Sunday, December 22, 2013

Substitute Teachers Wanted in North Shore School District 112

Come join North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois. We are currently looking for prospective certified teachers to fill various roles as substitute teachers throughout our K-8th grade school district. Substitute teaching affords new university graduates the opportunity to gain the necessary experience  to start careers in a world-class school system.

Please apply at

After applying we will send you additional information and next steps about interviewing.

Dupage High School District 88 is Hiring Substitute Teachers

Dupage High School District 88 is currently hiring Substitute Teachers starting 2nd Semester. We are looking for energetic, engaging, flexible people with a positive attitude to interact with and teach high school students.

Dallas Charter Network Seeks Teachers

The following invitation comes from Cody Yocom, an RU graduate and principal in Texas:

I'm a school principal in Dallas, at a large charter network.  We currently have 29 schools in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex and continue to grow (both in adding grade levels as we expand out to full K-12 continuums) and in adding a new school.  Uplift Education is committed to hiring 1st year teachers because we have a strong commitment to teaching and training teachers.  I would encourage undergraduate and master level graduates to apply for 2014-15 school year openings, which can be found here:

Cody Yocom
Secondary Director, Uplift Heights Preparatory

Saturday, December 21, 2013

College of Education Holiday Hours of Operation

This is a quick reminder that the university will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1, 2014.

The next two weeks are also a time when faculty typically are unavailable for advising and questions.  Students should expect a response from faculty to email and phone inquiries no sooner than January 6, 2014.

Clerical staff and administrators in the College of Education also take vacation days during this time period.  Consequently, phone messages and emails will be returned on a limited basis until January 6, 2014.  In the event that you are unable to get a response to an inquiry, please know that we will make every effort to address each email and question by the start of classes on January 10.

On behalf of the entire College of Education, I wish everyone the happiest of holidays, and look forward to better and brighter new year.

Upcoming Changes in the Dean's Office

As was previously announced, effective January 6, 2014, Laura Lag will be responsible for all Schaumburg field placements.  This change will make possible another change: starting on the same date, Geraldine Chavers, the College of Education's field placement coordinator, will focus her efforts almost entirely on the Chicago campus.  Both Ms. Lag and Ms. Chavers will report directly to the Interim Dean of the College of Education, Tom Philion, and they each will have full-time clerical support to help them facilitate their field placements.

As also was recently communicated, Laura Lag will take on undergraduate advising responsibilities in Schaumburg, and faculty will take on graduate advising responsibilities.  Although there are no long-term changes to advising in Chicago, Lily Castillo will be on maternity leave starting January 6, and continuing through April 7, 2014.

These changes reflect both routine human developments (the birth of a child) and a desire to improve the quality and timeliness of our advising and field placement processes at each campus.  Both Ms. Lag and Ms. Chavers will have greater focus in their work and responsibilities, and greater accountability for their performance.  Our goal for Spring 2014 is to have all students started in their observation requirements before spring break, and all students registered for summer and fall courses by the end of the semester.

Student satisfaction and success is the highest priority objective of the College of Education.  If you have an idea for an improvement that we can make, please comment on this post, or send an email to

Advising and Field Placement Changes on the Schaumburg Campus

I am writing to let all students know about some important and permanent changes to advising and field placement that will take place on the Schaumburg campus effective January 6, 2014.  These changes are an effort to significantly improve the quality of responsiveness to students and communication with respect to observation and student teaching placements.

Effective January 6, our Assistant Dean for Student Services, Laura Lag, will move her office to the Schaumburg campus and will be available to Schaumburg students and faculty on a full-time basis, Monday through Friday.  Laura will replace Ligia Amarei as the professional advisor for all undergraduate students studying at the Schaumburg campus.  Graduate students formerly advised by Ligia Amarei will be served by faculty in the programs.  Please visit the College of Education advising website for more information about the faculty to contact if you are a graduate student in need of advising or assistance.

In addition to taking on Schaumburg undergraduate advising responsibilities, and continuing in her role as licensure officer for the entire College of Education, Laura also will lead our field placement efforts in Schaumburg. Under her leadership, our approach to field placements will be made more efficient and effective, so that Schaumburg students receive information about their placements in a timely manner.  A new, full-time clerical staff member will be hired in order to assist Laura in this effort and in the completion of her advising responsibilities.

Undergraduate students in need of advising and students with field placement questions should contact Brittany Carlsen to set up an appointment or receive immediate assistance.  Brittany's email is and her phone is 847-619-8820.

Graduate students in need of advising should contact Nancy Sondy for assistance or to set up an appointment with their faculty advisor.  Nancy can be reached at or at 847-619-8833.

Temporary Advising Changes On The Chicago Campus

As was recently announced, the College of Education's professional advisor on the Chicago campus, Lily Castillo, will begin a maternity leave on Monday January 6, 2014.   Consequently, the College of Education is making some temporary adjustments to provide advising to Chicago students until Lily returns from her leave on April 8, 2014.

