Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Suburban District Field Placement Form

The Office of Field Placements has updated its student observation placement system. 

Effective immediately, students requiring observations for suburban placements will need to request their hours by completing and submitting a form through Taskstream. The form has been placed into each student’s TaskStream account under the Field Experience tab and is entitled Observation Request Form.

PLEASE NOTE: Placements will only be made upon completion of this form.

Applications must be submitted by September 15th for a fall placement and by January 25th for a spring placement. For summer placements, please submit a form immediately after registering for courses. To ensure adequate time to secure a placement, the Field Placement Office asks that forms be submitted to TaskStream as soon as the student has registered for any courses requiring field experience. 

For questions regarding suburban placements, please contact Brittany Carlsen at  For questions about Chicago placements, please contact Gerri Chavers at

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

International Summer Institute Begins Monday

Starting on Monday, June 30th, the College of Education will again host 25 public school teachers from the city of Madrid for a four week International Summer Teaching Institute.  This is the fourth consecutive summer in which Roosevelt University has hosted this program for Madrid teachers.

The Institute will be held in Room 700, the Center for Continuing Education, in the Gage Building at 18 South Michigan Ave.  The goals of the institute are to help English as a second language teachers improve their English language abilities and knowledge of instructional strategies in English, science, and technology.

Language Immersion is a special component of the Institute. After proficiency groups are organized, an ELL faculty member is paired with each group for the duration of the program.  In addition, the College of Education partners with WorldChicago to provide homestay accommodations for all teachers.  The intensive interactions with American families enhance the classroom learning, as do the frequent field trips and observations in area schools.

John MacDougall, Director of Grant Projects in the Office of Community Engagement, is the coordinator of this program.  It is just one of several outreach activities that are taking place at RU this summer under the direction of Dr. Teryl ann Rosch, Associate Dean for Community Engagement in the College of Education. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Reading Clinic Underway

On Monday, June 16, the 27th Annual Summer Reading Clinic at RU opened its doors to 45 children from the Schaumburg campus area.  The Summer Reading Clinic  is designed to improve the reading skills of students in grades K-12.  The teachers/coaches are graduate students completing their practicum courses for a Master's Degree in Reading.  A student-teacher ratio of 5:1 is the target for the clinic.

Last Monday, the children arrived at 9:00 a.m., exactly when the Schaumburg bookmobile arrived. It was magical to see what happens when 45 children acquire access to bins and bins of books. The children didn’t know one another, but somehow the books connected the children almost instantly to each other.

The daily routine in the clinic matches the "110 minutes of literacy” recommended in a new book recently published by Margaret Policastro and Becky McTague, reading clinic co-directors.  During the first few days of the clinic, the teachers developed formative assessment tools to use during read-alouds. By Wednesday, they were able to collect student data during read-alouds and provide feedback to the children. The goal is to continue to create formative assessment tools each week for activities such as guided reading, literacy centers, and independent reading and writing.

In addition, last Wednesday, Dianne Gardner from Illinois State University visited the clinic to view the formative assessment development in process.  Dr. Gardner provides support and feedback to RU’s Language and Literacy Program in her role as an evaluator for an IBHE grant that the program has had for the the last four years.

More information about RU’s Language and Literacy program and the MA degree in Reading can be found at, or contact Margaret Policastro at

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sabrina Elms Joins The College of Education

I am pleased to announce that Sabrina Elms has moved into the College of Education, from the Office of Human Resources, and is now serving as the Executive Secretary for the College of Education.  Sabrina is the point person for all our financial operations and communication strategies, and also is the person to contact for appointments with the dean.

Sabrina has worked at RU since 1999, and comes highly recommended by those who have supervised her work as an executive secretary in the Office of Public Relations and the Office of Human Resources.  Sabrina’s desk is adjacent to the Dean's Office on the 8th floor of the Gage Building, at 18 South Michigan Ave.  She can be contacted at or 312-853-4754.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Funeral Services for Norman Sturm

I am very sorry to inform that Norman Sturm, the husband of Susan Sturm, an adjunct professor in our Special Education Program, passed away this past weekend while they both were attending his 50th high school reunion in central Illinois.  Susan has been a stalwart of our Special Education Program for many years, and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.  Flowers are being sent on behalf of the entire College of Education.

An obituary provides details about Norman’s family and career, as well as details about the visitation and funeral service this Sunday and Monday.  Go to this address for more information:  The same website also provides a means to send flowers and/or a card to Susan and her family.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Upcoming CPS Career Fairs for Recent Graduates

The CPS Talent Office invites recent COE graduates to participate in their upcoming CPS Teacher Career Fairs to be held on Friday, June 27 and Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the UIC Forum.  For more information and to register go to CPS Teacher Career Fairs Registration.

For the June 27 Career Fair, registration closes at noon on June 23!
For the July 16  Career Fair, registration  closes at noon on July 9!

Save the Dates! Additional CPS Teacher Career Fairs will be held on Tuesday, August 5 and August 19, 2014.  Location TBD.  Registration will open in mid-July for August fairs.

