Friday, September 19, 2014

2009 Graduate Named Finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year

Emily Weiss, a 2009 graduate of the COE's MA Program in Secondary Education, has been selected as one of twelve finalists by State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch for the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year.  This is the second year in a row that a Roosevelt alum and secondary education graduate has been selected as a finalist.

The state’s annual educator recognition program will acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of more than 200 educators and school personnel from throughout the state and honor one individual as the Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Weiss teaches social studies, U.S. history, American studies and public service courses for grades 11 and 12 at Grayslake North High School.

The 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year will be named during the “Those Who Excel” banquet on October 25, 2014 in Normal, Illinois.

Congratulations, Emily!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Veteran's Upward Bound Receives New Grant

On September 11, the Chicago Dental Society Foundation awarded the College of Education's Veteran's Upward Bound Program a Chicago Dental Society Foundation Grant in the amount of $2000.   The grant will facilitate the development of the next stage of the Make A Vet Smile Program, which provides free dental work to veterans enrolled in Roosevelt University's Upward Bound Program.  

To see some of the work that was completed last year, see this video here:

Veterans Upward Bound is a federally funded program that prepares eligible veterans of the United States services for a college education at the institution of their choice.  Services include academic assessment through computerized testing in reading, language arts, and mathematics; classroom instruction, Monday through Friday, in language arts, mathematics, and computer basics, along with instruction in study and test-taking skills; personal tutoring and computer-based instruction; post- secondary school searches, academic and career counseling, and assistance in the veteran’s financial benefit search process; as well as assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications.

Congratulations to our dedicated staff!

Director, Chris Chalko,
Administrative Secretary, Margaret Braggs,
Academic Coordinator, Michelle Smith,
Counseling and Careers Coordinator, Dinu Skariah,

Oct. 6 Lecture in Honor of Nona Burney

Dean's Message To Alumni - Fall 2014

Greetings, and welcome to the 2014-2015 academic year!  I hope you are getting off to a good start regardless of your job, location, or responsibilities.

As we begin the new academic year, I want you to be aware that College of Education faculty, administrators, and staff are working very hard to enhance the quality of our programs and their visibility in the Chicago and national marketplaces.  Evidence of our hard work can be found in many places, but these four recent developments are the ones of which I am most proud:
  • In late July, the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs were granted accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and its stamp of approval is a key indicator of program excellence and quality.  
  • In early August, the Reading, Early Childhood, and Secondary Science, English, Math, and History programs earned national recognition from their respective professional organizations.  National recognition is earned when programs meet rigorous national standards, and it is the first step toward continuing national accreditation for the College of Education.  
  • In mid-August, Erin Mackinney officially stepped into her new role as an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education.  Erin just earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, is fluent in Spanish, and will teach online and face-to-face courses on bilingual and multicultural education for students enrolled in our initial and advanced teacher preparation programs.
  • Over the summer, the College of Education oriented all of its student teachers, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors to a new edTPA assessment that will be completed this year.  This new assessment will become mandatory for teacher licensure starting in Fall 2015.  Our pilot implementation this year will help us to prepare students for success in the future.
I also want you to know that we are absolutely committed to providing our students with the best possible climate for learning and study.  Toward this end, we have opened the “round room” in the main office in Schaumburg to all students for use during the normal business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  In addition, the college has installing two new computers--one Mac and one Windows--in the Student Resource Center on the 8th floor of the Gage Building.  The Student Resource Center has comfortable chairs, tables for writing, and a small curriculum library; it, too, is now open to all students during normal business hours.  Last but not least, the college is preparing for the transition to Tk20 in Fall 2015.  This new assessment management software will replace TaskStream, and students will be able to use it for free in the future to submit assignments and other artifacts required by their programs.
The above developments are important, and represent the core values and priorities of the college; however, to achieve our goal of helping our graduates to make a demonstrable impact within their chosen professions, we need to do more.  Here are just a few of the ideas for additional college-wide improvement that faculty, administrators, staff, and a small group of talented alumni and community partners discussed last month at our annual fall retreat:  
  • Expand special education training and knowledge of new approaches for creating positive environments for diverse learners. 
  • Enhance the capacity of students to understand and work effectively within complex institutions and socio-economic structures.
  • Instill critical agency and an openness to feedback and self-improvement.
  • Provide more opportunities for students and faculty to engage with communities and practices that are innovative, forward-looking, and embedded in a rich social justice commitment.
Over the next several weeks, I will write again to share our progress with respect to the development of a plan to implement these and other strategies for college-wide improvement over the next five years.  Perhaps more importantly, I will write to solicit your input and feedback on our emerging ideas and plans.  I hope you will respond proactively to my invitations. Your input is vital to achieving our goals and enhancing the experiences of Roosevelt University students yet to come.

My best wishes for a very successful new semester and school year.  Enjoy!

Thomas Philion
    Interim Dean

Special Education Summer 15 Jobs for RU Students

Dear Roosevelt University Special Education Students:

My name is Lisa Elder. I am the Assistant Director of the Recreation Therapy Department at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Indiana.  Bradford Woods is Indiana University's Outdoor Center (housed within the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Department) and supported by the Riley Children’s Foundation and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Bradford Woods operates 10 weeks of summer camp for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses including campers with Down syndrome, autism, cancer, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, cranial facial anomalies, hearing loss, various physical disabilities, rare genetic disorders and muscular dystrophy.

We hire a staff of 80+ individuals and are currently recruiting for the summer of 2015. Bradford Woods has proven to be an excellent opportunity for students in the fields of Special Education.  You will receive hands-on experience and extensive training.  

Because of the strong therapeutic recreation mindset of Bradford Woods, it is my desire to fill our summer camp positions with people who see the need and importance of therapeutic activities and adaptive recreation. Please apply for our Cabin Head and Cabin Staff positions for the summer 2015 at Bradford Woods.  We seek to not only provide a great experience for our campers, but also want to help college students develop their skills and professional philosophies while also gaining knowledge of numerous populations of campers in a high energy camp setting.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail or call me personally at or 765-349-1086 x5213, or visit our website at

Thank you for your time,

Lisa Elder, CTRS
Assistant Director, Recreation Therapy

Bradford Woods                                                Direct Line: 765-349-5135 Ext. 5213
Indiana University                                             Administration Office: 765-342-2915
5040 State Road 67 North                               Fax: 765-349-1086
Martinsville, Indiana 46151