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Providing Affordable Graduate-Credit Courses & Meeting District Hour Requirements Across the Nation

For Over 30 Years The Connecting Link (TCL) has Developed & Facilitated Courses to Meet the Professional Learning Needs of PreK-16 Educators

You Spoke. We Listened . . .

  •     Delivering Affordable Professional Development Courses
  •     Books & Materials are Included in Tuition
  •     Developing Content Responsive to Today’s Educational Landscape
  •     Presenting Engaging and Interactive Curricula
  •     Hosting Site-Based Courses in Partner-Specific States
  •     Offering Flexible Online Courses for Busy Schedules
  •     Providing Administrators Custom Courses for Their Staff

Connecting Link Instructors

Over 100 specialized education experts dedicated to improving your skills and strengths in the classroom. Whether online or in person, you will find a caring and knowledgeable expert leading the way!

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Student Testimonials

  • This is the best professional development I have seen in years. You can see the positive impact its had inside our classrooms - I highly recommend this program.

    - P. Shidaker, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • The instructor was extremely intelligent, very up-to-date and experienced in teaching methods - and knows everything about the Common Core. Her enthusiasm for the subject matter, kindness and professionalism came across beautifully!

    - J. Grupka
  • The information presented was valuable, the professor seemed very knowledgeable and I really enjoyed the amount of feedback I was given on my assignments. I also felt as though the assignments were applicable to use in my classroom! Thanks!

    - N. Strmic-Udstuen
  • I really appreciated this course.... we had time to truly explore and evaluate the tools that were shared. The instructor not only knew the material to be presented, but also had so much additional knowledge and experience to share!

    - J. Albig
  • I believe this is a class that should be added as a requirement for all educators. Teachers need to know this material to better advocate for themselves, students, parents, and the public education system.

    - N. Barron-High
  • Finally, a hands-on class with resources that I can actually use in the classroom, taught by a knowledgeable, caring instructor!

    - Amy Meyer, Indiana
  • Not one moment of this class was boring or ineffective. I learned a lot, validated many of my thoughts and strategies, and had great dialogue with the other students and the instructor.

    - Amy Small, Wisconsin
  • This class has changed my teaching forever! It was so motivating and engaging. The content covered was incredibly useful and energizing.

    - Christie Chamberlain, Illinois
  • It was refreshing being treated by the instructor as a professional. Thank you.

    - Daniel Sanchez, Illinois
  • The instructor was very positive. The material was exciting and relevant. I was able to implement many ideas from classmates in my own classroom.

    - Jenna K.
  • I’ve taken several TCL courses and without a doubt, have been most impressed with the instructor’s teaching style, desire to make lessons and activities meaningful and most of all, useful for each participant.

    - L. Angel
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Focus on Education Course

New Course Series: Focus on Education

We're thrilled to announce our newest course series: Focus on Education!

Each course in the Focus on Education Series will be available for 15 clock hours (PD) or 1 credit hour (graduate credit). Learn from the materials, the instructor, and from your classmates! Courses are self-paced, include four milestones, and can be completed in 8 weeks or less.

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Featured Coordinator

Featured Instructor

Priscilla Dryer

At The Connecting Link, we value our teachers and recognize their dedication, enthusiasm, and knowledge to the field of education. One of our amazing teachers is Priscilla Dryer! 

Priscilla has been teaching for over 15 years. She has her Master's degree in Reading and Literacy and is always looking for opportunities to learn more. Priscilla believes we are all truly lifelong learners. Priscilla currently serves as Regional Director of the Illinois Reading Council (IRC) for Iroquois, Kankakee, Will, and South Cook Counties, as well as member of the IRC Professional Development Cadre. In 2014, she was elected the next Vice President of the IRC and will be heading the conference in 2017. 

Priscilla devotes her time now to teaching teachers via the IRC's Professional Development Cadre, the South Cook Intermediate Service Center, Benedictine University, and The Connecting Link. She also presents on topics such as guided reading, the Daily Five, getting parents and the community involved in education, integrating science and social studies into language arts, and how to use data to help students set their own learning goals.

  • Upcoming TCL Courses Assessment & Grading: Promoting Student Growth; Reaching At-Risk Students and Underachievers; Strategic Literacy: Topics in Reading K-5; The ELA Common Core: Understanding and Teaching the Big Shifts (K-5)

» Learn More About How TCL Instructors Will Make a Difference in Your Course Experience

Online Self-Paced Courses

Earn 3 Graduate Credits or 45 Professional Development Clock Hours

Self-paced courses:
  • Are fully compatible with desktop, mobile, and tablet devices
  • Provide 24/7 access to the course platform and materials
  • Are available to start when you're ready
  • Have no synchronized meeting times
  • Can be completed at your own pace in 12 weeks or less

Learn on your schedule with lessons that are relevant and engaging! Find our why your peers are discovering self-paced courses are the best option for busy educators! Courses are taken through an easy-to-use online platform, accessed through all modern devices.

» View All Self-Paced Courses

100% Money Back

Satisfaction Guarantee

Satisfaction & Money-Back Guarantee

14 Days to Cancel for a Full Refund

Ready to enroll but a little unsure? No problem! Our new Risk-Free Money Back & Satisfaction Guarantees have been implemented to ensure you are happy with your purchase & your course! There's nothing to worry about.

Money-Back Guarantee: You may cancel your enrollment within 14 days of initial purchase and receive a full refund of tuition paid. The 14-day risk-free period is valid only when enrolling at least 30 days before the course start date of our site-based and online structured courses. (The guarantee is not applicable for self-paced courses.) TCL refund policy: You may withdraw from a course 7 or more days before the first day of class and either transfer to another course or receive a refund less a $100 deposit. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your refund. If you fail to notify TCL at least 7 days prior to the start date of the course, no refund will be provided.TCL transfer, cancellation, and refund policies still apply. Contact TCL for details.

Satisfaction Guarantee: Participants dissatisfied with their course may contact TCL to drop the course before the course concludes. No certificates of completion, grades, or transcripts will be issued for the dropped course. You may then transfer to a new course within 6 months of the original course completion date. Only one free transfer per course enrollment allowed. TCL transfer, cancellation, and refund policies still apply. Contact TCL for details. 


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The Connecting Link (TCL) develops & facilitates graduate-level courses for the professional learning needs of PreK-16 educators & districts.

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