Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Not Too Early To Plan For Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a research-based, national early education program, 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.  Funded by AmeriCorps, Roosevelt University students serve as mentors for 3 to 5-year-old children living in low-income communities, in two partner preschools. Early intervention techniques also help to eliminate negative behaviors or habits at early ages before they become deep rooted by high school age.

Jumpstart is partnered with Roosevelt University as well as five other major universities in the Chicago area:  DePaul, Northwestern, Dominican, Loyola, and University of Chicago.  As the table below reveals, through these partnerships, Jumpstart is able to cultivate relationships with more than 400 college students, called Corps members, who serve twice per week in preschool classrooms across Chicago. Students serve in classrooms two days per week, for two hours each session.  Each session revolves around a core storybook and one book serves as the focus for two sessions.  Session plans are organized in six unit themes -- Family, Friends, Wind and Water, The World of Color, Shadows and Reflections, and Things That Grow.

Jumpstart Site
Site Managers                                University Partners     Corps Members         Children
DePaul University
Missy Frazin - Site Manager Heather Little - Site Manager
Howard Rosing, PhD.
Dominican University
Briana Martindale - Site Manager
Ben Freville
Loyola University Chicago
Megan Barry
Northwestern University
Micaela Moran - Site Manager
Rob Donahue
Roosevelt University
Renita Johnson - Site Manager
Teryl Ann Rosch, PhD. & John MacDougall
University of Chicago
Lucy Hall - Site Manager
Shaz Rasul

Applications for employment are taken at any time, and may be submitted by clicking here.  For more information about Jumpstart and becoming a Corp member in 2015-2016, contact Renita Johnson at rtjohnson@roosevelt.edu

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feb. 27 Book Launch Party!

The College of Education is very pleased to invite all students, faculty, and alumni to a book launch party in honor of the publication of Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes: Exploring Cross-Cultural Missteps With Latinos in the Classroom.  

Tammy Oberg De La Garza and Alyson Lavigne are assistant professors in the College of Education, and are the co-authors of this new book which explores how something as simple as “hello” can consistently create culture gaps, and how teachers can take meaningful steps to reverse the harmful patterns created by miscommunication and lack of empathy for culture differences.

The celebration will be held on Friday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 West Armitage Ave. in Chicago.  All are welcome, and reservations are not required.

Bring a colleague or friend, and join the celebration!

Feb. 24th Job Fair Reminder!

This is a quick reminder that Roosevelt University's College of Education is a co-sponsor of the 2015 Education Job Fair that will take place at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  Alumni Hall is located on the main campus of NEIU, at 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue in Chicago.  RU current students and alumni are encouraged to attend this free event.

School districts from the Chicagoland area, Chicago public schools, and school districts from out-of-state will be present to recruit teachers for their school districts.  Currently, there are 50+ employers registered for the Education Job Fair.

A resume is required of each candidate who attends the Education Job Fair. 

Job seekers DO NOT need to pre-register. This event is free to everyone. All candidates should dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes to distribute to employers.  You can view the list of participating employers after January 31, 2015 at http://bit.ly/1tAPGhx.  For more information, call 773-442-4693.

Laura Lag, Assistant Dean for Student Services, will be at a table at the fair to guide RU job seekers through the process.  A room will be provided for job seekers to sit in, relax, and ponder over which school districts they would liked to approach (Room SU 003).  Directions will be given to all job seekers upon their arrival.

Parking for job seekers on campus is $5.00.  Parking permits can be obtained from the parking office located on the first floor of the parking garage.  For instructions regarding parking and directions, go to:

Click the University Life Tab
Under Services Click Parking
To the Left: Click Campus Parking locations & Maps
Main Campus: Click University Campus Map and Directions

Off campus parking is also available.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Feb. 26 Student Advisory Board Meeting

The College of Education will hold an initial meeting of a new Student Advisory Board on Thursday, February 26, from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center on the 8th floor of the Gage Building, 18 South Michigan Ave.

Membership on the board is open to all students with an interest in providing feedback on the activities and direction of the college and its programs.

The first meeting will consist of an orientation to the role and responsibilities of the board, and a brief discussion of the most important questions or issues to address in the future.

All students will need to bring to the meeting are ideas and enthusiasm.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided to fuel the conversation.  Please click here to RSVP.  Feel free to bring others who may have an interest in providing feedback on our College of Education.

If you have any questions about this activity, please reach out to Dean Philion at tphilion@roosevelt.edu.

Future meetings will be held on different days and times, so if you can't make this meeting, plan on attending another one in the future!

March 21 Free Formative Assessment Workshop

The next free professional development workshop sponsored by the Roosevelt University Balanced Literacy Grant Initiative is as follows:

Save-the-Date: Saturday, March 21st, 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Where: The Wabash Building (room TBA) of Roosevelt University

Topic: Thematic Units of Study and Formative Assessment in the Balanced Literacy Classroom. 

