Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TaskStream Help

All students who need to submit work via TaskStream need to use the appropriate program codes as listed on our RU COE Website

This site also provides information about our policies regarding the use of TaskStream and step-by-step instructions on how to self-enroll in our programs.

Please contact Lina Eskew, Director of Assessment, at 847-619-8482 or via email at leskew@roosevelt.edu for further information.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Elementary Student Will Deliver Commencement Address

Joanna Rivera, an undergraduate elementary education major, has been selected as the student commencement speaker for the afternoon graduation ceremony on Friday, May 2.  Joanna just completed her student teaching experience, and is an honor student with a concentration in psychology.  Congratulations, Joanna!

The university began the tradition of having a student commencement speaker in December, 2013.  A Special Education major, Danielle Smith, was the very first speaker.  So the College of Education is now two-for-two with respect to student commencement addresses.

The afternoon ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium Theater.  The College of Education, the College of Education, and the College of Professional Studies will participate.  Details about all the graduation activities on May 2 are available at:


An Invitation For Pre-Service Teachers

RU teacher candidates are cordially invited to participate as adult facilitators at the OUR AMERICAN VOICE annual student summit.

DATE:  Tuesday, June 10, 2014
TIME:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
LOCATION:  UIC Forum 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60607

OUR AMERICAN VOICE® is a project-based learning initiative that develops leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills and encourages middle-school students to collaborate as they learn the fundamentals of American democracy and work to create positive change in their communities. The program has been implemented in a diverse variety of school and youth center environments.

FOUR CORE PRINCIPLES The program fosters the knowledge and skills essential to the functioning of a democratic society and the empowerment of young citizens. The program focuses on four Core Principles:
1. Citizenship is a way of life, not a singular event.
2. With our rights and freedoms come responsibilities.
3. The success of the individual and the community are interdependent (“E Pluribus Unum”).
4. Informed participation by the people shapes and sustains our democracy.

OAV ANNUAL SUMMIT is hosted by the Barat Education Foundation and is designed to showcase the students involved in the program.  Program activities are designed to capture student attitudes about civic engagement and the OAV program.  The Summit is an opportunity for students to show their ideals about engagement and the OAV program at large.

We anticipate 300 students at the 2014 OAV summit.  Student participants attend middle school in one of the eighteen Chicago and Berwyn public schools that are currently implementing the OAV program.  Teachers and administrators from these schools will also be in attendance at the OAV summit.

We are seeking help with the facilitation of summit activities.  Activities will be focused around small group interaction at round tables located in the main conference hall.  Barat is requesting your help as an adult facilitator at one of these tables.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting day of civic discussion, please contact Jan Burdulis from the Barat Foundation at jan@thebaratfoundation.org before May 10, 2014.

RU Doctoral Student Makes A Difference

Rania Sadeq started Roosevelt’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership in Fall 2013, and she and her family are currently hosting a Syrian child in need of medical care here in Chicago.  NBC and ABC Chicago stations aired the following segment about this child and Rania’s outreach on April 23rd.  It’s a terrific example of the social justice commitment that many RU students bring to their programs and take out into schools and the world--bravo to Rania and her family!


New Book and Free Balanced Literacy Webinar on May 15

Capstone Professional, publisher of professional development resources and services for preK-12 educators, announces the publication of The New Balanced Literacy School: Implementing Common Core by innovative literacy educators Margaret Mary Policastro and Becky McTague, colleagues in the College of Education at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill.  The New Balanced Literacy School provides school-wide support on encouraging a love of reading through a new balanced literacy model grounded in best practices that aligns with Common Core.

“This is a book about how to implement the Common Core State Standards following our balanced literacy model,” said Policastro. McTague added, “Our book details what we've learned in working with schools and in helping them to improve their students' reading and writing skills. What we've found is that the more kids have access to literacy, the more they improve,” she said.

The New Balanced Literacy School provides the “how” for novice and veteran K–8 teachers, administrators, and school literacy teams with support on read-alouds, guided reading, language and literacy centers, word walls to language walls, independent reading and writing, and classroom libraries. Policastro and McTague examine their experiences and outcomes in developing balanced literacy schools, modeled after Roosevelt University's award-winning Reading Clinic. The clinic has helped hundreds of Chicago-area youths improve reading and writing skills each summer at Roosevelt's Schaumburg Campus. With help from a multi-year Illinois Board of Higher Education grant, balanced literacy schools have opened and operated over the past 12 years in Chicago and surrounding suburbs under the direction of the two Roosevelt professors.

