Friday, April 14, 2017

Clem Rollins

 With deep regret, I am writing to share that Clem Rollins passed away last night at Elmhurst Hospital. Clem had a heart attack last Friday afternoon, at a church retreat, and never recovered.

Clem was hired at Roosevelt in December of 1987.  Though she worked as a secretary in admission and the lawyers’ assistant program (paralegal studies), Clem spent the majority of her Roosevelt career in the College of Education (since November, 1997). Here, Clem facilitated the placement of teacher candidates and student teachers in Chicago area schools, and worked diligently—and without fanfare—to meet the needs of students, faculty and administrators.  Clem was an exceptional listener, and kept an even keel in all situations.  Her good humor, generosity and mentorship of all who worked with her will long be remembered.  

Clem is a long-time dedicated member of South Park Baptist Church on the city’s south side. Her free time was devoted to singing in the church’s choir and coordinating events. A wonderful way to remember Clem is to watch this video here:

Clem is married to Jeff Rollins and has three children (James, Jakeeva, and Justin) and three grandchildren (Ja’maya, JB, and Jraya).

Details about Clem’s memorial service and funeral are in process, and will be shared as soon as they are available.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Department of Educational Leadership announces the final defense of the dissertation "Moving to a Mindset Beyond the Limits of Policy" by Crystal Williams.

            Date:                                       Wednesday March 29, 2017
            Time:                                      10:00 a.m.
            Location:                                Gage Room 801
            Dissertation Chair:                 Roger W. Chamberlain, Ed.D
            Committee Members:            Elizabeth Meadows, Ph. D
                                                            Michelle Hill, Ed.D

Monday, March 13, 2017

Capstone Literacy Classic in Schaumburg - March 18

Experience an informative demonstration of language and literacy education at Roosevelt’s Capstone Literacy Classic. Capstone Publishing, a longtime advocate of children’s literacy, joins the university to highlight summer initiatives and Roosevelt graduate programs benefiting teachers and learners.

Attendees of this free event will be provided with a complimentary lunch and the opportunity to join in discussions led by Roosevelt’s Professor of Language and Literacy, Dr. Margaret Mary Policastro, and Assistant Principal from Chicago Public Schools’ Bright School, Pam Sanders.

The roundtable discussions will address the critical needs of a dual language classroom, along with implementing a whole school Balanced Literacy Model. Participating teachers will receive samples from Capstone’s new dual language program and its guided reading resource, Engage Literacy. Free copies of Dr. Policastro’s book, Assessment in the New Balanced Literacy Classroom, will also be provided.

March 18, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd
Schaumburg, IL
For more information, contact Dr. Margaret Mary Policastro, Professor of Language and Literacy, at or 773-724-1815.

Chicago Campus Summer Residencies for Teachers

Summer residencies at our Chicago Campus will take place from July 10 through July 28, 2017.

Roosevelt's Summer Residencies for Teachers enable teachers to complete the coursework required for endorsements or MA degrees within an intensive, three week format.  Each residency consists of courses that meet over consecutive weeks, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Four summer residencies will be offered at our Chicago Campus in Summer 2017. Teachers can enroll in one, two or all three of the required courses. Choose from among the following programs.  

1      The Special Education LBS I Endorsement Program consists of three graduate courses focused on assessment of students with disabilities and the characteristics of learners with physical and learning disabilities. If you are a teacher employed by the Chicago Public Schools, click here to obtain cost information and to apply. All other teachers should apply here.
2      The Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement Program consists of six graduate courses focused on meeting the needs of English language learners. Teachers can complete three of the required courses at our Chicago Campus through the summer residency experience. The remaining courses can be taken face-to-face in Summer 2018, or online during the 2017-2018 academic year. If you are a teacher employed by the Chicago Public Schools, click here to obtain cost information and to apply. All other teachers should apply here.
3      The Master of Arts in Second Language Special Education (SLSE) enables teachers to apply their LBS I and ESL/Bilingual endorsement courses to an MA degree. Teachers who enroll in this program will take the three LBS I endorsement courses in Summer 2017, and then complete their degree using online courses in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 and face-to-face courses in Summer 2018.  If you are a teacher employed by the Chicago Public Schools, click here to obtain cost information and to apply. All other teachers should apply here.

4      The MA degree in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL) prepares teachers to teach and lead in dual language programs and schools and provides a teacher leader endorsement and either an ESL or bilingual endorsement.  A new cohort will begin In Summer 2017, and will complete the first three courses within the summer residency format.  Additional courses will be delivered online in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, and the final three courses will be delivered face-to-face in Summer 2018. If you are interested in this program, please fill out this preliminary screening form.  This cohort program is the only one of its kind in the Midwest!

For more information, contact Angela Ryan at or 312-341-2420.