The professional learning series is a tool designed to help district personnel facilitate and maintain the implementation of the
New Illinois Learning Standards (NILS). There are three levels within the framework, each of which contains tools and resources aligned to
the appropriate phase of implementation described by each category. A short description of each level is given below.
Simply read the description, CLICK THE LEVEL HEADING, and begin engaging with resources.
The first level of NILS implementation in the classroom is a basic knowledge and understanding of the standards.
Resources at this level help teachers gain the basic information and foundational knowledge needed for initial classroom implementation.

ELA/Literacy & Math Basic Knowledge and Information 
Additional Supports 
Assessment 




























The second level of NILS implementation includes content designed to build knowledge and application for teachers and staff. This level consists of materials developed for the purpose of building capacity collaboratively and individually so that teachers are prepared to apply their understanding to classroom practices. Resources within this level correspond to the four dimensions of the Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products Rubric (EQuIP) and PARCC assessment readiness. 
Rigors of the CCSS 
Key Areas of Focus

Instructional Supports 
Aligned Assessment 
ELA 
Math 








































Level 3  Deep Understanding and Integration
This level represents a deep understanding of the standards, knowledge of the instructional shifts for math and ELA and a commitment to integrating assessment and instructional supports. 