Monday, January 25, 2016

Attention Elementary Students - Pilot Test Is Now Open

Registration for the new elementary education pilot test is now open. 

Students can register at http://www.pearsonvue.com/espilot/ILTS2.asp. The exam code is PTIL701.
Each test form will take approximately 120 minutes to complete.

Note:  The pilot test will not result in official scores that can be used toward licensure.  However, the test is a good practice opportunity, and examinees will receive their choice of $75 ILTS test fee voucher or $50 Barnes & Noble eGift Card for each test form completed as instructed. Vouchers may be applied towards future ILTS testing fees. (Please note that ILTS test vouchers cannot be used towards test fees in other testing programs.) Participants may take up to two (2) test forms and can earn up to $150 in test fee vouchers OR up to $100 in Barnes & Noble eGift Cards.

Pilot Test Dates. Pilot testing will be offered from February 8 – March 4, 2016.

Pilot Test Participants.  To be eligible to participate, examinees must meet at least one of the following criteria:
·        Be a junior, senior or graduate student currently enrolled in an educator preparation program and preparing for educator certification/licensure at the elementary level, or,
·        A practicing educator recently certified/licensed at the elementary level with no more than 3 years teaching experience
Note: College and university faculty members are NOT eligible to take pilot tests for the ILTS program. 

Pilot Test Locations. Pilot testing will be held at Pearson VUE test centers throughout Illinois.


If candidates or faculty have questions about the pilot, they may be directed to ES-ILTS@pearson.com.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tutors Needed for Fall 2016



As we begin this new semester, our WITS tutoring program is in need of tutors. Ideally, we will need about 12 new tutors so that the kids who come from Bouchet Elementary School each have one.

The WTIS tutoring runs from 3:30 to 4:30 on Monday afternoons in Gage 713. Tutors must have background checks (which WITS will pay for) and they must complete an online tutorial for tutors.

If you have a question about tutoring, I would be happy to respond. Anyone interested in joining us should contact me at jgouwens@roosevelt.edu, or alternatively, come to tutoring next Monday, January 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Gage 713.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

March 5 Teacher Job Fair


The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) will host their 11th annual Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) Veterans Memorial Campus. Representatives from the state’s charter schools will be on hand to recruit hundreds of teachers, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other administrators.  You can learn more about the FREE fair here

   The Illinois Network of Charter Schools has a year-round resume collection bank that school leaders are tapping into to find teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators, and more on a regular basis. You can access the FREE online resume bank here.

Feb. 18 edTPA Forum at DePaul University

DePaul is hosting a discussion forum about the edTPA on Feb. 18.  The details are below. For more information and to RSVP, contact Diane Horwitz at dhorwit1@depaul.edu.





Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 Online Information Sessions



Throughout 2016, leading up to the start of the Fall 2016 semester, Tom Philion, dean of the College of Education, will lead monthly, online, information sessions about teaching, counseling, and leadership programs offered by the College of Education.

The online sessions are held once a month.  All sessions are from 5 - 6 p.m. To see the dates of the sessions and to register to attend, click on this link here.  Instructions about how to log into the online information session will be sent after your registration is received.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Participants Needed For Elementary Test Pilot

Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson will be conducting pilot testing of multiple choice questions developed for the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) program in Elementary Education.  Participation in a pilot test is an excellent opportunity for educator preparation students to view test questions that may appear on future test forms and practice their test-taking skills. 
 
Pilot Test Dates. Pilot testing will be offered from February 8 – March 4, 2016.
 
Pilot Test Participants.  To be eligible to participate, examinees must meet at least one of the following criteria:
·        Be a junior, senior or graduate student currently enrolled in an educator preparation program and preparing for educator certification/licensure at the elementary level, or,
·        A practicing educator recently certified/licensed at the elementary level with no more than 3 years teaching experience
 
Note: College and university faculty members are NOT eligible to take pilot tests for the ILTS program.
 
Pilot Test Incentives. Participants will receive their choice of a $75 ILTS test fee voucher or $50 Barnes & Noble eGift Card for each test form completed as instructed.Vouchers may be applied towards future ILTS testing fees. (Please note that ILTS test vouchers cannot be used towards test fees in other testing programs.) Participants may take up to two (2) test forms and can earn up to $150 in test fee vouchers OR up to $100 in Barnes & Noble eGift Cards.
 
Pilot Test Locations. Pilot testing will be held at Pearson VUE test centers throughout Illinois.
 
Starting January 25, students can register at www.pearsonvue.com/espilot.
 
Each test form will take approximately 120 minutes to complete.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Pearson by phone (866-613-3279) or by email at: evaluationsystemscrg@pearson.com.   
 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

10 Free Passes to Gifted Conference on Feb. 7

The New Deal Teacher Academy is pleased to provide 10 RU pre-service or new service teachers (in their first year of teaching) with a free opportunity to attend an all-day professional development session on Feb. 7, the first day of the annual conference of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. 
Details about the all-day session and how to sign up for the free admission are available at this website. Sign up is first come, first served, so act now to reserve your spot on February 7.

The College of Education is very grateful to the Illinois Association for Gifted Children for their generosity and partnership in the development of committed new teachers who are aware and able to meet the needs of gifted children.  

