Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dean's Message - November 2014

Yesterday, we removed the fall leaves from our display in the dean's office, and replaced them with snowflakes.  This was yet another reminder--as if the bracing cold was not enough--that the winter season is upon us.

Despite the change in the season, the College of Education is a hot house of activity.  Just last week, we signed a new partnership agreement with Hoover Math and Science Academy in Schaumburg, yet another step toward the redesign of our elementary education program.  A few weeks earlier, we were invited by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport in Madrid, Spain to once again submit a proposal for a summer institute for teachers.  In the last month, our faculty, staff, and administrators have organized tutoring opportunities, completed annual reports for the State of Illinois, registered and placed students for Spring 2015 courses, and discussed and approved proposals for modifying curriculum and assessment procedures.  Our student teachers have piloted a new evidence-based assessment called edTPA, and our students have engaged actively in classroom activities, observations, and practice teaching.  Our commitment to advancing deep and democratic student learning is undiminished, even in the face of cold and retreating light.

Next month, we will honor our passion and effort in the form of two community-wide events.  On December 4th, we will host Student Teacher Honor Ceremonies at each campus, and on December 12th we will host a Holiday and Commencement Celebration.  All COE students, faculty, alumni, and community partners are invited to these two events.  I hope that you will be able to join us for one or both, and share in the joy that we feel as a result of all that has been accomplished and the potential that  is yet to come.

“Thy breath be rude," William Shakespeare famously said of winter in his play As You Like It.  Our commitment in the College of Education is not to follow suit, but rather to give thanks each and every day for all that we have and the many opportunities that we create for learning, growth, and transformation.  We are indeed fortunate to be a part of a community that, for all its imperfections, nevertheless works determinedly to make the world a better place. 

My best wishes for a very relaxing and peaceful Thanksgiving--

Tom Philion                                                                          
Dean, College of Education                                         
Roosevelt University                                                              

Dec. 12 COE Holiday & Commencement Celebration

All College of Education students, faculty, alumni, and community partners are cordially invited to attend a College of Education Holiday & Commencement Celebration on December 12, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The celebration will begin immediately following the 11:00 a.m. commencement ceremony, and will take place on the 7th floor of the Gage Building, 18 South Michigan Ave., in Chicago.

A buffet, drinks, and music will be provided.  Please register using the link below to join in the fun and celebrate the end of the fall semester!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dec. 6 Job Recruitment Fair - Proviso Township

Please see the flyer below for information about a teacher recruitment fair to be held at Proviso Math and Science Academy on Dec. 6, 2014.

Consider Teaching In Austria!

Since 1962, the US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria has provided US college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants.

RU students can find more information about the program, including how to apply, at Only online applications will be accepted. Please note that the application deadline for the program year 2015-16 is January 15, 2015.

The following link directs you to our website, where you can find the program description and download an informative flyer about the program for 2015-16:

US teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they are also important resources for first-hand information about the United States and the "American way of life." The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s affairs (BMBF) finances this program, which is administered by the Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission). 
While the participants in this program contribute to the Fulbright goal of promoting mutual understanding, this is not a Fulbright grant program. For information on the Fulbright student program in Austria, please consult the Institute for International Education at or the website of the Austrian-American Educational Commission at

If you have any questions about the program and the online application process, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Jürgen Hörmann

COE Students Nominated for National Honor Society

The College of Education is now collaborating with Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) to nominate students for membership in this education-focused honor society.  Pi Lambda Theta is the most selective national honor society for educators, and eligibility for membership is based on grade point average. Students should check their RU email for the invitation to become a part of PLT.

Because PLT is the most prestigious honor society in the education field, membership instantly sets you apart from the crowd and can enhance your résumé as you apply for jobs. PLT also provides tailored resources to help you grow professionally, including:

·         A subscription to Educational Horizons, which provides you with practical information that 
          you can use in your classroom to become a better teacher
·         Opportunities to travel abroad and learn about education in other countries
·         Recognition and funding through PLT’s numerous scholarship and awards programs
·         Networking opportunities through online communities and local chapters.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

COE Formalizes Partnership With Hoover Math & Science Academy

Dean Philion and John Schmelzer, Principal, shake hands
after signing the agreement.
On Wednesday, November 19th, the College of Education and Hoover 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.  This is the second MOU that the COE has signed with a District 54 elementary school this year.  The first was with another math and science academy, Nerge Elementary.

The goal of the agreement is to work together to prepare passionate and innovative elementary teachers who have expertise in math and science education.  Hoover teachers will help RU teacher candidates to teach to new standards and teacher evaluation models, and hopefully complete all of their field and clinical experiences at Hoover.  RU aims to better prepare its teacher candidates for the demands of 21st century teaching.  Together, Hoover and RU 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.

