Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Summer Employment For Grads and Undergrads

Y.O.U. Inspire Fellows Program 2015
Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) is pleased to announce its Inspire Fellows Program for the summer of 2015. The fellowship offers graduate and upper-undergraduate students a full-time opportunity to learn best-practices in youth development and to prepare for a career in youth development, education, or the non-profit sector.

Inspire Fellows serve as workshop leaders and counselors for Y.O.U.'s 9-week summer program. Fellows are chosen to develop and facilitate specific workshops in one area such as the arts, literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), or recreational activities. Additionally, all fellows help lead discussions and workshops on life skills topics.

The Fellowship runs full time from June 1st through August 14. The first week offers Fellows a comprehensive orientation and training on Y.O.U., non-profit management, and positive youth development. The next nine weeks consist of high-impact summer programming.

Primary responsibilities of Inspire Fellows include:
·         Develop and facilitate youth activities in your chosen area that promote academic, social, and emotional development.
·         Supervise youth activities in a safe, sensitive, developmentally appropriate, positive manner.
·         Maintain positive, supportive relationships with youth.
·         Nurture supportive relationships with parents, school administrators, teachers, students, and community representatives.
·         Develop and maintain good working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and volunteers within Y.O.U., and with others in the community who offer information about, resources for, or services to young people in Evanston.
·         Maintain timely and accurate records concerning youth participation and outcomes.
·         Identify and recommend opportunities for continuous improvement in Y.O.U. programming.

The Fellowship experience offers a unique opportunity for growth for students thinking about a career in youth development, education, the arts, or non-profits. Fellows are provided supervision through both formal and informal feedback to help them grow. In this way, fellows develop their leadership skills, enhance their understanding of youth development, and build their non-profit management skills.

The Inspire Fellow should have the following qualifications:
·         Experience in and passion for youth services
·         Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with a diverse group of team members and youth
·         Extraordinary teamwork and leadership skills
·         Passion for Y.O.U.'s mission of ensuring that all youth have the resources they need to thrive
·         Personal qualities of integrity and credibility
·         Be actively seeking or have already obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree

The Fellowship offers a stipend. (Y.O.U. is also glad to provide documentation to any students who receive support from their universities for summer employment with a non-profit organization). Please visit

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please email with questions.

Future Leaders of Wiley Internship Program

Future Leaders of Wiley Seeks a Learning Management Systems Specialist Intern
Ideal candidates thrive in a fast paced environment, are solution-oriented, and proactively seek professional development opportunities. The ten-week, paid summer internship runs May through August and is available to graduate or baccalaureate students in their junior or senior year.
An internship that’s anything but ordinary, the Future Leaders of Wiley summer intensive provides students with the opportunity to work on important projects, assignments, as well as participate in a leadership development program. Participants are awarded a certificate upon program completion.

LMS Specialist Intern
The LMS Specialist Intern is the perfect position for a student with an interest in Learning Management Systems. The LMS Specialist Intern should be someone with strong technical aptitude, including experience with HTML and CSS. The LMS Specialist will be working with the Academic Services team to:
·         Develop technical writing
·         Learn our proprietary Learning Management System
·         Develop training materials
·         Assist with general implementation tasks

Bachelor’s Level Students in Instructional Design or related field of study.

Students who wish to apply for the Future Leaders of Wiley internship program should meet the following requirements:
·         Minimum GPA of 3.0 (3.5 or higher preferred)
·         Area of study (major) applicable to position desired 
·         Ability to show applicable experience, whether through school or personal projects and/or previous employment
·         Desire to learn, grow, and contribute in a creative, collaborative environment

Students must also submit a written personal statement that explains the following in detail:
·         Why you are the ideal candidate for acceptance into the program
·         Your area(s) of professional interests and why
·         What you perceive to be the true meaning of leadership

For a complete job description and to apply please click here

Please note, there is also a written component required. It is recommended that the student applicant mention they heard about the position from Roosevelt University's College of Education.

Early Childhood Program Earns IBHE Innovation Grant

On April 14, Roosevelt University's Early Childhood Program was informed that it has been selected as a recipient of an Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation Grant for a second consecutive year.  The grant award is in the amount of $29,800 for the period April 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016. Under the leadership of Associate Dean Toni Potenza and Assistant Professor Jinah Kim, the Early Childhood Program will use the funds to redesign the teacher licensure program in early childhood education and create a new pathway for early childhood majors at the community college level to earn a BA degree in Educational Studies with a Level V employment credential from Gateways for Opportunity.

This grant is funded through federal monies from the Race to the Top — Early Learning
Challenge and is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois
Community College Board, the Illinois State Board of Education, The Center: Resources for
Teaching and Learning, and the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development, in
conjunction with the Illinois Early Learning Council’s subcommittee on Higher Education Learning and Professional Development.