Prior to her leave, Lily will be available via email at for advising and guidance about Spring 2014 registration.  Lily also can be reached between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 312-623-7986 on all days when the university is open.

Beginning January 6, Ligia Amarei will be available to assist Chicago campus students with their advising needs.  Please contact Ligia at or 847-240-4093 to set up an advising appointment or to communicate any questions or concerns.  Ligia will be available on a limited basis for face-to-face advising in the Wabash Building.  Details about her hours of availability at the Wabash Building will be communicated soon.

While Lily is on her leave, the College of Education will do everything possible to ensure that the advising needs of Chicago students are met as quickly as possible.  Please contact the following clerical staff if you need assistance, and they will either set up an appointment for you or get back to you with an answer to your question:

Janice Stashwick (8:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Ph: 312-853-4750

Betty White (Monday – Thursday 1 pm – 6 pm, Fridays 1 pm – 5:00 pm)
Ph: 312-853-4754

Again, congratulations to Lily on the birth of her baby boy!

BJ Wagner and John R. Martins

Two professors retired from the College of Education recently passed away.

Betty Jane Wagner, Professor Emerita in the College of Education, and a highly valued member of the Language and Literacy Program, died on Thursday, Dec. 12.  BJ was a co-founder and director of the Chicago Area Writing Project, a professional development organization for K-12 teachers of writing, and one of the most influential teacher educators in the entire country with respect to literacy education and the professional growth and development of teachers.  BJ is survived by all three of her children. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave.

John R. Martins, Emeritus Professor of Counseling and Human Services in the College of Education, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 17. John was a long-time faculty member and program director in Counseling, and was widely respect for his excellent teaching and his selfless and cheerful devotion to others.  A celebration of his life will be planned for a later date. Condolences may be sent to his family at the following address:

2626 Lakeview, Unit 802
Chicago, IL 60614

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Congratulations to Lily Castillo, Chicago Campus Student Support Specialist

Lily Castillo, the COE's Student Support Specialist on the Chicago campus, gave birth this morning to a bouncing baby boy, Max Castillo.   Max weighed in at 6 lbs, 1 oz and 19 inches.

Mom and Max are both doing very well--congratulations to the Castillo family!

More information to follow soon about plans for advising once Lily begins her maternity leave.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Suburban Chicago Secondary Teacher Recruitment Fair

Saturday - February 1, 2014 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL

For further information, click on this Recruitment Fair link.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Interviews begin at 9:00 a.m.

Registration on site only ($20, cash only). No online registration.

Weather Hotline: 847-289-4650

Information about current vacancies is available on the Northwest Personnel Administrators website.

NWPA Administrative Job Fair on Jan. 11

The seventh annual Northwest Personnel Administrators’ Job Fair will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Practicing administrators seeking a change as well as aspiring administrators are invited to confidential interviews with representatives of the nineteen NWPA school districts.

Click on the link above for more information.

Monday, December 16, 2013

How Job Searchers Can Receive A Job Announcement Quickly

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Job searchers also can receive daily emails from Everything COE that provide a summary of blog postings within the last 24 hours.  To receive these emails, submit your email address in the space provided on the right sidebar of Everything COE.  Once you confirm your submission, you will receive emails automatically when posts are made to the blog.

Job Openings Of Interest To Alumni - Dec. 15, 2013

Here is a compilation of all of the job openings that have been sent to the College of Education over the last month.

Oak Park Needs Elementary Substitute Teachers

School District 25 Needs Bilingual Teaching and Learning Facilitator

Special Education Teacher Needed In Chicago

Child Care Teachers Needed Immediately in South Suburban Center

Special Education High School Teacher Needed Immediately

Assistant Teacher Job Opportunity in Chicago

Teachers Needed Immediately at Perkins Bass Elementary School

Prairie Ridge High School Needs Long Term Sub in Chemistry and Physical Science

Komensky Elementary School in Berwyn is Hiring a Bilingual Interventionist

Green Beginnings Childcare is Hiring Teachers, Assistants, and Aides

UNO Charter School Network Needs a 7th-8th Grade Reading Teacher

Englewood Daycare Is Looking for Type 04 Teachers

Friday, December 13, 2013

Oak Park Needs Elementary Substitute Teachers

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Seeks Substitute Teachers/Long Term Substitute Teachers

Type 03 State of Illinois Elementary Education Teaching Certificate
Type 09 Secondary Education Certificate
Type 39, State of Illinois – Substitute Teaching Certificate

$103.00 per day
$52.00 per ½ day

District 97 Also Seeks Substitute Teacher Assistants

A High School Diploma
ISBE approval to work as a Teacher Aide/Paraprofessional

$10.15 per hour

Applicants must apply online by clicking here.   Upload all documents on to your application.   Hard copy documents will not be accepted.  To be considered for employment as a Substitute Teacher/Substitute Teacher Assistant, applicants must complete:

A physical and TB test
If contacted for an interview, a background check will be processed on the day of the interview at the Oak Park School District Office.  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

School District 25 Needs Bilingual Teaching and Learning Facilitator

Arlington Heights School District 25 has an opening for a Teaching and Learning Facilitator (previously known as a TOA position) for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. The location will be at the Administration Building.

