Friday, March 21, 2014

Elgin U-46 Job Fair on Sat., March 22

Elgin School District U-46 invites you to attend the 2014/2015 Educator Job Fair!

When:         Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where:        Educational Service Center – 355 E Chicago St., Elgin IL 60120

U-46 is a huge district with tons of openings - especially for bilingual candidates. 

As a candidate, you will have the unique opportunity to share your resume, review your credentials and
interview for the 2014/2015 school year.

What to bring?
Resume, copies of your credentials and other professional documentation that pertain to your

You must submit an online application at prior to attending the event.

Please RSVP via email:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Counseling Program Receives Positive Accreditation Report

This is a quick note to inform all faculty and students about the very positive oral report that we received on March 5 from the CACREP accreditation team that spent two days reviewing our Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Programs.            

The team was extremely impressed with all aspects of our programs, but especially our faculty and the curriculum and assessments that have been developed to prepare students for real world contexts and service to diverse communities.  The enthusiasm and initiative of students around the Counseling Student Association also was noted, as well as the very positive view of our students conveyed by employers and clinical site supervisors.  I could go on and on; it was quite a laundry list of strengths that was communicated to us.

The team also conveyed useful suggestions for improvement, and highlighted three standards where we will be required, in the future, to provide additional evidence of our meeting the standard.  For those of you who are unaware, CACREP has over 200 standards that our Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Programs are expected to meet.  The team leader of our review—a veteran of 15 accreditation visits to universities around the country—stated that he had never before been a contributor to a report with so few standards in need of further evidence.  From his perspective, our overarching excellence made the writing of the report the easiest that he had ever experienced.   His view was seconded by another team member who has conducted counseling program site visits over the past twenty years.

In his conclusion, the team leader praised the high quality of the materials presented for review, as well as the leadership and organization of the visit.  I wish to convey my own deep appreciation to the full-time faculty who were deeply involved in the preparation of the materials and the planning for the visit:  Bruce Dykeman, Renate Rohde, Holly Stadler, Dennis Frank, Kristina Peterson, and Jasmine Knight.  Your hard work over the last five years has clearly been recognized.  I also wish to thank Renate Rohde for diligently preparing and implementing the schedule for the visit, as well as our administrators and clerical staff who were essential contributors at both campuses: Lina Eskew, Keyoka Parks, Nancy Sondy, Brittany Carlsen, Betty White, and Janice Stashwick.  Numerous students, part-time faculty, site supervisors, alumni, and stakeholders outside of the college also gave their time and support to the accreditation team—thank you for all that you have done, and will do, on behalf of our Counseling programs.

In July, we expect to receive official word about the re-accreditation of our programs.  However, what I know right now is that we have an outstanding team of counselors and counselor candidates that is producing strong evidence of impact and effectiveness.  I look forward to the successes yet to come, and to working with our Counseling program and the entire college to shape a better, brighter, and more just tomorrow.

Tom Philion
Interim Dean

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jobs COE: Your New Resource For Job Hunting

The College of Education actively seeks out job offerings and opportunities for students and alumni, and posts them to Jobs COE, our new jobs blog.  Anyone may follow the blog, and it also is possible to submit an email address to receive job descriptions whenever they are posted.   Just insert your email address into the appropriate space on the right sidebar of Jobs COE.

Jobs COE also is linked to our College of Education website, via the News and Events web page.  In addition, users who access news postings on the Everything COE blog can quickly access Jobs COE via the tab that is now located at the top of the Everything COE blog.

When a job announcement is received, it is placed first on the Jobs COE blog.  Postings are then shared via Facebook and Twitter.  Look for a link to the Jobs COE blog at the end of each Everything COE email, and visit regularly to keep an eye on the latest postings.

Steve Tozer Lecture on March 18 on Global Issues in Education

Please join us for a special conversation on

Global Issues in Education

featuring Dr. Steve Tozer

Tuesday, March 18th

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

Click here to RSVP

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 Friday, March 14th, by clicking on this link here: