Friday, October 31, 2014

New Strategic Plan Approved by COE Faculty

At a College Council meeting in September, College of Education faculty approved a new, five year strategic plan that was developed over the past year with support from a $100,000 grant from the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust.  

Four key words animate the new strategic plan: Redesign, Partner, Collaborate, and Innovate.   These are among the most notable of the intentions for the next five years:
  • Create a new, interdisciplinary organizational structure for teacher preparation programs that clearly communicates our college's commitment to social justice and other core Rooseveltian values.
  • Partner with Harper College and other community colleges to create new pathways for students to earn a BA degree and employment credentials in early childhood education and youth development. 
  • Develop a new clinic where Roosevelt students can train to become counselors while also providing services to students in the Chicago Public Schools and at Roosevelt University.
  • Enhance the professional knowledge and skills of already licensed teachers by providing them with high quality off-campus, online, and hybrid courses and programs.
  • Use our Office of Community Engagement to create synergies among our grant-related projects and research, academic, and student support programs in the College of Education and across the university.
The entire strategic plan is now on our College of Education website.  Comments and suggestions are welcome from all current students, alumni, community partners, and stakeholders.  Send your comments to Tom Philion, Dean of the College of Education, at tphilion@roosevelt.edu


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Galileo Shakespeare Project on Nov. 13-14

All students, alumni, and friends of Roosevelt University and the College of Education are invited to attend "The Galileo-Shakespeare Project," a conference on the Humanities and Sciences in the Early Modern World.  See the schedule below, and contact Prof. Stuart Warner if you would like more information.


Learn About CPS Teaching Opportunites

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is looking for Roosevelt December graduates and seniors interested in teaching in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  This summer they hired 8 Lakers and would love to hire more!

AUSL has immediate openings for licensed special education, early childhood, primary, intermediate, middle school, and high school teachers. If you’re interested in teaching immediately or next school year, they would like to meet you. 

Please attend an upcoming information session. Students will learn more about AUSL, their immediate vacancies, and their interview and selection process. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour a school and hear first-hand from a first-year teacher. 

Information sessions are at Chalmers School of Excellence, 2745 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, 60608 on Wednesdays in November at the following times:

November 5, 2014 from 3-4 p.m.
November 12, 2014 from 5-6 p.m.
November 19, 2014 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Please visit auslchicago.org  for more information or to apply for open positions at the elementary and high school level including classroom teachers, special education teachers, interventionists, specialists and more.

Sabine Champagne, Talent Acquisition Manager for AUSL Schools
(312) 286.6501| E: schampagne@auslchicago.org

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Blog Series On Classroom Discipline

American Youth Policy Forum is pleased to announce a new blog series called "Discipline to Dialogue:  Changing the Conversation about Classroom Discipline."

This blog series highlights the research, policies, and practices that are transforming schools, supporting teachers, and empowering youth voice. Each blog asks a different question related to the problem of discipline disparities, all pointing to opportunities for positive relationships between teachers and students.

With so much attention focused on the problems associated with school discipline, AYPF wanted to create a conversation around solutions. We set out to give thought to and ask questions about what students need in order to stay in the classroom and engaged in learning.

This series is intended to be a resource for those who wish to move the conversation from discipline to dialogue.

Read the series:
http://www.aypf.org/resources/from-discipline-to-dialogue-an-aypf-blog-series/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dean's Message - October 2014

I am very honored to write to you this month as the newly appointed dean of the College of Education.  As I said in the recent announcement about my appointment, we have a lot of work to do to meet new and more challenging expectations for teachers, counselors, and leaders, but I am eager for the opportunity and look forward to the journey that we will take together.

The direction of our journey is embedded in a new strategic plan that was approved by our faculty at a College Council meeting in September.  Four key words animate our aspirations: Redesign, Partner, Collaborate, and Innovate.  Propelled by the $100,000 grant that we received last year to redesign our elementary education program, we have set our goals high and mapped out a multitude of strategies for taking our college to a new level of performance and recognition.  Here are the most notable of our plans for the next five years:
  • Create a new, interdisciplinary organizational structure for teacher preparation programs that clearly communicates our commitment to social justice and other core Rooseveltian values.
  • Partner with Harper College and other community colleges to create new pathways for students to earn a BA degree and employment credentials in early childhood education and youth development. 
  • Develop a new clinic where Roosevelt students can train to become counselors while also providing services to students in the Chicago Public Schools and at Roosevelt University.
  • Enhance the professional knowledge and skills of already licensed teachers by providing them with high quality off-campus, online, and hybrid courses and programs.
  • Use our Office of Community Engagement to create synergies among our grant-related projects and academic and student support programs in the College of Education and across the university.
The entire strategic plan is now on our College of Education website.  I encourage you to review it, and send any comments or suggestions that you have to my email address below.  Better yet, give me a call.  I would love to talk and learn more about how we can support our current students, alumni, and community partners.
 