Hoover has been a very active partner with the College of Education over the last several years:
  • Currently, 3 full time teachers at Hoover are Roosevelt alumni.
  • Currently, 4 RU student teachers are teaching at Hoover.
  • Currently, 10 students are completing their pre-student teaching field experiences at Hoover
  • Currently, 5 undergraduate math methods students are observing at Hoover.
  • In total, Hoover is hosting 19 of Roosevelt’s elementary education students.  Many of these students are putting in additional hours at Hoover for some of their other classes at Roosevelt.
  • In Spring 2014, Hoover hosted 8 students who were completing their pre-student teaching field experiences, and John Schmelzer and Elizabeth Meadows presented on the value of community partnerships at RU's annual professional development conference, RUMCOT.
The COE's Elementary Education Program Director, Ken King, and the Principal at Hoover, John Schmelzer, are the chief architects of the agreement.  Over the next several years, they will explore ways in which RU and Hoover faculty might mutually support the professional development and learning goals at each institution.

The Hoover-COE 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 John Schmelzer, but also two Hoover teachers and RU alumni--Dia Rizmani and George Schaupp--as well as other school partners, 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.

Hoover Math and Science Academy is truly a high quality school, having recently placed in the top 20 elementary schools in Cook County according to performance on the 2013 ISAT exams.  It also is the top-performing school in District 54.

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 in the City of Chicago by the end of the current academic year.

Monday, November 17, 2014

John MacDougall Appointed Director of Assessment and Grants

I am pleased to announce that John MacDougall has been appointed Director of Assessment and Grants for the College of Education.  John replaces Lina Eskew, who resigned from the position in September in order to pursue a job opportunity with another organization.

John is a long-standing employee of Roosevelt University.  After completing coursework at the University of Chicago and a BS in Psychology at The Ohio State University, John returned to Chicago in the mid-1980s to enroll in Roosevelt University's MA program in Elementary Education. While a graduate assistant for Dean George Olson, he began working on grant projects. After student teaching and graduation in 1989, he remained at Roosevelt as part of the College of Education’s Office of Research and Development.  As part of his work for the COE, he managed a series of summer professional development workshops for high school and middle school teachers.

In 1993, the Office of Research and Development became the Chicago Education Alliance, under the direction of Teryl ann Rosch.  The Chicago Education Alliance (CEA) was comprised of many Chicago area universities and worked closely with the Chicago Public Schools to develop projects addressing important district needs.  Notable among its projects were a New Principal Support Program and a Principal Review Board.  In addition to serving as the CEA assistant and then associate director, John assisted in the writing of the first Chicago GEAR UP Alliance (CGUA) grants that were awarded to Chicago.

In 2010, the CEA became the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) and was integrated into the College of Education.  John served as Associate Director with responsibilities for the GEAR UP grant, but also the TRiO programs—Veterans Upward Bound, Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search—that were integrated into the OCE.  He also has played a critical role in the IBHE Balanced Literacy Grant that the COE has had since 2010, as well as the Summer Teaching Institute that the COE has offered to teachers from Madrid each summer since 2010.

John MacDougall is married with two children. His wife, Lisa Roberts, is a consultant in Museum Education and Environmental Education, with a doctorate from the University of Chicago. His daughter is a student at NYU and his son is currently a senior at Walter Payton College Prep. They live in West Rogers Park in Chicago. Although he does not play any instrument, music is a passion, as the posters on his new office--Gage 802E--attest.

Please join me in giving John a warm welcome to his new role in the College of Education!

VUB Gets TV Exposure on Nov. 11

Volunteer work by veterans in the College of Education’s Veterans Upward Bound Program was featured on Veteran's Day on WGN TV during the 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts.  There are two versions of the story available for review by clicking on the links below.

1. WGN news story

2.  Click here

Friday, November 14, 2014

COE Hosts Nov. 20 Teacher Recruitment Presentation

The College of Education will host a recruiting visit from the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) on Thursday, November 20, at 5 p.m. in the Gage Building, Room 801.  The presentation is expected to last about an hour.  No registration is required.  All attendees should bring a resume to the presentation.

AUSL has immediate openings for licensed special education, early childhood, primary, intermediate, middle school, and high school teachers. On Nov. 20th, they will focus their attention on students in early childhood and special education programs who are currently completing student teaching.  However, if you plan to student teach in Spring 2015, you are strongly encouraged to attend this event.

This summer, AUSL hired 8 Lakers and they would love to hire more!

Please visit  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:

2013-2014 Annual Report Now Available Online

I am pleased to announce that the 2013-2014 Annual Report for the College of Education is now available on the College of Education website.  The report provides--in a new, more visual format represented below--an overview of student, faculty, alumni, and program accomplishments during the 2013-2014 academic year.