ELL/Bilingual and Gifted endorsements or relevant coursework and experience working with both populations of teachers and students is preferred. The facilitator will be responsible for the ELL/Bilingual and Gifted programs. It will be the responsibility of the facilitator to meet with the teachers regularly and to provide ongoing support to all of the ELL/Bilingual Teachers. The Teaching and Learning Facilitator will provide support to the Gifted Teachers as they implement PSI in a general education classroom.  At the end of the school year, the facilitator may return to the assignment held prior to becoming a facilitator or follow transfer policy to request a transfer to an available position.

Manage and support all components of the K-8 ELL/Bilingual and Gifted programs; including,

  • Management of all ELL/Bilingual Grants and other grants related to the programs
  • Management of all testing related to ELL/Bilingual and Gifted programs
  • Attendance at Illinois ELL/Bilingual Conferences and other related conferences
  • Management of the translation of all AHSD 25 documents
  • Facilitation of programs for parents of ELL/Bilingual students to ensure the parents feel a part of the AHSD 25 school community
  • Facilitation of all district-wide ELL/Bilingual and Gifted meetings
  • Facilitation of all Professional Learning opportunities for the programs
  • Training for staff in the area of current technology tools needed to support and enhance the programs
  • Coach ELL/Bilingual and Gifted Teachers in areas of differentiation, SIOP and other strategies that will enhance student learning.

The Teaching and Learning Facilitator must work 8-10 additional days beyond the 2013-14 teacher work calendar. At this time we are anticipating 8-10 extra work days in June, 2014.

Application Procedure:
Apply online and attach resume and letter of interest.  All supporting documents should be electronically attached to your online application and addressed to:

Dr. Sandra Stringer/Dr. Maureen Cheever
Interim Assistant Superintendents for Personnel & Planning
Arlington Heights School District 25
1200 South Dunton Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

The Online Employment Application and a list of Open Positions in District 25 are available at

Click on the link to "all vacancies" to see the complete list and the above job posting.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Special Education Teacher Needed In Chicago

Maureen Aspell, the principal at Christ the King School in Beverly, is in need of a Special Education Teacher starting in January, 2014.  This is a full time position.

Christ the King is a participating partner in an IBHE literacy grant that has been awarded over several years to Roosevelt University's Program in Language and Literacy.

Interested applicants should email Maureen Aspell, the principal, at  The phone number  at Christ the King is 773-779-3329.

Child Care Teachers Needed Immediately in South Suburban Center

Rosa Lee Childcare Academy is a newly opened and growing center located at 116th and Kedzie Avenue in the south suburbs of Chicago. We are currently looking for the following positions to start January, 6th, 2014.

Teacher (2 - 3 Year olds)
Teacher (3 - 5 Year olds)

Required Experience:

Must meet DCFS Section 407.140 teacher qualifications as follows…

Sixty semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six semester or nine quarter hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six.  


One year (1560 clock hours) of child development work experience in a preschool  or licensed day care center and 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six semester or nine quarter hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six.

Additional Required Experience:

Preparing lesson plans based on monthly themes, IL Early Learning Standards and developmental domains.
Integrating project-based learning into monthly themes and across monthly themes.
Ability and willingness to research topics, activities and methods for lesson planning and teaching.
Maintaining student portfolios.
Differentiating lessons to meet each child's individual developmental level.
Documenting informal assessments including Anecdotal, Checklist and Parental Interviews; and formal assessments using Criterion Referenced Tests.
Managing classroom and assistants.
Issuing daily reports to parents.
Interacting and collaborating well with parents, peer teachers and directors.
Maintaining an organized and clean classroom.
Placing written order requests for classroom materials.
Updating online Facebook albums with photos and text.
Supervising students and assistants on field trips.

Preferred, but not required experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Familiarity with High Scope, Creative and Reggio Emilia curriculums.
CPR and First Aid Certification

Hourly Wage and Benefits:

$10 - $12 per hour plus free tuition for one child or family member age 2-5.

Email resumes with cover letter to Please add the word “Resume” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please.

For information on Rosa Lee Childcare Academy, visit at

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

COE Student Sheree Williams 85,000th Graduate of Roosevelt University

The College of Education is pleased to announce that COE graduate student Sheree Williams will be the 85,000th graduate of Roosevelt University.  The university will honor Sheree at the commencement ceremony on Friday, December 13th.

Sheree graduated from Roosevelt University with a BA degree in history in May 2012, and will graduate this Friday with an MA degree in Early Childhood Education.  Sheree was thrilled when President Middleton informed her of the honor.  The faculty and staff of the College of Education are equally excited, and invite the entire Roosevelt community to attend the graduation ceremony and witness two COE students, Sheree and Danielle Smith, command the attention of the graduates and their supporters.