Karen Soll, Capstone Professional Acquisitions Editor, said, “The goal of any balanced literacy program is to support reading while building comprehension and life-long readers. In this book, Margaret Policastro and Becky McTague take that one step further by exploring the new balanced literacy model with Common Core in mind. The suggestions and routines discussed in their book are invaluable as they are based on the authors’ success stories with students.”

Policastro and McTague will present strategies from their book in a webinar on May 15. Educators can register for this free, 30-minute webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/116825210.

For free downloads, including a table of contents, introduction, and sample chapter, visit

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jenine Wehbeh Wins Social Justice Award

Jenine Wehbeh, a graduate student in Elementary Education, long-time organizer in the Chicago region’s Arab community and the education justice coordinator for the Illinois Safe School Alliance, took Roosevelt’s top social justice award for 2014.
Honorable mentions went to Roosevelt undergraduates Rafael Castaneda, 22, a social justice major, president of the Association of Latin American Students and a native of Woodstock, Ill., and Gianna Chacon, 19, a political science major, community and campus organizer and native of Dixon, Ill.
The award winners were announced on Wednesday, April 2 during the annual Matthew Freeman Lecture and Social Justice Award Ceremony featuring distinguished lecturer Victor Rios, a sociology professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the author ofPunished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance and Law).
“This award is given annually in memory and recognition of the deep commitment that Roosevelt University student Matthew Freeman had for social justice and making positive change a reality,” said Heather Dalmage, director of Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation.
The official announcement about the award is available at http://www.roosevelt.edu/News_and_Events/News_Articles/2014/20140414-MatFreeAwards.aspx

Student Teaching Honor Ceremonies: April 17 & 24

The College of Education will host two honor ceremonies for student teachers this semester, one at each campus.  All of the student teachers will be awarded for their accomplishment of successfully completing student teaching, and special “impact” awards will be conveyed to the students teachers perceived as having the greatest impact on their students.

The date of the Schaumburg ceremony is April 17, from 5-6 p.m., in Room 707.  Pizza will be available after the ceremony for all to enjoy.  All students, faculty, and alumni are invited to attend.

The date of the Chicago ceremony is April 24, from 5-6 p.m., in Room 700 of the Gage Building.  The invitation to the Gage ceremony is attached below.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two Events Celebrating Progressive, Democratic Education

The Teachers' Inquiry Project, in partnership with DePaul University and Francis Parker School, is hosting a visit of educators from Mission Hill Public School, an urban progressive school in Boston.  The two events below will focus on the question of how public schools can offer child-centered, progressive, democratic schooling in an era of standardization, high stakes testing and accountability.

Please join us for these free events!

April 23, 7-9 pm: Good Morning Mission Hill film screening at Francis Parker School, followed by a panel discussion on democratic education with Chicago educators, and Ann Ruggiero and Ayla Gavins of Mission Hill School. Through an intimate look at the inner workings of a public urban school, this event aims to inspire thinking, dialogue, and democratic action on meaningful education for all students.

April 24, 6-9 pm: DePaul School of Education Spring Forum: A forum and discussion with the principal of Mission Hill Public School in Boston, Ayla Gavins, and a faculty member, Ann Ruggiero, with the framing question: So much discussion of education practice and policy today is centered on critique -- of high stakes testing, value-added measures for teacher evaluation, growth of charters, de-professionalization of teaching through short alternative programs, etc.  We find that our students are hungry for models, exemplars, alternatives to today’s current “reform” prescriptions. Mission Hill offers one such example. What can the larger world of American education take away from one school’s experience?

Click on the links above for more information and to register.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chicago Dentist and COE Partner to Assist Veterans

Military veterans enrolled in Roosevelt University’s Veterans Upward Bound Program gathered to thank Manus Health Systems for providing free dental care to selected veterans at a reception that was held on Thursday, Feb. 20, in Room 700 of the Gage Building.  The Veterans Upward Bound Program is a part of the College of Education’s Office of Community Outreach, and the partnership to provide free dental care was developed by Dr. Robin Gay of Manus Health Systems and Dr. Holly Stadler, the former dean of the College of Education.

