Monday, June 27, 2016

Spring 2016 Dean's List Announced

The Spring 2016 Dean's List for the College of Education has been published on the University Registrar's website, and is provided below.  Congratulations to all of our Spring 2016 honorees!

Undergraduate education students who complete all coursework in any given semester and who earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher earn a place on the Dean’s List within their college. Students must be registered for at least 6 semester hours and have no Incomplete (I) or Withdraw (W) grades for the semester to be eligible for the Dean’s List.  All courses must be completed within the time frame of the semester.

Again, congrats to all of our hard-working and high-achieving undergraduates!

  • Allen, Diana
  • Alsabah, Mona
  • Alvarez, Nelly
  • Antuna, Carli
  • B
  • Baseley, Abigail
  • Bazzarone, Noelle
  • Beck, Christina
  • Black, Megan
  • Blair, Laura
  • Bravieri, Beth
  • C
  • Carrera, Anna
  • Carrillo, Lilliana
  • Chicoine, Julia
  • Crowley, Kelly
  • D
  • Downey, Danielle
  • Duffin, Callie
  • E
  • Espindola, Christine
  • H
  • Harrigan, Anne
  • Hermetet, James
  • Hollars, Kyra
  • J
  • Jackson, Allycia
  • Johnson, Brittany
  • Juarez, Christina
  • K
  • Kalfas, Kristine
  • Kiriluk, Kristen
  • Krohm, Monique
  • L
  • Lesnicki, Jessica
  • Li, Anni
  • Link, Kelsey
  • M
  • Marino, Nicolette
  • McPolin, Meghan
  • Messina, Laura
  • Mitchell, Amanda
  • Mosillami, Carissa
  • O
  • Otero, Veronica
  • P
  • Pressley, Kayla
  • R
  • Raschk, Courtney
  • Roti, Angela
  • S
  • Stucker, Russel
  • Suwwan, Diala
  • V
  • Vida, Julia
  • W
  • Walker, Tiara
  • Z
  • Zabel, Alexandria
  • Friday, June 17, 2016

    Dana Butler Wins Golden Apple Leadership Award

    Award honors outstanding leadership in Pre-K through 12th grade schools

    I am pleased to announce that Mr. Dana Butler has won the 2016 Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award. The award honors the exemplary performance of a PreK-12th grade principal or head of school from throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. 
    Mr. Dana Butler is a 1998 graduate of Roosevelt's Educational Administration Program, which at the time provided teachers like Mr. Butler with the state certification needed to become a principal.   As principal of Ruiz Elementary School, he has worked tirelessly to create an effective partnership with Roosevelt for the training of new elementary teachers.
    The leadership award is presented in memory of Stanley C. Golder, a founding board member of Golden Apple, whose energy, creativity and commitment to Golden Apple’s mission set the highest standard for dedication and accomplishment. The selection criteria for the award is based on:
    1. Personal excellence
    2. Balanced and collaborative leadership
    3. Commitment to student achievement
    4. Expertise in curriculum, instruction, and assessment
    As the 2016 award recipient, Mr. Butler will receive a cash award of $10,000 to be used for his own professional development and a school project of his choosing.

    Mr. Butler was recognized at the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership annual event on May 20, 2016 and during the broadcast of the televised show on WTTW/Channel 11.  Click here to learn more and view the broadcast.

    Congratulations, Mr. Butler!

    COE Faculty Making An Impact This Summer!

    College of Education faculty and administrators are very busy this summer working on projects, earning recognition and awards, and disseminating their knowledge to others in the fields of teaching, learning, and leadership.

    Dorota Celinska will attend the Annual Visible Learning Conference in July.  The conference is organized by Visible Learningplus.  Visible Learningplus is one of the most highly acclaimed, internationally-recognized sources of educational research and represents the largest ever data base for effective instruction. 

    Roger Chamberlain has been leading the admission process to shape our first cohort of principal candidates within our new MA degree in Instructional Leadership.  The review process is very extensive and collaborative, and Roger has been helped considerably by input from COE faculty Linda Pincham and Lori Bein, as well as RU alum Eric Wenkowski. We anticipate approximately 20 principal candidates officially beginning their program of study in Fall 2016.

    Judy Gouwens will co-present a paper at the European Conference on Educational Research in Dublin, Ireland at the end of August.  The paper is part of a symposium on the power of education to affect culture in rural communities. 

    John MacDougall is attending a summer workshop and conference sponsored by Tk20, the new assessment data management platform that has been adopted by Roosevelt University.

    Elizabeth Meadows published a chapter called "Listening in Interpretive Discussion" in the book Listening to Teach: Beyond Didactic Pedagogy (SUNY Press, 2015). This book recently received  an Outstanding Book Award from The Society of Professors of Education.