More information about the graduation ceremony is available on the Registrar's website.

Holiday Celebration at Buddy Guy's Legends For COE Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

All College of Education students, faculty, and alumni are cordially invited to attend a College of Education Holiday Celebration at Buddy Guy's Legends on December 18, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  A buffet lunch and drinks will be provided.  Please register using the link below to join in the fun and celebrate the end of the fall semester!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Special Education High School Teacher Needed Immediately

ASPIRA Charter Schools has an immediate opening for a Special Education teacher at one of their high schools.  Jaime Boyle Culp, a Roosevelt graduate and Aspira employee, invites RU December graduates and alumni to apply for this important position.

Applicants may apply online at

Alternatively, contact Kathleen Kelly Colgan, Director of Human Capital, ASPIRA Charter Schools, at or 773.252.0970 x637.

COE Student Danielle Smith First Ever Student Speaker At RU Commencement

The College of Education is pleased to announce that Danielle Smith, an undergraduate student in the Special Education teacher licensure program, has been selected to deliver the first ever student address at the Roosevelt University December graduation ceremony on December 13, 2013.  The official announcement is available on the Roosevelt University website.  The graduation begins at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 in the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago.

Danielle comes to Roosevelt University from Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, IL.  Graduating number seven out of a 450 senior class roster, she entered Roosevelt in 2010 with 15 hours of transferable advanced placement classes.

Danielle played first doubles during her stint on the Roosevelt Tennis Team.  She has been on the dean’s list every semester and graduates with a 3.9 grade point average.

Her energy, enthusiasm, and excitement for Roosevelt are reflected in her Roosevelt University experience.  She served as a Roosevelt Orientation Leader for four semesters meeting and mentoring over 300 incoming new students.  Last summer, Danielle became the Head Orientation Leader, supervising 30 Orientation Leaders.  She credits her leadership style to a Roosevelt Student Leadership Summit she attended in her sophomore year. In her last semester in Chicago, she was in charge of the entertainment committee for Relay for Life, one of the best events she has been involved in during her time at RU.

Danielle's commitment to Roosevelt was confirmed when she became a member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Society.  She received the Torch Award for student service  last semester and has been inducted into the Franklin Honor Society.

Danielle says she is never shy about celebrating Roosevelt’s commitment to social justice.  She says she has learned so much about her self and others… she wants to change the world and we know she will when she finds a teaching position in the Chicago area in the near future.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

End of the Semester Checklist of Student Responsibilities

The end of the semester requires much of students.  Here is a checklist of things to do to complete your semester successfully.
  • Key assessments must be turned in on TaskStream by the end of the semester - Friday, Dec. 13.   If you do not know what key assessments are required for your course or the deadline for submission, please consult immediately with your instructor.  A final grade of "F" may be received by students who do not submit required key assessments on TaskStream.
  • If you completed required field experiences this semester, you also need to submit your documentation of the completion of these hours on TaskStream.  Please consult with your instructor if you have any questions, and submit the required documentation by the end of the semester - Friday, Dec. 13.
  • Applications for Fall 2014 Student Teaching and Summer 2014 Counseling Practicum/Internship should have been submitted already via TaskStream.  If you have not yet submitted an application, and need to, please complete this requirement no later than December 13, 2013.  If you plan to Student Teach in Spring 2015, you may submit an application at any time up until the deadline of March 1, 2014.
  • If you are currently enrolled in an internship or student teaching, please remember to submit all your required key assessments on TaskStream, including an evaluation of your placement site and your program exit survey.  A final grade of "F" may be received by students who do not submit required key assessments on TaskStream.
  • If you plan to graduate in Spring 2014, please follow the Graduation link in your TaskStream account to complete the required application form by the deadline of January 13, 2014.
Please note that December 13, 2013 is the last day of the semester.  Your instructors will need your work in sufficient time to submit grades by the deadline of December 18, 2013.  Grades will be visible in RU Access on December 19, 2013.

Questions about end of the semester requirements should first be directed to your instructor, then to your advisor, and finally to your program director.  Information about TaskStream accounts and procedures for uploading requirements are available on the COE website.

Monday, December 2, 2013

CPS Student Teaching Workshop on December 11, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Chicago

On Wednesday, December 11, the CPS Student Teaching Program will host a workshop exclusively for fall student teachers.  The workshop will provide students an overview of the CPS Office of Diverse Learners Supports and Services (formerly the Office of Special Education and Supports). 

Staff from our Diverse Learners Office will provide an overview of special education services within the district.  Topics will include:

* Case Management
* Transition Services
* Clinical Services
* Inclusion Strategies
And much, much more!

The workshop is open to all grade levels and subject areas.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about specialized services within the district and speak with diverse learner experts.

Workshop details are as follows:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Chicago Public Schools
125 S. Clark Street
Central Office - 15th Floor - Room 1550
Chicago, Illinois  60603

Refreshments will be provided. 

To register, please click the link below:

Space is limited!