This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to see exemplar thematic units with built in formative assessment practices.  Of course, the CCSS instructional shifts will be an important component of the units as well.  This session will also allow teachers to plan thematic units and engage with other teachers from this grant. The goal is for teachers and school leaders to leave with ideas about how grade-wide or school-wide thematic units can be implemented with seamless formative assessment practices using the (110 minutes of literacy)  tenets of balanced literacy (read-alouds, guided reading, centers, language walls and independent reading and writing).

Participants in this grant project will provide an update with examples of how the formative assessment tablets for students and parents are being utilized across the schools.  This will be an informal 5 minute presentation from each partner school.

The workshop is free, and reservations are not required.  Contact Margaret Policastro, Professor of Language and Literacy, for more information, at mpolicas@roosevelt. edu.

Monday, February 16, 2015

National Survey of Student Engagement

This spring, Roosevelt University will participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).  I am writing to ask all College of Education undergraduates selected for this survey to fill out the required online form.

The survey is administered by the Indiana University Center of Postsecondary Research.  In the coming weeks, a random sample of freshmen and seniors will receive a series of emails from NSSE (nsse@nssesurvey.org) with a note requesting a response to the survey by clicking on a link to the NSSE website.  Student responses will be confidential.  Results of the study will be used to build upon current teaching and learning practices to provide a stronger educational experience for our students.

In appreciation for survey participants, two Roosevelt students will be randomly selected to receive an iPad Mini device.  

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Julia O’Donnell at jodonnell03@roosevelt.edu.

Thank you for support in our mutual effort to provide a great learning experience for our students.

2015 Summer Institute for Madrid Teachers

I am pleased to announce that the College of Education will again host a Summer Teaching Institute for teachers from the city of Madrid, Spain.  Official approval was received last week from Spain's Regional Ministry for Education, Youth, and Sport.  This is the 6th consecutive year in which the College of Education has been selected to host a summer institute for teachers from Madrid.

The goal of the institute is to improve the English language and teaching skills of twenty five secondary school teachers from Madrid, Spain.   This year, the twenty five teachers will participate in intensive training and courses from June 27th through July 25th, while staying in homes throughout the Chicago area.  All courses will take place on the 7th floor of the Gage Building.   Erin Mackinney, assistant professor of ESL and bilingual education, will lead the training in collaboration with faculty from other parts of the university and Chicago area schools and districts.

The COE's Office of Community Engagement is responsible for this program, and deserves kudos for once again putting together an outstanding proposal.  For more information about this and other community engagement programs, contact Associate Dean Teryl ann Rosch at trosch@roosevelt.edu or (312) 853-3928.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tutors Needed at Pulaski International School

Pulaski International School of Chicago seeks assistance with providing tutoring and small group assistance (before, during and after school) in Mathematics for some of our students.  If you are seeking an opportunity to give back to the community and establish a partnership with our school, please contact me via email or phone.  My contact information is below.

Kimberly Denton
Resident Principal

Pulaski International School of Chicago
2230 W. McLean Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60647

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Feb. 19 Lecture on American Film, the West, and Modernism

The Montesquieu Forum for the Study of Civic Life presents a Distinguished Lecture:

Saved from the Blessings of Civilization:
John Ford's Stagecoach, the West, and American Vernacular Modernism

The guest speaker will be:

Michael Valdez Moses
Professor of English
Duke University

When: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Where: Roosevelt University
            430 S. Michigan Avenue, Room 720

Event is free and open to the public.

Contact Benjamin Lynerd (blynerd@roosevelt.edu) with any questions.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Feb. 28 Latino Families Brunch

Please see the attached flyer for an invitation to 
RU's 1st Annual Latino Families Brunch.  For more

information and to RSVP, contact Israel Vargas at the phone or email below.

Israel Vargas, MATD
Assistant Provost for College Access and Targeted Recruitment Programs
Roosevelt University
425 S. Wabash 1M16D
Chicago, IL 60605
P: 312-341-2115

Feb. 25 Lecture In Honor Of COE Professor Frances Horwich

Please plan to attend the spring Founding Faculty Lecture Series, "From Ding Dong School to SpongeBob Squarepants: Roosevelt College Professor Frances Horwich and the Beginnings of Children’s Television."

This event is part of the Roosevelt University 70th Anniversary Celebration and will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Congress Lounge. The featured speaker is Walter Podrazik, a popular culture historian and co-author of ten books including “Watching TV: Six Decades of American Television” A light reception will follow the lecture.

Frances Horwich was born in Ottawa, Ohio, on July 16, 1908, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1929. She earned her doctorate in education from Northwestern University in 1942.

