Monday, May 2, 2016

June 23-24: Free Civic Education Summer Institute

The State of Illinois has a new requirement that all students complete a civics course while in high school. 

Build your skills and competence in civic education practice at the Civic Education Summer Institute on June 23-24, 2016, sponsored by the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Consortium[1], a network of 7 metropolitan universities in Chicago.  The institute is free for all students currently enrolled at the consortium universities.

The Summer Institute is designed for pre-service teacher candidates and will focus on the four required pedagogies in the new state civics mandate:
  • ·       Service-Learning
  • ·       Discussion of current and controversial issues
  • ·       Simulation of democratic processes
  • ·       Instruction in government institution and processes
You will have opportunities to learn about and practice these pedagogies, network with other teacher candidates from Chicago universities, discover resources that can help you develop a civics tool kit, work with potential community partners, and ultimately prepare yourself to teach civics in the State of Illinois.

The program is ideal for prospective high school history teachers, but is open to all teachers.

To register for the Civic Education Summer Institute, go to:                                                                                                                                                                                             

[1] DePaul University, Illinois State University, Loyola University Chicago, National Louis University, Northeastern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois Chicago

Thursday, April 28, 2016

COE Faculty Promotions & Reappointments

I am very pleased to announce the following members of the College of Education faculty who were just approved for reappointment, tenure and promotion.  

 Reappointment as Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty
Roger Chamberlain
"I am passionate about school leadership and how school leaders identify their leadership skills, and develop the leadership capacity in those they lead. This is essential in creating a school culture where the school community places high value on student academic, emotional, and social growth."

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Jin-ah Kim

"My students are going to be social justice change agents.  Early childhood teachers are the first educators in children's lives who help them navigate the future and advocate for them in cases of injustice.  It's imperative that they learn about social justice, multiculturalism and anti-bias curriculum, which is an approach that respects and embraces differences--something I care deeply about given my own experiences."

Alyson Lavigne

Co-author of Improving Teaching Through Observation and Feedback: Going Beyond State and Federal Mandates (2015) and Teacher and Student Evaluation: Moving Beyond the Failure of School Reform (2013), as well as other books and articles in the areas of culturally responsive teaching, student and teacher evaluation, and educational policy.

Tammy Oberg De La Garza
"My teaching is grounded in preparing teachers to work with students using culturally responsive methods with high quality and culturally relevant literature.  This is an approach that I explore in detail in Salsa Dancing In Gym Shoes: Exploring Cross-Cultural Missteps with Latinos in the Classroom (2015)."

 Promotion to Professor
Kenneth King
From two former students: "Professor King is a talented teacher. He ... makes sure his students succeed" and "His classes are always hands-on with experiments and discussion-based lessons. I learned a lot ... that I can bring into my own classroom."

We are very fortunate to have in our midst such outstanding professionals who live out Roosevelt's mission of social justice and providing enhanced educational access and opportunity to diverse student populations in the Chicago area and elsewhere in the United States.  Please join me in congratulating our colleagues for their achievements and thanking them for their many contributions to our college and university. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Associate Dean Teryl ann Rosch

I am writing to inform you that Teryl ann Rosch, Associate Dean & Associate Professor in the College of Education, will retire from Roosevelt University on April 30 after nearly 30 years of exemplary service. 

Terry joined Roosevelt after serving as Dean of Students at De Paul University for several years. She was hired by President Rolf Weil to handle special projects related to student services and enrollment management. Shortly after his appointment, President Theodore L. Gross appointed Terry as his executive assistant and, over several years, her administrative repertoire broadened to include board development, strategic planning, institutional advancement, public relations, and fund-raising. 

Starting in 1995, with support from the Ford Foundation, Terry created and directed an educational collaborative known as the Chicago Education Alliance (CEA). The CEA brought together 11 private and public universities, the city colleges of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, multiple corporations and civic organizations to address the needs of thousands of public school children, teachers, principals, and parents. By providing a context for joint planning and policy development, more than $200 million was raised to support systemic initiatives. Foremost among these efforts was the unprecedented $31 million grant in 1999 (the largest grant ever awarded nationally for a new federal initiative) -- Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs -- now known simply as GEAR UP. 

Terry devoted much of her professional life to improving academic and enrichment opportunities for children and families within Chicago. She served as the principal investigator for numerous federal and philanthropic grant and research projects. This work continues today through the COE's Office of Community Engagement. 

