Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2014-15 COE Annual Report Published

I am pleased to announce that our annual report for the 2014-2015 academic year is now available on the College of Education website.  To review our achievements during the past year, click on the link below.

College of Education Annual Report 2014-15

Monday, November 23, 2015

New Teacher Leader Endorsement Program Approved

I am pleased to announce that Roosevelt's proposal for a new Teacher Leader Endorsement Program was approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board on Nov. 4, 2015.  The new program is contained within the new MA Degree in Instructional Leadership, and prepares licensed teachers to take on leadership responsibilities in support of improving student learning and instructional knowledge and skills within and across schools and districts.

In Fall 2015, 27 graduate students enrolled in the new Instructional Leadership Program, and about half of these are planning to earn the teacher leader endorsement.  The program is partnering with five school districts near the Schaumburg Campus to design and deliver the program.  Interest in the new program has been fueled by recent changes in high school district policies that now make the teacher leader endorsement a requirement for appointment to the position of department chair.

For more information about the teacher leader endorsement and the Instructional Leadership MA degree, contact Dr. Roger Chamberlain at

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Dec. 11 Winter Commencement & Holiday Party

On December 11, the College of Education will host a Winter Commencement and Holiday Party. All COE graduates and their families, and COE students, faculty, alumni, and community partners are invited.

The event begins immediately after graduation, and will take place at Buddy Guy's Legends.  Visit the event website for more details and to register to attend.

I look forward to seeing you on December 11!

All the best,

Tom Philion, Dean

Faculty Needed For The COE

The College of Education is currently conducting searches related to faculty positions in our counseling and secondary education programs.

The first position is for a full-time, tenure track assistant professor in counseling, with a specialty in school counseling.  To view the position description and to apply, click here.  The position begins in August 2016.

The other positions are for part-time supervisors of middle school and high school teachers in the subject areas of English and Math.  To view the description of the positions and to apply, click here.  The need is especially great for a supervisor with a background in teaching high school English.  This position will begin in January 2016.

We are seeking energetic and self-aware candidates who share our commitment to prepare diverse, highly qualified, and socially conscious teaching professionals.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Message From State Superintendent Tony Smith, Ph. D.

On Friday the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the 2015 Report Card, available at As I shared last week, this year’s rollout is unique as we await the district-, school-, and student-level results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. The initial Report Card data still tells an important story and gives us valuable insight into the performance and demographics of our student body and schools.

Graduation rates are on the rise since 2012 as the four-year rate increased by 3 percent to 85.3 percent for 2015. The five-year rate is 87.6 percent, a 3.6 increase from 2012. This data shows the strides our high schools are making to successfully connect with students. I’ve seen this firsthand as principals have taken me through high schools and I’ve talked to students who “love” their schools. Great work!

Our 12-month college enrollment rate also increased slightly from 68.7 percent in 2014 to 69.6 percent this year. For the Class of 2013, data revealed 97,209 (69.6 percent) students enrolled in college in the subsequent 12 months after graduation. This figure is an increase from the 93,575 (68.7 percent) that enrolled in college for the Class of 2012. We’ve also seen a slight increase in the percentage of students who met the ACT benchmark for college readiness (a combined score of at least a 21) in all four subjects (English, mathematics, reading, and science) to 24.9 percent in 2015, compared to 24.2 percent in 2014.

This progress is commendable as our student body continues to become more diverse and less economically secure. For the second consecutive year, white students are no longer the majority in Illinois, making up only 49.3 percent of the state’s student body, a slight decrease from last year. Meanwhile, the state’s rising number of Hispanic students now makes up more than a quarter (25.1 percent) of the student population. And more than half of our state’s students continue to come from low-income households.

Illinois most closely mirrors the country’s demographics as a whole, so understanding our data and how best to use it can have national implications. It’s clear we still have much work ahead of us to improve equity and outcomes for all students, and this won’t happen overnight. The Report Card is an important tool to help us better identify our students’ and schools’ unique needs and how we can better organize resources to help our children be better prepared for the future. 

There is also good news to report from Illinois’ performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called “The Nation’s Report Card.”  This test is the only national assessment of what America’s students should know and can do in various subject areas. The 2015 results for mathematics and reading were released last week and showed that Chicago Public Schools’ improvement was among the strongest in the nation among large school districts. Illinois also exceeded the national average score in grade 4 reading and grade 8 reading and math. For more information,   

I’ve been in the job for six months now. I am already working on my message for next week, which will include a collection of appreciations and recognitions. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and reflections with you.