To obtain a hard copy of the report, contact Sabrina Elms at

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Opportunity

The Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship opportunity is offered by the State of Illinois to academically talented minority undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing teaching careers in nonprofit Illinois preschool, elementary and secondary schools. This program aims to provide minority children with access to a greater number of positive minority role models.

Eligible students must complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and a separate application provided by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Applications are available through December 2014 for this program or until the 2015-2016 application becomes available. For more details and to download an application, please visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commision.

Urgent Deadlines for Counseling Students

Attention Counseling Students!

If you are planning to complete your practicum and internship beginning summer 2015, please note the following deadlines to submit your application to the program on Taskstream.

  • For School Counseling students planning to complete their school counseling internship in a CPS (Chicago Public Schools) site:

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR RU/CHS APPLICATION ON TASKSTREAM IS NOVEMBER 15, 2014!! CPS has an additional online internship application process that begins in late November, but you must be approved through the RU/CHS field placement process before you can submit your application to CPS.

  • For School Counseling students wanted to complete their school counseling internship OUTSIDE OF CPS:

  • For ALL Clinical Mental Health Counseling students:

There are THREE (3) things that must be completed by these deadlines:

1) Application Form  
2) Prerequisite Check  
3) Criminal Background Consent


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Dr. Peterson at

COE Earns 5th Consecutive PD Invitation from Madrid, Spain

I am pleased to announce that the College of Education has once again been invited to host a Summer Professional Development Program for teachers from the city of Madrid, Spain.  Summer 2015 will mark the 5th consecutive summer in which the COE has developed and offered this international professional development program.  Confirmation of the invitation was received last week from the Madrid Regional Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.

In confirming the invitation, the Ministry cited the strong feedback that was received last year from the program participants in the evaluation survey administered at the conclusion of the program.

The official title of the program is LANGUAGE AND METHODOLOGY FOR THE DESIGN OF MATERIALS IN BIOLOGY & GEOLOGY, PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY, AND TECHNOLOGY FOR SECONDARY TEACHERS IN THE COMMUNITY OF MADRID.  The program participants are 25 secondary school teachers who participate in English language and STEM intensive courses for four weeks while staying in homes throughout the Chicago area. All courses take place on the 7th floor of the Gage Building.  In 2015, the program will take place from June 27th through July 25th.

The COE's Office of Community Engagement is responsible for developing and offering the program.  Under the leadership of Associate Dean Teryl ann Rosch, this office received more than $2 million in external funding during the 2013-2014 academic year.  John MacDougall, Director of Grant Projects, organized and led the summer program in 2014.  In summer 2015, Erin Mackinney, Assistant Professor of ESL and Bilingual Education, will serve as the program director.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dec. 1 Dissertation Defense on Latino Education

The Educational Leadership Program invites all RU students, faculty, and alumni to a dissertation defense led by Gregory T. Harris, a doctoral student in the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership.  Mr. Harris's dissertation is entitled: “To Get a Better Future for My Children”:  Overcoming the Structural Barriers to Parental Involvement for Spanish-Only Latino Families.

The details about the defense and the dissertation are below.

Date: December 1, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Gage Building, Room 801, 18 South Michigan Ave.
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Leslie Rebecca Bloom, Ph. D.
Committee Members: Dr. Tammy Oberg de la Garza, Ph. D.
Dr. Alberto López-Carassquillo, Ph. D

Dissertation Abstract:

Parental involvement plays a significant role in student achievement.  For Latino families who are Spanish-only speakers, however, the hegemony of English-only ideology may impede a parent’s ability to be involved.  Shifting demographics in the United States means there are more families who do not speak English, but many schools are not effectively accommodating them.  Thus, many families are finding it difficult to form meaningful, productive relationships with their children’s teachers. Through the theoretical lens of critical theory, this study analyzed the narrative data of Spanish-only Latino parents to make recommendations for addressing the structural deficiencies of the education system that hinder parental involvement.  The stories from four parents, gathered using narrative inquiry, affirm that the language barrier considerably impacted their parental involvement experiences.  The parents felt embarrassed by their lack of English-speaking skills and frustrated by the inadequate accommodations provided by the schools.  Yet these families demonstrate a resolute dedication to their children’s educations, and it was the parents’ immense efforts that allowed the children to be successful despite the disobliging nature of their schools.  These stories reveal that there are significant structural failures in the public schools system, such as ineffectual translation services, a lack of cultural sensitivity, and banal community-building initiatives aimed towards Latino families.  These deficiencies need to be immediately addressed by culturally intelligent school leaders in order to effect social justice for Spanish-only Latino families in the communities.