In addition to teaching in the college, Terry advised doctoral students working on their dissertations, and led the college's M.A. and Ed.D. programs in Educational Leadership.

Terry has recently accepted the Presidency of Kids At Hope, a not-for-profit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona that partners with the COE's new Instructional Leadership Program. She is thrilled to be able to continue her work on behalf of children and families nationally. 

Please join me in thanking Terry for her dedicated service and in wishing her much success in the future. She will be sorely missed! If you wish to reach out to Terry, contact her at

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fall 2015 Dean's List

The Fall 2015 Dean's List for the College of Education has been published on the University Registrar's website, and is provided below.  Congratulations to all of our Fall 2015 honorees!

Undergraduate education students who complete all coursework in any given semester and who earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher earn a place on the Dean’s List within their college. Students must be registered for at least 6 semester hours and have no Incomplete (I) or Withdraw (W) grades for the semester to be eligible for the Dean’s List.  All courses must be completed within the time frame of the semester.

The Spring 2016 Dean's List will be compiled in late May, and will be announced at this time.

Again, congrats to all of our hard-working and high-achieving undergraduates!

  • Allen, Diana
  • Alsabah, Mona
  • Alvarez, Briana
  • Alvarez, Dulce
  • Alvarez, Nelly
  • Amyx, Gabrielle
  • Antosz, Edward
  • Arkin, Jill
  • B
  • Bailey, Stacey
  • Bazzarone, Noelle
  • Beck, Christina
  • Beucher, Rhiannon
  • Black, Megan
  • Blair, Laura
  • Boliaux, Danyel
  • Bravieri, Beth
  • Briggs, Kelsey
  • C
  • Carrera, Anna
  • Carrillo, Lilliana
  • Caselton, Sean
  • Chicoine, Julia
  • D
  • Downey, Danielle
  • Duffin, Callie
  • E
  • Eck, Amber
  • Enache, Andrea
  • Espindola, Christine
  • Estrefi, Liridona
  • G
  • Gonzalez, Melissa
  • H
  • Harrigan, Anne
  • Hermetet, James
  • Hollars, Kyra
  • J
  • Johnson, Brittany
  • Johnson-Alford, Tonnette
  • Jones, Kara
  • Juarez, Christina
  • K
  • King, Ravyn
  • L
  • Larios, Thalia
  • Lesnicki, Jessica
  • Link, Kelsey
  • M
  • Mahmoud, Alaa
  • Manelle, Cassandra
  • Marino, Nicolette
  • Messina, Laura
  • Mosillami, Carissa
  • Mundt, Nicole
  • Murphy, Kathryn
  • Murray, Venita
  • P
  • Pressley, Kayla
  • R
  • Raschk, Courtney
  • Ron, Margarita
  • S
  • Santowski, Brianna
  • Schmuttenmaer, Kate
  • Smokoska, Laura
  • Stucker, Russel
  • Suwwan, Diala
  • V
  • Verplank, Brittany
  • Vida, Julia
  • W
  • Williford, Rebecca
  • Z
  • Zabel, Alexandria
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Celinska and Gouwens Earn 2016 Summer Research Grants

    I am pleased to announce that the Roosevelt University Faculty Research and Professional Improvement Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies have awarded New Deal Teacher Academy faculty members Dorota Celinska and Judy Gouwens grants that they each will use this summer to complete projects relevant to their work in our special education and elementary education programs, respectively. 

    Prof. Celinska's project will address the urgent need to incorporate recent educational research on effective instruction into RU teacher preparation programs.  In August 2016, Prof. Celinska will attend the Annual Visible Learning Conference organized by Visible Learningplus.  Visible Learningplus is one of the most highly acclaimed, internationally-recognized sources of educational research and represents the largest ever data base for effective instruction. The conference is in Washington, D.C. in July.

    Prof. Gouwens and her collaborator, Robyn Henderson, will present a paper at the European Conference on Educational Research. The presentation is part of a symposium on the power of education to affect culture in rural communities. The paper specifically identifies factors that helped migrant mothers in an Illinois family literacy program move from their status as outsider to one of understanding the culture of the rural community where they were living, as well as the expectations of the schools, and actually supported the mothers to advocate for their children. The paper represents an analysis of data from interviews that were conducted with the mothers, the director of the program, and the parent educator of the program. The ECER meeting is in Dublin at the end of August.

    Congratulations to Dr. Celinska and Dr. Gouwens for these awards!