Friday, May 23, 2014

Reception Today for Chicago ICE Conference Participants

Approximately 40 participants in the 2nd Annual Chicago International Conference on Education will visit the College of Education today for a reception, presentation, and tour.  The reception and presentation will take place from 3 - 5 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Gage Building, in the Center for Continuing Education.  Interim Dean Tom Philion will begin the presentation about 3:30 p.m., and invites all students, faculty, and alumni to attend.  The presentation will provide an overview of Roosevelt University and especially College of Education programs and initiatives.  A reservation is not required to attend.

President Chuck Middleton is a keynote speaker for the conference and will deliver his address, Transformative Learning and Leadership for Better Education, at 9 a.m. on May 23.  Interim Dean Tom Philion also will chair a session during the morning.  For more information about the program, click here:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

University Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

This is a quick reminder that both campuses of the university will be closed this weekend to honor the Memorial Day holiday.  This means that all summer classes scheduled for Saturday, May 24 and Monday, May 26 will not be held.

The main offices of the College of Education also will be closed on the above dates, and will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27.

For more information about the upcoming July 4th holiday, click here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Please Check Summer 2014 Course Schedule for Pre-Session Dates and Times

Please check the course schedule to make sure you are aware of all meeting time and date details if you are taking courses this summer.

All intensive, one week or 5 Friday or Saturday courses offered during Summer 2014 have mandatory pre-sessions prior to the start of the class.  Please pay particular attention to the note in the course schedule about the pre-session if you are signed up for a one week intensive course.                                

If you have a conflict with a scheduled pre-session, you should expect to make a change in plans to enable attendance at the pre-session.  All pre-sessions are mandatory, and instructors are not required to provide absent students with alternative ways of making up missed work or participation in the pre-session.

If you miss a pre-session or have a conflict, please contact your Summer instructor using the contact information in the Faculty and Staff Directory.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Free Balanced Literacy Workshop on May 31

On May 31st, RU’s Language and Literacy Program will host a professional development workshop from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Room 1111 of the Wabash Building at 425 South Wabash Ave.

The workshop is entitled: "What does formative assessment and collaborative units look like in a balanced literacy school?"

Free copies of the new book The New Balanced Literacy School: Implementing Common Core will be given to each participant, along with a teacher bag.

The workshop will focus on strategies for teaching reading and writing within a balanced literacy framework, and will officially kick-off Summer Reading Initiatives (SRI) in several Chicago area schools working in partnership with the program.  A big portion of the workshop will be dedicated to planning for school-wide thematic units.

All RU faculty, students, and alumni are invited to attend; there is no charge or fee to participate.
Reservations are not required.

edTPA Workshops Held for Teacher Preparation Faculty

On Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15, teacher preparation faculty in the College of Education met from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day to prepare for the pilot use of the edTPA in student teaching during the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.  The workshops were organized by Antonia Potenza, the associate dean for academic affairs, and approximately 20 COE faculty attended.  These workshops were a follow-up to a year-long conversation about the edTPA and how to implement it at RU.  

As you may know, the edTPA is a nationally adopted performance assessment of student teachers that is going into effect in Illinois in August, 2015.  Starting in Fall 2015, student teachers will have to pass the edTPA to be licensed as teachers in Illinois.  The College of Education plans to pilot test the assessment in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 with all student teachers, while starting to incorporate the material covered by the edTPA into methods and field placement courses.

Although the edTPA incorporates much of what our teacher preparation programs already cover in their classes, the format of the assessment (including videotapes of student teachers leading lessons and assessing students' learning) and the scoring (by external reviewers following a standard set of rubrics) are different from current RU practices.  During the two days of workshops, faculty were invited to review the edTPA--  what it measures, the rubrics used in scoring it, and how student teachers' practices will be evaluated-- and to consider how best to prepare students by making improvements in program curricula, student teaching, methods courses, and clinical field placements.  

More information about the edTPA is available at this website:  A website specific to RU’s College of Education is currently under construction, and should be available by the start of classes in Fall 2014. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Earn Gift Cards For Participation in NBPTS Field Tests

The National Board is recruiting PreK-12 teachers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students seeking a teaching license, to participate in field tests of the revised National Board Certification process. In exchange for 3.5 hours of your time, you will be eligible to receive up to $50 in gift cards upon successful completion of each online testing appointment. Share the news with your colleagues and sign up today at