Tuesday, May 12, 2015

June 6 Literacy Education Workshop at RU

The RU Language and Literacy Program is pleased to announce that its next professional development workshop for teachers is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The location of the workshop will be the Gage Building, 18 S. Michigan Ave, in the 7th floor conference room.  The focus of the workshop will be formative assessment in action.

Schools participating in an IBHE grant project will share their reflections and learning obtained over the current school year.  Conversations also will be had about designing and delivering collaborative thematic units of study.  Each participant in the workshop will receive the book Our Eleanor and ideas for developing a unit of study on Eleanor Roosevelt.

As usual, the workshop is open without a fee to all students, faculty, and alumni of the College of Education.  Contact Dr. Margaret Policastro for more information.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Leadership Program Earns Recommendation For Approval

On April 14, the College of Education was informed that its proposal for a new MA Program in Instructional Leadership has earned a recommendation for approval from a Review Panel organized by the Illinois State Board of Education.  The Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board will review the new MA Program at its next meeting on June 5, prior to final review by the Illinois State Board of Education.  The College of Education expects to enroll an initial cohort of 20 students in the new program during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The College of Education developed the new MA degree in Instructional Leadership (MAIL) in partnership with five school districts in the northwest Chicago suburbs: Arlington Heights School District 25; Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine; Community Consolidated School District 21 in Wheeling; Township High School District 211 in Palatine; and Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights.  The partnership was catalyzed at a December 2013 meeting of the Northwest Personnel Administrators.  At this meeting, the attendees shared their concerns about principal and teacher leader preparation and the need for a new approach attentive to the needs of northwest Chicago suburban school districts.  Thereafter, a working group of school and university representatives was formed to collaboratively design, implement, and administer the new MA degree in Instructional Leadership.

The proposed MA Program will provide licensed teachers with the option of enrolling in either a Principal Endorsement Concentration (PEC) and a Teacher Leader Concentration (TLC).   Successful completion of the PEC will earn candidates the MA Degree in Instructional Leadership and the State of Illinois Principal Endorsement on their Professional Educator Licenses.  Completion of the TLC will earn candidates the State of Illinois Teacher Leader Endorsement on their Professional Educator Licenses, with an option of earning the MA degree with the completion of two additional courses.  All courses will be offered near the Schaumburg Campus of Roosevelt University, and will be priced at $350 per credit hour, or $1,050 per 3 credit hour course.

According to the Illinois Principals Association, there are approximately 400 principal openings every year in Illinois, and the current production of principal candidates is not sufficient to meet the need.  The State of Illinois expects that the need for teacher leaders will increase over the next ten years.

A subsidiary partnership with the national non-profit organization Kids At Hope (KAH) is a distinctive feature of the new MA degree in Instructional Leadership.  KAH works with schools and other community-based agencies to implement strategies that strengthen the belief that “all children are capable of success, No Exceptions.”  KAH has had documented success in transforming learning outcomes at many schools and districts across the nation; consequently, KAH research findings, principles, and practices have been integrated into two core courses in the program, with the result that all RU principal and teacher leader candidates will earn a Train The Trainer Certificate from Kids At Hope.

To earn admission to the MAIL Program, all candidates will need to have at least two years of teaching experience.  In addition, they will need to submit two letters of recommendation and a personal essay, as well as obtain approval from the Partnership Steering Committee.  All applicants for the Principal Endorsement Concentration also will need to submit a portfolio, sit for an interview, and successfully complete a written response to a leadership scenario.

More information about the proposed MA Program in Instructional Leadership can be obtained from Dr. Roger Chamberlain, Program Coordinator.  Contact Dr. Chamberlain at rchamberlain@roosevelt.edu or 847-619-8832.

May 8: Counseling Hooding Ceremony

Spring 2015 Master of Arts in Counseling degree recipients will be honored at the Counseling Graduate Hooding Ceremony and Reception on Friday, May 8, from 6-9 p.m. in Ganz Hall in the Auditorium Building at the Chicago Campus.  Family members and friends are invited to attend, but seating is limited.  Send an email to RCA.CSI@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Summer Employment For Grads and Undergrads

Y.O.U. Inspire Fellows Program 2015
Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) is pleased to announce its Inspire Fellows Program for the summer of 2015. The fellowship offers graduate and upper-undergraduate students a full-time opportunity to learn best-practices in youth development and to prepare for a career in youth development, education, or the non-profit sector.