    Tom Philion was recently elected to a two year term as co-chair of CCADE, the Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education.  This is a group of deans that meets monthly to support and advocate for quality teacher preparation and teaching in Chicago area schools and communities.  Also, in early August, Dr. Philion will attend an "Ed Prep Impact Academy" that is being sponsored by Deans for Impact.  The program will focus on critical leadership challenges, providing opportunities for participants to build a network of like-minded, supportive peers, and develop mentoring relationships with veteran deans experienced in leading change efforts. Dr. Philion was one of 10 deans selected from around the country to participate in this inaugural academy.

    Margaret Policastro earned a 2016 NCLB Improving Teacher Quality State Grant in June in the amount of $399,658 for the continuation of a balanced literacy professional development program.  The Roosevelt University NCLB grant program addresses the needs related to the complex changes necessary to further implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The project will solidify the professional learning communities and formative assessment practices in five participating schools (4 Chicago Public Schools and 1 Archdiocese of Chicago School) that will ultimately lead to increased student literacy achievement. 2016-2017 will be the final year of the project and it will focus on documenting the changes that have occurred in the participating schools due to efforts of the project.

    Margaret Policastro and her colleagues Becky McTague and Diane Mazeski have started the annual Summer Reading Clinic on the Schaumburg Campus and are actively engaged in helping 45 children from Schaumburg area communities improve their language and literacy skills and talents. In addition, Dr. Policastro has been actively engaged in sharing insights from her new book with the reading students enrolled and volunteering in the reading clinic, as well as with teachers in places as far-flung as Las Vegas and Delaware.  You can learn more about her new book at

    Toni Potenza Named Bacon Chair and NDTA Executive Director

    I am very pleased to announce that Toni Potenza, Associate
    Professor of Early Childhood Education,
    has been appointed as the Warren Bacon Chair of Urban Education and the Executive Director of Roosevelt's New Deal Teacher Academy.

    Dr. Potenza has served for the last three years as associate dean for the College of Education, and before this appointment was Vice President and Dean of Roosevelt's Schaumburg Campus from 2004 - 2010.  Dr. Potenza is an expert in language development and is widely recognized as a leader in Chicago in the field of early childhood education.

    Warren Bacon received a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University in 1948 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1951. A lifelong resident of Chicago, Mr. Bacon began his business career with Supreme Life Insurance Company of America after three years of military service during World War II. He also was an executive of Inland Steel Co., serving as director of community relations and president of the Inland Steel-Ryerson Foundation.

    Mr. Bacon worked for many years to improve public education, including serving on the Chicago school board from 1963 - 1973 during one of the most turbulent times of the school system`s history. After leaving the school board, Mr. Bacon remained active in education issues. As president of Chicago United, a multiracial consortium of business and professional leaders working to improve social and economic conditions, Mr. Bacon participated in the 1987 school reform movement. That movement resulted in the Chicago School Reform Act. Mr. Bacon also served as chairman of Harold Washington`s successful 1983 mayoral campaign. In 1991, Roosevelt University bestowed an honorary doctorate on him.

    Warren Bacon was passionately concerned with developing the full potentialities of school children and knew that one of the most critical issues confronting Chicago is the improvement of the school system through which their lives might be enriched. His abiding interest is perpetuated through the Endowed Chair that bears his name.  Within the broad mandate of improving urban education, Dr. Potenza will focus attention upon improving the preparation of Roosevelt students for employment as public school teachers in increasingly diverse and low-income schools and communities.

    Roosevelt's New Deal Teacher Academy was created in 2014 to provide enhanced focus and support for all Roosevelt teacher preparation programs and to ensure that program graduates are deeply committed to the values and convictions of Roosevelt University and are among the most well prepared teachers in Chicago and the nation.

    Named in honor of FDR’s New Deal, the NDTA prepares undergraduate and graduate students to become early childhood, elementary, high school, music, and special education teachers.  The programs within the NDTA are supported by faculty from the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, and the College of Business.  Current enrollment in the NDTA is approximately 260 students.

    Please join me in congratulating Dr. Potenza on her new appointment!

    COE Again Sponsors District 54 Run to Read Road Race

    The College of Education is pleased to again sponsor
    Schaumburg School District 54's Run To Read Road 
    Race, scheduled for Sept. 25, 2016.  This is the third year that the College of Education has been a sponsor.

    Currently, the college has two formal partnerships with District 54 schools: Hoover Math and Science Academy and Nerge Elementary School.  The faculty and principals of these schools work closely with our elementary education program to provide field experiences and student teaching for elementary teacher candidates with strong backgrounds in math and science.

    Roosevelt's Language and Literacy Program hosts a Summer Reading Clinic that enrolls a substantial number of District 54 students each year.  A new graduate program in Instructional Leadership is preparing approximately 20 teacher and principal leaders for several high schools that District 54 students attend upon their graduation from middle school.

    For more information about the road race and information about how to register, click here.