Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec. 19 Veterans Upward Bound Holiday Party

Veterans Upward Bound Cordially Invites College of Education Students, Faculty, and Alumni to Our
December 19, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Ave., Room 320
 Join us in celebrating the Holiday Season with good food, fun & holiday cheer. 
RSVP: Michelle Smith , (312) 462-7533,

Jan. 10 Free Literacy Workshop at RU

The next free balanced literacy workshop will be on Saturday, January 10th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Wabash Building, Room 1111 of Roosevelt University. The topic for the workshop will be: What does formative self-monitoring look like in a balanced literacy classroom? 

What researchers know about formative assessment and, more specifically, student self-monitoring is that it is the most effective strategy for improving student achievement.  The Jan. 10th workshop will focus on how to assist students in developing their metacognitive processes through the tenets of balanced literacy. The Language and Literacy Program has developed templates for students to begin the self-monitoring process before, during and after read-alouds, guided reading, centers and independent reading and writing. These and other good materials and resources will be shared at the workshop, including the just published book Be Fabulous: The Reading Teachers Guide To Reclaiming Your Happiness in the Classroom.  Two children's books, Bobbin Girl and Lyddie, also will be shared.

This free workshop is another installment in a series of monthly workshops sponsored by Roosevelt University's Language and Literacy Program and its IBHE funded grant initiative on balanced literacy.  Registration is not required; all RU students, faculty, and alumni are invited to attend.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Eating Disorder Symposium on March 20, 2015

The Counseling and Human Services Department and The Awakening Center will host “Treating the Whole Person: Recovery from Eating Disorders” a Symposium for Eating Disorder professionals on Friday, March 20, 2015 in the Wabash Building.  Roosevelt Students and Counseling Professors will not need to register through the website. If interested in attending, please contact Dr. Kristina Peterson at 312-853-4779 or before January 30, 2015. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dean's Message - November 2014

Yesterday, we removed the fall leaves from our display in the dean's office, and replaced them with snowflakes.  This was yet another reminder--as if the bracing cold was not enough--that the winter season is upon us.

Despite the change in the season, the College of Education is a hot house of activity.  Just last week, we signed a new partnership agreement with Hoover Math and Science Academy in Schaumburg, yet another step toward the redesign of our elementary education program.  A few weeks earlier, we were invited by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport in Madrid, Spain to once again submit a proposal for a summer institute for teachers.  In the last month, our faculty, staff, and administrators have organized tutoring opportunities, completed annual reports for the State of Illinois, registered and placed students for Spring 2015 courses, and discussed and approved proposals for modifying curriculum and assessment procedures.  Our student teachers have piloted a new evidence-based assessment called edTPA, and our students have engaged actively in classroom activities, observations, and practice teaching.  Our commitment to advancing deep and democratic student learning is undiminished, even in the face of cold and retreating light.

Next month, we will honor our passion and effort in the form of two community-wide events.  On December 4th, we will host Student Teacher Honor Ceremonies at each campus, and on December 12th we will host a Holiday and Commencement Celebration.  All COE students, faculty, alumni, and community partners are invited to these two events.  I hope that you will be able to join us for one or both, and share in the joy that we feel as a result of all that has been accomplished and the potential that  is yet to come.

“Thy breath be rude," William Shakespeare famously said of winter in his play As You Like It.  Our commitment in the College of Education is not to follow suit, but rather to give thanks each and every day for all that we have and the many opportunities that we create for learning, growth, and transformation.  We are indeed fortunate to be a part of a community that, for all its imperfections, nevertheless works determinedly to make the world a better place. 

My best wishes for a very relaxing and peaceful Thanksgiving--

Tom Philion                                                                          
Dean, College of Education                                         
Roosevelt University                                                              

Dec. 12 COE Holiday & Commencement Celebration

All College of Education students, faculty, alumni, and community partners are cordially invited to attend a College of Education Holiday & Commencement Celebration on December 12, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The celebration will begin immediately following the 11:00 a.m. commencement ceremony, and will take place on the 7th floor of the Gage Building, 18 South Michigan Ave., in Chicago.

A buffet, drinks, and music will be provided.  Please register using the link below to join in the fun and celebrate the end of the fall semester!