Friday, October 31, 2014

New Strategic Plan Approved by COE Faculty

At a College Council meeting in September, College of Education faculty approved a new, five year strategic plan that was developed over the past year with support from a $100,000 grant from the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust.  

Four key words animate the new strategic plan: Redesign, Partner, Collaborate, and Innovate.   These are among the most notable of the intentions for the next five years:
  • Create a new, interdisciplinary organizational structure for teacher preparation programs that clearly communicates our college's commitment to social justice and other core Rooseveltian values.
  • Partner with Harper College and other community colleges to create new pathways for students to earn a BA degree and employment credentials in early childhood education and youth development. 
  • Develop a new clinic where Roosevelt students can train to become counselors while also providing services to students in the Chicago Public Schools and at Roosevelt University.
  • Enhance the professional knowledge and skills of already licensed teachers by providing them with high quality off-campus, online, and hybrid courses and programs.
  • Use our Office of Community Engagement to create synergies among our grant-related projects and research, academic, and student support programs in the College of Education and across the university.
The entire strategic plan is now on our College of Education website.  Comments and suggestions are welcome from all current students, alumni, community partners, and stakeholders.  Send your comments to Tom Philion, Dean of the College of Education, at tphilion@roosevelt.edu


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Galileo Shakespeare Project on Nov. 13-14

All students, alumni, and friends of Roosevelt University and the College of Education are invited to attend "The Galileo-Shakespeare Project," a conference on the Humanities and Sciences in the Early Modern World.  See the schedule below, and contact Prof. Stuart Warner if you would like more information.


Learn About CPS Teaching Opportunites

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is looking for Roosevelt December graduates and seniors interested in teaching in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  This summer they hired 8 Lakers and would love to hire more!

AUSL has immediate openings for licensed special education, early childhood, primary, intermediate, middle school, and high school teachers. If you’re interested in teaching immediately or next school year, they would like to meet you. 

Please attend an upcoming information session. Students will learn more about AUSL, their immediate vacancies, and their interview and selection process. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour a school and hear first-hand from a first-year teacher. 

Information sessions are at Chalmers School of Excellence, 2745 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, 60608 on Wednesdays in November at the following times:

November 5, 2014 from 3-4 p.m.
November 12, 2014 from 5-6 p.m.
November 19, 2014 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Please visit auslchicago.org  for more information or to apply for open positions at the elementary and high school level including classroom teachers, special education teachers, interventionists, specialists and more.

Sabine Champagne, Talent Acquisition Manager for AUSL Schools
(312) 286.6501| E: schampagne@auslchicago.org

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Blog Series On Classroom Discipline

American Youth Policy Forum is pleased to announce a new blog series called "Discipline to Dialogue:  Changing the Conversation about Classroom Discipline."

This blog series highlights the research, policies, and practices that are transforming schools, supporting teachers, and empowering youth voice. Each blog asks a different question related to the problem of discipline disparities, all pointing to opportunities for positive relationships between teachers and students.

With so much attention focused on the problems associated with school discipline, AYPF wanted to create a conversation around solutions. We set out to give thought to and ask questions about what students need in order to stay in the classroom and engaged in learning.

This series is intended to be a resource for those who wish to move the conversation from discipline to dialogue.

Read the series:
http://www.aypf.org/resources/from-discipline-to-dialogue-an-aypf-blog-series/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dean's Message - October 2014

I am very honored to write to you this month as the newly appointed dean of the College of Education.  As I said in the recent announcement about my appointment, we have a lot of work to do to meet new and more challenging expectations for teachers, counselors, and leaders, but I am eager for the opportunity and look forward to the journey that we will take together.

The direction of our journey is embedded in a new strategic plan that was approved by our faculty at a College Council meeting in September.  Four key words animate our aspirations: Redesign, Partner, Collaborate, and Innovate.  Propelled by the $100,000 grant that we received last year to redesign our elementary education program, we have set our goals high and mapped out a multitude of strategies for taking our college to a new level of performance and recognition.  Here are the most notable of our plans for the next five years:
  • Create a new, interdisciplinary organizational structure for teacher preparation programs that clearly communicates our commitment to social justice and other core Rooseveltian values.
  • Partner with Harper College and other community colleges to create new pathways for students to earn a BA degree and employment credentials in early childhood education and youth development. 
  • Develop a new clinic where Roosevelt students can train to become counselors while also providing services to students in the Chicago Public Schools and at Roosevelt University.
  • Enhance the professional knowledge and skills of already licensed teachers by providing them with high quality off-campus, online, and hybrid courses and programs.
  • Use our Office of Community Engagement to create synergies among our grant-related projects and academic and student support programs in the College of Education and across the university.
The entire strategic plan is now on our College of Education website.  I encourage you to review it, and send any comments or suggestions that you have to my email address below.  Better yet, give me a call.  I would love to talk and learn more about how we can support our current students, alumni, and community partners.
 
The fun thing about our journey is that we don't know exactly where we will end up.  We'll hit bumps in the road, and obstacles impossible to overcome.  We'll likely cast aside some goals in favor of others.  But we'll definitely keep moving, and with your help and support--and the help and support of many others--we'll arrive at a destination that we all can be proud of.

All the best,



Tom Philion                                                                          
Dean, College of Education                                         
Roosevelt University
tphilion@roosevelt.edu                                                              
312-853-4780