Toy Collection on Gage 8th Floor Ends December 10

The Office of Veterans Services, The Center for Student Involvement,  and The Center for Campus Life are sponsoring a toy drive for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  Since 1947, Toys for Tots has been collecting new, unwrapped toys for distribution as gifts to less fortunate children.

Now you can drop off your Toys for Tots presents on the 8th floor of Gage, inside the glass doors, between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.  There is not much time left since the toys will be picked up on Tuesday morning, December 10.  Just bring your new, unwrapped toys and place them in the box.

Please make this holiday season special for a less fortunate child in the Chicago area by donating a new, unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots. 

Thank you for your support.

Assistant Teacher Job Opportunity in Chicago

Cool Classics! is an after-school program that uses classic books to connect children to
a unified world of reading, art, culture, humanities and ideas. Created by an awardwinning
journalist, this nonprofit is committed to improving literacy among low-income
elementary school students, expanding their sense of arts and culture, creating readers
and critical thinkers and serving schools that have lost arts and culture programs and
are overwhelmed by demands of test-driven curricula. We aim to improve participants’
reading comprehension, analytic skills and build lasting communities of our students,
their families, teachers and school administrators to insure success as they continue
their education throughout their lives.

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays

Hours of Operation: After-school hours vary from school to school based on dismissal
time. Successful candidate will work up to 15 hours per week. The assistant teacher needs to
be committed to work schedule created by Cool Classics! administrators.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work under the direction of the Lead Teacher
• Serve as the assistant to the Lead Teacher for a group of 20-25 K through 3rd
grade students
• Use the Cool Classics! curricula to help Lead Teacher with lively sessions as
designed by the Lead Teacher to include

Location:  Various Chicago public and charter schools on the south and north sides. If public
transportation is not an option, arrangements for other transportation to the work site
may be available.

Applicants may send a resume or CV with cover letter to

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Teachers Needed Immediately at Perkins Bass Elementary School

Perkins Bass Elementary School has an immediate need for 3 special education teachers and a 2nd grade teacher.  If interested and qualified, please contact immediately the assistant principal of the school:

Stephen Fabiyi
Assistant Principal
The "New" Perkins Bass Elementary School
1140 W. 66th Street Chicago, IL. 60621
Office: 773-535-3279 Cell: 773-858-0299

Perkins Bass is partnering with the College of Education's Language and Literacy Program to enhance reading and literacy achievement in line with the Common Core Standards, and so they are very interested in receiving applications from RU graduates.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

RU Literacy Courses on Saturdays for K - 8 Youth In Schaumburg

The College of Education is pleased to announce the offering of literacy courses on Saturdays for K - 8 youth in Schaumburg, beginning on January 25, 2014.

Under the leadership of Dr. Becky McTague, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy, the Schaumburg Institute for Literacy Enrichment will offer 8 week courses on Saturdays beginning January 25, 2014.  Three course options are available for Schaumburg area youth and parents:

  1. SILE 001 - Accelerated Literacy.  This accelerated reading and writing workshop focuses on literature that is above current reading level, and organizes students to collaborate with like-minded peers. Enrollment is limited to 20 students; a letter of recommendation or evidence that the student has scored in the top 20% on an ISAT exam is required.  The tuition for this course is $280.
  2. SILE 002 - Literacy Enhancement.  This highly individualized academic support program focuses on age-and grade-appropriate literature, and organizes students to acquire fluency and reading, writing, listening and speaking strategies . Enrollment is limited to 20 students; test scores and recommendation letters are not required to register.  The tuition for this course is $280.
  3. SILE 003 - Digital Literacy.  This program focuses on using programming tools that allow students to learn how to develop, design, and code their own computer programs.  Enrollment is limited to 12 students; previous experience with computer coding is not required.  The tuition for this course is $350.

All courses meet from 9 a.m. to noon at the Schaumburg campus of Roosevelt University, 1400 North Roosevelt Blvd., directly across the street from IKEA.  A welcome to the program will be held at 8:30 a.m. on January 25th.

For more information and to register, visit the Schaumburg Institute for Literacy Enrichment page on the College of Education website.  Or, email Dr. Becky McTague at

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Elgin School District Bilingual Educators Job Fair on Nov. 23

Elgin School District U-46 will hold a job fair for bilingual educators on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Educational Service Center, 355 E Chicago Street, Elgin, IL 60120.

Attendees MUST submit an online application at prior to the event! RSVP via email at

District U-46 is looking for innovative and creative Bilingual Educators who would like to utilize their talents, skills and passion in a supportive environment.  Current needs in the district include:

  • ELL Bilingual Teachers 
  • Bilingual Early Childhood 
  • Bilingual Psychologist 
  • Bilingual Special Education 
  • Bilingual Speech Therapist 
  • Bilingual Social Worker

Candidates will have the unique opportunity to share resumes, review credentials and interview for the 2014-15 academic year.  Please bring copies of your resume, credentials and other professional documentation.

