Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Not Too Early To Plan For Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a research-based, national early education program, that recruits and trains college students to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.  Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.  Funded by AmeriCorps, Roosevelt University students serve as mentors for 3 to 5-year-old children living in low-income communities, in two partner preschools. Early intervention techniques also help to eliminate negative behaviors or habits at early ages before they become deep rooted by high school age.

Jumpstart is partnered with Roosevelt University as well as five other major universities in the Chicago area:  DePaul, Northwestern, Dominican, Loyola, and University of Chicago.  As the table below reveals, through these partnerships, Jumpstart is able to cultivate relationships with more than 400 college students, called Corps members, who serve twice per week in preschool classrooms across Chicago. Students serve in classrooms two days per week, for two hours each session.  Each session revolves around a core storybook and one book serves as the focus for two sessions.  Session plans are organized in six unit themes -- Family, Friends, Wind and Water, The World of Color, Shadows and Reflections, and Things That Grow.

Jumpstart Site
Site Managers                                University Partners     Corps Members         Children
DePaul University
Missy Frazin - Site Manager Heather Little - Site Manager
Howard Rosing, PhD.
Dominican University
Briana Martindale - Site Manager
Ben Freville
Loyola University Chicago
Megan Barry
Northwestern University
Micaela Moran - Site Manager
Rob Donahue
Roosevelt University
Renita Johnson - Site Manager
Teryl Ann Rosch, PhD. & John MacDougall
University of Chicago
Lucy Hall - Site Manager
Shaz Rasul

Applications for employment are taken at any time, and may be submitted by clicking here.  For more information about Jumpstart and becoming a Corp member in 2015-2016, contact Renita Johnson at rtjohnson@roosevelt.edu

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feb. 27 Book Launch Party!

The College of Education is very pleased to invite all students, faculty, and alumni to a book launch party in honor of the publication of Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes: Exploring Cross-Cultural Missteps With Latinos in the Classroom.  

Tammy Oberg De La Garza and Alyson Lavigne are assistant professors in the College of Education, and are the co-authors of this new book which explores how something as simple as “hello” can consistently create culture gaps, and how teachers can take meaningful steps to reverse the harmful patterns created by miscommunication and lack of empathy for culture differences.

The celebration will be held on Friday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 West Armitage Ave. in Chicago.  All are welcome, and reservations are not required.

Bring a colleague or friend, and join the celebration!

Feb. 24th Job Fair Reminder!

This is a quick reminder that Roosevelt University's College of Education is a co-sponsor of the 2015 Education Job Fair that will take place at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  Alumni Hall is located on the main campus of NEIU, at 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue in Chicago.  RU current students and alumni are encouraged to attend this free event.

School districts from the Chicagoland area, Chicago public schools, and school districts from out-of-state will be present to recruit teachers for their school districts.  Currently, there are 50+ employers registered for the Education Job Fair.

A resume is required of each candidate who attends the Education Job Fair. 

Job seekers DO NOT need to pre-register. This event is free to everyone. All candidates should dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes to distribute to employers.  You can view the list of participating employers after January 31, 2015 at http://bit.ly/1tAPGhx.  For more information, call 773-442-4693.

Laura Lag, Assistant Dean for Student Services, will be at a table at the fair to guide RU job seekers through the process.  A room will be provided for job seekers to sit in, relax, and ponder over which school districts they would liked to approach (Room SU 003).  Directions will be given to all job seekers upon their arrival.

Parking for job seekers on campus is $5.00.  Parking permits can be obtained from the parking office located on the first floor of the parking garage.  For instructions regarding parking and directions, go to:

Click the University Life Tab
Under Services Click Parking
To the Left: Click Campus Parking locations & Maps
Main Campus: Click University Campus Map and Directions

Off campus parking is also available.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Feb. 26 Student Advisory Board Meeting

The College of Education will hold an initial meeting of a new Student Advisory Board on Thursday, February 26, from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center on the 8th floor of the Gage Building, 18 South Michigan Ave.

Membership on the board is open to all students with an interest in providing feedback on the activities and direction of the college and its programs.

The first meeting will consist of an orientation to the role and responsibilities of the board, and a brief discussion of the most important questions or issues to address in the future.

All students will need to bring to the meeting are ideas and enthusiasm.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided to fuel the conversation.  Please click here to RSVP.  Feel free to bring others who may have an interest in providing feedback on our College of Education.

If you have any questions about this activity, please reach out to Dean Philion at tphilion@roosevelt.edu.

Future meetings will be held on different days and times, so if you can't make this meeting, plan on attending another one in the future!

March 21 Free Formative Assessment Workshop

The next free professional development workshop sponsored by the Roosevelt University Balanced Literacy Grant Initiative is as follows:

Save-the-Date: Saturday, March 21st, 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Where: The Wabash Building (room TBA) of Roosevelt University

Topic: Thematic Units of Study and Formative Assessment in the Balanced Literacy Classroom. 

This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to see exemplar thematic units with built in formative assessment practices.  Of course, the CCSS instructional shifts will be an important component of the units as well.  This session will also allow teachers to plan thematic units and engage with other teachers from this grant. The goal is for teachers and school leaders to leave with ideas about how grade-wide or school-wide thematic units can be implemented with seamless formative assessment practices using the (110 minutes of literacy)  tenets of balanced literacy (read-alouds, guided reading, centers, language walls and independent reading and writing).

Participants in this grant project will provide an update with examples of how the formative assessment tablets for students and parents are being utilized across the schools.  This will be an informal 5 minute presentation from each partner school.

The workshop is free, and reservations are not required.  Contact Margaret Policastro, Professor of Language and Literacy, for more information, at mpolicas@roosevelt. edu.