Tuesday, October 21, 2014

English Teaching Opportunity in Korea

The "Teach and Learn in Korea" or TaLK Program is the South Korean Government-Sponsored English Teaching Program offering native English speakers an opportunity to teach Elementary students in rural areas in South Korea.

Established in 2008 and looking forward to our recruitment for the 2015 year, the TaLK Program participants, or, "TaLK Scholars," engage in arranged classes for 15 hours per week from Monday to Friday with plenty of time to explore the nation, meet other adventure-minded young people, and experience a truly unique culture.

Benefits include:

·  1 year (6 Months for exceptional cases)
·  15 hours a week
·  Placement in rural areas in Elementary Schools
·  Accommodation
·  Co-scholar teaching partners to assist you while you teach
·  Entrance and Exit Allowances for your flight at 1.3 million Korean Won each way
·  Monthly stipend of 1.5 million Korean Won (Approximately 1,400 US Dollars)
·  Sponsored Field Trips or cultural allowance
·  One-month teaching training orientation
·  Settlement allowance (300,000 Korean Won)
·  Scholarship certification of completion
·  Vacation Leave (7 days for 6 month contracts, 14 days for 1 year contracts)

We recruit citizens from: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, and the USA.

Education Requirement: Associate’s degree or enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree Program (3rd year or higher).
Please review your eligibility before you apply at the site.

All eligible applicants should apply today at www.talk.go.kr 

The TaLK Program is offered biannually, with assignments starting at the beginning of February (spring term) and August (fall term). The Seoul TaLK Office has a rolling acceptance system so applications submitted to local application offices after the deadlines will be forwarded to the Seoul TaLK Office for review and will be placed on a waitlist for the next term.

Please note that we are currently accepting applications for both the Spring and Fall 2015 intake periods.

COE Establishes Partnership With Kids At Hope

Roosevelt University’s College of Education and the national non-profit organization Kids at Hope (KAH) have established a partnership that seeks to align KAH’s training programs within a new Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership Program (MAIL).  Pending state approval, the new MAIL program will prepare both principals and teacher leaders for service to students in Illinois public schools.  The new program is being designed in collaboration with several elementary and secondary school districts adjacent to Roosevelt University's Schaumburg Campus.

Tom Philion, Roosevelt University’s Dean of the College of Education, and Rick Miller, President of Kids at Hope, issued a joint release praising this important partnership.

“Applying a proven system like KAH is essential for organizations that work with children to nurture and sustain a culture of collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations,” stated Philion.

“We are absolutely delighted to collaborate with Roosevelt University and their highly skilled faculty and school partners,” offered Miller. “Together we will prepare innovative school leaders who have the knowledge and skills needed to support the success of all students.”

About Kids at Hope

As a not-for-profit organization, Kids at Hope was founded in 2000 with a mission to demonstrate that all children and youth are capable of success, No Exceptions!  It is now operating in 18 states and in Canada, reaching over 500,000 deserving children. Over 50,000 caring adults have participated in Kids at Hope trainings and ten separate university-led evaluations have demonstrated that Kids at Hope strategies work by helping children feel that adults believe in them, are there to support them, and are providing the tools and experiences that support their ability to plan for their futures and achieve their goals.

The Gallup Poll has documented that over 50% of our children lack HOPE; over 40% are not engaged and lack enthusiasm for school; and one third of America’s children report that they are struggling or suffering in their daily lives. Because too many children still feel disconnected, are unable to sense adults care about them, and lack the ability to connect their education to their future, Kids at Hope has identified a series of cultural strategies that, if practiced by caring adults, can dramatically improve the chances of success for all children.

This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics named Kids at Hope as one of only four national initiatives that use positive youth development to transform families, schools and communities in support of all children. The Arizona Supreme Court has adopted the Kids at Hope strategy to improve its juvenile justice system.

About Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University is a private, non-sectarian university with two distinct campuses located in downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg, Illinois.  Founded in 1945, it is one of the first universities in the United States to admit qualified students regardless of background; according to US News and World Report, it is currently the fourth most diverse university in the Midwest. With a rich history and progressive curricula featuring 116 degree programs, it is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and community engagement.