The fun thing about our journey is that we don't know exactly where we will end up.  We'll hit bumps in the road, and obstacles impossible to overcome.  We'll likely cast aside some goals in favor of others.  But we'll definitely keep moving, and with your help and support--and the help and support of many others--we'll arrive at a destination that we all can be proud of.

All the best,



Tom Philion                                                                          
Dean, College of Education                                         
Roosevelt University
tphilion@roosevelt.edu                                                              
312-853-4780                                                                       



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

English Teaching Opportunity in Korea

The "Teach and Learn in Korea" or TaLK Program is the South Korean Government-Sponsored English Teaching Program offering native English speakers an opportunity to teach Elementary students in rural areas in South Korea.

Established in 2008 and looking forward to our recruitment for the 2015 year, the TaLK Program participants, or, "TaLK Scholars," engage in arranged classes for 15 hours per week from Monday to Friday with plenty of time to explore the nation, meet other adventure-minded young people, and experience a truly unique culture.

Benefits include:

·  1 year (6 Months for exceptional cases)
·  15 hours a week
·  Placement in rural areas in Elementary Schools
·  Accommodation
·  Co-scholar teaching partners to assist you while you teach
·  Entrance and Exit Allowances for your flight at 1.3 million Korean Won each way
·  Monthly stipend of 1.5 million Korean Won (Approximately 1,400 US Dollars)
·  Sponsored Field Trips or cultural allowance
·  One-month teaching training orientation
·  Settlement allowance (300,000 Korean Won)
·  Scholarship certification of completion
·  Vacation Leave (7 days for 6 month contracts, 14 days for 1 year contracts)

We recruit citizens from: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, and the USA.

Education Requirement: Associate’s degree or enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree Program (3rd year or higher).
Please review your eligibility before you apply at the site.

All eligible applicants should apply today at www.talk.go.kr 

The TaLK Program is offered biannually, with assignments starting at the beginning of February (spring term) and August (fall term). The Seoul TaLK Office has a rolling acceptance system so applications submitted to local application offices after the deadlines will be forwarded to the Seoul TaLK Office for review and will be placed on a waitlist for the next term.


Please note that we are currently accepting applications for both the Spring and Fall 2015 intake periods.

COE Establishes Partnership With Kids At Hope


Roosevelt University’s College of Education and the national non-profit organization Kids at Hope (KAH) have established a partnership that seeks to align KAH’s training programs within a new Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership Program (MAIL).  Pending state approval, the new MAIL program will prepare both principals and teacher leaders for service to students in Illinois public schools.  The new program is being designed in collaboration with several elementary and secondary school districts adjacent to Roosevelt University's Schaumburg Campus.

Tom Philion, Roosevelt University’s Dean of the College of Education, and Rick Miller, President of Kids at Hope, issued a joint release praising this important partnership.

“Applying a proven system like KAH is essential for organizations that work with children to nurture and sustain a culture of collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations,” stated Philion.

“We are absolutely delighted to collaborate with Roosevelt University and their highly skilled faculty and school partners,” offered Miller. “Together we will prepare innovative school leaders who have the knowledge and skills needed to support the success of all students.”

About Kids at Hope

As a not-for-profit organization, Kids at Hope was founded in 2000 with a mission to demonstrate that all children and youth are capable of success, No Exceptions!  It is now operating in 18 states and in Canada, reaching over 500,000 deserving children. Over 50,000 caring adults have participated in Kids at Hope trainings and ten separate university-led evaluations have demonstrated that Kids at Hope strategies work by helping children feel that adults believe in them, are there to support them, and are providing the tools and experiences that support their ability to plan for their futures and achieve their goals.

