Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nov. 6 Program About Transgender Individuals and Families

Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance take place in the month of November. I am excited to share with you that on November 6th, Marsha Aizumi, will be coming to Roosevelt for a special program to raise awareness of transgender individuals and families. It’s been my pleasure to get to know Marsha over the last year as we have been planning for this event. I have read her book, Two Spirits, One Heart, about the family’s experiences as her adopted daughter came out as a lesbian in high school, and later came out as a transgender man. It is a powerful story, and Marsha’s ability to share it with us in person will be a deeply meaningful opportunity. Marsha’s book will be available at the event.

All are welcome to attend, and I would specifically like to encourage any students and faculty in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Women and Gender Studies, to attend.

I’ve attached a flyer and Marsha’s bio below, for more information, including who to contact to register to attend. Please let me know if you have any questions. I appreciate your help.

Jennifer Tani

Marsha Aizumi is an author, speaker, educator and advocate for the LGBT community, a cause she embraced due in large part to the harassment and bullying her son experienced throughout high school. Marsha also serves on the National Board of Directors for PFLAG, an organization that supports, educates and advocates for LGBT families. In this role, she hopes to change school culture to be more accepting of all students, as well as bring greater resources to the Asian Pacific Islander and transgender communities. Marsha is the author of Two Spirits, One Heart, a memoir that chronicles her journey from fear, shame and sadness to unconditional love and acceptance. She has spoken at colleges, universities and to organizations around the country, co-founded an Asian Pacific Islander PFLAG in 2012 and in 2013 she travelled to China to address LGBT individuals and their parents.

Counseling Alumna Wins iPad!

Dean Philion awards the iPad to Deborah Knight.
Deborah Knight, a May 2014 graduate of the MA Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, is the winner of a new iPad Mini.  The award is for her participation in the recent COE Alumni Survey. Over 250 alumni over the last five years responded to the survey and provided the COE with valuable feedback on the quality of its programs and operations.

Deborah was a graduate assistant on the Schaumburg Campus during her time at RU, and is currently employed as a counselor at The South Suburban Council, an alcoholism and substance abuse center in East Hazel Crest, IL.

Thanks to all of the alumni who participated in the survey.  The results of the survey will be distributed to all programs and faculty, and discussed at the annual winter retreat of the College of Education.  The next alumni survey will go out in Fall 2017.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Saturday Courses for K-8 Students Begin Oct. 4 in Schaumburg

Saturday Courses for K-8 Students
9 a.m. to Noon at the Schaumburg Campus
                Session 1: Oct. 4 – Nov. 22, 2014                                

Choose from 3 course options, each 8 weeks in length:

1)              SILE 001 - Accelerated Literacy.  This accelerated reading and writing workshop focuses on literature that is above current reading level, and organizes students to collaborate with like-minded peers. Enrollment is limited to 20 students; a letter of recommendation is required.  The tuition is $280.  Grades 1-5.
2)              SILE 002 - Literacy Enhancement.  This individualized academic support program focuses on age-and grade-appropriate literature, and organizes students to acquire reading, writing, listening and speaking strategies. Enrollment is limited to 20 students; a recommendation letter is not required.  The tuition is $280.  Grades K-8.
3)              SILE 003 - Digital Literacy.  This program focuses on using programming tools that allow students to develop, design, and code their own computer programs.   Enrollment is limited to 12 students; previous experience is not required.  The tuition is $350.  Grades 4 – 7.  More information is at

For registration and additional information, visit 

 Questions? Call 312-853-4750.

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COE Sponsors Run To Read in Schaumburg

The College of Education is a title sponsor of Schaumburg School District 54's Run to Read.  This family oriented event offers a number of different running and walking events, and will be held on Sunday, September 28th.  The 5K race starts at 8:45 a.m.

Dr. Margaret Policastro and Dean Tom Philion will be participating in this event.  For more information and to register to join them, click on the link above.