For more information, contact:

Amelia Gavina
Human Resources Coordinator
847-888-5000 x 7174

Dec. 7 Workshop on Teaching Close Reading in a Balanced Literacy Classroom

The literacy project at Roosevelt University funded by a grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education is pleased to offer a free workshop to College of Education students, faculty, and alumni.  The topic of the workshop is "What does close reading look like in the new balanced literacy classroom?"

Emphasis will be placed on the following:

  • How to model close reading during read alouds in all grades, K - 12
  • How to model close reading during small group and guided reading lessons
  • Developing language and literacy centers that focus on close reading activities
  • Teaching students to use close reading during independent reading and writing
  • Close reading in the disciplines
  • How to assess close reading behaviors

The workshop is free and will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at the Wabash Building at Roosevelt University from 9:00-12:00 in room 1111.  No advance registration is needed.  Contact Margaret Policastro at for more information.

Prairie Ridge High School Needs Long Term Sub in Chemistry and Physical Science

Prairie Ridge High School is looking for a long term maternity leave sub for chemistry and physical science starting in January for twelve weeks. If qualified and interested, please contact the point person below:

Kathy Gilbert
STEM Division Leader
Prairie Ridge High School
815-479-0404 x5399

Fellows Program for Undergraduates and Graduate Students Now Accepting Applications

Founded in 1971, Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) is a leading youth services agency that is based in Evanston, Illinois.  Y.O.U. provides a holistic set of services—afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, mentorship, and street outreach—that empower youth to realize their potential.  Each year, we serve 1,000 low-income youth, ages 8 to 21, and all of our services are provided at no cost.

Y.O.U. is seeking applicants for its Spring 2014 Impact Fellows Program.  Impact Fellows serve as youth workers and workshop leaders at Y.O.U.’s afterschool programs in Evanston and Skokie, IL.  This Fellowship offers undergraduate and graduate students an exciting opportunity to learn best practices, impact kids' lives, and prepare for a career in youth development, education, or the non-profit sector.

Fellows are asked to devote 12-15 hours a week to the program from January 27, 2013 through May 23, 2013 and are provided with a stipend of $700 to support their time. The highly selective Impact Fellowship is aimed at talented, motivated, and caring students who seek to:

1.  Make a Difference in the Lives of Youth
2.  Develop crucial career and life skills

Primary responsibilities of the Impact Fellow include:

  • Support youth three days a week by serving as youth workers and workshop leaders for Y.O.U.’s afterschool program
  • Help lead workshops on social and emotional enrichment and life skills
  • Develop, implement and facilitate academic, cultural, artistic and recreational enrichment activities
  • Deliver small group instruction and homework help in a safe and structured environment
  • Engage youth in meaningful service learning projects
  • Build positive relationships with youth that support their success and well-being in and out of school time
  • Help youth build healthy positive relationships with each other, with adults, and with their families
  • Actively pursue connections and build relationships with parents of Y.O.U. youth

In addition to their service, Impact Fellows will:

  • Receive training in youth development practices and strategies to support their work with youth
  • Have close supervision of their work and receive both formal and informal feedback to help them grow

 In general, the Impact 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
  • Ability to commit to 3 weekday afterschool sessions, which run from 3:00 to 7:00 pm or 2:30 to 6:30 pm, per week

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please visit to apply. Contact for more information.

Y.O.U. also has open youth worker positions for students eligible for work study. If you are eligible for work study at your university and are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ariel Maschke at

Nov. 21 Lecture on The Role of Schooling in Contemporary Struggles for Social Equality

The St. Clair Drake Center for African and African-American Studies, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson, is sponsoring a lecture by R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, PhD, an assistant professor of sociology and black studies at the City College of New York-CUNY.  Professor Lewis-McCoy’s forthcoming book– Inequality in the Promised Land – will be published this summer by Stanford University Press. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. It begins at 5:30 p.m. on November 21 on the 10th floor of the Auditorium Building, in the Murray-Green Library.

For more information, contact Professor Alfred DeFreece at

Photographs by Jessica Dimmock at the Gage Gallery

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Gage Gallery present The Ninth Floor: Photographs by Jessica Dimmock. Award-winning photographer Jessica Dimmock photographed a group of heroin users living on “The Ninth Floor” of a Manhattan building in a surprising, powerful, and intimate way. Dimmock’s contemporary visual language, coupled with a strong narrative approach, compels the viewer to understanding and to care. 

The show runs through December 14 on the first floor of the Gage Building, at 18 South Michigan Ave. The exhibition is made possible with generous financial support from Susan B. Rubnitz and with additional support from Flax Art and Frame. 