The event and especially partnership have garnered quite a bit of attention.  Click on the links below to obtain more information:

RU News Report about the event

ABC7 Chicago news report about the event

Huntington Post feature story about the partnership

Plans are underway to expand the partnership to serve more veterans in the Upward Bound program in the future.

For more information about the program, contact Chris Chalko at CChalko@roosevelt.edu.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Restorative Justice Teach-In Series at UIC


The Criminal Justice Society at UIC invites all Roosevelt faculty and students to a teach-in series focused on restorative justice.

For information about this series email: uiccjs@gmail.com

TUES April 8 | 6-7:30pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Introduction to Restorative Justice in an Age of Mass Incarceration
A conversation led by Dr. Beth Richie

WED April 9
12:30-2:30pm | Student Center East, Room 605
"Unlikely Friends"
A film screening followed by a learning circle discussion with Director Leslie Neale

3:00-5:00pm | Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
+Fusion of Hip-Hop and Restorative Justice
A youth led peace circle by Circles & Ciphers

THURS April 10 | 4-7:00pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Promoting Peace: A Call to Action
Concluding panel discussion with Chicago restorative justice practitioners and concluding remarks by leading restorative justice scholar, Howard Zehr.

TUES April 15 | 6-7pm
Re-Thinking Soup
What a Waste: Food Loss and Food Recovery
 Guest Presenters:
Ken Dunn, Resource Center
Rajesh Karmani, Zero Precent
Greater Chicago Food Depository

Tossing last week's leftovers or the wilted lettuce, still wrapped in the store packaging (yikes!) is indeed wasteful. But consumer behavior is only one dimension of the global food loss issue affecting agriculture today. In fact, food waste affects every step of the supply chain between farm and fork - from transport to processor to retail, to yes, your home kitchen. According to USDA estimates, between 30 and 50 percent of all food produced is discarded, much of it edible.

How does this happen, when hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity are a global phenomenon? 860,000 people in Cook County alone are unsure of when they will receive their next meal. The moral imperative to reduce food waste feels indisputable when food waste numbers are connected to hunger statistics. The economic and environmental toll of food waste is equally dire. What interventions and innovations can individuals turn to when trying to curb the wide-ranging causes of food waste?

In western nations, food waste is heavily weighted towards consumer and retail waste. Re-Thinking Soup will highlight three local organizations whose sustainable practices mitigate food loss, connect food surplus to those in need, divert food from landfills, and change consumer habits.

WED April 23 | 6-8pm
BEFORE B.E.T. - Black Cultural Space on the Small Screen: Tuning into Soul! Programming Liberation

DJ set before and after program.

Media scholar, Devorah Heitner reads from her newest work Black Power TV. Heitner will be joined by WBEZ journalist Natalie Moore to explore the public television show Soul! We will return to a particular moment in American television when Soul!, a national program coming out of New York, carved out a cultural space that resisted the politics of respectability, introduced audiences to a vibrant Black creative and political aesthetic, pushed past normative boundaries of gender and sexuality while entertaining viewers and valuing Black life and performance.

Book sales, courtesy of Powell's Bookstore and signing to follow the conversation.

About Soul!
For a short time in the late 60s and early 70s Soul! was public television's national Black arts and entertainment program. A weekly all-Black variety talk show, Soul! brought the country's top Black musicians and cultural figures, like The Last Poets, Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, and Stevie Wonder to New York to converse with the program's hosts and perform before a studio audience. Far more than just a music and arts show, Soul! made the connections between Black arts and Black politics explicit while documenting the explosion of Black music and Black poetry in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It celebrated both traditional arts and genres, such as jazz, blues, rock and roll, and classical dance, as well as the newer avant-garde art forms connected to the Black Arts movement, positioning the guest artists as authorities on Black Liberation.

THURS May 1 | 4-7pm

Join us on May Day for the opening of the newest installment of Unfinished Business: Rec Room.