The College of Education is nationally accredited and offers seven nationally recognized initial and advanced teacher preparation programs.  It also offers CACREP-accredited programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, and its online Master of Arts program in Teaching and Learning is ranked #42 in the nation by US News and World Report.  In support of the University’s social justice mission, its Office of Community Engagement obtained over $2 million dollars in grants and contracts in the past year that focus, in the main, on supporting college and career readiness among students in the Chicago Public Schools. In collaboration with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and key stakeholders in local schools and districts, the College of Education pushes Roosevelt’s remarkably diverse students to the limits of achievement in teaching, counseling, and leadership, inspiring the transformation of lives and communities throughout the Chicago area.

The Partnership Program

The proposed MA program in Instructional Leadership calls for RU students to enroll in a 3 credit hour course entitled Instructional Leadership for All Students—No Exceptions! The KAH on-line Module One training will be embedded in the course to help create a personalized and motivating learning environment for all students.

A second, 3 credit hour course in the MAIL program entitled Building School Culture and Collaboration with Diverse Stakeholders will prepare educators to partner with families and communities to improve school culture and increase students’ success. To assist them to meet the needs of all learners, the KAH Train the Trainer Certification process will be embedded in the course.

Both organizations look forward to cooperatively promoting practical strategies that will result in the development of inclusive school cultures for all children.

Dec. 1 Deadline for Counseling Practicum/Internship Applications

This is a quick reminder to all Counseling students that applications for the 2015-2016 practicum/internship are due on December 1, 2014.  The application is located in your TaskStream account.

Friday, October 17, 2014

COE Formalizes Partnership With Nerge Elementary School

Brian Lawson, Nerge Principal, and Tom Philion,
Dean of the College of Education, sign the MOU.
On Wednesday, October 15th, the College of Education and Nerge Math and Science Academy, in Schaumburg, IL, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize a partnership that has been in development over the past year.

The goal of the agreement is to work together to prepare passionate and innovative elementary teachers who have expertise in math and science education.  The elementary education program will select highly qualified teacher candidates who will then have the opportunity to complete all of their field experiences at Nerge.  Nerge teachers will help the RU teacher candidates to teach to new standards and teacher evaluation models, and hopefully complete their student teaching experiences at Nerge.  RU aims to better prepare its teacher candidates for the demands of 21st century teaching, and Nerge and District 54 hope to create a pool of new teachers who can hit the ground running with respect to improving student learning in math and science education.

Currently, two RU elementary teacher candidates are student teaching at Nerge, and one recent graduate and former student teacher is filling in for a teacher on maternity leave.  Two alumni also are full-time teachers at the school.  In the future, the COE and Nerge will collaborate to determine the ideal number of RU teacher candidates to participate in the partnership program.

The COE's Elementary Education Program Director, Ken King, and the Principal at Nerge, Brian Lawson, are the chief architects of the agreement.  Over the next several years, they will explore ways in which RU faculty might support the professional development and learning goals at Nerge.

The partnership was facilitated by a $100,000 grant that the College of Education received last year from the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust.  The main focus of the grant is the redesign of the elementary education program.  With significant input from Brian Lawson, several teachers at Nerge, other school partners in the Chicago Public Schools, College of Arts and Sciences faculty, and other faculty in the College of Education, the elementary education faculty--Judy Gouwens, Ken King, Byoung Kim, and Elizabeth Meadows--have updated curricula and field experiences, and re-conceived the structure of the program.  Partnerships with high quality schools enrolling diverse student learners will be at the center of the new program.

The start date for the new elementary education program is Fall 2015, pending approval from the Illinois State Board of Education.  The COE hopes to sign several other partnership agreements by the end of the current academic year.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oct. 17 Free Webinar Featuring Dr.Margaret Policastro

On Friday, October 17th, Dr. Margaret Policastro will be a featured speaker in a one hour, online, panel presentation hosted by Capstone Publishing.  The webinar is entitled Personalized Instruction: One Size Does Not Fit All Students!  The webinar will take place from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. CDT.

Dr. Policastro is a Professor of Language and Literacy and directs the Language and Literacy Program at Roosevelt University. She also is the founding director of the Summer Reading Clinic for children, and has over 30 years of experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate students at Roosevelt University. 

To register for this event, click here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/766431690

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