(15 ISBE Clock Hours) This course will teach participants the value of incorporating frequent checks for understanding into their lesson plans. They will learn about three types of checks, including verbal, written and demonstration, as well as learn when they need to be incorporated into a lesson cycle. Course participants will also learn the value of collecting data from these checks, and how to use that data to inform future instructional decisions.

  • Total Price: $85
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 15 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 19 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course, Including a 76-Page CFU Strategy Guide


  • Testing Strategies
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • The Purpose & Advantage of Using CFU Strategies to Improve Instruction

  • A Step-By-Step Guide & Activities to Incorporate CFU Strategies Into Every Lesson Plan

  • How to Use CFU Strategies to Gather Data & Inform Instructional Decisions

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

When and how should I incorporate checks for understanding into my daily lesson plans in order to ensure student success?

Great CFU strategies

Great course with useful information and videos. Easy to follow and a great reminder or known strategies plus additional strategies to implement in the classroom. Would definitely recommend it!

-9th Grade Math Teacher

 15 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 15 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – An Introduction to Checking for Understanding

  • What “Checking for Understanding” (CFU) is and why it is used
  • Three general strategies to use when checking for understanding
  • How to create CFU activities with assessments and data in mind

Section 2 – CFU Before Instruction

  • The purpose of CFUs before instruction
  • How to develop aligned and impactful checks for understanding before instruction
  • Using data to inform instruction

Section 3 – CFU During Instruction

  • The purpose of CFUs during instruction
  • How to develop aligned and impactful checks for understanding during instruction
  • The importance of using data to correct misconceptions as soon as they occur

Section 4 – CFU After Instruction

  • The importance of CFUs after instruction
  • How to develop aligned and impactful checks for understanding to use after instruction
  • The importance of using data to ensure student content mastery

Section 5 – CFU in Action

  • Analyze the components of a lesson that uses multiple methods to check for student understanding
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 19 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • CFU Strategy Guide
  • Before Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet
  • Before Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • Prior Knowledge Data Tracker
  • Prior Knowledge Data Tracker-SAMPLE
  • During Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet
  • During Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • New Knowledge Data Tracker
  • New Knowledge Data Tracker-SAMPLE
  • After Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet
  • After Instruction CFU Planning Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • Content Mastery Data Tracker
  • Content Mastery Data Tracker-SAMPLE
  • CFU Lesson Plan-Scenario Sample
  • CFU Lesson Plan Template
  • CFU Lesson Plan Template-SAMPLE
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist
  • Implementation Observation Checklist-SAMPLE

Download the Syllabus

Receive a copy of the course syllabus by submitting the form below. Once submitted, we automatically email you a copy. The syllabus contains detailed and important information on the structure and core content of the course as well as grading.

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  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 15 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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