Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 ESSA Statewide Conference

Every Student Succeeds Act
2017 ESSA Statewide Conference
The 2017 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Statewide Conference - TURNING POINT: FROM NCLB TO ESSA is Feb. 13-15 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago. 
Highlights of the conference include:
·        Special sessions on the Illinois ESSA State Plan
·        Five outstanding keynote speakers
·        More than 170 concurrent sessions and workshops in such topical strands as content instruction; technology in the classroom; engagement with parents, families, and communities; assessment and use of student data; innovative approaches to education; professional development plans; education for the homeless; and more
·        A particularly strong focus on early childhood education on Tuesday, Feb. 14
·        State and federal updates and grant support
·        ISBE technical assistance
For further information about the program and registration, please visit

Enroll Now in New Spring ESL/Bilingual Cohort!

In response to high demand, the Chicago Teachers Union and Roosevelt University are partnering to help CPS teachers earn an ESL or Bilingual endorsement on their Illinois Professional Educator Licenses. 

Starting on March 20, a cohort of approximately 25 CPS teachers will begin their studies toward their selected endorsement. The 6 course sequence will be delivered over three semesters, and will consist of one online and one face-to-face course each semester.  All face-to-face classes will be delivered on five Saturdays at the new CTU headquarters at 1901 West Carroll. Parking is free.

CPS teachers who enroll in this special program will be taught by a Roosevelt University faculty member and CTU Professional Development Facilitator Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco.

The new cohort is open to all CTU members.  Teachers who qualify for this cohort will pay a special tuition rate of only $1,080 per course.

Visit our website to learn more about this special cohort program, or contact Ms. Laura Lag, Assistant Dean of Student Services, at 312-853-4753 or

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jan. 26 Early Childhood Publication Celebration

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), working in partnership with the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC), will soon publish a monograph entitled Voices From the Field.  This monograph highlights the work of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation (EPPI) grant recipients.  In the monograph, faculty partners from two- and four-year institutions describe their approaches to redesigning early childhood educator preparation programs in light of state and regional workforce needs and with a particular emphasis on creating articulated pathways toward credential and degree completion. Two Roosevelt faculty members--Toni Potenza and Jinah Kim--have written chapters for this monograph.

Roosevelt's College of Education will host a celebration of this monograph and all of the faculty contributors to Voices from the Field on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at Roosevelt University's College of Education in downtown Chicago.  The reception will be held in Room 700 of the Gage Building, at 18 South Michigan Ave. Admission is free and open to all Roosevelt students, faculty and alumni.

Winter 2016 Faculty Achievements

Maria Stetter, associate professor of special education, will present a paper about the use of technology in her teaching at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference in March 2017.  

Linda Pincham, associate professor of secondary education, presented a Kids at Hope Workshop at the London International Conference on Education in November 2016.

Three faculty--Linda Pincham, associate professor of language and literacy Becky McTague, and clinical assistant professor of educational leadership Roger Chamberlain--are working with Discovery Education to provide coaching and instructional and leadership strategies to Chicago area schools.  

Elizabeth Meadows, associate professor of elementary education, published an essay, "Dewey, democracy, and teacher education: What do people in a democracy need to learn, and how do teachers need to be educated?" in the journal Teacher Education and Practice.

Vince Cyboran, associate professor of training and development, has had a chapter accepted—The Nature of Adult Learning--for the textbook Communication Training and Development: A Creative Edge, to be published by Kendall Hall.  

Erin Mackinney, assistant professor of ESL/bilingual education, presented at several conferences during the Fall 2016 semester, including one at the 51st Annual Asociación Colombiana de Profesores de Inglés (ASOCOPI) Conference in Bogotá, Colombia.  Erin presented in Bogota as part of a panel entitled Teaching and Learning English Around the Globe: Critical Perspectives. Her paper was entitled “Everything in Spanish goes through my head and then comes out in English: Metalinguistic awareness among bilingual youth." Here is a picture of Erin from the conference!

Erin also recently published a chapter called "Language ideologies and bilingual realities: The case of Coral Way” in Honoring Richard Ruiz and his work on language planning and bilingual education, published by Multilingual Matters. The chapter is based on her dissertation study and describes the language ideologies present within Coral Way, a Spanish-English dual language school in Miami, Florida.

RU Hosts Math & Science Teaching Symposium

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Chicago Symposium Series.

First Symposium
Friday, February 3, 2017
Roosevelt University
10:00 - 5:00

Sam Pazicni
University of New Hampshire
Illusions of Competence: Overcoming a Roadblock to Deep Learning

K. Ann Renninger
Swarthmore College
What is the relation between student interest and the development and deepening of STEM learning?

Second Symposium
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Northwestern University
10:00 - 5:00

Jacqueline Leonard
University of Wyoming
Using Robotics and Game Design to Promote Equitable Pathways to STEM

Kathryn Scantlebury,
University of Delaware
Pursuing entanglements: Implications of material feminism for STEM education

See the webpage, abstracts and more information.


If we have your current mailing address on record you will receive the 2017 poster. You are welcome to download the pdf from the website and share it with colleagues.

You may register and pay registration fees online at our website or you can download a registration form and send it to us with your payment.  If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Debra Levine at