Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nov. 6 Program About Transgender Individuals and Families

Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance take place in the month of November. I am excited to share with you that on November 6th, Marsha Aizumi, will be coming to Roosevelt for a special program to raise awareness of transgender individuals and families. It’s been my pleasure to get to know Marsha over the last year as we have been planning for this event. I have read her book, Two Spirits, One Heart, about the family’s experiences as her adopted daughter came out as a lesbian in high school, and later came out as a transgender man. It is a powerful story, and Marsha’s ability to share it with us in person will be a deeply meaningful opportunity. Marsha’s book will be available at the event.

All are welcome to attend, and I would specifically like to encourage any students and faculty in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Women and Gender Studies, to attend.

I’ve attached a flyer and Marsha’s bio below, for more information, including who to contact to register to attend. Please let me know if you have any questions. I appreciate your help.

Jennifer Tani

Marsha Aizumi is an author, speaker, educator and advocate for the LGBT community, a cause she embraced due in large part to the harassment and bullying her son experienced throughout high school. Marsha also serves on the National Board of Directors for PFLAG, an organization that supports, educates and advocates for LGBT families. In this role, she hopes to change school culture to be more accepting of all students, as well as bring greater resources to the Asian Pacific Islander and transgender communities. Marsha is the author of Two Spirits, One Heart, a memoir that chronicles her journey from fear, shame and sadness to unconditional love and acceptance. She has spoken at colleges, universities and to organizations around the country, co-founded an Asian Pacific Islander PFLAG in 2012 and in 2013 she travelled to China to address LGBT individuals and their parents.

Counseling Alumna Wins iPad!

Dean Philion awards the iPad to Deborah Knight.
Deborah Knight, a May 2014 graduate of the MA Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, is the winner of a new iPad Mini.  The award is for her participation in the recent COE Alumni Survey. Over 250 alumni over the last five years responded to the survey and provided the COE with valuable feedback on the quality of its programs and operations.

Deborah was a graduate assistant on the Schaumburg Campus during her time at RU, and is currently employed as a counselor at The South Suburban Council, an alcoholism and substance abuse center in East Hazel Crest, IL.

Thanks to all of the alumni who participated in the survey.  The results of the survey will be distributed to all programs and faculty, and discussed at the annual winter retreat of the College of Education.  The next alumni survey will go out in Fall 2017.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Saturday Courses for K-8 Students Begin Oct. 4 in Schaumburg

Saturday Courses for K-8 Students
9 a.m. to Noon at the Schaumburg Campus
                Session 1: Oct. 4 – Nov. 22, 2014                                

Choose from 3 course options, each 8 weeks in length:

1)              SILE 001 - Accelerated Literacy.  This accelerated reading and writing workshop focuses on literature that is above current reading level, and organizes students to collaborate with like-minded peers. Enrollment is limited to 20 students; a letter of recommendation is required.  The tuition is $280.  Grades 1-5.
2)              SILE 002 - Literacy Enhancement.  This individualized academic support program focuses on age-and grade-appropriate literature, and organizes students to acquire reading, writing, listening and speaking strategies. Enrollment is limited to 20 students; a recommendation letter is not required.  The tuition is $280.  Grades K-8.
3)              SILE 003 - Digital Literacy.  This program focuses on using programming tools that allow students to develop, design, and code their own computer programs.   Enrollment is limited to 12 students; previous experience is not required.  The tuition is $350.  Grades 4 – 7.  More information is at

For registration and additional information, visit 

 Questions? Call 312-853-4750.

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1400 North Roosevelt Blvd., Schaumburg, IL 60173

COE Sponsors Run To Read in Schaumburg

The College of Education is a title sponsor of Schaumburg School District 54's Run to Read.  This family oriented event offers a number of different running and walking events, and will be held on Sunday, September 28th.  The 5K race starts at 8:45 a.m.

Dr. Margaret Policastro and Dean Tom Philion will be participating in this event.  For more information and to register to join them, click on the link above.

Oct. 21 Holocaust Museum Educator Open House

The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie is sponsoring an Educator Open House on Tuesday, October 21, from  4 -7 p.m.  Click on the link to learn more.