Thursday, May 19, 2016

Room Change - May 21 Professional Development Opportunity

The Language and Literacy Program will conduct its next free professional development workshop on May 21st  at Roosevelt University, from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in Room 700, on the seventh floor of the Gage Building, 18 S. Michigan Ave. 

Please note the change to the Gage location, from the previously announced location.  More information about the workshop is available here: http://everythingcoe.blogspot.com/2016/05/may-21-professional-development.html.


Monday, May 16, 2016

May 21 Professional Development Opportunity

The Language and Literacy Program will conduct its next free professional development workshop on May 21st  at Roosevelt University, from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in Room 700, on the seventh floor of the Gage Building, 18 S. Michigan Ave. 

This workshop will focus on a big question: What does Social Justice look like in a Balanced Literacy School?  Attendees will hear teachers from a variety of schools present according to the following guidelines:
  1. Each school will deliver a 10 – 15 minute presentation which can include slides, video, photographs and more (basically you determine the artifacts).
  2. The emphasis of each presentation will be on evidence of student learning.
  3. The evidence of student learning will document the instructional tenets of balanced literacy that were implemented (read-alouds, guided reading, centers and independent reading and writing).
  4. The evidence of student learning will document the formative assessment practices that were implemented.
  5. Each school will explain how the school-wide thematic unit has built capacity (how was collaboration implemented school-wide?)
  6. Each school will also discuss the issues and challenges that they faced doing this unit.
For more information about this event, contact Dr. Margaret Policastro at mpolicas@roosevelt.edu. The event is free and open to RU students, faculty and alumni.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Register Now For RU's 29th Annual Summer Reading Clinic!

Roosevelt University's Language and Literacy Summer Reading Clinic is designed to improve the reading skills of students in grades K-12. The clinic will run from June 13 through July 14, 2016.  Enrollment is limited to forty-five (45) children. The teachers/coaches are graduate students completing their practicum courses for a Master's Degree in Reading, and a student-teacher ratio of 5:1 is the target for the clinic.

Students work in small group settings and receive one-on-one instruction. Teachers select appropriate activities and materials to meet each student's needs. Whether your child is struggling with word recognition and comprehension, or is excelling in reading and wants to be challenged, the teachers will design a plan to fit him or her.

Our Summer Reading Clinic is led by Dr. Margaret Policastro, Professor of Language and Literacy and Director of our MA Program in Reading.  Dr. Policastro has more than 30 years of experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in language and literacy at Roosevelt University.  She has worked for more than 10 years on grant funded literacy projects in suburban and city schools and has published three books in the last three years on balanced literacy instruction and improving family-school connections.  All of the teachers in our Summer Reading Clinic are licensed and experienced elementary and high school teachers who are studying to become reading specialists in the state of Illinois.

More details about the Summer Reading Clinic are available on our website.  Registration will close soon, but we still have room for approximately 20 more students.
For more information or to register your child(ren), please visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ec43g1zpcfb61712&llr=a9gaiuqab.

Kids at Summer Reading Camp

Laura Messina To Speak At May 13 Honor Ceremony

I am very pleased to announce that the student speaker at the Franklin Honors Ceremony this year will be Laura Messina, an undergraduate student in the College of Education.

Laura is an Elementary Education major, and began her studies at RU in
Fall 2012 as a first yearstudent at the Schaumburg Campus.  In addition to 
earning her licensure as an Illinois elementary teacher, Laura also completed
the coursework to earn endorsements in middle school education and ESL/bilingual education.  Her GPA over her career at Roosevelt is 3.92.

This spring, Laura completed her student teaching experience at Hoover Math and Science Academy in School District 54 under the supervision of Sharon Grant, Associate Professor Emerita in Elementary Education.  According to Dr. Grant, "Laura is one of the most dedicated, conscientious, and professional student teachers that it has been my pleasure to supervise in more than twenty years of mentoring future educators. She epitomizes the conceptual framework of the College of Education with the best interest of her students upper most in all she does in the classroom."

As a result of her exemplary efforts as a student teacher, Laura was nominated for and earned a Dean's Impact Award at the Student Teaching Honor Ceremony held on April 21, 2016.  Coincidentally, Laura's cooperating teacher at Hoover Math and Science Academy, Steven Kyle, earned a Great Mentor Teacher Award and Hoover was given a Great School Partner Award that was accepted by the principal, John Schmeltzer.

The Franklin Honor Society celebrates the achievements of undergraduate students who earned a cumulative Roosevelt GPA of 3.75 or higher. The induction ceremonies are held prior to the commencement ceremonies, so inductees get their gold honor cords to wear at the graduation ceremony. 

The ceremony takes place this year on May 13, in Ganz Hall (AUD 7th Floor).  The ceremony will run from 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM. All current students and alumni are welcome to attend.

Please join me in congratulating Laura for this honor and her impressive achievements at RU!


Monday, May 2, 2016

June 23-24: Free Civic Education Summer Institute

The State of Illinois has a new requirement that all students complete a civics course while in high school. 

Build your skills and competence in civic education practice at the Civic Education Summer Institute on June 23-24, 2016, sponsored by the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Consortium[1], a network of 7 metropolitan universities in Chicago.  The institute is free for all students currently enrolled at the consortium universities.

The Summer Institute is designed for pre-service teacher candidates and will focus on the four required pedagogies in the new state civics mandate:
  • ·       Service-Learning
  • ·       Discussion of current and controversial issues
  • ·       Simulation of democratic processes
  • ·       Instruction in government institution and processes
You will have opportunities to learn about and practice these pedagogies, network with other teacher candidates from Chicago universities, discover resources that can help you develop a civics tool kit, work with potential community partners, and ultimately prepare yourself to teach civics in the State of Illinois.

The program is ideal for prospective high school history teachers, but is open to all teachers.

To register for the Civic Education Summer Institute, go to: http://goo.gl/forms/8kQQsqo1D6.                                                                                                                                                                                             






[1] DePaul University, Illinois State University, Loyola University Chicago, National Louis University, Northeastern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois Chicago