Monday, January 27, 2014

Register Now for an Online Teacher Job Fair

About the Illinois Online Teacher Job Fairs:

The Deadline to Apply to Job Fairs is
January 31, 2013

For Elementary & Middle School Teachers

Over 20 Illinois private schools are seeking Elementary & Middle School teachers for the 2014-2015 school year. Applicants must have a current IL teaching credential, or be eligible for credentialing before the start of the school year.

To register and apply, Click Here or visit

For High School Teachers

Over 10 Illinois private schools are seeking High School teachers for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applicants must have a current IL teaching credential, or be eligible for credentialing before the start of the school year.

To register and apply Click Here or visit

Steve Tozer Lecture on January 28th Cancelled

Due to the cold weather, the guest lecture by Dr. Steve Tozer, scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., has been canceled.  A new date for the lecture will be communicated shortly.

Free Literacy Teaching Workshop at RU on Feb. 8

Below are some details related to another free literacy teaching workshop for K-12 teachers and RU education students.  The workshop is sponsored by the Language and Literacy Program at Roosevelt University, thanks to funding rom the Illinois Board of Higher Education.  A reservation to attend is not required.

Save the dateFebruary 8th, 2014, 9:00-12:00, Roosevelt University, Wabash Building, room 1111
Workshop title: What does reading in the disciplines look like in a balanced literacy classroom?

All faculty, students, and alumni of the College of Education and Roosevelt University are invited to attend the forthcoming February 8th workshop What does reading in the disciplines look like in a balanced literacy classroom?   Timothy Shanahan (2013) discusses disciplinary literacy and the challenges it brings forth within CCSS as follows:

Past standards have not made a big deal out of reading in history/social studies or science
Emphasis was on learning how to read and applying these skills to content area textbooks
However, there are unique reading demands within the various disciplines (reading history is not the same thing as reading literature, etc.)
       The common core state standards requires specialized reading emphasis for literature, history/social studies and science/technical subjects.  Each discipline possesses its own language, purposes, ways of using text
There are special skills and strategies needed for students to make complete sense of texts from the disciplines
As students begin to confront these kinds of texts (especially in middle school and high school), instruction must facilitate their understanding of what it means to read disciplinary texts

In order to meet these challenges, it is our goal to provide teachers with tools to assist in implementing disciplinary literacy within their classrooms. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to grade levels planning CCSS thematic units within the disciplines.  We are working hard on getting materials and resources ready for the day. As always, those who attend can plan on leaving with important materials.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers and Graduate Students

The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will offer a three-week NEH Summer Institute on July 14-Aug. 1, 2014.  This dynamic learning experience for K-12 teachers will explore how Native Americans and Euro-Americans have adapted to the Upper Mississippi River Valley over the past 13,500 years, and how archaeology leads to an understanding of how human cultures change and adapt through time. 

The Institute will feature a one-day excavation experience, field trips to archaeological sites, hands-on laboratory and workshop activities, demonstrations, and classroom activities. Individual projects will help participants tailor the content to their own teaching areas. NEH Summer Scholars receive a $2,700 stipend to help offset their expenses.

Application and other information on the Institute is available online at  Please note that current full-time graduate students who intend to pursue careers in K-12 teaching are eligible to apply.  The deadline for applications is March 4, 2014.    

For more information, contact:
Bonnie L. Jancik
Director of Public Education
Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center
at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Guest Lecture on Global Issues in Education - Jan. 28, 2014

Please join us for a special conversation on

Global Issues in Education

featuring Dr. Steve Tozer

Tuesday, January 28th

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Refreshments
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  – Program

The Gage Building, 18 South Michigan Avenue
7th Floor, Continuing Education Center

Refreshments will be served

Dr. Tozer will speak to College of Education students and faculty regarding global issues in Education and where he sees U.S. education reform heading.  Steve Tozer is a professor of Educational Policy Studies, and founding Coordinator, EdD Program in Urban Education. He began as a kindergarten teacher at Hull House, and director of an early childhood center in Uptown Chicago.  Later, he directed an alternative school for adjudicated Cook County youth. After doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Tozer served as head of Curriculum and Instruction at the institution; chair of Policy Studies at UIC; president of the American Educational Studies Association; Chair of the Governor’s Council on Educator Quality in Illinois; and Chair of a State Legislative Task Force on school leader preparation. His collaborations with colleagues at UIC and Chicago Public Schools have been funded by the Broad Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur Foundation, and others. He is lead author of a textbook, School and Society, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, 6th Edition (2009), and lead editor of The Handbook of Research in Social Foundations of Education (2011).  Dr. Tozer received his Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Education at the University of Illinois; his M.Ed. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Loyola University of Chicago; and his B.A. in German from Dartmouth College.

Please confirm your attendance by sending your RSVP to Jeanne Barnas

at by Friday, January 24th.

