Monday, September 30, 2013

Roosevelt Receives $100,000 Grant To Redesign Elementary Education Program

During the 2013-14 academic year, Roosevelt University’s College of Education will revise its curriculum to help elementary education students become better classroom teachers and meet new and more rigorous national and state standards in content areas like mathematics, literacy, science and social studies.

Faculty members from Roosevelt’s colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences along with teachers and principals from Chicago elementary schools will be working together during the academic year to develop new courses designed to give future teachers the knowledge and skills they need to be outstanding teachers.

Their work is being underwritten by a $100,000 grant recently awarded to Roosevelt from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

“I want to thank the Searle Funds for supporting our efforts to enhance teacher-education programs,” said Tom Philion, interim dean of the College of Education.   “This cross-college initiative will powerfully impact the learning of students in the Chicago Public Schools and other districts in Cook County.”

Philion said he expects that education students will have earlier and more focused experiences in schools, more preparation for instructing and assessing diverse learners, and higher expectations for content skills and knowledge.  “This program will increase the number of Roosevelt students who are accomplished in an academic discipline as well as trained to teach multi-lingual and multi-cultural student populations,” he said.

As part of the initiative, Roosevelt also will hire an assistant professor with expertise in language development and develop a new organizational structure for all teacher preparation programs on its Chicago and Schaumburg Campuses.

“The redesigned courses will be ready for implementation in the fall 2014 semester,” Philion said. “At that time, the College of Education will be well on its way to transitioning to a new day in teacher education.”

Friday, September 27, 2013

Education Commons Returns: Thursday, October 10, 7:35 p.m.

The Elementary Education Program is pleased to announce the return of Education Commons.  Our fall Education Commons session will be held on Thursday, October 10, beginning at 7:35 pm in Gage 407.

Education Commons is a panel discussion that is videoconferenced between Roosevelt and the University of Southern Queensland at Toowoomba. The panel of six, three members in Chicago and three in Australia, will discuss the topics of assessment and accountability. The Chicago panel will include two Roosevelt College of Education alumni and a consultant from McGraw Hill.

Please join us as we discuss the educational assessment and accountability issues we all face. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Judy Gouwens at

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity: Applications Due Dec. 1, 2013

The Golden Apple Foundation annually invites first and second year college students to apply to become Pathway Scholars.  Scholars receive approximately $14,000 in financial assistance during their junior and senior years contingent upon the completion of a teacher preparation program, the achievement of at least a 2.5 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average, and the fulfillment of a five-year commitment to teach in an Illinois school of need.  Applications are available from COE Student Support Specialists Ligia Amarei ( in Schaumburg or Lily Castillo ( in Chicago.  More information is available on the COE Undergraduate Scholarships website.

Job Announcement: 7th Grade Math Teacher Needed in Hazelcrest, IL

Roosevelt alumna Patrice Pierce reports that there is a need for a 7th grade math teacher in Hazelcrest School District 152.5.   More information about this job can be found on the school district website.  Click the link to learn more.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Field Placement Webinar and FAQ Web Page

To facilitate answers to commonly asked questions, the Office of Field Placement has added two new resources to the COE website.

1.     New Webinar:  
The Field Placement Office has created a webinar that will explain the various aspects of field placements. You will learn what courses require field hours, where will you complete your field hours, how to verify your completed hours and how to complete your background check. Please click on the above link to learn more.

2.   Frequently Asked Questions About Placements:
The Office of Field Placement frequently receives questions from students about their placements, such as: How do I know I have an observation placement?  When will I begin my field observation hours?  This webpage provides answers; click to learn more. 

Need additional assistance?:  Contact Ms. Gerri Chavers, Field Placement Coordinator   312.853.4753

Free and Discounted Tickets: 2nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival

The Mansfield Institute at Roosevelt University is a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival and has a few free tickets for students and faculty, as well as a 30 % off code: CISCFF13.  Here is the key information:

2nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival

When: Friday September 27 through Sunday September 29 at the Icon Theaters (150 W. Roosevelt). 
Choose from films from across the world with the goal of inspiring people to act to address some of the world's most significant issues.

Need More Information? Please contact Nancy Michaels at or Jennifer Tani at:

Reserve your seats ASAP since space is very limited.
For information about the films and discussions: