Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Blog Series On Classroom Discipline

American Youth Policy Forum is pleased to announce a new blog series called "Discipline to Dialogue:  Changing the Conversation about Classroom Discipline."

This blog series highlights the research, policies, and practices that are transforming schools, supporting teachers, and empowering youth voice. Each blog asks a different question related to the problem of discipline disparities, all pointing to opportunities for positive relationships between teachers and students.

With so much attention focused on the problems associated with school discipline, AYPF wanted to create a conversation around solutions. We set out to give thought to and ask questions about what students need in order to stay in the classroom and engaged in learning.

This series is intended to be a resource for those who wish to move the conversation from discipline to dialogue.

Read the series:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dean's Message - October 2014

I am very honored to write to you this month as the newly appointed dean of the College of Education.  As I said in the recent announcement about my appointment, we have a lot of work to do to meet new and more challenging expectations for teachers, counselors, and leaders, but I am eager for the opportunity and look forward to the journey that we will take together.

The direction of our journey is embedded in a new strategic plan that was approved by our faculty at a College Council meeting in September.  Four key words animate our aspirations: Redesign, Partner, Collaborate, and Innovate.  Propelled by the $100,000 grant that we received last year to redesign our elementary education program, we have set our goals high and mapped out a multitude of strategies for taking our college to a new level of performance and recognition.  Here are the most notable of our plans for the next five years:
  • Create a new, interdisciplinary organizational structure for teacher preparation programs that clearly communicates our commitment to social justice and other core Rooseveltian values.
  • Partner with Harper College and other community colleges to create new pathways for students to earn a BA degree and employment credentials in early childhood education and youth development. 
  • Develop a new clinic where Roosevelt students can train to become counselors while also providing services to students in the Chicago Public Schools and at Roosevelt University.
  • Enhance the professional knowledge and skills of already licensed teachers by providing them with high quality off-campus, online, and hybrid courses and programs.
  • Use our Office of Community Engagement to create synergies among our grant-related projects and academic and student support programs in the College of Education and across the university.
The entire strategic plan is now on our College of Education website.  I encourage you to review it, and send any comments or suggestions that you have to my email address below.  Better yet, give me a call.  I would love to talk and learn more about how we can support our current students, alumni, and community partners.
The fun thing about our journey is that we don't know exactly where we will end up.  We'll hit bumps in the road, and obstacles impossible to overcome.  We'll likely cast aside some goals in favor of others.  But we'll definitely keep moving, and with your help and support--and the help and support of many others--we'll arrive at a destination that we all can be proud of.

All the best,

Tom Philion                                                                          
Dean, College of Education                                         
Roosevelt University                                                              

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

English Teaching Opportunity in Korea

The "Teach and Learn in Korea" or TaLK Program is the South Korean Government-Sponsored English Teaching Program offering native English speakers an opportunity to teach Elementary students in rural areas in South Korea.

Established in 2008 and looking forward to our recruitment for the 2015 year, the TaLK Program participants, or, "TaLK Scholars," engage in arranged classes for 15 hours per week from Monday to Friday with plenty of time to explore the nation, meet other adventure-minded young people, and experience a truly unique culture.

Benefits include:

·  1 year (6 Months for exceptional cases)
·  15 hours a week
·  Placement in rural areas in Elementary Schools
·  Accommodation
·  Co-scholar teaching partners to assist you while you teach
·  Entrance and Exit Allowances for your flight at 1.3 million Korean Won each way
·  Monthly stipend of 1.5 million Korean Won (Approximately 1,400 US Dollars)
·  Sponsored Field Trips or cultural allowance
·  One-month teaching training orientation
·  Settlement allowance (300,000 Korean Won)
·  Scholarship certification of completion
·  Vacation Leave (7 days for 6 month contracts, 14 days for 1 year contracts)

We recruit citizens from: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, and the USA.

Education Requirement: Associate’s degree or enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree Program (3rd year or higher).
Please review your eligibility before you apply at the site.

All eligible applicants should apply today at 

The TaLK Program is offered biannually, with assignments starting at the beginning of February (spring term) and August (fall term). The Seoul TaLK Office has a rolling acceptance system so applications submitted to local application offices after the deadlines will be forwarded to the Seoul TaLK Office for review and will be placed on a waitlist for the next term.