Oct. 21 Holocaust Museum Educator Open House

The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie is sponsoring an Educator Open House on Tuesday, October 21, from  4 -7 p.m.  Click on the link to learn more.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Golden Apple Scholarships For College Freshmen

38th Annual Day of Reading Conference

The Secondary Reading League is an organization of the Illinois Reading Council.  Each year SRL organizes a Day of Reading Conference exclusively tailored for teachers of grades 6-12.  This year’s Conference features Dr. Janet Allen, nationally known adolescent  literacy expert and Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles series), young adult author.

All activities will take place at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL.

Day 1: 38th Day of Reading Preconference Workshop with Dr. Janet Allen
            Friday, November 14, 2014    9 a.m.  - 3 p.m.

Day 2: 38th Day of Reading Conference
            Saturday, November 15, 2014 
           16 local educators will make presentations on relevant literacy topics

For more information and to register, go to

Friday, September 19, 2014

2009 Graduate Named Finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year

Emily Weiss, a 2009 graduate of the COE's MA Program in Secondary Education, has been selected as one of twelve finalists by State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch for the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year.  This is the second year in a row that a Roosevelt alum and secondary education graduate has been selected as a finalist.

The state’s annual educator recognition program will acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of more than 200 educators and school personnel from throughout the state and honor one individual as the Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Weiss teaches social studies, U.S. history, American studies and public service courses for grades 11 and 12 at Grayslake North High School.

The 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year will be named during the “Those Who Excel” banquet on October 25, 2014 in Normal, Illinois.

Congratulations, Emily!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Veteran's Upward Bound Receives New Grant

On September 11, the Chicago Dental Society Foundation awarded the College of Education's Veteran's Upward Bound Program a Chicago Dental Society Foundation Grant in the amount of $2000.   The grant will facilitate the development of the next stage of the Make A Vet Smile Program, which provides free dental work to veterans enrolled in Roosevelt University's Upward Bound Program.  

Veterans Upward Bound is a federally funded program that prepares eligible veterans of the United States services for a college education at the institution of their choice.  Services include academic assessment through computerized testing in reading, language arts, and mathematics; classroom instruction, Monday through Friday, in language arts, mathematics, and computer basics, along with instruction in study and test-taking skills; personal tutoring and computer-based instruction; post- secondary school searches, academic and career counseling, and assistance in the veteran’s financial benefit search process; as well as assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications.

Congratulations to our dedicated staff!

Director, Chris Chalko,
Administrative Secretary, Margaret Braggs,
Academic Coordinator, Michelle Smith,
Counseling and Careers Coordinator, Dinu Skariah,

Oct. 6 Lecture in Honor of Nona Burney

Dean's Message To Alumni - Fall 2014

Greetings, and welcome to the 2014-2015 academic year!  I hope you are getting off to a good start regardless of your job, location, or responsibilities.