For more information, contact Professor Mike Ensdorf at or visit

Math Tutoring Available - Auditorium Building, Room 401

Event Date: Now – 12/11/2013

Need to brush up on your skills?  Does math have you stressed out?  Need a place to do work and get help?  Help is available!!  Come to the Math Department Tutoring Center in AUD 401 - tutors are ready to help you!
  • MONDAY 9am-6pm 
  • TUESDAY 1pm-7pm 
  • WEDNESDAY 9am-6pm 
  • THURSDAY 1pm-6pm 
  • FRIDAY 9am-11am and 12pm -5pm 
The schedule will change during finals week. The changes will be posted on the door of the Tutoring Center.
Contact Norma Moore for more information:

Komensky Elementary School in Berwyn is Hiring a Bilingual Interventionist

A bilingual interventionist is needed at Komensky Elementary School in South Berwyn District SD100.  Komensky School has a student population of approximately 85% Latino students with a large bilingual program.  Our bilingual interventionist works closely with our reading specialists and ESL teachers to provide intervention support to students in the bilingual program.  

For more information, contact:

Jeremy J. Majeski
Principal, D100 Literacy Director
Komensky Elementary School
2515 S. Cuyler
Berwyn, IL 60402
(O) 708.795.2342

(F)  708.795.1254

Friday, November 15, 2013

COE Announces Search for an Assistant Professor of ESL/Bilingual Education

The Language and Literacy Program in the College of Education at Roosevelt University invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in ESL/bilingual education.

The Language and Literacy Program offers an MA degree in Reading with Reading Specialist, ESL/Bilingual, and Post-Secondary Reading concentrations. Over the next five years, the College of Education plans to integrate ESL/Bilingual coursework into all of its teacher preparation programs, mostly through online coursework. The development of a multilingual/multicultural degree program is another goal of the college.

The principles that gave rise to Roosevelt University continue to drive us. Roosevelt University was founded in 1945 on the belief that higher education should be accessible to all academically qualified students. Today, Roosevelt is the fourth most ethnically diverse college in the Midwest (U.S. News and World Report, 2013), a nonsectarian institution that prepares students to assume roles as leaders in their professions and communities. The College of Education prepares students to serve as teachers, counselors, and leaders in diverse schools, organizations, and communities. We invite you to contribute your talents to our mission.

The review of applications will begin January 6, 2014 and continue until the position is closed. The starting date for this position is August 15, 2014.

Minimum Qualifications. An earned doctorate or ABD in second language studies, bilingual education, TESOL, language acquisition and development, curriculum and instruction, or a related area is required.

Experience in online teaching and using innovative technologies also is desirable.

Preferred Qualifications. Preferred candidates will have a substantial background in teaching ESL in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade settings, teaching diverse student populations, and providing professional development to in-service teachers.

To apply and obtain contact information, visit the Roosevelt University Human Resources website at

Friday, November 8, 2013

Green Beginnings Childcare is Hiring Teachers, Assistants and Aides

Green Beginnings Childcare & Early Development Center in Chicago is seeking candidates for a few positions in their facility. They are located at 1436 West Randolph, 1st Floor.

If interested, send immediately your resume and three (3) letters of recommendation to  For more information please contact Green Beginnings at (312) 226-4256.

IEA Hosts A Student Program Conference on November 22-23 in Lisle, IL

The Illinois Education Association is hosting a Student Program Conference on November 22-23, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, Illinois.  Keynote speaker Terrance Green is a former NEA Student Program leader, high school teacher, author, and nationally recognized speaker.  This conference is geared toward the needs of future teachers.

More information and an online registration form are available at the website for the IEA Student Program.  Future teachers are encouraged to register online or call (217) 321-2311.

An Evening with Pedro Noguera, Co-Author of Creating the Opportunity to Learn

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013 the Illinois Resource Center is sponsoring "An Evening With Pedro Noguera - Educating Immigrant and Bilingual Youth: What Educators Can Do to Create Safe Havens for Immigrant and Bilingual Student Populations" at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook, IL.

Dr. Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and is a regular commentator on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.  Online registration is available online at  For more information visit this link:

UNO Charter School Network Needs a 7th-8th Grade Reading Teacher

Location: UNO Carlos Fuentes Charter School, 2845 W Barry Ave,Chicago, IL
  • Bachelor's degree (required)
  • Masters degree in education (preferred)
  • At least one year of teaching experience (preferred)
  • Experience working with children who have been educationally underserved
  • Candidate must be able to demonstrate the academic progress of students under his/her leadership and articulate the methods used to achieve those results
  • Valid Illinois Professional Educator License or equivalent (required)
  • Middle School Language Arts Endorsement (required)
  • Reading Endorsement (preferred)
  • National Board Teaching Certification (optional)

Englewood Daycare Is Looking for Type 04 Teachers

Children Learn and Play Daycare is looking for Type 04 teachers at their Englewood location. The hours available are 9am-3pm.

All interested candidates please forward through email your cover letters, resumes, and transcripts to the attention of Mashanda Scott:  Fax also may be used: (773) 966-7168.