Inspire Fellows serve as workshop leaders and counselors for Y.O.U.'s 9-week summer program. Fellows are chosen to develop and facilitate specific workshops in one area such as the arts, literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), or recreational activities. Additionally, all fellows help lead discussions and workshops on life skills topics.

The Fellowship runs full time from June 1st through August 14. The first week offers Fellows a comprehensive orientation and training on Y.O.U., non-profit management, and positive youth development. The next nine weeks consist of high-impact summer programming.

Primary responsibilities of Inspire Fellows include:
·         Develop and facilitate youth activities in your chosen area that promote academic, social, and emotional development.
·         Supervise youth activities in a safe, sensitive, developmentally appropriate, positive manner.
·         Maintain positive, supportive relationships with youth.
·         Nurture supportive relationships with parents, school administrators, teachers, students, and community representatives.
·         Develop and maintain good working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and volunteers within Y.O.U., and with others in the community who offer information about, resources for, or services to young people in Evanston.
·         Maintain timely and accurate records concerning youth participation and outcomes.
·         Identify and recommend opportunities for continuous improvement in Y.O.U. programming.

The Fellowship experience offers a unique opportunity for growth for students thinking about a career in youth development, education, the arts, or non-profits. Fellows are provided supervision through both formal and informal feedback to help them grow. In this way, fellows develop their leadership skills, enhance their understanding of youth development, and build their non-profit management skills.

The Inspire Fellow should have the following qualifications:
·         Experience in and passion for youth services
·         Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with a diverse group of team members and youth
·         Extraordinary teamwork and leadership skills
·         Passion for Y.O.U.'s mission of ensuring that all youth have the resources they need to thrive
·         Personal qualities of integrity and credibility
·         Be actively seeking or have already obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree

The Fellowship offers a stipend. (Y.O.U. is also glad to provide documentation to any students who receive support from their universities for summer employment with a non-profit organization). Please visit http://youevanston.org/index.php/you-inspire-fellows-program.html.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please email tara.dolan@youevanston.org with questions.

Future Leaders of Wiley Internship Program

Future Leaders of Wiley Seeks a Learning Management Systems Specialist Intern
Ideal candidates thrive in a fast paced environment, are solution-oriented, and proactively seek professional development opportunities. The ten-week, paid summer internship runs May through August and is available to graduate or baccalaureate students in their junior or senior year.
An internship that’s anything but ordinary, the Future Leaders of Wiley summer intensive provides students with the opportunity to work on important projects, assignments, as well as participate in a leadership development program. Participants are awarded a certificate upon program completion.

LMS Specialist Intern
The LMS Specialist Intern is the perfect position for a student with an interest in Learning Management Systems. The LMS Specialist Intern should be someone with strong technical aptitude, including experience with HTML and CSS. The LMS Specialist will be working with the Academic Services team to:
·         Develop technical writing
·         Learn our proprietary Learning Management System
·         Develop training materials
·         Assist with general implementation tasks

Bachelor’s Level Students in Instructional Design or related field of study.

Students who wish to apply for the Future Leaders of Wiley internship program should meet the following requirements:
·         Minimum GPA of 3.0 (3.5 or higher preferred)
·         Area of study (major) applicable to position desired 
·         Ability to show applicable experience, whether through school or personal projects and/or previous employment
·         Desire to learn, grow, and contribute in a creative, collaborative environment

Students must also submit a written personal statement that explains the following in detail:
·         Why you are the ideal candidate for acceptance into the program
·         Your area(s) of professional interests and why
·         What you perceive to be the true meaning of leadership

For a complete job description and to apply please click here

Please note, there is also a written component required. It is recommended that the student applicant mention they heard about the position from Roosevelt University's College of Education.