Nov. 22 CTU & TSJ Curriculum Fair!


Education Partners

Teachers for Social Justice presents:
Democratize Education   Democratize Chicago
Resources · Workshops · Curriculum · Culture
Co-Sponsors: Rethinking Schools · Chicago Teachers Union
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 · North-Grand HS · 4338 W. Wabansia St., Chicago · 10am–4pm
Register at TeachersForJustice.ORG
Childcare and Spanish Translation provided. Labor Donated. CPDUs Available.

CTU e-mails or change your email preferences.
Chicago Teachers Union | 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza | Suite 400 | Chicago | IL | 60654

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Course on Urban Youth, Politics, and Schooling

In Spring 2015, the Educational Studies Program will offer a new undergraduate course: EDUC 352, City Life for City Kids.  The course will be taught by Professor Leslie Bloom, a former Fulbright Scholar and a faculty member in the College of Education's Educational Leadership Program.  The course will meet on Wednesdays, from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m., and is open to all Roosevelt University students.  The course registration number is 25442.

EDUC 352 will question the notion that the suburbs are the best places to raise children.  Embedded in this thinking is the stereotype that the suburbs offer more community, happiness, and moral groundings than cities.  In addition, the media reinforces negative images of city problems, confirming the idea that living in the suburbs fulfills “the American Dream.”  In EDUC 352, we will question these place-based stereotypes and media portrayals and explore what it means to grow up and live in an urban environment. We will examine access and opportunity in urban schools, cultural sites, and public events and what “neighborhood” means in everyday life. We will study how urban politics create and destroy accessibility and sustainability, and we will consider how diverse youth identities shape city life and are shaped by it. We will become familiar with youth organizers who are advocating for disenfranchised youth in Chicago.  Students will reflect on their own experiences growing up and consider their lives as Chicago students and future urban professionals.  

Professor Bloom has focused throughout her career on research and activism with low-income women and families, especially in urban settings.  The author of the book, Under the Sign of Hope: Feminist Methodology and Narrative Interpretation, Bloom was a 1996 Fulbright Scholar who studied feminist non-profit organizations in Mexico City while she was a professor at Iowa State University.  She recently published an article and was guest editor of a special issue of International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education on the “Global Perspectives of Poverty Research for Social Justice.”

EDUC 352 counts as an elective toward an Educational Studies minor or major.  For more information about the course, contact Professor Bloom at  For more information about the Educational Studies minor or major, contact Lilibeth Castillo at

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Counseling Online Info Session on Nov. 25

The College of Education invites all interested students to attend an online information session on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 1 - 2 p.m.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the College of Education's nationally accredited graduate programs in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Click here to register for this event.  Students can attend from campus, off-campus, or out-of-state.

The session will discuss the programs' admission requirments, student outcomes, and curricula.  It also will provide insight into how programs connect their courses to the needs of clinical partners and the social justice mission of the university.

To attend the information session, follow these simple directions:

Roosevelt U. Counseling Program Online Information Session

  • 1. Please join this online information session from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • 2. Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You'll sound best with a headset. For best reception, call in using your telephone.
    • United States (Long distance): +1 (805) 309-0010

    Access Code: 464-700-349 
    Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session
  • Not at your computer? Click the link above to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app.
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Free Assessment Panel Discussion on Nov. 18

Raise Your Hand's High-Quality Education Series:
What is High-Quality Assessment and How Do We Get There?

 Panelists include:
James Pellegrino, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
Elizabeth A. Skinner, Associate Professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Illinois State University
Cecily Relucio Hensler, Co-Director of the Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce
Topics include:
·         How do teachers assess students in high-quality education systems?
·         What do we need to know about the PARCC, the new state test? 
·         Why do we have so many standardized tests?

6:30pm to 8:30pm
1647 S. Blue Island
Chicago, IL

Translation from English to Spanish will be provided
*This a free event, open to the public but registration is required. 

Online Information Session on Nov. 24

The College of Education invites all interested students to attend an online information session on Monday, Nov. 24, from 1 - 2 p.m.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the College of Education's nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, and special education.  A new 5 year, double degree program in math/business and secondary education also will be discussed.

Click here to register for this event.  Students can attend from campus, off-campus, or out-of-state.

The session will discuss the programs' admission requirments, student outcomes, and curricula.  It also will provide insight into how programs connect their courses to partnering schools and the social justice mission of the university.

To attend the information session, follow these simple directions:

Roosevelt U. Teacher Preparation Online Information Session

  • 2. Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You'll sound best with a headset. For best reception, call in using your telephone.
    • United States (Long distance): +1 (619) 550-0003

    Access Code: 537-672-621 
    Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session
  • Not at your computer? Click the link above to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app.
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