For more than two decades before first ringing the ''Ding Dong'' bell, Ms. Horwich worked in education. She taught first grade, supervised nursery schools in Chicago, was a principal, and held professorships in education at the University of North Carolina and Roosevelt College in Chicago.

I hope you will be able to attend this fascinating and free lecture.  Reservations are not required.

Student Advisory Board Inaugural Meeting - Input Requested

The College of Education is organizing a first meeting of a new Student Advisory Board.  Membership on the board is open to all students with an interest in providing feedback on the activities and direction of the college and its programs.

To provide input with respect to the best time and date for the first meeting, and to indicate your interest in attending the first meeting, please click on the link here:


The first meeting will consist of an orientation to the role and responsibilities of the board, and a brief discussion of the most important questions or issues to address in the future.

All students will need to bring to the meeting are ideas and enthusiasm.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided to fuel the conversation.

If you have any questions about this activity, please reach out to Dean Philion at tphilion@roosevelt.edu.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Dean's Message - February 2015

Greetings, and a belated happy new year!  Despite the cold and the snow, the Spring 2015 semester has officially begun, and we are in full swing with our optimistically named "Spring" classes.  

For your edification and reading pleasure, I would like to recommend a brand new book by COE faculty members Tammy Oberg De La Garza and Alyson Lavigne.  The book is called Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes: Exploring Cross-Cultural Missteps with Latinos in the Classroom, and it takes a close look at the cultural missteps increasingly preventing Latinos from succeeding in education.  Never ones to be solely critical, Oberg De La Garza and Lavigne describe useful and practical steps that teachers can take to reverse this harmful pattern.  

I also am pleased to announce that two of our education faculty--Byoung Kim and Alyson Lavigne--have been awarded research leaves for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Professor Kim will use his leave to examine the impact of STEM instruction on CPS students' learning of science and mathematics.  Professor Lavigne will use her leave to conduct initial and secondary analyses of data from three studies of Illinois school leaders and specifically their perceptions of new teacher evaluation frameworks.  Both professors plan to share what they learn from their studies with audiences inside and outside of the university.

Last but not least, the College of Education also is making plans for next year, and even has taken some initial steps toward achieving its aspirations.  

Just a few weeks ago, Laura Lag and Brittany Carlsen, our assistant dean and administrative assistant on the Schaumburg Campus, moved their offices to the Gage Building.  Shortly after the conclusion to the Spring semester, our Schaumburg-based faculty will make the same move.  The goal is to centralize all of our faculty and administrators at the Chicago Campus in an effort to improve communication and collaboration, support for students, and the quality of our various academic programs. 

Although President Middleton's decision in August 2014 to make the Schaumburg Campus a "branch campus" focused primarily on pharmacy and the health sciences is the catalyst for our moves, our decision-making actually reflects changes in our enrollment and the professions of teaching, counseling, and leadership that have been evolving over the last several years.  

Today, our overall college enrollment is twice as large in Chicago and online than it is in Schaumburg.  At the undergraduate level, we have approximately three times as many students in Chicago as in Schaumburg.  New state mandates and accreditation standards mean that more than ever before we need to be extremely focused and intensive in the delivery of all of our courses and academic programs.  

The above changes, I believe, will enable us to achieve the necessary focus and intensity.  But the activities that will actually ensure our success in the future remain ahead of us.  I look forward to reporting, in future messages, the new pursuits that we are undertaking to redesign our programs for a new era of teacher, counselor, and leader preparation.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this message.  If you ever have comments or feedback that you would like to share, please contact me at tphilion@roosevelt.edu.  


Tom Philion                                                                          
Dean, College of Education                                         
Roosevelt University                                        

March 20 Symposium on Eating Disorders

The Awakening Center
"Discover the person you were meant to be"

To celebrate our 20th Year and to honor 

Eating Disorders Awareness Week:

The Awakening Center 
and the Counseling Department of 
Roosevelt University 
will host
"Treating the Whole Person: Recovery from Eating Disorders" 
a Symposium for ED professionals.

6.25 CE's available.

The symposium is open to anyone who wants to learn more about working with eating disordered clients/students: counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, school social workers, school nurses, psychiatric nurses, physicians, nutritionists, or anyone studying in these fields. We will be offering both advanced-level and basic-level workshops.

Friday March 20, 2015
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Roosevelt University
425 S Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605
Seating is Limited.

Follow the link below for more information, or to register:
For security reasons, Roosevelt University requires all participants to preregister before 3/13/15. 

Preregister now to receive a discounted rate.
No walk in registrations will be allowed. 

This Symposium will support The Awakening Center's ED Scholarship program for uninsured and under insured clients.

For general information about the Awakening Center: 
 call (773) 929-6262 or email:  awakeningcenter@aol.com