The Gallup Poll has documented that over 50% of our children lack HOPE; over 40% are not engaged and lack enthusiasm for school; and one third of America’s children report that they are struggling or suffering in their daily lives. Because too many children still feel disconnected, are unable to sense adults care about them, and lack the ability to connect their education to their future, Kids at Hope has identified a series of cultural strategies that, if practiced by caring adults, can dramatically improve the chances of success for all children.

This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics named Kids at Hope as one of only four national initiatives that use positive youth development to transform families, schools and communities in support of all children. The Arizona Supreme Court has adopted the Kids at Hope strategy to improve its juvenile justice system.

About Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University is a private, non-sectarian university with two distinct campuses located in downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg, Illinois.  Founded in 1945, it is one of the first universities in the United States to admit qualified students regardless of background; according to US News and World Report, it is currently the fourth most diverse university in the Midwest. With a rich history and progressive curricula featuring 116 degree programs, it is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and community engagement.

The College of Education is nationally accredited and offers seven nationally recognized initial and advanced teacher preparation programs.  It also offers CACREP-accredited programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, and its online Master of Arts program in Teaching and Learning is ranked #42 in the nation by US News and World Report.  In support of the University’s social justice mission, its Office of Community Engagement obtained over $2 million dollars in grants and contracts in the past year that focus, in the main, on supporting college and career readiness among students in the Chicago Public Schools. In collaboration with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and key stakeholders in local schools and districts, the College of Education pushes Roosevelt’s remarkably diverse students to the limits of achievement in teaching, counseling, and leadership, inspiring the transformation of lives and communities throughout the Chicago area.

The Partnership Program

The proposed MA program in Instructional Leadership calls for RU students to enroll in a 3 credit hour course entitled Instructional Leadership for All Students—No Exceptions! The KAH on-line Module One training will be embedded in the course to help create a personalized and motivating learning environment for all students.

A second, 3 credit hour course in the MAIL program entitled Building School Culture and Collaboration with Diverse Stakeholders will prepare educators to partner with families and communities to improve school culture and increase students’ success. To assist them to meet the needs of all learners, the KAH Train the Trainer Certification process will be embedded in the course.

Both organizations look forward to cooperatively promoting practical strategies that will result in the development of inclusive school cultures for all children.

Dec. 1 Deadline for Counseling Practicum/Internship Applications

This is a quick reminder to all Counseling students that applications for the 2015-2016 practicum/internship are due on December 1, 2014.  The application is located in your TaskStream account.

Friday, October 17, 2014

COE Formalizes Partnership With Nerge Elementary School

Brian Lawson, Nerge Principal, and Tom Philion,
Dean of the College of Education, sign the MOU.
On Wednesday, October 15th, the College of Education and Nerge Math and Science Academy, in Schaumburg, IL, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize a partnership that has been in development over the past year.

The goal of the agreement is to work together to prepare passionate and innovative elementary teachers who have expertise in math and science education.  The elementary education program will select highly qualified teacher candidates who will then have the opportunity to complete all of their field experiences at Nerge.  Nerge teachers will help the RU teacher candidates to teach to new standards and teacher evaluation models, and hopefully complete their student teaching experiences at Nerge.  RU aims to better prepare its teacher candidates for the demands of 21st century teaching, and Nerge and District 54 hope to create a pool of new teachers who can hit the ground running with respect to improving student learning in math and science education.

Currently, two RU elementary teacher candidates are student teaching at Nerge, and one recent graduate and former student teacher is filling in for a teacher on maternity leave.  Two alumni also are full-time teachers at the school.  In the future, the COE and Nerge will collaborate to determine the ideal number of RU teacher candidates to participate in the partnership program.

The COE's Elementary Education Program Director, Ken King, and the Principal at Nerge, Brian Lawson, are the chief architects of the agreement.  Over the next several years, they will explore ways in which RU faculty might support the professional development and learning goals at Nerge.

The partnership was facilitated by a $100,000 grant that the College of Education received last year from the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust.  The main focus of the grant is the redesign of the elementary education program.  With significant input from Brian Lawson, several teachers at Nerge, other school partners in the Chicago Public Schools, College of Arts and Sciences faculty, and other faculty in the College of Education, the elementary education faculty--Judy Gouwens, Ken King, Byoung Kim, and Elizabeth Meadows--have updated curricula and field experiences, and re-conceived the structure of the program.  Partnerships with high quality schools enrolling diverse student learners will be at the center of the new program.