Chicago Public School Field Placement Announcement

The Office of Field Placements is working very hard to obtain timely field placements for Chicago students enrolled in Spring 2014 courses.  To help us in this endeavor, we ask that you please take the steps outlined below to receive approval from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to complete field experiences at a Chicago public school.

Approval is required before you or can enter a CPS School for the purpose of a field experience.  You do not need to go through this process if you have previously received CPS approval.   If you are a Schaumburg student taking a course in Chicago, and you expect to complete all your experiences outside of the city of Chicago, you do not need to go through the approval process.

To obtain CPS approval, two steps are needed:

  1. Complete and submit the online registration form available at  Indicate that Geraldine Chavers is the field placement coordinator at Roosevelt University, and use this phone number for the contact number: 312-853-4750.
  2. Complete a criminal background check through Accurate Biometrics.  Before going to Accurate Biometrics, complete the authorization form on page 2 of the CPS Field Experience and Fingerprinting Guide found at bring it with you to your appointment.  The background check costs $50.  If you already have a valid criminal background check, you can submit it to CPS by following the directions listed on the authorization form.

CPS will e-mail you a formal Approval Notice--it could take up to 2 weeks to receive your CPS Approval Notice, so you should begin the registration process ASAP.

Once a placement is made, either the Office of Field Placements or your instructor will inform you of the placement site and contact information. Be sure to check your RU email regularly for notification about your field placement.

High School Science Teacher Needed Immediately

Tilden High School is currently seeking a certified Science teacher to start immediately for the second semester of the 2013-2014 school year.  A variety of course offerings to teach are available, preference for Chemistry.

Tilden is a neighborhood high school located in the Canaryville/Back of the Yards neighborhood.  The school is currently partnering with Columbia College to integrate digital media into teaching and learning at the school via a Convergence Academy.  The school operates on a 4x4 block schedule.  Interested candidates should submit resumes to Principal Maurice Swinney,

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Science Teacher Needed at Park Junior High School

Park Junior High School in LaGrange has an immediate need for a science teacher. One of their science teachers is pregnant and will leave in two weeks.  The principal's contact information is:

Phil Abraham: , 708-215-7131

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Job Outlook for Teachers and Counselors

The Wall Street Journal has recently published information provided by the United States Labor Department about the likelihood of job growth in various fields over the next 10 years.  Click on this link to see the article.

The news for educators and counselors is very good.  The article contains a searchable table that readers can use to sort and search for specific occupations, such as chemistry teacher, mental health counselor, and others.

Friday, January 10, 2014

School Discipline Guidance Package

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), today (1/10/14) released a school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts and schools in developing practices and strategies to enhance school climate, and ensure those policies and practices comply with federal law. Even though incidents of school violence have decreased overall, too many schools are still struggling to create positive, safe environments. Schools can improve safety by making sure that climates are welcoming and that responses to misbehavior are fair, non-discriminatory and effective. Each year, significant numbers of students miss class due to suspensions and expulsions-even for minor infractions of school rules-and students of color and with disabilities are disproportionately impacted. The guidance package provides resources for creating safe and positive school climates, which are essential for boosting student academic success and closing achievement gaps.

"Effective teaching and learning cannot take place unless students feel safe at school," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "Positive discipline policies can help create safer learning environments without relying heavily on suspensions and expulsions. Schools also must understand their civil rights obligations and avoid unfair disciplinary practices. We need to keep students in class where they can learn. These resources are a step in the right direction."

The resource package consists of four components:

·         The Dear Colleague guidance letter on civil rights and discipline, prepared in conjunction with DOJ, describes how schools can meet their legal obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating against students on the basis of race, color or national origin;

·         The Guiding Principles document draws from emerging research and best practices to describe three key principles and related action steps that can help guide state and local efforts to improve school climate and school discipline;

·         The Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources indexes the extensive federal technical assistance and other resources related to school discipline and climate available to schools and districts; and

·         The Compendium of School Discipline Laws and Regulations, an online catalogue of the laws and regulations related to school discipline in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, compares laws across states and jurisdictions.

"A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal's office, not in a police precinct," Attorney General Eric Holder said. "This guidance will promote fair and effective disciplinary practices that will make schools safe, supportive and inclusive for all students. By ensuring federal civil rights protections, offering alternatives to exclusionary discipline and providing useful information to school resource officers, we can keep America's young people safe and on the right path."

The guidance package is a resource resulting from a collaborative project-the Supportive School Discipline Initiative (SSDI)-between ED and DOJ. The SSDI, launched in 2011, addresses the school-to-prison pipeline and the disciplinary policies and practices that can push students out of school and into the justice system. The initiative aims to support instead school discipline practices that foster safe, inclusive and positive learning environments while keeping students in school. The Department of Justice enforces Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or national origin in public schools, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin by schools, law enforcement agencies, and other recipients of federal financial assistance.