For more information about this grant initiative, contact Dr. Antonia Potenza.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 21: Hip Hop For Social Change

Fall 2015 Travel Abroad Course Approved

Recently, Counseling professors Dennis Frank and Kristina Peterson received approval to take a group of Counseling students overseas to attend an international conference and do some sightseeing in the area of Venice, Italy.  Student who register and participate in the trip receive course credit for an elective course, CHS 425, The Counseling Profession: Building Bridges toward Wellbeing.

The travel fee for this course is $3000.  Contact Dennis Frank or Kristina Peterson for more information.

April 23 & 30: Student Teaching Honor Ceremonies

On April 23rd, the College of Education hosted an honor ceremony for Spring 2015 student teachers on the Schaumburg Campus.  All student teachers were recognized for their accomplishment of successfully completing student teaching.  In addition, Impact Awards were given to Special Education student teacher Steven Ondrus and Elementary Education student teacher Abby Clay for going above and beyond expectations during their clinical experiences.

Spring 2015 Schaumburg Student Teachers and University Supervisors

The Chicago ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 30th, from 5-6 p.m., in Room 700 of the Gage Building. Dessert will be available during the ceremony for all to enjoy, and all students, faculty, alumni, community partners, families, and friends are invited to attend.

Reservations are not required for these events.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Language & Literacy Program Earns Continuing IBHE Grant

Since Fiscal Year 2004, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has awarded competitive teacher and principal professional development grants to eligible partnerships comprised of colleges and universities and high-need public school districts located across the State of Illinois. These grants--known as the Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) State Grant Program--support professional development and teacher and school leader preparation activities across all core academic subject areas to assist schools in increasing the academic achievement of all students through the preparation of highly-qualified teachers and school leaders.

On April 7, 2015, the Language and Literacy Program at Roosevelt University was informed that its proposal for a continuing grant in the amount of $421,313 had been approved by the IBHE.  Grant funding was awarded to six universities, and RU received $21,000 more than it requested.  This is the sixth year that RU has been awarded IBHE funding.  Dr. Margaret Policastro is the Principal Investigator on the grant, with significant support from Dr. Teryl ann Rosch, John McDougall, and members of the COE's Office of Community Engagement.

RU's grant project addresses needs related to the complex changes necessary to implement the Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It does so by creating ongoing and systemic professional development within two new frameworks, a new Balanced Literacy Model and a new Formative Assessment model that includes formative collection, formative feedback, and formative self-monitoring connected to the ILS.

Starting in 2015-2016, the project will align ILS, balanced literacy, and formative assessment to the Danielson Framework for Teaching. This activity will assist teachers in differentiating instruction based upon student data.  Five additional goals are: (1) to continue to align the ILS instructional shifts with all aspects of the new Balanced Literacy model through school-wide capacity building; (2) to develop seamless formative assessment school-wide within the tenets of balanced literacy in order for teaching and assessment to be perceived as a continuous process; (3) to create and build balanced literacy (110 Minutes of Literacy) thematic units school-wide that use formative assessment practices based on decision-making in the classroom; (4) to improve Roosevelt University’s pre-service teacher preparation programs by assisting in the preparation for the new edTPA; and (5) to align the Danielson Framework for Teaching with formative assessment in the new balanced literacy classroom.

In its approval documents, IBHE lauded the work of RU and the other universities involved: "Each of the six partnerships recommended for funding...provides high-quality, research-based professional development aimed at improving teacher quality, the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students across Illinois, and teacher preparation programs across the state."

For more information, contact Dr. Policastro at

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 18 CARA Spring Conference At Northeastern Illinois University

NEIU and the Chicago Area Reading Association (CARA) invite you to the
Academic Vocabulary Spring Conference with 4 Breakout Sessions

Keynote Speaker is Peter Fisher, Co-Author of Academic Vocabulary, K-8

Breakout Sessions
Continue Development of Academic Vocabulary and Academic Language at Secondary Levels  
Dr.  Janet Pariza, Professor Northeastern Illinois University
Bridge Academic Vocabulary and Enhance Academic Language at Middle Levels              
Megan Goodman, Literacy Coach, District 63, Des Plaines
Expand Academic Vocabulary and Extend Academic Language at Intermediate Levels   
Barbara Kent and Dr. Penny Silvers, Dominican
Foster Academic Vocabulary and Build Academic Language in Primary Levels                      
Amy Butler, Chicago Public Schools

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Registration and breakfast begins at 8:30
Center for College Access and Success
700 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL

(Intersection of Chicago and Halsted, entrance for Center is on Chicago)

Visit and share with other Literacy Professionals while you earn 3 clock hours!

May 20 Teacher Appreciation Night at Oriental Institute Museum