" to select a sub from the list compiled by Ms. Owens. (Click here to view the current list. Subjects are provided for your reference. You can select any substitute from the list, regardless of whether or not your subject is listed next to the name.)
  5. Search for the sub by typing his/her name into the box. Select the sub from the results list and click "Confirm and Reassign"
  • If you call Lane's absence line @ 773 534-5400 ext. 23685, you must leave your date of birth (month and date only) and the type of day you're taking. We can then enter absence for that day under your name.
  • Personal Business days must be approved by administration.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email Mrs. Hart or Ms. Owens


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