The start date for the new elementary education program is Fall 2015, pending approval from the Illinois State Board of Education.  The COE hopes to sign several other partnership agreements by the end of the current academic year.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oct. 17 Free Webinar Featuring Dr.Margaret Policastro

On Friday, October 17th, Dr. Margaret Policastro will be a featured speaker in a one hour, online, panel presentation hosted by Capstone Publishing.  The webinar is entitled Personalized Instruction: One Size Does Not Fit All Students!  The webinar will take place from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. CDT.

Dr. Policastro is a Professor of Language and Literacy and directs the Language and Literacy Program at Roosevelt University. She also is the founding director of the Summer Reading Clinic for children, and has over 30 years of experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate students at Roosevelt University. 

To register for this event, click here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/766431690

More information about this event is available at:

http://www.idevmail.net/message.aspx?d=199&m=3156&e=mpolicas@roosevelt.edu&r=5056604

Nominate a Commencement Speaker by Oct. 20

In accordance with our new Roosevelt University tradition, a graduating student will be selected to speak at Commencement on December 12.

We are looking for accomplished students with distinctive records and compelling stories who will give a 5-7 minute speech at the ceremony. We are asking all members of the RU community to nominate candidates – students may also nominate themselves. Nominees must be December graduates in good academic standing to be considered.

In your nomination email, please explain, in a short paragraph, the reason for your nomination. Nominations are due by Oct. 20. At that time a committee of faculty and administrators will review the nominations and interview potential finalists.

If you would like to nominate a student for this honor, or if you have any questions about the process, please email Megan Bernard at mbernard03@roosevelt.edu by Oct. 20.

Address replies to: mbernard03@roosevelt.edu.

Nov. 15 Balanced Literacy Workshop at RU

The next Roosevelt University Balanced Literacy Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Wabash 1111. We are excited about the title of the workshop: The Power of Formative Feedback in the Balanced Literacy Classroom: A Step-By-Step Guide.  Admission to the workshop is free for all students, faculty, and alumni of Roosevelt University.  Registration is not required.

The goal of the workshop will be to look closely at the formative feedback process during the 110 minutes of literacy (read-alouds, guided reading, centers and independent reading and writing). Some of the topics that we hope to cover include the following:

·         What is effective formative feedback and who receives it?
·         Closing the learning gap through feedback
·         Formative assessment in real-time
·         Timing of feedback to students and parents
·         Feedback to enhance student self-monitoring
·         What formative feedback is NOT

We will have a collection of examples for each of the tenets of balanced literacy and a set of feedback tools for your own use.

This will be a “hands on” workshop and teachers will have opportunities to look at student data and reflect on feedback that will move students forward in their learning processes.

The tentative dates for the remaining workshops to be held over the rest of the year are: November 15, 2014; January 10, 2015; March 14, 2015; and May 2, 2015.

Conference On Gun Violence In Schools


Dr. Amy Shuffelton and The Department of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies and The School of Education at Loyola University Chicago are pleased to announce a conference, to be held on October 25th, 2014.

An international team of scholars will present fresh and substantive contributions on “Theorizing Gun Violence in Schools.”  Presentations will address a range of relevant questions, including: Why are schools stages for gun violence? What might school shootings say about schools' education of students' emotions? How is gun violence related to the US history of racial oppression? How does violence look from an international perspective?  What part does masculine honor play?  What are appropriate policy responses to gun violence in schools? 

Where: Loyola's Water Tower Campus,
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Room 211.

When: October 25, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. 

Cost: Free and open to the public. 

Lunch provided to all who register at http://www.luc.edu/rsvpsoe

Attention Fall 2015 Student Teachers: Applications Due Nov. 1, 2014

All Roosevelt students planning to student teach in Fall 2015 need to submit an application by the priority deadline of November 1, 2014.
            
Using your TaskStream Account, please submit your application form and four other documents by the priority deadline of November 1, 2014.
     
After you submit your required documents, your College of Education Advisor will follow up with an evaluation.
    

One of the documents you will need to submit is a resume.  Need help with your resume? Career counselors can help you create, update and maintain your resume. Contact the Career Center today! The Career Center also has a resume website with some helpful hints on writing a resume.


Visit the Field Placements website for more information on submitting your student teaching application. If you continue to have questions, please contact your advisor.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Boston Public School Recruiting in March 2015

Recently, the College of Education received an email from the Boston Public Schools announcing their intention to work with us to recruit teachers for the 2015-2016 academic year.  If you have an interest in exploring options for teaching in Boston, stay tuned for further announcements and events.

