Thursday, July 28, 2016

Aug. 5th Balanced Literacy Workshop at RU

Roosevelt's Language and Literacy Program will host a professional development workshop on August 5th that is open to all teachers. The workshop will be from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Gage Building conference room 700. Please bring your lunch or plan on purchasing it from a local restaurant. 

An important aspect of this meeting will be defining the roles and responsibilities of balanced literacy teacher leaders (BLTL). We expect that as we discuss what this position should look like, each school and participating teacher will have unique ways of implementation. Another important aspect of this workshop will be to look at the professional readings on leadership and the school-wide book club selections. Additionally, planning on how to implement a new selection of social justice books also will be discussed. 

No registration is required.  For more information, contact Margaret Policastro at

Nominate An Outstanding Leader!

Education Week wants your input for Leaders To Learn From 2017. If you know a district leader whose strategies or innovations would inspire colleagues nationwide, we want to hear from you.

Leaders To Learn From spotlights forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Next year's honorees will be selected by the Education Week editors and profiled in the 2017 Leaders To Learn From special report on February 22. They will also be recognized at Leaders To Learn From 2017 in Washington, DC on March 31.
Nominate today!  The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2016.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Spring 2016 Dean's List Announced

The Spring 2016 Dean's List for the College of Education has been published on the University Registrar's website, and is provided below.  Congratulations to all of our Spring 2016 honorees!

Undergraduate education students who complete all coursework in any given semester and who earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher earn a place on the Dean’s List within their college. Students must be registered for at least 6 semester hours and have no Incomplete (I) or Withdraw (W) grades for the semester to be eligible for the Dean’s List.  All courses must be completed within the time frame of the semester.

Again, congrats to all of our hard-working and high-achieving undergraduates!

  • Allen, Diana
  • Alsabah, Mona
  • Alvarez, Nelly
  • Antuna, Carli
  • B
  • Baseley, Abigail
  • Bazzarone, Noelle
  • Beck, Christina
  • Black, Megan
  • Blair, Laura
  • Bravieri, Beth
  • C
  • Carrera, Anna
  • Carrillo, Lilliana
  • Chicoine, Julia
  • Crowley, Kelly
  • D
  • Downey, Danielle
  • Duffin, Callie
  • E
  • Espindola, Christine
  • H
  • Harrigan, Anne
  • Hermetet, James
  • Hollars, Kyra
  • J
  • Jackson, Allycia
  • Johnson, Brittany
  • Juarez, Christina
  • K
  • Kalfas, Kristine
  • Kiriluk, Kristen
  • Krohm, Monique
  • L
  • Lesnicki, Jessica
  • Li, Anni
  • Link, Kelsey
  • M
  • Marino, Nicolette
  • McPolin, Meghan
  • Messina, Laura
  • Mitchell, Amanda
  • Mosillami, Carissa
  • O
  • Otero, Veronica
  • P
  • Pressley, Kayla
  • R
  • Raschk, Courtney
  • Roti, Angela
  • S
  • Stucker, Russel
  • Suwwan, Diala
  • V
  • Vida, Julia
  • W
  • Walker, Tiara
  • Z
  • Zabel, Alexandria
  • Friday, June 17, 2016

    Dana Butler Wins Golden Apple Leadership Award

    Award honors outstanding leadership in Pre-K through 12th grade schools

    I am pleased to announce that Mr. Dana Butler has won the 2016 Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award. The award honors the exemplary performance of a PreK-12th grade principal or head of school from throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. 
    Mr. Dana Butler is a 1998 graduate of Roosevelt's Educational Administration Program, which at the time provided teachers like Mr. Butler with the state certification needed to become a principal.   As principal of Ruiz Elementary School, he has worked tirelessly to create an effective partnership with Roosevelt for the training of new elementary teachers.
    The leadership award is presented in memory of Stanley C. Golder, a founding board member of Golden Apple, whose energy, creativity and commitment to Golden Apple’s mission set the highest standard for dedication and accomplishment. The selection criteria for the award is based on:
    1. Personal excellence
    2. Balanced and collaborative leadership
    3. Commitment to student achievement
    4. Expertise in curriculum, instruction, and assessment
    As the 2016 award recipient, Mr. Butler will receive a cash award of $10,000 to be used for his own professional development and a school project of his choosing.

    Mr. Butler was recognized at the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership annual event on May 20, 2016 and during the broadcast of the televised show on WTTW/Channel 11.  Click here to learn more and view the broadcast.

    Congratulations, Mr. Butler!

    COE Faculty Making An Impact This Summer!

    College of Education faculty and administrators are very busy this summer working on projects, earning recognition and awards, and disseminating their knowledge to others in the fields of teaching, learning, and leadership.

    Dorota Celinska will attend the Annual Visible Learning Conference in July.  The conference is organized by Visible Learningplus.  Visible Learningplus is one of the most highly acclaimed, internationally-recognized sources of educational research and represents the largest ever data base for effective instruction. 

    Roger Chamberlain has been leading the admission process to shape our first cohort of principal candidates within our new MA degree in Instructional Leadership.  The review process is very extensive and collaborative, and Roger has been helped considerably by input from COE faculty Linda Pincham and Lori Bein, as well as RU alum Eric Wenkowski. We anticipate approximately 20 principal candidates officially beginning their program of study in Fall 2016.

    Judy Gouwens will co-present a paper at the European Conference on Educational Research in Dublin, Ireland at the end of August.  The paper is part of a symposium on the power of education to affect culture in rural communities. 

    John MacDougall is attending a summer workshop and conference sponsored by Tk20, the new assessment data management platform that has been adopted by Roosevelt University.

    Elizabeth Meadows published a chapter called "Listening in Interpretive Discussion" in the book Listening to Teach: Beyond Didactic Pedagogy (SUNY Press, 2015). This book recently received  an Outstanding Book Award from The Society of Professors of Education.

    Tom Philion was recently elected to a two year term as co-chair of CCADE, the Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education.  This is a group of deans that meets monthly to support and advocate for quality teacher preparation and teaching in Chicago area schools and communities.  Also, in early August, Dr. Philion will attend an "Ed Prep Impact Academy" that is being sponsored by Deans for Impact.  The program will focus on critical leadership challenges, providing opportunities for participants to build a network of like-minded, supportive peers, and develop mentoring relationships with veteran deans experienced in leading change efforts. Dr. Philion was one of 10 deans selected from around the country to participate in this inaugural academy.

    Margaret Policastro earned a 2016 NCLB Improving Teacher Quality State Grant in June in the amount of $399,658 for the continuation of a balanced literacy professional development program.  The Roosevelt University NCLB grant program addresses the needs related to the complex changes necessary to further implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The project will solidify the professional learning communities and formative assessment practices in five participating schools (4 Chicago Public Schools and 1 Archdiocese of Chicago School) that will ultimately lead to increased student literacy achievement. 2016-2017 will be the final year of the project and it will focus on documenting the changes that have occurred in the participating schools due to efforts of the project.

    Margaret Policastro and her colleagues Becky McTague and Diane Mazeski have started the annual Summer Reading Clinic on the Schaumburg Campus and are actively engaged in helping 45 children from Schaumburg area communities improve their language and literacy skills and talents. In addition, Dr. Policastro has been actively engaged in sharing insights from her new book with the reading students enrolled and volunteering in the reading clinic, as well as with teachers in places as far-flung as Las Vegas and Delaware.  You can learn more about her new book at