The exhibition will explore the history of the social movements that created the first playgrounds, fought an eight-hour work day, and suggested that time off from work could create a more compassionate, creative and peaceful world. The exhibition connects those histories with contemporary social justice movements, including the prison abolition movement and progressive labor activists fighting to raise the minimum wage for all workers.

It was critical to the work of the Hull-House Settlement to not only identify the problems they faced, but to also imagine the world they wanted to live in. As they sought to end child labor, unsafe working conditions, and low wages they simultaneously created public playgrounds, fought to carve out time for recreation and helped to found the park system in Chicago.

The opening will be both a reception for the exhibit and an outdoor celebration, including May Day/field games and live music.

SUN | MAY Date TBA | 4-7pm, free dinner from 6-7
Making Home: Place-making and the Politics of Home
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the Collective Cleaners, a Chicago-based artist collaborative invite you to make yourselves at home in the Hull-House mansion for a series of "home-based" discussions. In conversation with local community activists, the Collective Cleaners will lead conversations about home in Jane Addams' bedroom, the Hull-House library, on the porch, and other gathering spaces within the house and Residents' Dining Hall. The evening will conclude with a home cooked family style meal, made in the Hull-House kitchen.

Home, the lived space where we act out our personal lives is shaped by individual/family history, values and aspirations. There are also numerous powerful external forces that influence and regulate how we make and experience home, like immigration status, economic recession, or family and state violence.

In an effort to explore and expand the notion of home we've asked diverse communities to weigh in on the significance of home. Please join anti-eviction activists, domestic workers, disability rights activists, prison abolitionists, sex positive activists, public housing historians, immigrant rights activists, family scholars, co-op residents, veterans, feminists and gender-base violence experts as we consider all the ways home can simultaneously be site of liberation, control, and surveillance, as well as a space of love, labor and care.

The "Making Home" program concludes a year-long partnership with Collective Cleaners, who collaborated with the museum for the Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics exhibit from December 2013-February 2014.

For information about this series email: uiccjs@gmail.com

Service and Funeral Information for Nona Burney

Here are the details about the service and funeral for Nona Burney.  All events will take place in Cleveland.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - Wake: Family visitation  3-5pm 
                                    E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home
                                    2165 East 89th Street
                                    Cleveland, Ohio 44106
                                    (216) 791-0770 - office
                                    (216) 421-2776 - fax

                                    Alpha Kappa Alpha Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony at 4:30pm

Monday, April 7, 2014 - Wake: 11:30 am
                                     Funeral: 12 noon   
                                     United Missionary Baptist Church
                                     9312 Union Avenue
                                     Cleveland, Ohio 44105
                                     (216) 883-8044
                                     Pastor Robert M. Dix, Jr.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Interment at Highland Park Cemetery
                                     21400 Chagrin Blvd.
                                     Highland Hills, Ohio

Those who knew Nona were aware of her deep desire to help those in need. During her lifetime, she supported the work of The City Mission, located at 5310 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The City Mission would be a wonderful way to honor Nona's life.

Cards may be sent to:

Janet E. Burney (sister of Nona)
4437 Archer Road

Cleveland, OH  44105

Nona Burney Announcement

The College of Education is very sorry to announce that Nona Burney, associate professor of secondary education, died on Monday.  Below is the official announcement. 
It has been said that social justice is engrained in the DNA of Roosevelt University.  While some may question from time to time the veracity of this statement, there is no doubt that social justice animated the mind, body, and soul of Nona Burney.

