Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Supporting Literacy and Math (SLAM) is seeking assistant teachers to join the team of an innovative after-school program. SLAM supports at-risk kindergarten and first grade students by building foundational-skill support in reading and math. SLAM engages students by offering a curriculum that celebrates and encourages active learning. Students are taught in groups of eight by an experienced teacher and an assistant teacher.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we have openings at two locations; in the Rogers Park area in Chicago and in Skokie, IL.
Job Requirements:
*Seeking a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
*Must be a team player and welcome the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment
* Previous experience working with children is required. Experience with students aged 5-8 years old preferred
*Coursework and/or graduate work in elementary education, reading, learning disabilities, ELL, or special education preferred
Pay: $25 an hour
Chicago Program Logistics: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45-6:15 pm
Program Dates: October 10, 2017- May 10, 2018
Skokie Program Logistics: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-5:30 pm
Program Dates: October 3, 2017-May 3, 2018
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter highlighting your qualifications along with a resume to

Friday, September 15, 2017

Professional Development Event With Smokey Daniels

Below is an announcement about a professional development event in Chicago at the end of September. Students can attend at a special student rate. Click here for details and to register online.

Registration includes a light dinner!                                      Books for sale and signing!
Click here to register online.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Job Opportunity for RU Education Students

Interested in working with young children, making a difference and gaining incredible work experience?

JUMPSTART IS NOW HIRING! Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits caring adults to work with preschool-age children on language, literacy, and social-emotional skills. Jumpstart Corps members serve 10-12 hours a week in local early childhood centers, partnered with a small group of children. For those eligible, Roosevelt students can potentially earn Federal Work-Study and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the process. Gain valuable skills and experience, earn Federal Work-Study, and help prepare our youngest learners for lifelong success! For more information and to apply, or contact Rachel Binford at 312.867.7091 or

Rachel Binford Field Program & Community Director
Jumpstart | CONNECTION inspires me.
Office: 312.867.7091 | Fax: 312.873.4054
2463 N. Lincoln Ave. Ste. 1N
Chicago, Il 60614

Free Webinars for Teachers of English Learners

Center for English Language Learners
at American Institutes for Research
The Center for English Language Learners at AIR is committed to reducing the achievement gap and improving outcomes for English language learners by conducting rigorous research and connecting research to policy and practice.
Connecting Research to Practice:
Free Learning Opportunities for Teachers

Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talent in Young English Learners   
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
In this webinar, participants will learn about Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talent in Students (COLLTS), an approach created by Dr. Diane August and a team of AIR experts with decades of experience in developing research-based effective literacy interventions for English learners (ELs). COLLTS uses shared interactive reading of high quality children's books as well as engaging vocabulary routines and language-based center time activities to support EL's language and literacy development in early childhood settings.
Register here  
Helping English Learners Acquire Language Structures in the Context of Authentic Literacy Experiences                                              
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
Please attend the latest webinar from the Center for English Language Learners at AIR on the Attaining Core Content for English Language Learners (ACCELL) model to learn more about how teachers can help ELs acquire language structures in the context of the text they are reading and use knowledge of the structures in their writing.
In this session, participants will examine
• ways in which students can be introduced to English language structures as an extension of close reading
• how students may use knowledge of language structures to help them better understand complex text
• how students can use knowledge of language structures to improve their writing
Register here

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

$2.4 Million Grant Award to the COE!

I am pleased to announce that the College of Education has been awarded a $2.4 million grant by the US Department of Education.

Roosevelt University's Dual Language Teacher Leadership Project will provide significant tuition stipends to select cadres of teachers of English Language Learners from five partner school districts that will enroll in our innovative MA degree program in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL). The partner school districts are Chicago Public Schools and School Districts 4 (Addison), 7 (Wood Dale), 54 (Schaumburg) and 59 (Arlington Heights).

The activities supported by the grant will take place over the next five years. The grant will enable Roosevelt to offer the DLTL MA program in both Chicago and Schaumburg; it also will give us the opportunity to obtain strong evidence that our DLTL program significantly impacts the instructional effectiveness of the teachers who enroll in it.

Other important features of the grant include the creation of Saturday Spanish Schools for parents and families of English Language Learners and bi-annual symposiums for Chicagoland teachers and school administrators.

Roosevelt's proposal for a National Professional Development grant award was one of 269 submitted. Only 42 proposals, or 15.6%, were awarded. 

The 42 National Professional Development grantees will receive a total of $22 million across 23 states and will provide services benefitting 9,731 in-service teachers and 1,796 pre-service teachers.   

Our success was the result of the leadership of Dr. Erin Mackinney, Assistant Professor of ESL/Bilingual Education, and Dr. Tammy Oberg de la Garza, Director of the Dual Language Teacher Leadership Program. Other key contributors were John McDougall (Director of Assessment and Grants), Mike Maly (Associate Provost for Research), Deidra Somerville (Director of Research & Sponsored Programs) and Jerry Szewczyk (Senior Accountant). Provost Lois Becker and Chief Financial Officer Tangella Maddox also provided critical support, as did former RU associate professor Alyson Lavigne. Importantly, our evaluation partner, American Institutes for Research, played a critical role in developing and writing our evaluation plan, and superintendents and administrators from our partner school districts provided vital letters of support.  It truly was an outstanding team effort.

More details about the grant and how to apply to participate in it will be available soon.  Until then, please join me in congratulating our grant team on their success.  This project is going to move our college to the forefront of dual language education in Illinois and nationally.