Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Free Feb. 20 Professional Development Workshop

Save the Date: February 20th
Professional Development Workshop and Literacy Leadership Summit
Roosevelt University, Wabash Building, Room 1111

9:00-11:00 a.m. Writing Across the Tenets of Balanced Literacy
11:00-12:00 Literacy Leadership Summit (all welcome)

The topic for the balanced literacy workshop on Feb. 20th, from 9:00 -11:00 a.m., will entail Writing across the Tenets of Balanced Literacy.  The workshop will include ideas and strategies related to read–alouds, guided reading, centers and independent reading and writing. There will be 4 rotating groups around each of the tenets of balanced literacy, so that all attendees have an opportunity to discuss and share what these look like in their classrooms. The 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. leadership summit will be an opportunity for leaders to share important aspects of the work going on in their schools; all teachers are welcome to stay for this summit. Dianne Gardner-Renn from ISU will be attending and participate in the discussion with all school leaders.

Admission is free for all RU faculty, students, and alumni.  For more information, contact Margaret Policastro at mpolicas@roosevelt.edu.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Attention Elementary Students - Pilot Test Is Now Open

Registration for the new elementary education pilot test is now open. 

Students can register at http://www.pearsonvue.com/espilot/ILTS2.asp. The exam code is PTIL701.
Each test form will take approximately 120 minutes to complete.

Note:  The pilot test will not result in official scores that can be used toward licensure.  However, the test is a good practice opportunity, and examinees will receive their choice of $75 ILTS test fee voucher or $50 Barnes & Noble eGift Card for each test form completed as instructed. Vouchers may be applied towards future ILTS testing fees. (Please note that ILTS test vouchers cannot be used towards test fees in other testing programs.) Participants may take up to two (2) test forms and can earn up to $150 in test fee vouchers OR up to $100 in Barnes & Noble eGift Cards.

Pilot Test Dates. Pilot testing will be offered from February 8 – March 4, 2016.

Pilot Test Participants.  To be eligible to participate, examinees must meet at least one of the following criteria:
·        Be a junior, senior or graduate student currently enrolled in an educator preparation program and preparing for educator certification/licensure at the elementary level, or,
·        A practicing educator recently certified/licensed at the elementary level with no more than 3 years teaching experience
Note: College and university faculty members are NOT eligible to take pilot tests for the ILTS program. 

Pilot Test Locations. Pilot testing will be held at Pearson VUE test centers throughout Illinois.


If candidates or faculty have questions about the pilot, they may be directed to ES-ILTS@pearson.com.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tutors Needed for Fall 2016



As we begin this new semester, our WITS tutoring program is in need of tutors. Ideally, we will need about 12 new tutors so that the kids who come from Bouchet Elementary School each have one.

The WTIS tutoring runs from 3:30 to 4:30 on Monday afternoons in Gage 713. Tutors must have background checks (which WITS will pay for) and they must complete an online tutorial for tutors.

If you have a question about tutoring, I would be happy to respond. Anyone interested in joining us should contact me at jgouwens@roosevelt.edu, or alternatively, come to tutoring next Monday, January 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Gage 713.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

March 5 Teacher Job Fair


The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) will host their 11th annual Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) Veterans Memorial Campus. Representatives from the state’s charter schools will be on hand to recruit hundreds of teachers, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other administrators.  You can learn more about the FREE fair here

   The Illinois Network of Charter Schools has a year-round resume collection bank that school leaders are tapping into to find teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators, and more on a regular basis. You can access the FREE online resume bank here.

Feb. 18 edTPA Forum at DePaul University

DePaul is hosting a discussion forum about the edTPA on Feb. 18.  The details are below. For more information and to RSVP, contact Diane Horwitz at dhorwit1@depaul.edu.