Educators throughout Illinois can receive credit for the time they’ve spent working with new tools to give their students opportunities to learn remotely. The Illinois Education Association (IEA) confirmed teachers and paraprofessionals can earn Professional Development clock hours for making the change from regular classes to remote classes. Teachers would need to earn those clock hours between St. Patrick’s Day and May 29, 2020. Teachers and paraprofessionals usually have Professional Development days to earn clock hours necessary or their licenses to be renewed. Because of the coranavirus pandemic along with the school building closures, several professional development opportunities were canceled. Officials say approving the time teachers spent on preparing for remote learning is important for keeping teachers in the classroom, virtually or physically, next year. Officials say a total of 15,366 teachers and paraprofessional licenses were set to expire this year, 4,614 in 2021, 14, 173 in 2022 and 17,800 in 2023. The deadline to apply for teachers and paraprofessionals to renew their state license is August 31, 2020.