Saturday, July 26, 2014

RU Writing Center Seeks Paid Tutors

The Roosevelt Writing Center will soon be hiring new peer tutors for the upcoming academic year.  Undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education are especially welcome to apply for these positions.

The Writing Center offers students a unique employment opportunity that allows them to contribute to student learning while also developing their own teaching experience and knowledge.  Please note that interested candidates do not need to feel they’ve “mastered” writing; in fact, many tutors report that their own writing skills improve as a result of their experiences in the Writing Center.  The best candidates are students who are interested in furthering their own and others’ learning, and who are thoughtful and engaged students.

Interested students can apply through eRecruiting beginning August 15, or can contact Mairin Barney, Associate Director of the Writing Center, for more information.  Her email address is

The Writing Center also accepts faculty recommendations for tutors.  Please consider recommending students who might be a good fit for a position in the Writing Center by contacting Mairin Barney at 
There are 3 different types of positions available: 
·         Lead Tutor: Graduate students or upper-level undergraduate students with previous Writing Center tutoring experience; lead tutors are responsible for peer tutoring, mentoring staff tutors, and designing and leading in-class workshops and small group exercises.  Lead tutors must work 10-12 hours per week in the Writing Center, attend a monthly meeting, and participate in Composition program events.  Pay rate: $9.25 per hour.

·         Staff Tutor:  Any student who has completed the University Writing Requirement (English 102); staff tutors are responsible for peer tutoring and leading small group exercises.  Staff tutors must work 8-10 hours in the Writing Center and attend a monthly meeting.  Pay rate: $8.25 per hour.

·         Volunteer Tutor:  Any student who has completed the University Writing Requirement (English 102), who has limited availability, but wants the experience of being a peer tutor.  Volunteers are unpaid and must work at least 3 hours per week in the Writing Center.

Friday, July 25, 2014

College Retreat Scheduled For August 19

I am pleased to announce that the Annual College of Education Fall Retreat will be held on August 19, from 10-4, in Gage 700, at 18 South Michigan Ave.  All faculty, students, staff, and alumni are invited to attend the morning session of this event.

The morning session will consist of a conversation with alumni and educational partners/allies about the state of education and counseling today in the Chicago area.  Panel participants will be asked to respond to this question: What are three key issues or needs that teachers, counselors, and leaders studying at RU need to be aware of as they enter their professions?  We’ll then explore different perspectives on these issues and needs, as well as different ways of responding to them.

The afternoon will consist of faculty meetings with a focus on our college's 1 year and 5 year strategic goals, as well as the goals of programs for the upcoming year.  

Please do attend the retreat from 10 - noon if you would like to participate in the morning conversation.  The event is free.  If you are a student or alum and you do decide to attend, please send a quick email to Sabrina Elms at so we can make sure we have enough chairs available for all.

I look forward to seeing many of you on the 19th!

August 2014 Calendar of Events

The College of Education is preparing to share key dates and events throughout the upcoming academic year with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  Here is a list of the key dates and events so far for August 2014.  Look for more information in the future, and contact Sabrina Elms at if you have an event that you would like to add to our calendar.

Events especially for students are highlighted in yellow.


10:30 - noon
Meeting with Program Directors
Gage 700
4-5 p.m.
Cooperating Teacher Orientation
Go To Meeting

Late morning
ECHD RTT Grant Meeting
Gage 700

Student Teaching Orientation - Chicago
Gage 700

15 & 18
New Faculty Orientation
TBD & Gage 801

Student Teaching Orientation - Schaumburg
SC 707

COE faculty retreat
Gage 700

2-3 p.m.
First Year UG Orientation - Chicago

New adjunct orientation

4-5 p.m.
Cooperating Teacher Orientation
Go To Meeting

Chicago Convocation
 Aud. Theater

11-12 p.m.
Transfer Orientation, UG Chicago


Classes start

6 -7 p.m.
Ed.D. New Cohort Welcome
WB 1215

4-5 p.m.
Cooperating Teacher Orientation
Go To Meeting

30 - 1

Labor Day Recess

Register Now For CPS Career Fair on August 5

The Talent Office of the Chicago Public Schools invites registration for the CPS Teacher and Support Staff Career Fair.  The details are below:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
UIC Forum
725 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60607

Time:  9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 You will receive further information in your confirmation e-mail once you register. Confirmation e-mails are sent 48 hours prior to the event date. 

 If you are interested in attending,  

Registration will close at noon on Thursday, July 31, 2014. 

Tell Us About Your New Job

At this time of year, many recent graduates, program completers, and alumni are receiving job offers and accepting new positions as teachers, counselors, and leaders.  If you accept a first job or change to a new job, the College of Education would love to learn about your success and share your story.  Please send all successful new job announcements to Sabrina Elms at

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Work for Jumpstart in 2014-2015

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students  to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.  Corps members are paid for their time and effort, and receive many other benefits as well.

So, how can you get involved? In a million different ways! We have openings in just about every area of Jumpstart—it’s just a matter of finding the right fit.

Learn more about Jumpstart by visiting our website at  Then, submit your application at Last by not least, contact the Roosevelt University Jumpstart Site Manager, Renita Johnson, by email or phone (312-853-3927).

Jumpstart employs both undergraduate and graduate students, and the organization is housed in and supported by Roosevelt University's College of Education.  Apply today to secure a job for the upcoming academic year that will not only help you to pay your bills, but also improve your employability by giving you skills and knowledge essential for teaching, counseling, or leadership at any level.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Balanced Literacy Workshop - July 31

The Language and Literacy Program's Summer Balanced Literacy Workshop for Teachers is fast approaching.  All students, faculty, and alumni are invited to attend.  The workshop is free, and reservations are not required.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, July 31st, from 9:00 until 3:00 in Room 1111 in the Wabash building (425 S. Wabash). There will be a lunch break around noon.

The workshop will focus on formative assessment and particularly formative collection, feedback and monitoring using the tenets of balanced literacy and CCSS (read-alouds, guided reading, centers, and independent reading and writing). The morning will introduce the concepts with examples (hands-on), videos, photographs and models from the Language and Literacy Program’s summer reading clinic leadership team.  The afternoon will be a working session where participants will design their own forms and formats from the examples.  The goal is to have a formative assessment teacher tool-kit ready by mid-September for the kick-off workshop for the next academic year.

This is a great opportunity to get some high quality professional development useful for student teaching and beyond.  Please attend if you are interested.

Transition from TaskStream to Tk20

Beginning in Fall 2015, Tk20 will become the official assessment software used by the College of Education and Roosevelt University.  The use of TaskStream will end effective with the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

Students who are in the process of purchasing or renewing their subscriptions to TaskStream should plan to subscribe through August 2015.   All individual projects and assessments currently stored in TaskStream should be downloaded during the coming academic year for storage or use after August 2015.

Additional updates will be provided through the coming year.  Questions about the transition to Tk20 and the appropriate steps to take to ensure access to student work currently on TaskStream can be directed to Lina Eskew, Director of Assessment, at

Friday, July 11, 2014

COE Seeks Part-Time Secretary

The College of Education is searching for a new part-time secretary for its Schaumburg campus.  The hours are from 1 - 6 p.m.  Details about the position and the application form are at  The position is open until filled, but the COE hopes to have someone in place by August 15, 2014.