For more information, contact:

Mrs. Mashanda Humphrey-Scott M.Ed
Children Learn and Play Daycare II
6512 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60621
(773) 966-7162 (o)
(773) 966-7168 (f)
(773) 759-3691 (c)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Schaumburg Campus Brown Bag Sessions on Nov. 5 and 7

The University has formed a committee of Schaumburg faculty to examine and evaluate multiple components of the Schaumburg campus: programs, governance, and operations.  To secure input from all stakeholders, the committee has organized two brown-bag sessions.  All students and faculty are invited to attend.

The first session is Nov. 5 at noon; the second session is Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m.  Both meetings are in Room 713.  A reservation is not required to attend.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Invitation to a Kickoff Event for RU REDESIGN

The College of Education invites all stakeholders - school partners, students, alumni, and faculty - to celebrate the start of RU REDESIGN, a year long grant project funded by the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust.  The goals of the project are to redesign the elementary education program, hire an assistant professor in ESL/bilingual education, and develop a five year strategic plan that will make more visible the important role that teacher preparation plays in the achievement of the Roosevelt University mission.     

Details about the kickoff event are listed below. 

When: Nov. 10, 2013  
Where:  Gage 700, 18 South Michigan Ave.
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Please email your reservation to Betty White at by Friday, November 8, at noon, or call at 312-853-4754.

Drinks and appetizers will be served.

Job Openings Of Potential Interest to Alumni

Here is a compilation of all of the job openings that have been sent to the College of Education over the last two weeks.

25 Teacher Openings in Chicago That Need To Be Filled Immediately

Friday, November 1, 2013

25 Teacher Openings in Chicago That Need To Be Filled Immediately

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is a not-for-profit school management organization that manages 29 schools and serves more than 17,000 children across Chicago. They currently have 25 teacher openings across their network that need to be filled immediately. Nearly half of these positions are special education vacancies.

AUSL would love to be able to tap into Roosevelt University's vast student and alumni network to fill their teacher openings.  Class of December 2013 graduates who are looking for teaching opportunities upon graduation are especially encouraged to apply!

If you are interested in a position with AUSL, please contact Sabine Champagne.  She is available and willing to provide you with specific information about AUSL.  Sabine's cell and email address are below.

Sabine Champagne
Manager of Talent Acquisition for AUSL Schools
Academy for Urban School Leadership

cell: 312-286-6501

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Learning for a Lifetime Childcare Center is Hiring Childcare Educators

The Learning for a Lifetime Childcare Center in Chicago is hiring teachers for their program.

They are seeking Teacher-Level 1/2 which requires applicants to be at least 19 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and be working towards an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.

They are also hiring for their Teacher Level 3/4 position which requires applicants to be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and be working toward an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.

Resumes can be forwarded to

College of Education Invites Arts and Sciences Faculty to Lunch

The College of Education invites all faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education to a pizza lunch at each campus to celebrate the start of RU REDESIGN, a year long grant project funded by the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust.  The goals of the project are to redesign the elementary education program, hire an assistant professor in ESL/bilingual education, and develop a five year strategic plan that will make more visible the important role that disciplinary faculty play in the preparation of highly qualified teachers, counselors, and school leaders.    

Details about the lunch are listed below.

When: Nov. 8, 2013 
Where:  AUD 320 and SC 707
Time:  12 – 1, prior to A&S College Council

Please email your reservation to Betty White at by Thursday, November 7, at noon.  In your email, please specify the campus at which you will munch.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Paraprofessional and Teachers Needed Immediately at Rowe Elementary in Chicago

Rowe Elementary School in Chicago welcomes applications for the following role(s), which need to be filled immediately:
  1. Part-time Recruitment & Enrollment Manager / Apply to: Ana Martinez, Principal,
  2. Special Education Classroom Assistant (Paraprofessional) / Apply to: Kristin Olson, Director of Special Education,
  3. Associate Teacher / Apply to: Ana Martinez, Principal,
  4. Elementary Teacher / Apply to: Ana Martinez, Principal,
  5. Special Education Teacher / Apply to: Ana Martinez, Principal,
If interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and completed RES Employment Application with your desired position as your subject line to the person listed above.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Spring 14 Travel Abroad Course to South Africa

Dr. Heather Dalmage is teaching a course at the end of the spring semester called Sociology 329/429: Whiteness in a Global Society.  This course entails travel to South Africa, and meets from May 3 to May 18, 2014.

To LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COURSE and the TRAVEL, all education undergraduate and graduate students are invited to an info session on Monday, Oct 28th, from 4 to 5 p.m. in AUD 720.

Alternatively, contact Heather Dalmage at 312.341.3692 or

See some of the following places:

Soweto *  Apartheid Museum * Robben Island and Nelson Mandela’s story of incarceration * Safari * Cape of Good Hope *  Education  *  Culture  * Incarceration and Juvenile Justice * Indian Ocean * Hluhluwe * Afrikaans  * Zulu * Khosa * Cradle of Humanity * Maropeng * Pretoria * Khayelitsha * Townships * Inequality * Whiteness * Neoliberalism * Sangoma * Western Cape *KwaZulu-Natal * Guateng * so much more!