Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nov. 7 Balanced Literacy Workshop

On November 7th, the Language and Literacy Program will again host a free professional development workshop at Roosevelt University from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Library on the 10th floor of the Auditorium Building. The workshop is free to all Roosevelt students, faculty, and alumni.

Each of the schools currently participating in an IBHE grant project will provide an update on where they are with the grant goals. The topics for discussion are:
  • School-wide thematic unit(s): Including tenets of balanced literacy
  • Implementation of formative feedback to students and parents
  • Implementation of formative self-monitoring by students
How each school approaches their work is unique and that is what makes hearing about their work so interesting. So do plan to attend and participate in these terrific opportunity to obtain hands-on knowledge of how several Chicago area schools are creating balanced literacy learning environments.

An RSVP is not required.  If you have questions, contact Dr. Margaret Policastro at

Oct. 28 Counseling Poster Presentation

The College of Education cordially invites you to attend a Research Poster Presentation given by the counseling students of CHS 422: Topics in Substance Abuse and Addiction.  The presentation will be held in the Gage Building located at 18 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Room 700 on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served for your enjoyment. Please come and support the academic pursuits of our counseling students!

For more information, please contact Dr. Peterson at or 312-853-4779

Friday, October 16, 2015

Jinah Kim Featured on RU Social Justice Blog

Jinah Kim, assistant professor of early childhood education, has a feature article on RU's social justice blog.  To read her article, click here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dia Rizmani Earns ISBE Award Of Excellence

I am pleased to announce that Dia Rizmani, a 2010 graduate of our Elementary Education Program (MA), has been awarded a 2015 Illinois State Board of Education "Those Who Excel" Award.  Rizmani, a third-grade teacher at the Hoover Math and Science Academy in Schaumburg, won an Award of Excellence in the early career educator category.

Dia originally majored in biological sciences and worked in laboratories. However, she returned to Roosevelt to get her teaching degree when she realized that she was always teaching – through staff training, college tutoring and other avenues.

Despite teaching for only four years, Dia is already a leader at the school and district level, serving on the Hoover School Leadership Team and the District 54 Literacy Task Force. Additionally, Dia represented District 54 on the Roosevelt University Elementary Education Redesign Committee, which met throughout the 2013-2014 academic year to redesign and improve the elementary teacher preparation program at Roosevelt.  Hoover Math and Science Academy is now a partner for our elementary education program, and approximately 20 pre-service and student teachers are currently engaged in observation and student teaching at this site.

According to a District 54 blog post, Dia is making a difference with her students. As the daughter of immigrants, Dia says she often felt isolated at school. Therefore, in her classroom, she teaches her students to celebrate their differences. By building upon each student’s strengths and cultural backgrounds, the learning environment is highly inclusive and regarded as a safe place for all to learn. This environment led to 100 percent of her students meeting their growth targets on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment last year.

Please join me in congratulating Dia Rizmani--a truly outstanding representative of what RU teacher preparation is all about.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Partnership With IL Gifted Children Association

I am pleased to announce that the College of Education has signed a partnership agreement with the Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC).  The agreement commits each organization to work together to empower gifted children, parents, and teachers through education and leadership development.

The Illinois Association for Gifted Children is a not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1989 by a small group of Illinois educators who wanted to create opportunities for teachers, parents, and administrators to better understand the educational and social/emotional needs of gifted individuals.  IAGC is an Affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children, and is located close to the Schaumburg campus, in Palatine.

As a result of the agreement, the Schaumburg campus will be available to IAGC for professional development events and other mutually agreed upon activities.  In return, ten RU pre-service students will have free access to the Sunday Pre-service /New Service Session (9:00-12: 00 and 1:00-4:00) at the annual IAGC conference on February 7-9, 2016.  More information about how to participate in this free event will be distributed shortly.

In addition, IAGC will provide unlimited RU students and alumni with access to the Sunday Educator Seminar (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., lunch included) at the same conference at a reduced cost of $60.  The registration form must be completed and noted RU student or alumni.  The full cost of this event is $90.

Finally, over the coming year, IAGC will provide RU graduate students enrolled in our Instructional Leadership Program with a 2 hour professional development workshop focused on the needs of gifted children.

This new partnership is yet another example of how the College of Education is integrating high quality professional development opportunities into its curricula and programs for teachers and school leaders.  For more information about all of our community partnerships, please contact Dr. Teryl ann Rosch at or 312-853-3928.

International Poetry Workshop & Reading @ RU on Nov. 4

In collaboration with Breaking Ground, the College of Education at Roosevelt University will host a day-long writing workshop and reading by internationally acclaimed Black-British poets Roger Robinson and Nick Makoha.  The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Room 700.

The reading will begin at 5:00 p.m., and is open to the public.  After the reading, there will be a
Roger Robinson
reception and a question and answer session with the poets and presenters, including a discussion of approaches to spoken word education in area schools.  Click here to learn more and RSVP for this event.

The workshop will be held during the day and is limited to graduate students enrolled in Roosevelt’s Spoken Word Pedagogy Program, other Roosevelt students and faculty, and high school students taught by the teachers enrolled in the Spoken Word Program.  More details about how to participate in the workshop will be distributed shortly.

For more information about this event, contact Sabrina Elms at, or 312-853-4754.