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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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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.

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Featured Coordinator

Featured Instructor

Ann Cluxton

At The Connecting Link, we value our teachers and recognize their dedication, enthusiasm, and knowledge to the field of education. One of our highly regarded teachers is Ann Cluxton. 

Ann has 18 years of teaching experience, ranging from middle school to graduate-level instruction. Currently, she works has a high school reading specialist and literacy coach. In addition, Ann is an adjunct instructor in the reading specialist program for a local university and a valued member of the TCL curriculum development team.

  • Hobbies  Swimming, reading, and—her most recent passion—crocheting!
  • TCL Courses Monitoring Student Growth: Reading Assessment and Data Interpretation & Strategic Literacy: Topics in Reading 6-12
  • Testimonial  "Ann. . .provided personal, timely, and extensive feedback. She was extremely positive and motivated us to share and to do our best." - C. Connell

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




New Accelerated Courses

Accelerated Online Courses

Earn 45 PD Clock Hours or 3 Graduate Credits in Just 4 Weeks!

With our accelerated format for online course work, gain professional development hours or graduate credits in as little as 4 weeks. Perfect for busy schedules!

All accelerated courses can be taken for 3 graduate credits or for 45 PD clock hours. Choosing to enroll in an accelerated course means a minimum commitment of 10 to 12 hours per week of reading, online discussions, and course assessments, with two milestones expected to be completed each week!

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100% Money Back

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. 




At-Risk

Featured NEW Course

Reaching At-Risk Students and Underachievers

Explore strategies for reaching at-risk students!

Participants will learn how to build academic success for at-risk students by developing student resilience, designing active learning experiences, motivating underachievers, and fostering social-emotional skills. Explore strategies for reaching students of poverty and students with ADHD, and learn how to effectively work with difficult students and parents.

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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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