Click on the link below to see the message that was received by the College of Education.

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8f1f70188d56918b895576dfe&id=00291e8983&e=8c8ead093b


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nov. 14 Workshop On Developing Student Empathy


The issues raised in the exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? have particular relevance to the 3rd-6th grade classroom. As children become more aware of the world outside of themselves, empathy and understanding of others can deepen. This workshop will give educators the resources and skills to develop a school climate that reinforces respectful behavior among students. We will also explore how to make lesson plans even more relevant and engaging by intersecting students’ personal learning styles, their family and ethnic cultures, and an understanding of historical and sociopolitical contexts with the core curriculum.

You will leave the workshop understanding
why it is important to pay attention to race and ethnicity at your school, where potential places of conflict are hidden, and what to do about them so that you and your students can benefit even more from so many cultures coming together.

Facilitated by: 
Susan O’Halloran, master storyteller and diversity educator
Eileen Hogan Heineman, Director, Racial Justice Programs, YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Gloria Woods, YWCA Evanston/North Shore

This workshop supports CPS Framework for Teaching Component 2a (Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport) and CCSS Speaking & Listening Anchor Standards 1 and 4.

Date: Tuesday, November 4 , 2014
Time: 10:00 – 2:30 pm
Registration Fee: $10

Workshop Includes:
4 CPDU credits
coffee and vegetarian style lunch
Classroom resources and materials
 Register Here

National Board Needs Practicing & Prospective Teachers

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is recruiting practicing teachers as well as undergraduate and graduate preservice teachers to participate in field tests of the revised National Board certification process. This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of the teaching profession and experience a sample of the performance-based assessment that thousands of teachers have called transformative.

National Board certification is the profession’s highest mark of accomplished teaching – performance-based and peer-reviewed. There’s a reason teachers who go through the process of becoming Board certified call it “transformative.” Not only are there tangible career benefits, but teachers also learn to become even more effective in the classroom. The National Board is updating the certification process to make it more flexible, affordable, and efficient so that many more teachers and their students can benefit.
As a token of thanks for their time, participants will also be eligible to receive up to two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or up to $50 in gift cards for either Amazon.com or Powell’s Books. All participants will also receive a letter of commendation from the National Board.
For those teachers not currently Board certified, or for those teacher education students still becoming familiar with what the profession entails, participating in a field test will provide an inside look into the process at no cost.
Board-certified teachers, too, may participate in one or more field tests to gain first-hand experience with the revisions. The field test is an opportunity for professional growth within a learning community of teachers nationwide.
Help us improve certification by passing this invitation along to the teachers—current and future—in your life!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Additional Tutors Needed for Oct. 20 Tutoring

Tutoring for school children from Bouchet School begins October 20, 2014 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 713 of the Gage Building at 18 South Michigan Avenue.  This is the initial meeting of a year-long collaboration involving the College of Education, WITS, and Bouchet School.

We are still looking for three additional tutuors. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Judy Gouwens ASAP at the email or phone below.


Judith Gouwens, Ed.D.
Professor of Education
College of Education
18 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
312-853-4750
jgouwens@roosevelt.edu

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oct. 10 Restorative Justice Workshop

Restorative justice is about building relationships, open and honest communication, repairing harm, equal voice, respect, empathy and healing. This workshop will introduce the concept of restorative justice and present examples of how it is being deployed in Chicago today.
Oct. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Building, Room 410
Peace circles are one example of this practice. They create safe spaces for authentic youth and inter-generational engagement. At this workshop, we will explore ways to build positive relationships and healthy communities through restorative justice . You will learn the power of the circle by experiencing the circle process.
Space is limited. RSVP: nmichaels@roosevelt.edu.
Nancy Michaels, Associate Director, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation
Address replies to: nmichaels@roosevelt.edu  

Oct. 16 Codebreaker Film Screening and Q & A with the Filmmaker

Roosevelt University will host a film screening and Q & A with filmmaker Patrick Sammon on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in Ganz Hall located on the 7th floor of the Auditorium Building.

Codebreaker tells the remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century’s most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II code breaking helped turn the tide of the Second World War. Instead of receiving accolades, Turing faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old.