Visit the convention webpage at www.iagcgifted.org/committees/twenty-first-iagc-convention.html for complete information about registration, schedule, exhibitors, hotel reservations, and visiting Naperville. 

CARA Winter Conference on Jan. 23

Chicago Area Reading Association (CARA) and the Illinois Reading Council (IRC) present:

Amplify Your Digital Literacy Learning! Winter Conference 2016

Authors Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke will help to amplify your literacy curriculum with lessons and guidance for:
  •  explicitly teaching kids how to be effective digital readers and thinkers
  •  giving students practice with closely reading images, infographics, and video
  •  emphasizing student ownership and creativity
Event Details:
Saturday, January 23, 2016
8:30 registration and continental breakfast
Havlicek Elmentary School, 6401 15th St., Berwyn, IL 60402
CARA Members $40.00
Berwyn School Dist employees $40
Non CARA members $75.00
(Price Includes conference and membership to both CARA & Illinois Reading Council, an $85 value)
Students $25.00

Register Today at www.CARAReads.org or through our Online Registration Form
For questions, please contact Barbara Kent or call 847-341-3074

New RU Awards Established

Roosevelt University Awards have been established to provide recognition to RU employees in the areas of service, teaching, and research. Award recipients will be invited to give a presentation and receive $1,000.00. 
Staff, students, and faculty may nominate part-time or full-time staff for the service award; full-time RU faculty may apply for the research award; students may nominate part-time or full-time faculty for the teaching award. 
Nomination/application information will be sent to RU email addresses this week and must be completed by March 18. A
fter reading the nomination/application message in your RU email inbox, please forward any questions you may have toruawards@roosevelt.edu.
Kim Ruffin, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Address replies to: kruffin@roosevelt.edu

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Feb. 15: Association of Teacher Educators Conference

The Association of Teacher Educators will hold its annual conference from February 12-16 in Chicago, IL.  All teacher preparation students--undergraduate and graduate--are invited to attend the "strand" that has been developed specifically for pre-service teachers.  This will be a great way to get ideas for teaching and a useful perspective on the teaching profession.

The agenda for the pre-service strand and the details about the conference are below.  Registration for the pre-service strand is only $30.  To register, go to https://www.registrationfactory.com/v3/?EventUUID=5DA6025F.

ATE Preservice Strand 2016
All Education students are welcome! (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Continental Ball Room C

Accountability: Making It Meaningful

Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Conference
February 12 – 16, 2016

Hilton Chicago, 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
www.HiltonChicagoHotel.com   312-922-4400


STRAND FOR PRESERVICE STUDENTS (session times & titles are tentative):

Monday, February 15, 2016

8:00 - 8:30       Registration

8:30 - 8:35       Welcome & Greetings

8:35 - 8:45       National Student Teacher of the Year - Richard Charles Heggan

8:45 - 9:35       Desire to Get Hired? Top Tips for Successfully Securing a Teaching Position – Dr. Beth Wilkins, President KDP

9:45 - 11:00     Research Keynote - Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Educational Equity in Teaching - Dr. Steve Athanases, University of California, Davis

11:00 - 11:55   LUNCH (on your own) Bring a brown bag and talk with colleagues     

12:00 - 12:50   The Passion for Teaching: Perspectives from the National Teacher of the YearShanna Peeples, English Teacher, Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas

1:00 - 1:55       From Possibility to Success: Achieving Successful Student Outcomes - Dr. Patrick Schwarz, National Louis University, Chicago, Diversity in Learning and Teaching Program, Teacher Preparation

2:00 - 2:50        Indiana Teacher of the Year, The Courage & Wisdom to Overcome Challenges, Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year, Harrison High School, West Lafayette, Indiana
                       
2:50 - 3:00       Drawing for EDUCATIONAL PRIZES!!! (must be present)


Ø Network

Ø Share Experiences

Ø Develop Professionally


Ø Meet Nationally Recognized Teachers

Recent Publications By COE Faculty

I am pleased to announce two recent publications by faculty in the College of Education.  Please click on the links below to learn more and to read these timely insights from our teacher education faculty!

1. Elizabeth Meadows, associate professor of elementary education, published a chapter entitled "Listening in Interpretive Discussion" in the book Listening to Teach: Beyond Didactic Pedagogy, edited by Leonard Waks.

2. Tammy Oberg De La Garza, Erin Mackinney, and Alyson Lavigne published a journal article, Dual Language Instruction and Achievement: A Need and a Void in the Midwest, in the most recent issue of the Mid-Western Educational Researcher.  The article addresses the special topic of Midwestern Perspectives on Bilingual Education: Changing Demographics and Educational Challenges and Opportunities

Congratulations to our faculty on these achievements! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

COE Alum Dana Butler Featured in Catalyst Chicago Article

Congrats to COE alum Dana Butler on this compelling look at the joys and challenges of being a CPS principal! Click on the picture to view the article.

On November 20, Dana Butler started his workday as a Chicago principal a little after 4 a.m., when he began checking text messages, emails and Twitter updates. Catalyst caught up with him several hours later and then shadowed him until he…
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