Please note that we are currently accepting applications for both the Spring and Fall 2015 intake periods.

COE Establishes Partnership With Kids At Hope

Roosevelt University’s College of Education and the national non-profit organization Kids at Hope (KAH) have established a partnership that seeks to align KAH’s training programs within a new Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership Program (MAIL).  Pending state approval, the new MAIL program will prepare both principals and teacher leaders for service to students in Illinois public schools.  The new program is being designed in collaboration with several elementary and secondary school districts adjacent to Roosevelt University's Schaumburg Campus.

Tom Philion, Roosevelt University’s Dean of the College of Education, and Rick Miller, President of Kids at Hope, issued a joint release praising this important partnership.

“Applying a proven system like KAH is essential for organizations that work with children to nurture and sustain a culture of collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations,” stated Philion.

“We are absolutely delighted to collaborate with Roosevelt University and their highly skilled faculty and school partners,” offered Miller. “Together we will prepare innovative school leaders who have the knowledge and skills needed to support the success of all students.”

About Kids at Hope

As a not-for-profit organization, Kids at Hope was founded in 2000 with a mission to demonstrate that all children and youth are capable of success, No Exceptions!  It is now operating in 18 states and in Canada, reaching over 500,000 deserving children. Over 50,000 caring adults have participated in Kids at Hope trainings and ten separate university-led evaluations have demonstrated that Kids at Hope strategies work by helping children feel that adults believe in them, are there to support them, and are providing the tools and experiences that support their ability to plan for their futures and achieve their goals.

The Gallup Poll has documented that over 50% of our children lack HOPE; over 40% are not engaged and lack enthusiasm for school; and one third of America’s children report that they are struggling or suffering in their daily lives. Because too many children still feel disconnected, are unable to sense adults care about them, and lack the ability to connect their education to their future, Kids at Hope has identified a series of cultural strategies that, if practiced by caring adults, can dramatically improve the chances of success for all children.

This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics named Kids at Hope as one of only four national initiatives that use positive youth development to transform families, schools and communities in support of all children. The Arizona Supreme Court has adopted the Kids at Hope strategy to improve its juvenile justice system.

About Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University is a private, non-sectarian university with two distinct campuses located in downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg, Illinois.  Founded in 1945, it is one of the first universities in the United States to admit qualified students regardless of background; according to US News and World Report, it is currently the fourth most diverse university in the Midwest. With a rich history and progressive curricula featuring 116 degree programs, it is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and community engagement.

The College of Education is nationally accredited and offers seven nationally recognized initial and advanced teacher preparation programs.  It also offers CACREP-accredited programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, and its online Master of Arts program in Teaching and Learning is ranked #42 in the nation by US News and World Report.  In support of the University’s social justice mission, its Office of Community Engagement obtained over $2 million dollars in grants and contracts in the past year that focus, in the main, on supporting college and career readiness among students in the Chicago Public Schools. In collaboration with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and key stakeholders in local schools and districts, the College of Education pushes Roosevelt’s remarkably diverse students to the limits of achievement in teaching, counseling, and leadership, inspiring the transformation of lives and communities throughout the Chicago area.

The Partnership Program

The proposed MA program in Instructional Leadership calls for RU students to enroll in a 3 credit hour course entitled Instructional Leadership for All Students—No Exceptions! The KAH on-line Module One training will be embedded in the course to help create a personalized and motivating learning environment for all students.

A second, 3 credit hour course in the MAIL program entitled Building School Culture and Collaboration with Diverse Stakeholders will prepare educators to partner with families and communities to improve school culture and increase students’ success. To assist them to meet the needs of all learners, the KAH Train the Trainer Certification process will be embedded in the course.

Both organizations look forward to cooperatively promoting practical strategies that will result in the development of inclusive school cultures for all children.

Dec. 1 Deadline for Counseling Practicum/Internship Applications

This is a quick reminder to all Counseling students that applications for the 2015-2016 practicum/internship are due on December 1, 2014.  The application is located in your TaskStream account.