The guidance package also results from President Obama's Now is the Time proposal to reduce gun violence. It called on ED to collect and disseminate best practices on school discipline policies and to help school districts develop and equitably implement their policies. To both continue ED/DOJ efforts in connection with SSDI and fulfill the administration's commitment to "Now is the Time," the guidance package was developed with additional input from civil rights advocates, major education organizations and philanthropic partners.

To view the resource documents, visit State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies and schools may also request a copy of the package by calling Education Publications at (877) 433-7827

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Avoid the $100 Late Fee - Apply for Graduation Before January 13, 2014

Spring 2014 Graduation Information

RU Access Online Application Deadline:August 31, 2013 - January 13, 2014
How to Apply
Late Application Deadline Information*:
Late Application Fee: 
A $100 late fee will be
charged for all application received after
January 13, 2013
*January 14, 2014 - April 4, 2014
(Apply Late)

To have name listed in
Commencement booklet
application must be received by
April 4, 2014**
Commencement Ceremony Date:May 2, 2014
Degree Conferral Date:May 2, 2014
All degrees posted and transcripts available:May 30, 2014

**Important note for late spring 2014 applicants: If your application is received by graduation services after April 4, 2014 you may still participate in the ceremony, but your name will not appear in the Commencement book.  You will receive a name card the day of the ceremony so your name will be announced.

Mansfield Institute Announces Spring 2014 Events

The Mansfield Institute invites students, faculty, and alumni to attend one or more of the following Spring 2014 events:

Disproportionate Minority Contact Summit (DMC)
Friday, February 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Congress Lounge. 
DMC is generally defined as the phenomenon of Black and Latino youth coming in contact with the criminal justice system in far greater numbers than they represented in the general population. We will explore the causes and possible pathways to reducing DMC.

Mansfield Lecture: Professor Carl Hart
High Price: A Neuroscientists’ Journey of Self-Discovery 
Thursday, March 27, 4:30 p.m., Murray Green Library
Professor Hart will discuss the false basis upon which the War on Drugs has been created and explore ways to shift the public discourse in a way that reflects the science of drug use, not the political and media hype.

The Matthew Freeman Lecture: Professor Victor Rios
Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys 
Wednesday, April 2, 5:30 p.m., Murray Green Library
Professor Rios explores the "youth control complex" and shows the ways black and Latino boys face "control" rather than care from adults in all spaces they interact. The detrimental effects can be seen in the rates of the school push out, delinquency, incarceration and violence.

To RSVP for the Mansfield Lecture or the Matthew Freeman Lecture email Callie Skwiat at, To register for the DMC Summit:

For more information, contact the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation at: 312-341-2150

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Nominations Sought for History Teacher of the Year

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the annual National History Teacher of the Year Award, given to the best American history teacher in the United States. The National History Teacher of the Year is chosen from outstanding history teachers in each state, district and U.S. territory. The Illinois History Teacher of the Year will compete for the national award, which is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Preserve America and HISTORY (the History Channel).

Nominations for the National History Teacher of the Year can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor (including department head, principal, superintendent, curriculum director), or other education professional familiar with the teacher’s work. State winners receive $1,000 and an archive of books and other resources for their school. Each winner is honored in a ceremony in his or her home state. The national winner receives $10,000.

Elementary school teachers (grades K–6) and middle and high school teachers (grades 7–12) are honored in separate categories in alternate years. The 2014 National History Teacher of the Year Award will honor a middle or high school level teacher.

To nominate a teacher and learn more about the award, visit or contact the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year coordinator at or (646) 366-9666. You may also contact your state coordinator, Sarah McCusker of the Illinois State Board of Education, at (217) 524-4832 or

The nomination deadline is Feb. 1, 2014.

Summer Fellowships for Teachers

Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers supports educators' efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. By trusting teachers to design unique fellowships, Fund for Teachers grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership, as well. Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested $20 million in more than 5,500 teachers, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students.

The deadline to apply for 2014 Summer Fellowships is January 30, 2014.  

Daily Herald Publishes Article About New Youth Enrichment Courses

On Sunday, The Daily Herald published an article about the College of Education’s new slate of youth enrichment courses.  The courses begin on January 25.

To read the article, click on the link below.

Monday, January 6, 2014

PBS Seeks Innovative Educators

PBS is looking for 100 of America’s most innovative educators.  Applications for 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator will be accepted Dec. 11 through Feb. 14. This year-long program is designed to foster and reward a community of 100 digitally-savvy K-12 educators. Get started at

Paid Tutors Needed Immediately in Barrington, IL

The Huntington Learning Center in Barrington, Illinois needs degreed tutors for ACT preparation, and also for small children who need help with their math, phonics, and verbal skills.

For more information, contact:

Heloise Pechan
Center Director
Huntington Learning Center
The Foundry
722 W.Northwest Highway
Barrington, Illinois 60010  (847) 382-3615