Thursday, December 1, 2016

Seminar on Public Education in Elgin

Thursday, December 15
6:30–8:30 p.m. 

Bartlett High School
701 W. Schick Rd.

How should public schools change alongside the neighborhoods they serve? What can we do about it?

This second installment of our Continuing Ed. series looks at how demographic shifts impact the content and quality of public education - asking if all students in schools with diverse student bodies are receiving the same education. 
Alejandro Portes (Princeton University) will be joined by Karla Jimenez (head of the Parent Leadership Institute at U-46) and a parent from the Elgin community in this interactive program, moderated by Kerry Lester (Daily Herald) and featuring music and poetry by Bartlett high-school students.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended.

CONTINUING ED. is a yearlong, statewide series working with parents, schools, and communities in Chicago, Decatur, Elgin, and southern Illinois to move the conversation about public education back to parents. For the complete schedule and more information,

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter Celebrations at Roosevelt U!

It’s time to celebrate the holiday season!  Please join us at the following community-wide events on the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses:

Monday December 12 in Schaumburg:  11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Winter Potluck, sponsored by the Schaumburg WOW committee, President’s Office, and Campus Community.  

Wednesday December 14 in Chicago: 11:00 a.m.-1:00  p.m.  Winter Brunch, sponsored in part by the Dining Center.  The brunch will cost only $5.00 per person and is open to the entire RU community.

More information will be provided shortly via RU Broadcasts.  Remember: students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend! 

COE Student Selected To Speak At Franklin Honor Ceremony

Christine Espindola, a senior in our Elementary Education Program, has been selected to speak at the induction ceremony for the Franklin Honor Society on Friday, December 16 at 9:00 a.m. in Ganz Hall. 

The Franklin Honor Society was founded in 1956, on the 250th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. In the words of its charter, the Society seeks to “emphasize scholarship, character, and ideals of the students of Roosevelt University, and by recognition of students through election to membership, to stimulate the open-minded search for truth, the appreciation of intellectual excellence, and to foster the democratic spirit which were outstanding qualities of Benjamin Franklin.” Inductees receive a certificate of membership and honor cords to wear with their graduation regalia. 

Christine is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with an ESL Endorsement. One of Christine's professors, Erin Mackinney, writes: "I have had the privilege of having Christine in several ESL Endorsement courses. She is an intelligent, hardworking student who wants to teach underserved students such as English language learners. She is an advocate of educational programs which promote and preserve a student’s home language in addition to learning English. Christine believes the preservation of language should start early so that students grow up with the ability to speak, read, and write in two languages." 

Congratulations, Christine!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Register Now for Spring and Summer 2017 Courses!

Registration for Spring and Summer 2017 is underway.  Please contact your College of Education advisor to set up an advising appointment.  Advisors also are available for phone or online advising appointments if you are unable to attend an on campus meeting.

If you do not know who your advisor is, or need help making an appointment, please contact Brittany Carlsen at or 312-853-4758.

To ensure your timely enrollment, current students should register for courses by December 15, 2017.  

COE Faculty Making An Impact This Fall!

Here are just some of the many scholarly awards, recognitions, and accomplishments of our faculty this fall.


Alyson Lavigne, Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies, has been selected as one of a select group of 10 promising young scholars to participate in the 2017 Jacobs Foundation Conference on “Education in Times of Increasing Cultural and Linguistic Heterogeneity.” This conference will bring together international leaders in the field of education to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion. The conference aims at exploring the most relevant current and future research questions in the field of education pertaining to increasing cultural and linguistic heterogeneity. The goal is to engage in a different kind of intellectual enterprise: an interdisciplinary conference with a strong topical focus and thoroughly selected, dedicated participants who will work together for two and a half days in order to determine condensed results and directions for future research.

The conference is going to be held at Marbach Castle (Germany) from Wednesday, May 17 until Friday, May 19, 2017. Scholars attending the conference are eligible to apply for research grants after the conference related to the conference topic. These funds will be available only to young scholars attending the conference.


 Alyson Lavigne and Roger Chamberlain, Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, have published "Teacher evaluation in Illinois: school leaders’ perceptions and practices" in Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability. The entire article is accessible at

This fall, Roger Chamberlain also successfully passed each of the five modules required to meet the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) requirements to evaluate principals as a superintendent in the State of Illinois.


In September 2016, Margaret Policastro, Professor of Language and Literacy, and Becky McTague, Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Language and Literacy, presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Reading Council, in Peoria, IL.

In addition, Margaret Policastro went to Illinois State University for the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) grant symposium. Dr. Policastro participated a writer’s workshop on Day One of the conference, and on Day Two, school partners at Our Lady of the Wayside in Arlington Heights presented an action research project. Later on the same day, Dr. Policastro presented their planned work for the current year, which is focused on implementing a New Balanced Literacy Teacher Leader professional development model.

Margaret Policastro also is continuing as an Illinois Literacy Association editorial board member for their journal, The Reading Teacher, and has had an article accepted about her work in Chicago area schools, "Discourse: The importance of talk in the balanced literacy classroom."  The article will appear in the winter edition of the Illinois Reading Council Journal, and is being developed into a new book that is under contract to Capstone Publishing, with an expected publication date of Fall 2018.


Last but not least, Tammy Oberg De La Garza, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy and the director of our new Dual Language Teacher Leadership Program, has been leading "powerful & thoughtful" discussions about race & establishing culturally responsive classrooms in Wood Dale School District 7 (the quote comes from John Corbett, District 7 Superintendent).


Ami Hicks, Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership, will speak at the Illinois Educators Association state conference in Schaumburg on December 2.  Ami's presentation is entitled "A Passion for Teaching," and she will examine the Teacher Leader Model Standards, which recognize that the craft of the professional educator is built on enthusiasm, collegiality, self-reliance, reflection and professionalism in a variety of operational roles.  Participants will develop a plan for professional growth within their environment.​