Nona Burney was an associate professor of secondary education and a leading activist for educational equality and social change in the cities of Cleveland and Chicago.  On Monday, March 31, she died at her home in Cleveland after a courageous, year-long battle with cancer. She was 64.
Nona’s activism took many different shapes over the duration of her career, but always returned to teaching.  After receiving her B.S. in Education from Northwestern University in 1971, Nona was hired as a social studies teacher at Collinwood High School on Cleveland’s East Side.  The year before her hire, 350 to 400 whites, mostly students, threw rocks at windows and stormed the school, causing the 200 black students in the building to barricade themselves on the third floor.  Collinwood was the scene of other racial clashes, the worst occurring in the fall of 1974. Three black students were stabbed in September of that year, and the next month another student was fatally shot by a sixteen-year-old white student. In order to understand better the conditions that she experienced at Collinwood, Nona enrolled in a graduate program at Cleveland State University, and earned an M.S. in Urban Studies in 1975.  She taught at Collinwood for ten years.
In pursuit of even more leverage in her fight against inequity, Nona enrolled at Cleveland Marshall Law School, and earned her J.D. in 1981. The next year, Nona was admitted to the Ohio Bar and began part-time work as a general practice lawyer.  However, her main focus remained education.  In collaboration with Cleveland Marshall Law School and other partners, Nona led the development of a new magnet high school that would prepare urban teenagers for careers in law and public service.  In 1984, this new magnet school was opened within the confines of Martin Luther King Jr. High School (where it still exists today), and Nona became the assistant principal, serving in this capacity until 1995.   She then served as principal for a year and half, before taking a sabbatical to complete her Ph.D. in urban school administration.  The title of Nona’s dissertation expresses her awareness of the limitations of urban educational reform and her clear-eyed view of the systematic causes of unequal educational outcomes: A Post-Modern Tragedy:  Reform of Education for Children Who Have Been Made Disadvantaged.
With her doctoral degree completed, Nona taught part-time for a year at Cleveland State, but then was hired in 1998 as an assistant professor in Roosevelt’s College of Education.  Here, she taught foundational courses in secondary education and methods of teaching high school social studies, and quickly immersed herself in all aspects of the Roosevelt community.  In addition to publishing several articles about urban school reform, activist teacher education, and the challenges of working as an African American woman in predominately white and male contexts, Nona worked tirelessly to strengthen connections between schools, universities, and communities.  Her signature contribution in this regard was her nurturing of a professional development school relationship with Jones Academic Magnet High School, now Jones College Prep.  Over a period of approximately ten years, Nona assisted with curriculum mapping, drafting program outcomes, assessing arts and technology programs, co-planning and implementing professional development workshops, and facilitating summer seminars, as well as dual credit courses in business, theatre, and computer science.
In 2004, Nona was promoted to associate professor, and in 2007 she became the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.  Responsible for providing support for teaching across the university, Nona helped to establish service learning as a key feature of a Rooseveltian education and contributed significantly to the development of new RU general education requirements.  In 2010, Nona was appointed chair of the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum Studies, consisting of the early childhood, elementary, and secondary education programs—a position she held until she was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.  Prior to her medical leave, Nona was actively engaged with the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice, the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, and the Grand Boulevard Federation Education Committee, an educational reform group active in Bronzeville.
Nona Burney lived a very full life.  She was a mentor to many, a friend to all, and a leader who always spoke truth to power.  Conflicts that others saw as significant she saw as minor, knowing that the real challenges lie well beyond the halls of academia.  She will be sorely missed.
A memorial event for Nona Burney is being organized by the College of Education and will be announced soon. Details about the service and funeral in Cleveland are available on Everything COE, the news blog of the College of Education.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Free RU Literacy Workshop on April 5

The Language and Literacy Program is pleased to announce that the next all schools literacy workshop will take place on April 5th  from 9:00-12:00 at Roosevelt University in Room 1111, Wabash Building (425 South Wabash Ave.).  Registration is not required to attend this free workshop, and all education students, faculty, and alumni are invited.

The topic for the April 5th workshop will center on formative assessment and the Common Core standards.  

The next literacy workshop will be held on May 31.

Register Now for Fall 2014 CPS Student Teaching

Fall 2014 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Student Teacher Registration opens April 1, 2014 and closes June 30, 2014.  Any student planning to student teach within CPS during the Fall 2014 semester is required to register with the CPS district. 

See the Fall 2014 CPS Student Teacher Program Registration Guide and all associated forms, located on the College of Education website at CPS Placementsfor complete details. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Free Special Education Workshop on April 3, 2014

Chicago Public Schools invites all Special Education majors (whether residing in the city or suburbs) to join them in a professional development workshop entitled "Special Education in Chicago Public Schools," presented by the CPS Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services.  

The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at the CPS Central Office, 125 S. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60603), 15th floor, Room 1550. Refreshments will be provided.

Please click this link to register: Student Teacher Professional Development – SPECIAL EDUCATION OVERVIEW