Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paid Summer Jobs for Future Educators

Jenine Wehbeh Wins Social Justice Award

Jenine Wehbeh, a graduate student in Elementary Education, long-time organizer in the Chicago region’s Arab community and the education justice coordinator for the Illinois Safe School Alliance, took Roosevelt’s top social justice award for 2014.
Honorable mentions went to Roosevelt undergraduates Rafael Castaneda, 22, a social justice major, president of the Association of Latin American Students and a native of Woodstock, Ill., and Gianna Chacon, 19, a political science major, community and campus organizer and native of Dixon, Ill.
The award winners were announced on Wednesday, April 2 during the annual Matthew Freeman Lecture and Social Justice Award Ceremony featuring distinguished lecturer Victor Rios, a sociology professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the author ofPunished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance and Law).
“This award is given annually in memory and recognition of the deep commitment that Roosevelt University student Matthew Freeman had for social justice and making positive change a reality,” said Heather Dalmage, director of Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation.
The official announcement about the award is available at

Student Teaching Honor Ceremonies: April 17 & 24

The College of Education will host two honor ceremonies for student teachers this semester, one at each campus.  All of the student teachers will be awarded for their accomplishment of successfully completing student teaching, and special “impact” awards will be conveyed to the students teachers perceived as having the greatest impact on their students.

The date of the Schaumburg ceremony is April 17, from 5-6 p.m., in Room 707.  Pizza will be available after the ceremony for all to enjoy.  All students, faculty, and alumni are invited to attend.

The date of the Chicago ceremony is April 24, from 5-6 p.m., in Room 700 of the Gage Building.  The invitation to the Gage ceremony is attached below.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two Events Celebrating Progressive, Democratic Education

The Teachers' Inquiry Project, in partnership with DePaul University and Francis Parker School, is hosting a visit of educators from Mission Hill Public School, an urban progressive school in Boston.  The two events below will focus on the question of how public schools can offer child-centered, progressive, democratic schooling in an era of standardization, high stakes testing and accountability.

Please join us for these free events!

April 23, 7-9 pm: Good Morning Mission Hill film screening at Francis Parker School, followed by a panel discussion on democratic education with Chicago educators, and Ann Ruggiero and Ayla Gavins of Mission Hill School. Through an intimate look at the inner workings of a public urban school, this event aims to inspire thinking, dialogue, and democratic action on meaningful education for all students.

April 24, 6-9 pm: DePaul School of Education Spring Forum: A forum and discussion with the principal of Mission Hill Public School in Boston, Ayla Gavins, and a faculty member, Ann Ruggiero, with the framing question: So much discussion of education practice and policy today is centered on critique -- of high stakes testing, value-added measures for teacher evaluation, growth of charters, de-professionalization of teaching through short alternative programs, etc.  We find that our students are hungry for models, exemplars, alternatives to today’s current “reform” prescriptions. Mission Hill offers one such example. What can the larger world of American education take away from one school’s experience?

Click on the links above for more information and to register.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chicago Dentist and COE Partner to Assist Veterans

Military veterans enrolled in Roosevelt University’s Veterans Upward Bound Program gathered to thank Manus Health Systems for providing free dental care to selected veterans at a reception that was held on Thursday, Feb. 20, in Room 700 of the Gage Building.  The Veterans Upward Bound Program is a part of the College of Education’s Office of Community Outreach, and the partnership to provide free dental care was developed by Dr. Robin Gay of Manus Health Systems and Dr. Holly Stadler, the former dean of the College of Education.

The event and especially partnership have garnered quite a bit of attention.  Click on the links below to obtain more information:

RU News Report about the event

ABC7 Chicago news report about the event

Huntington Post feature story about the partnership

Plans are underway to expand the partnership to serve more veterans in the Upward Bound program in the future.

For more information about the program, contact Chris Chalko at