Friday, September 11, 2015

Chicago HOPES for Kids Volunteer Opportunity

Chicago HOPES for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support for children living in homeless shelters throughout Chicago, offers shelter-based after school homework help and literacy programming at five shelters and are planning to expand to two additional shelters in the near future. 

A major component of our programming is our leveled literacy program. At the beginning of each semester, our students are assessed to determine their reading levels (A-Z) and areas in which they need additional support. Then, using this information, our volunteers work with the students each day, reading books at their level and completing fun academic activities to boost their literacy skills. 

We are currently seeking specialized volunteers to assess our K-5 students using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS). We're looking for volunteers who are already familiar with the BAS or who are willing to attend a 3-day training before performing the assessments. 

The training will take place mid-to-late September at our office in the West Loop. Once we have a group of interested volunteers, we will try to find one or two times that work well for everyone. Meals will be provided. 

Our volunteers will perform the assessments from September 24-October 2. Each volunteer will need to commit to one shelter location and a minimum of two late afternoons/early evenings within that time frame to complete the assessments. 

Although we think this is a great opportunity for current or retired teachers and university faculty, we also think this would be a good learning experience for pre-service teachers and anyone interested in education. 

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact our Program Manager, Amanda Miley, at  Also, please feel free to reach out to her with any questions that you might have. 

Introduction to Restorative Justice Workshop

The Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation is facilitating an “Introduction to “Restorative Justice and circle training” for Roosevelt students who will be working as peace keepers this year at our school partner sites. We are opening up this training to other Roosevelt students who are interested in community building, conflict resolution or, simply to gain a better understanding of restorative justice and circles.
Restorative Justice Practices are used in workplaces, neighborhoods, universities, social services, schools and the justice system. The circle is used to create a safe environment for every participant to express their point of view and foster a level of communication that leads to problem solving and relationship building. This is also a great way to build relationships among students or anyone at Roosevelt University.

The workshop is on Friday Sept. 18 from 9:30 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m. Room (TBD). For questions or further information, contact the Mansfield Institute at ext. 2150. To

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Student Tutors Needed On Monday Afternoons

In 2015-2016, the College of Education is continuing its partnership with WITS (Working in the Schools) to tutor children from Bouchet International Academy. WITS transports 20 to 25 children to the Gage Building on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and the College's responsibility is to recruit the 20 to 25 tutors needed to work with the children. Each tutor works with one child for the hour, participating in a warm-up activity and then reading with the child and helping the child with her or his homework.
This semester, Fall 2015, the tutoring will begin either in late September or early October and continue through the academic year. Prospective tutors must have background checks (paid for by WITS) and must participate in an orientation session, to be scheduled in September. If you are interested in being a tutor or have questions about tutoring, contact Judy Gouwens at or 312-853-4774.

Dr. Leslie Bloom Earns Fulbright Specialist Award

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Bloom,                                                    
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, has
earned a Fulbright Award in the Specialist Program
for the Spring of 2016, to work with the Israeli
Center for Qualitative Research at Ben Gurion
University of the Negev.

The project at Ben-Gurion University of The Negev will be organized with both the Social Work Program and the Israeli Center for Qualitative Research (ICQR) of People and Societies in order
to provide an opportunity for the Ben-Gurion community and other researchers in Israel to come together to collaboratively share and develop knowledge focused on social justice approaches to qualitative research.  Dr. Bloom will engage in four activities:
  1. Facilitation of an advanced study workshop called "Qualitative Research for Social Justice." This workshop for faculty and graduate students will deepen the knowledge of how to design, conduct, and report qualitative research for social justice. The workshop will support the development of both theoretical and practical knowledge. Workshop topics will include: social justice theory, feminist and social justice qualitative research design and fieldwork methods, and using research for publishing and advocacy.  The workshop will be open to researchers from across all Israeli universities.
  2. Assistance with curriculum development for the new Masters in Social Work for Social Justice Program, based on a social justice curriculum model and including social justice studies and feminist methods for research.
  3. Lecturing in Social Work courses.
  4. Presenting research at The Seventh Israeli Conference of Qualitative Research (February 2016).
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bloom on this outstanding achievement!