Monday, November 23, 2015

New Teacher Leader Endorsement Program Approved

I am pleased to announce that Roosevelt's proposal for a new Teacher Leader Endorsement Program was approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board on Nov. 4, 2015.  The new program is contained within the new MA Degree in Instructional Leadership, and prepares licensed teachers to take on leadership responsibilities in support of improving student learning and instructional knowledge and skills within and across schools and districts.

In Fall 2015, 27 graduate students enrolled in the new Instructional Leadership Program, and about half of these are planning to earn the teacher leader endorsement.  The program is partnering with five school districts near the Schaumburg Campus to design and deliver the program.  Interest in the new program has been fueled by recent changes in high school district policies that now make the teacher leader endorsement a requirement for appointment to the position of department chair.

For more information about the teacher leader endorsement and the Instructional Leadership MA degree, contact Dr. Roger Chamberlain at

Friday, November 20, 2015

Dec. 2 Spoken Word Reading & Reception

Building off of its highly successful collaboration in November with Breaking Ground, the College of Education will host a Spoken Word reading by current students and graduates of Roosevelt’s Spoken Word Pedagogy Program.  The event will take place on Dec. 2, from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. on at 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Room 700.

The reading and reception are free and open to the public.  After the reading, there will be a
reception and a question and answer session with the poets and presenters, including a discussion of approaches to spoken word education in area schools.  Click here to learn more and RSVP for this event.

A few limited slots will be available for Roosevelt students to use to present their own poetry.  To participate, send an email to Pete Kahn at

Student Teaching Honor Ceremonies: Dec. 3 and 10

In December, the College of Education will host two honor ceremonies for Fall 2015 student teachers.  All of the student teachers will be awarded for their accomplishment of successfully completing student teaching.  In addition, an Impact Award will be given to the student teachers who went above and beyond expectations during their experiences.  

On December 3, the Schaumburg ceremony will be held from 5-6 p.m., in Room 707.   All students, faculty, alumni, and community partners are invited to attend.  Associate Dean Toni Potenza will lead the ceremony.

On December 10, the Chicago ceremony will be held from 5-6 p.m., in Room 700 of the Gage Building All students, faculty, alumni, and community partners are invited to attend.  Dean Tom Philion will lead the ceremony.

Dessert will be served at both ceremonies.  Please stop by and learn about the tremendous accomplishments of our Roosevelt student teachers!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Dec. 11 Winter Commencement & Holiday Party

On December 11, the College of Education will host a Winter Commencement and Holiday Party. All COE graduates and their families, and COE students, faculty, alumni, and community partners are invited.

The event begins immediately after graduation, and will take place at Buddy Guy's Legends.  Visit the event website for more details and to register to attend.

I look forward to seeing you on December 11!

All the best,

Tom Philion, Dean

Faculty Needed For The COE

The College of Education is currently conducting searches related to faculty positions in our counseling and secondary education programs.

The first position is for a full-time, tenure track assistant professor in counseling, with a specialty in school counseling.  To view the position description and to apply, click here.  The position begins in August 2016.

The other positions are for part-time supervisors of middle school and high school teachers in the subject areas of English and Math.  To view the description of the positions and to apply, click here.  The need is especially great for a supervisor with a background in teaching high school English.  This position will begin in January 2016.

We are seeking energetic and self-aware candidates who share our commitment to prepare diverse, highly qualified, and socially conscious teaching professionals.