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

Alumni and others who are actively searching for jobs or open to new possibilities can receive job announcements from the College of Education as soon as they are posted by using one of the following approaches:

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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