Saturday, August 19, 2017

RU Upward Bound Launches Newsletter

Beginning this school year, Roosevelt University Upward Bound will issue newsletters during the Summer, Fall and Spring. The purpose of the newsletter is to inform our students, families, partners, and community-at-large of the exciting things going on in our organization, provide information regarding important dates and events, and of course showcase our awesome students! To receive a copy, send an email to

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Call for Proposals: IATE Fall 2017 Conference

Illinois Association of Teacher Educators
Fall 2017 Conference
Friday, November 10, 2017
Location: Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, Il, 61625


Building Learning Communities:
Multiple Perspectives through Culture and Interactions

The IATE Planning Committee invites proposals pertaining to the 2017 conference theme, “Building Learning Communities: Multiple Perspectives through Culture and Interactions”. Participants are encouraged to report on ways in which research and practice inform our practices as educators, both in terms of what we do and how we study our work. It is critical that as a profession we define our knowledge base and the impact of our research on P-12 students and teachers. This is an excellent opportunity for each of us to inform the educational community of our work.

Types of Sessions/Presentations:
  • Paper Presentations - Single paper presentations provide an opportunity for authors to share their work.  Typically, presentations last 30-35 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion.
  • Panel Presentations - Multiple presenters provide a variety of perspectives on an issue related to the conference theme and are organized and chaired by one of the presenters. Typically, each individual presentation lasts 10 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion.
  • Poster Presentations - Poster sessions combine the graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research. All poster presentations will be organized in a single area at a single time for conference participants to be able to visit as many as possible. This is a wonderful way for preservice teachers (undergraduate & graduate), faculty members, and others to informally share their work.

Proposal Submissions Must Include
Proposal Format is double-spaced, one-inch margins, and no more than 2-3 pages for Section II.  Because proposals are subject to blind review (refereed), presenters’ names should not be included in Section II. 
      I.         Section I - Cover Page (1 page): Include A) Title of Proposal; B) Type of Presentation; C) Name of Session Organizer & Contact Information; D) Name and Institution/School of each additional presenter; and E) a 35 word or less description for inclusion in the conference program.

    II.         Section II - Description of Paper, Panel, or Poster (1-3 pages): Include A) title of proposal; B) purpose or objectives of work; C) relationship to the conference theme; D) abstract; and E) planned audience involvement.

Audio-Visual: Screens and data projectors will be provided. Presenters are responsible for all other AV equipment.

Email Proposals as an MS Word attachment to:                               
Heljä Antola Crowe, Planning Chair                                                   

Deadlines:                                                             Questions?? Contact:
Submission: October 2, 2017                                 Heljä Antola Crowe, Planning Chair
Acceptance Notification: October 16, 2017              

(Student Proposals welcomed and encouraged)

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the 2017 IATE Fall Conference.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Educator Licensure Renewal Deadline Quickly Approaching

The grace period for renewing professional educator licenses and educator licenses with stipulations endorsed for career and technical educator ends Aug. 31. All licenses with a July 1, 2017, renewal date must be renewed and registered by Aug. 31 or they will lapse and be invalid for employment. 

Educators who wish to reinstate a lapsed license must either pay a $500 penalty fee or complete nine semester hours of endorsement-related coursework.

Educators, don’t let your license lapse! Login to your ELIS account today to record your professional development, renew, and register your license for the upcoming five-year cycle.
For questions, please contact ISBE’s Educator Effectiveness Division at (217) 557-6763 or

Saturday, July 22, 2017

New Dual Language Teacher Leader Program Begins!

On July 10, Roosevelt University launched its new Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL) Masters program in Chicago, Illinois. With a focus on preparing educators for teaching in and leading dual language (DL) programs, it is the first of its kind in the Midwest. Its alternative format of summer intensive face-to-face courses combined with fall and spring online courses has attracted educators from across the United States. After four semesters, candidates graduate with an MA in DLTL as well as qualify for the Illinois Bilingual/ESL Endorsement and the Illinois Teacher Leader Endorsement.

During the past 15 years, there has been an increase in DL programming across Illinois. In 2014, three Roosevelt faculty sought to further understand DL education in Illinois through surveying the beliefs and perceptions of administrators and leaders within 111 K-12 schools with DL programs. Twenty participants responded and reported benefits and challenges of their DL programs.
Professors Tammy Oberg De La Garza, Erin Mackinney and Alyson Lavigne published their research in Mid-Western Educational Researcher as a refereed journal article (Oberg De La Garza, Mackinney, & Lavigne, 2015). A particular challenge identified by 68% of participants was the recruitment and professional development of highly qualified DL teachers. This finding provided further motivation for the creation of this program.

As part of Roosevelt’s 30-credit DLTL MA program, candidates engage in course topics such as academic language, biliteracy, family-school-community partnerships, DL curriculum and assessment, DL program evaluation and sustainability, and supervision and professional development of bilingual educators. In addition to rigorous coursework, candidates complete a clinical practicum where they teach and supervise a summer academic program for bilingual youth. In the final semester, candidates undergo an internship experience where they practice DL leadership activities in the context of their own schools and districts. 

Through innovative graduate programming, Roosevelt University is addressing the shortage of qualified DL educators in the growing field of DL education. For more information on the program, or to apply, please visit our website, or contact DLTL Program Director Dr. Tammy Oberg De La Garza at

Friday, July 21, 2017

New and Redesigned RU Teacher Preparation Programs

At the July 7 meeting of the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB), approval was received for the implementation of a new Middle Childhood Education Program and a redesigned Early Childhood Education Program.  The approval authorizes Roosevelt University to conduct programs and to recommend candidates for licensure.

The new Middle Childhood Program will enable teacher candidates to receive licensure to teach in grades 5-8 in math, language arts, science and social studies.  The new program requires at least 24 credit hours in content courses and builds in intensive field experiences in middle school settings. 

The redesigned Early Childhood Program also has more intensive field experiences and adds in more attention to content knowledge and skills needed for interactions with infants and toddlers.  The new program will license teacher candidates to work in PreK through 2nd grade settings and aligns with the Gateways To Opportunity employment credential.

Linda Pincham, associate professor of secondary education, and Toni Potenza, associate professor of early childhood education led these program development efforts. Also participating were Jinah Kim, associate professor of early childhood education, and Tom Philion, dean of the College of Education.

For more information about these new programs, please contact Lilibeth Castillo at