As we begin the new academic year, I want you to be aware that College of Education faculty, administrators, and staff are working very hard to enhance the quality of our programs and their visibility in the Chicago and national marketplaces.  Evidence of our hard work can be found in many places, but these four recent developments are the ones of which I am most proud:
  • In late July, the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs were granted accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and its stamp of approval is a key indicator of program excellence and quality.  
  • In early August, the Reading, Early Childhood, and Secondary Science, English, Math, and History programs earned national recognition from their respective professional organizations.  National recognition is earned when programs meet rigorous national standards, and it is the first step toward continuing national accreditation for the College of Education.  
  • In mid-August, Erin Mackinney officially stepped into her new role as an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education.  Erin just earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, is fluent in Spanish, and will teach online and face-to-face courses on bilingual and multicultural education for students enrolled in our initial and advanced teacher preparation programs.
  • Over the summer, the College of Education oriented all of its student teachers, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors to a new edTPA assessment that will be completed this year.  This new assessment will become mandatory for teacher licensure starting in Fall 2015.  Our pilot implementation this year will help us to prepare students for success in the future.
I also want you to know that we are absolutely committed to providing our students with the best possible climate for learning and study.  Toward this end, we have opened the “round room” in the main office in Schaumburg to all students for use during the normal business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  In addition, the college has installing two new computers--one Mac and one Windows--in the Student Resource Center on the 8th floor of the Gage Building.  The Student Resource Center has comfortable chairs, tables for writing, and a small curriculum library; it, too, is now open to all students during normal business hours.  Last but not least, the college is preparing for the transition to Tk20 in Fall 2015.  This new assessment management software will replace TaskStream, and students will be able to use it for free in the future to submit assignments and other artifacts required by their programs.
The above developments are important, and represent the core values and priorities of the college; however, to achieve our goal of helping our graduates to make a demonstrable impact within their chosen professions, we need to do more.  Here are just a few of the ideas for additional college-wide improvement that faculty, administrators, staff, and a small group of talented alumni and community partners discussed last month at our annual fall retreat:  
  • Expand special education training and knowledge of new approaches for creating positive environments for diverse learners. 
  • Enhance the capacity of students to understand and work effectively within complex institutions and socio-economic structures.
  • Instill critical agency and an openness to feedback and self-improvement.
  • Provide more opportunities for students and faculty to engage with communities and practices that are innovative, forward-looking, and embedded in a rich social justice commitment.
Over the next several weeks, I will write again to share our progress with respect to the development of a plan to implement these and other strategies for college-wide improvement over the next five years.  Perhaps more importantly, I will write to solicit your input and feedback on our emerging ideas and plans.  I hope you will respond proactively to my invitations. Your input is vital to achieving our goals and enhancing the experiences of Roosevelt University students yet to come.

My best wishes for a very successful new semester and school year.  Enjoy!

Thomas Philion
    Interim Dean

Special Education Summer 15 Jobs for RU Students

Dear Roosevelt University Special Education Students:

My name is Lisa Elder. I am the Assistant Director of the Recreation Therapy Department at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Indiana.  Bradford Woods is Indiana University's Outdoor Center (housed within the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Department) and supported by the Riley Children’s Foundation and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Bradford Woods operates 10 weeks of summer camp for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses including campers with Down syndrome, autism, cancer, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, cranial facial anomalies, hearing loss, various physical disabilities, rare genetic disorders and muscular dystrophy.

We hire a staff of 80+ individuals and are currently recruiting for the summer of 2015. Bradford Woods has proven to be an excellent opportunity for students in the fields of Special Education.  You will receive hands-on experience and extensive training.  

Because of the strong therapeutic recreation mindset of Bradford Woods, it is my desire to fill our summer camp positions with people who see the need and importance of therapeutic activities and adaptive recreation. Please apply for our Cabin Head and Cabin Staff positions for the summer 2015 at Bradford Woods.  We seek to not only provide a great experience for our campers, but also want to help college students develop their skills and professional philosophies while also gaining knowledge of numerous populations of campers in a high energy camp setting.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail or call me personally at or 765-349-1086 x5213, or visit our website at

Thank you for your time,

Lisa Elder, CTRS
Assistant Director, Recreation Therapy

Bradford Woods                                                Direct Line: 765-349-5135 Ext. 5213
Indiana University                                             Administration Office: 765-342-2915
5040 State Road 67 North                               Fax: 765-349-1086
Martinsville, Indiana 46151                  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Elementary Tutors Needed for Fall Semester

The WITS tutoring and mentoring program is looking for volunteers for the Fall Semester.   

As a volunteer, you will meet weekly with a Bouchet Academy 4th or 5th grade student on Monday afternoons at the Gage Building on the Chicago Campus.  From 4 to 5 p.m., you will read, work on home work, and build a relationship with the same student over the course of the semester.  