Scholarships for Counseling Students

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 scholarships for Human Services-Board Certified Practitioners (HS-BCPs) who intend to pursue a career in counseling and the 2014 Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) scholarships. These scholarships are made possible by generous corporate support from the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE).

The scholarship program is an integral component of the NBCC Foundation’s mission to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. The goal of the scholarship program is to increase the number of counselors in priority underserved communities.
For more information about all of our scholarships, please visit

Thank you,

Sherry Allen, M.Ed., NCC, CCMHC, LPC, GPC
Executive Director
NBCC Foundation

Thursday, June 5, 2014

IERC Call For Proposals

The Illinois Education Research Council announces the call for proposals for its 12thannual Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium October 7 & 8 in Bloomington, IL. We provide a unique forum for the discussion of educational issues of interest to the Illinois community for education policy makers, researchers, and practitioners from the state and beyond. The call for proposals closes on June 20, 2014. Submit a proposal and come be a part of the conversation!  

Janet Holt, PhD
Executive Director

Illinois Education Research Council

Support for Test Preparation and Academic Coursework

The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides help to COE students who need support with their academic coursework and/or preparation for admission tests such as the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or the ACT exam.  Students who work with trained tutors in the Academic Success Center gain deeper understanding of the course or test content, make connections with a community of learners and receive personal attention.

The ASC is located in room 124M of the Auditorium Building and room 125 at the Schaumburg Campus.  Appointments can be made online at or by calling 312-341-3818 in Chicago or 847-619-7978 in Schaumburg. Students also can visit the ASC to request a tutor.

If you feel you would benefit from some enhanced academic support, don’t hesitate to reach out to the ASC--the tutors at the ASC are very helpful and knowledgeable about the academic and test preparation needs of COE students.

COE Faculty Awards and Books

I am please to announce that Alyson Lavigne and Dorota Celinska have each been awarded Roosevelt University Research Grants for Summer 2014.  In addition, Nancy Sindelar is the author of a new book book called Influencing Hemingway, an examination of the individuals and places that shaped the writing of Ernest Hemingway.

Alyson Lavigne is an assistant professor of curriculum studies and teaches courses on child and human development.  She will use her grant to examine K-12 school leaders’ perceptions and practices related to teacher evaluation.  The study will help inform principal preparation programs, policy makers, and administrators about possible factors that may hinder or support the success of teacher evaluation and the day-to-day challenges that school leaders face as a result of new policies put in place in response to the federally funded Race to the Top initiative.

Dorota Celinska is an associate professor of special education and teaches courses on assessment and cognitive disabilities.  She will use her grant to evaluate the teaching of multicultural competencies in counseling courses. The literature on teaching multicultural competencies in graduate programs in counseling and psychology is very limited, making this project quite rare and of potential value to both the field and our college.

Nancy Sindelar is an adjunct professor in educational leadership and teaches courses on instructional leadership and assessment.  Her book begins with Hemingway’s birth and early influences in Oak Park, Illinois, followed by his first job as a reporter in Kansas City. Sindelar then recounts Hemingway’s experiences and adventures in Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Florida, and Cuba, all of which found their way into his writing. The book concludes with an analysis of the events that preceded the author’s suicide in Idaho and reflects on the influences critics had on his life and work.

Congratulations to these instructors and researchers for their success and commitment to teaching and learning!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Resources for the Test of Academic Proficiency

The College of Education has purchased the ILTS Online Course and Practice Tests from Longsdale Publishing.  This online test preparation resource provides support for passing the math, language arts, and reading sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  All COE students who have not yet passed or taken this test are strongly encouraged to use it prepare for meeting the admission requirement to teacher preparation programs.

To access this resource please locate the following URL with your web browser: This URL will direct you to a Web page welcoming you to the ILTS Online Course and Practice Tests. Click on the “Register NEW Account” button. You will need to register using the following information:

School Number: 29334
School Key:         rusuccess

After entering this information, the next screen to appear will require you to enter an e-mail address and your first and last name in the spaces provided.  Then you will enter your Roosevelt University ID number. When you have completed the registration process, you will be issued a user name and password. Since you will be asked to enter a user name and password each time you log in, it is important that you keep a copy in a safe place.

After logging into the program for the first time, we encourage you to begin with the section entitled “Introduction to ILTS.” This section will introduce you to the course and offer suggestions on how to get the most out of the instruction and practice tests. The program is flexible, so after reading the instructions you can begin working through the material from the beginning covering all sections, or you can navigate to areas of specific need.

If you have questions about the use of this program, contact the Academic Success Center or your advisor at either campus.

Restorative Justice Peace Circle Training

Restorative Justice practices are being used in schools, workplaces, communities and in the justice system.   If you are interested in an introductory, experiential training on restorative justice and peace circles, please join us on Thursday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in WB 1215. Basic techniques of the circle process will be presented.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Nancy Michaels, Associate Director, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation at