Friday, February 26, 2016

March 19 Math & Science Teaching Symposium

Chicago Symposium Series
Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science: 
Research and Practice

There is still time to register for the Chicago Symposium at Loyola University Chicago on Saturday, March 19. If you have already registered, please pass this note on to your colleagues. You can find
more details at our website ( but note that the two plenary speakers will be:

  • Jere Confrey, Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University will discuss Learning Progressions and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.


  • Don Wink, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago will discuss From CASE to NGSS and beyond: A fifteen year engagement with science standards.

Abstracts for the plenary presentations and some breakout sessions are
currently posted on our webpage.

I look forward to seeing you at the symposium,

Bonnie Saunders
Clinical Professor
Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science
University of Illinois at Chicago
851 South Morgan Street m/c 249
Chicago, IL 60607

Thursday, February 25, 2016

IATE Conference In Fall 2016 - Submit A Proposal Now!

The Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) is excited to announce that our conference has been expanded!  Please join us in Bloomington this fall for two FULL days of inspiration - from 8 a.m. on Friday, October 21st through 4 p.m. Saturday, October 22nd.  Our theme this year is Close to Home:  Creating Authentic Contexts for Reading and Writing.  You can read more about it here:

Submit your proposal to present at the following link:  And please encourage others to present this year as well!

Barb Chidley
Auburn High School
AP English 11 / Honors English 10
National Honor Society co-advisor
RP Team Leader
2nd Vice President, Illinois Association of Teachers of English

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Free Feb. 20 Professional Development Workshop

Save the Date: February 20th
Professional Development Workshop and Literacy Leadership Summit
Roosevelt University, Wabash Building, Room 1111

9:00-11:00 a.m. Writing Across the Tenets of Balanced Literacy
11:00-12:00 Literacy Leadership Summit (all welcome)

The topic for the balanced literacy workshop on Feb. 20th, from 9:00 -11:00 a.m., will entail Writing across the Tenets of Balanced Literacy.  The workshop will include ideas and strategies related to read–alouds, guided reading, centers and independent reading and writing. There will be 4 rotating groups around each of the tenets of balanced literacy, so that all attendees have an opportunity to discuss and share what these look like in their classrooms. The 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. leadership summit will be an opportunity for leaders to share important aspects of the work going on in their schools; all teachers are welcome to stay for this summit. Dianne Gardner-Renn from ISU will be attending and participate in the discussion with all school leaders.

Admission is free for all RU faculty, students, and alumni.  For more information, contact Margaret Policastro at