Friday, July 31, 2015

2015-2016 TaskStream Site License

I am pleased to announce that the College of Education has purchased a site license for TaskStream, the assessment management software used in the college.  The license will begin in mid-August, and will last for a period of one year.  During this time period, all students will be able to use TaskStream without paying a subscription fee.

Details about the transition to the site license will be announced in mid-August.  If you currently own a subscription to TaskStream, you will not have to renew your subscription for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Questions?  Contact John McDougall at

Teachers Needed for CPS STEM Schools

Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a teacher at a CPS STEM school? Would you like to learn more about potential opportunities at CPS STEM schools? If so, please register to attend one of the upcoming CPS STEM Open Houses hosted at Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy. 

Participants will attend a brief informational session focused on CPS’s elementary and early college STEM schools followed by an opportunity to engage directly with school administrators to discuss open positions.

Event Details are as follows:


Friday, July 31, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015

Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy
7651 S Homan Ave
Chicago, IL 60652

Participants will be assigned an attendance time between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m. 

All Subjects/Grades are welcome to register!

 You will receive further information in your confirmation e-mail once you register.  Confirmation emails are sent within 48 hours after registration is received. Registration for the July 31 Open House will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. Registration for the August 17 Open House will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14.

STEM School Open House FAQ

What are elementary STEM schools?

STEM elementary schools are full-service K-8 schools that have a school model that focuses on creating a culture of innovation. For CPS, STEM isn’t just learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in isolation but is about teaching the subjects in an interdisciplinary way with problem-based learning units so students learn how to apply classroom knowledge to solve real-world problems. There are 12 STEM elementary schools currently supported with resources from the STEM office.

What are Early College STEM High Schools?

Early College STEM Schools are high schools that provide students with technology training, the opportunity to earn a free Associates Degree, and a well-rounded high school education to prepare them for the technology jobs of the future.

What does the STEM Supports Office do?

The Office of STEM & Strategic Initiatives is leading the development of the district's K-12 STEM strategy, the incubation of STEM-inclusive elementary schools and ongoing support for the Early College STEM high schools. Our work includes working with STEM school leaders to drive whole school change, planning STEM curriculum and programming, building community engagement and awareness, fostering external partnerships, and supporting model implementation.

What schools are considered elementary STEM schools? (Note: Only select schools from this list will be present at the Open House)

Dunne Technology Academy, Charles Earle Elementary, Jesse Owens Elementary, Helen Hefferan Elementary, Langston Hughes Elementary, George Leland Elementary, Genevieve Melody Elementary, Nicholson Technology Academy, George Tilton Elementary, James Wadsworth Elementary, Laura S. Ward Elementary, and Daniel Wentworth Elementary.

What schools are considered Early College STEM Schools? (Note: Only select schools from this list will be present at the Open House)

Chicago Vocational Career Academy, George Corliss High School, Lake View High School, Michele Clark Magnet High School, Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, and Von Steuben High School.

Is this Open House only for STEM Teachers?

No!  All content areas and grade levels are welcome to attend.  Our STEM schools need more than STEM teachers.  High need areas such as bilingual education, special education, physical education, and arts education are highly encouraged to attend.

Should I bring my resume?

Yes!  While this is not a job fair, you will have a chance to meet and talk with school leaders from participating schools.

 What will the overview session include?

You are required to attend a brief overview session prior to visiting individual school tables.  This overview will provide an important overview covering the unique model STEM schools follow, additional teacher professional development requirements, and other important information.

What does the day look like?

You will be assigned a session time in your confirmation email after you complete registration.  On the day of your Open House, please arrive 10 minutes early and report to the Yoga room for your overview session.  After a thirty to forty-five minute presentation, you will move to the gym where you can interact with STEM school leaders directly.  During this time, you can talk to school leaders about teaching at their school, open positions, and learn more about individual opportunities.

Do I have to register in advance?

Yes.  Advance registration is required for security purposes. 

Can I register for both events?

Yes!  There may be different schools at each event.  As such, you are welcome to register for both events.

Where should I park?

Please be prepared to park on surrounding streets.

What public transit options are nearby?

CTA bus routes #52 and #79 have nearby stops.  The Metra Southwest Service (SWS) Wrightwood stop is 0.6 miles away from the Open House Location.

Will I know what schools will be attending this event in advance?

We will make every effort to communicate school attendance in your confirmation emails however it may not be possible to provide an accurate list due to tight turnarounds for the July 31st event.  We thank you in advance for your understanding, flexibility, and patience.

How is this Open House different from a Talent Department Career Fair?

The STEM school Open House is only for the six Early College STEM High Schools and twelve STEM Elementary Schools supported by the Office of STEM Supports.  This is an opportunity to learn about STEM schools generally and meet with school leaders individually to discuss opportunities.  Given the small amount of schools, you can expect this experience to be more intimate than a career fair.  Additionally, this event serves as a conversation starter between you and a school.  Unlike Talent Career Fairs, you will not be hired on the spot or go through a full interview.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Important Policy Changes for Educator Licenses and Administrative Endorsements

A new licensure bill has just been signed by Governor Rauner and is now Public Act 99-0058.  Below is a summary of new licensure requirements relevant to Roosevelt University students and alumni.  The below changes are effective immediately.  

1      EDUCATOR TESTING – (21B-30) (b) No score on a test required under this Section, other than a test of basic skills, shall be more than 10 years old at the time that an individual makes application for an educator license or endorsement (or is entitled by an Illinois institution). The test of basic skills is valid indefinitely. Content Tests, APT, edTPA:  Valid for 10 years.

       GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE- (21B-25) (A) The general administrative endorsement is available for application in ELIS. The endorsement can only be issued to individuals who completed all coursework for issuance of the general administrative endorsement before September 1, 2014 and who have completed all testing requirements by June 30, 2016, and have made application for the endorsement by June 30, 2016. Requirements can be found here.  The Principal (186) test is available at and should be completed for issuance of the general administrative endorsement. Candidates currently enrolled in principal preparation programs must complete the Principal 195 and 196 tests.

I   Questions about these new policies should be directed to Laura Lag, Assistant Dean for Student Services, at or 312-853-4753.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Toshiba America Foundation Grants for Teachers: Deadline Aug. 1 and Oct. 1

Toshiba America Foundation grants fund the projects, ideas, and materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms.  Grant proposals for $5,000 or more for grade 6-12 classrooms are due August 1, and proposals for less than $5,000 for grades 6-12 are accepted on a rolling basis.  Grant proposals for grades K-5 are due October 1.  
Grants for grades 6-12.
Grants for grades K-5

CITGO to Award More Than $100,000 in School Supplies to Educators

Educators can apply to win $1,000 worth of school supplies through the CITGO Fueling Education awards.  This year, 112 educators will receive $1,000 in school supplies. The online application is quick and easy.

Apply here.