The Documentary elements seamlessly interconnect with drama scenes in Codebraker to offer a three dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end and his lasting legacy.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Free Oct. 28th Workshop on Civil Rights in North Korea

As one of the most closed and repressive societies in the world, North Korea has for decades used a culture of fear and evil to commit systematic, widespread, and gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity.

Join the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Communities in Schools of Chicago, and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) for a full-day workshop that will introduce participants to one of the gravest human rights situations in the world today.

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: University Center, 525 S. State Street, Chicago

Registration Fee: FREE

For more information and to register, click on this link here:

http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a28e24957c09c165a16c8247a&id=3fb1542b1d&e=5b77628969

Oct. 9 Free RU Lecture on Reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates has been called “the young James Joyce of the hip hop generation,” and his recent Atlantic cover story on race-based economic discrimination in American history (“The Case for Reparations”) is one of the most talked-about pieces on the subject.

Considered one of the most original and perceptive voices in black America, Coates will join the Roosevelt community to speak at this fall’s St. Clair Drake Center Lecture Series.

Thursday, October 9 
5 p.m.

Roosevelt University
Murray-Green Library
10th Floor
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Free and open to the public.

For more information, click here:

http://www2.roosevelt.edu/mkd/html/cas_1446-st-clair-drake-lecture-email-0914.html

Minority Teachers Scholarship Applications Due Dec. 19

The 2014-2015 Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program priority application consideration date has passed; the interactive application will continue to be accepted through Friday, December 19, 2014. If you are a minority student who is currently pursing your teacher certification and your plan to teach in a nonprofit Illinois public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school that has no less than 30% minority student enrollment, you may be eligible for the MTI Scholarship Program. All Minority students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. Complete the applications submitted on or before December 19, 2014 will be considered – on a first-come, first-served basis – for as long as funding remains. Additional information may be located at www.isac.orgContact The Financial Aid Office at fao@roosevelt.edu.

Free ACT Practice Tests

The Princeton Review is offering free ACT practice tests with no obligation to sign up for practice workshops.  Students will receive a free diagnosis of their performance after taking the practice test.  If you are thinking about taking the ACT exam to meet the entrance requirements to a teacher education program, consider taking advantage of this free opportunity.

For more information, click on this link here:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1043841/030024f8cd/521057183/cc258c08c8/

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Chicago Public Schools Employment Tips


Here are two tips to help Education students find employment:

1.       Undergraduates should sign up with CPS while student teaching (and while getting letters of referrals from University supervisors and/or cooperating teachers) to become substitute teachers.   Substitute teachers only need a bachelor’s degree, and this is a great way to get in the door to different schools that may need teachers in the future.

2.       Graduate students should sign up now to become substitute teachers because they already meet the minimum requirement of having a bachelor’s degree.  


To apply to become a substitute teacher, go to www.cps.edu/careers and click on TEACH IN OUR SCHOOLS. Next, select ALL CPS JOBS.  From here, in JOB NUMBER field, enter 1400014H for the Substitute Teacher application.

Both students also may enter these other job numbers that only require a bachelor's degree:
140000MY for the Substitute Clerk application
140000N7 for the Substitute Special Education Classroom Assistant
140000N2 for the Substitute Teacher Assistant.





Register Now for Spring 2015 CPS Student Teaching

Spring 2015 Student Teacher Registration for the Chicago Public Schools opens October 1, 2014 and closes December 31, 2014.  Any RU student planning to student teach within CPS during the Spring 2015 semester is required to register with the CPS district.

Go to this website for more information and to register: https://hrportal.cps.k12.il.us/STI/index.htm.

Oct. 22 Free Principals Forum

The DePaul College of Education presents the Fall Educational Issues Forum titled Principal Leadership; Principal Voice. Chicago Principals share their views on the following topics:
  • Effective principal leadership and best practices for teaching and learning
  • The impact of district and national education policies on their schools
  • How principals can effectively advocate for policies that promote best practices
A Conversation with:
  1.  Michael Beyer, Morrill Elementary School
  2. Troy LaRaviere, Blaine Elementary School
  3. Rita Raichoudhuri, Wells Community Academy High School
  4. Tamara Witzl, Telpochcalli Elementary School
Moderator: Andrea Kaufman, Associate Professor, EdLeadership, DePaul College of Education

This event is free and open to the public and 2 CPDUs are available for teachers.

Location
DePaul Student Center, Room 314
2250 North Sheffield, Chicago
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Diane Horwitz at dhorwit1@depaul.edu