Thursday, February 16, 2017

National Board Certification Candidate Fee Subsidy Now Available

The Illinois State Board of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 spring window for the Illinois $1,900 NBPTS Candidate Fee Subsidy.  The National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University will process applications for eligible Illinois teachers and counselors. National Board Certification offers a way for accomplished teachers to be assessed and recognized and a way for parents to know their child’s teacher has met high and rigorous standards. 
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Roosevelt Alum Matt Whipple Earns Award

When Matt Whipple was growing up in Glenview, his career goal was to become a Chief Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Enamored by U.S. history and international relations, he wanted to make an impact by making decisions that moved the country forward.
But, somewhere along the road to becoming a lawyer, Whipple got hooked on educating the future generation. Since graduating from Northwestern University in 1988, Whipple has educated thousands of Glenbrook South (GBS) students in the area of international relations; helping bring open-minded students into the 21st century.
For his service to the betterment of students, the GBS community and the world alike, the GBS Parents Association honored Whipple with the 2016 Distinguished Teacher Award in May. It was announced during the Honors and Awards Assembly -- an assembly for juniors and seniors at South.
“I am fortunate to work in a community that respects education and offers opportunities to work with students who excel in their abilities to open their minds,” said Whipple. “One of the perks of the job is that I get to see a lot of extraordinary people do a lot of extraordinary things. Many GBS alums are seizing their dreams and it is rewarding to play a small role in helping them find that.”
Whipple earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and History from Northwestern in 1988 and a Master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Educational Administration in 1996. He was awarded membership to the highly coveted Barkley Forum Gold Key Society, of debate coaches, in 1998.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Summer Reading Clinic - Register Now!

30th Annual Summer Reading Clinic

at Roosevelt University 

June 12 - July 13, 2017

Roosevelt University's Language and Literacy Summer Reading Clinic is designed to improve the reading skills of students in grades K-12 while promoting a love of literacy.  Enrollment is limited to forty-five (45) applicants. The teachers/coaches are licensed teachers who also are graduate students completing their practicum courses for a Master's Degree in Reading.  A student-teacher ratio of 5:1 is the target for the clinic, which is held annually at the Schaumburg Campus.

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