The young students love the one-on-one attention and the opportunity to see a University campus. If you’re interested in finding out more or want to sign up, please email Judy Gouwens at

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Work Study & Intern Opportunities in Evanston

Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc. (Y.O.U.), a leading youth services agency in Evanston, IL, offers an array of year-round services – from afterschool enrichment and mentorship to clinical counseling and crisis intervention – that support more than 1,000 youth annually. We have exciting Work Study and Fellowship opportunities to offer to undergraduate and graduate students at Roosevelt University.

Below are the opportunities with more information on how to apply. All of the positions are for our after-school programs, but responsibilities, as well as pay and time requirements, vary by position. For more information on our programs and organization in general, please visit our website at:

Work Study position (for those eligible for federal work study): Y.O.U. work-study students will serve as workshop leaders and academic support for Y.O.U.’s after-school programs at one of ten sites. The work-study position requires a commitment of 10-30 hours per week with an hourly rate of $11/hour. Visit for more information. To apply, visit

Impact Fellows position:  Impact Fellows serve as youth workers and workshop leaders at Y.O.U.’s afterschool programs in Evanston and Skokie, IL. Fellows are asked to devote 12-15 hours a week to the program from date of hire through December of 2014 and are provided with a stipend to support their time. Visit for more information. To apply, visit

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Free Workshop: Formative Assessment in the Balanced Literacy Classroom

Once again, the Language and Literacy Program at Roosevelt University is sponsoring a Saturday workshop on strategies for literacy instruction.  All COE students, faculty, and alumni are invited to participate in these free workshops.

Save the Date:  Saturday, September 20th, 9:00-12:00 at Roosevelt University, Wabash building room 1111. 

Please bring your RU ID or state identification in order to pass through campus security. CPDU credit will be available.

Dr. Dianne Gardner from Illinois State University, Center for the Study of Education Policy will be our lead speaker.  Dianne is our Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) state appointed evaluator. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all aspects of formative assessment and will talk about “real-time” learning and feedback along with the research that supports formative assessment as the most effective practice for student learning and performance.

The main topic will be Strategies for Implementing Formative Assessment in the Balanced Literacy Classroom. This session will include step-by-step procedures with specific guidelines and tools.  We have some new, exciting, and interesting strategies for you to implement during read-alouds, guided reading, centers and independent reading and writing.  Additionally, we have many new tools, materials and resources for each workshop participant.  We know that these strategies and materials will get you off to a wonderful new school year or well prepared for student teaching. Please plan to attend--reservations are not required.

Teacher Training & Professional Development Forum

Friday, September 5, 2014

Preparing for PARCC conference

Northeastern Illinois University’s Department of Literacy Education will host the Preparing for PARCC conference on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10am-2pm. At this mini-conference we’ll spend the morning sharing information about the new PARCC ELA assessment. Illinois students will be taking this test in the Spring of 2015. Join us to learn how to prepare your students for the ELA portion of this test.  We’ll begin with an overview of each session then attendees will have the opportunity to attend two sessions during the morning. A boxed lunch will be provided and is included in registration.


$30.00 for members
$50.00 for non-members includes membership
$10.00 for students with a valid undergraduate ID

or any time before 10am at the event on September 20, 2014. This event is co-sponsored by LARC and CARA.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mentorship Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Office of the Provost is actively recruiting Roosevelt students for the pilot year of the Community Partner Mentorship Program.

This mentoring program will embed fifteen students with mentors who hold high-level positions in non-profit offices in Chicago. The program runs from October 2014 through April 2015.  Undergraduate students in any major are invited to apply.

The students who are selected will learn firsthand what it takes to run an organization, enrich their professional skills, and develop a real relationship with a community leader.  Organizations focusing on many social justice issues have already signed on to host an RU protégé. We will work to align students’ interests with fitting mentors.

The website for the program is here:  Interested students can use this website to get more information and apply.

For more information, contact:

Megan G. Bernard, Ph. D.
Assistant Provost for Academic Engagement
Roosevelt University


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