Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter Celebrations at Roosevelt U!

It’s time to celebrate the holiday season!  Please join us at the following community-wide events on the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses:

Monday December 12 in Schaumburg:  11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Winter Potluck, sponsored by the Schaumburg WOW committee, President’s Office, and Campus Community.  

Wednesday December 14 in Chicago: 11:00 a.m.-1:00  p.m.  Winter Brunch, sponsored in part by the Dining Center.  The brunch will cost only $5.00 per person and is open to the entire RU community.

More information will be provided shortly via RU Broadcasts.  Remember: students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend! 

COE Student Selected To Speak At Franklin Honor Ceremony

Christine Espindola, a senior in our Elementary Education Program, has been selected to speak at the induction ceremony for the Franklin Honor Society on Friday, December 16 at 9:00 a.m. in Ganz Hall. 

The Franklin Honor Society was founded in 1956, on the 250th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. In the words of its charter, the Society seeks to “emphasize scholarship, character, and ideals of the students of Roosevelt University, and by recognition of students through election to membership, to stimulate the open-minded search for truth, the appreciation of intellectual excellence, and to foster the democratic spirit which were outstanding qualities of Benjamin Franklin.” Inductees receive a certificate of membership and honor cords to wear with their graduation regalia. 

Christine is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with an ESL Endorsement. One of Christine's professors, Erin Mackinney, writes: "I have had the privilege of having Christine in several ESL Endorsement courses. She is an intelligent, hardworking student who wants to teach underserved students such as English language learners. She is an advocate of educational programs which promote and preserve a student’s home language in addition to learning English. Christine believes the preservation of language should start early so that students grow up with the ability to speak, read, and write in two languages." 

Congratulations, Christine!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Register Now for Spring and Summer 2017 Courses!

Registration for Spring and Summer 2017 is underway.  Please contact your College of Education advisor to set up an advising appointment.  Advisors also are available for phone or online advising appointments if you are unable to attend an on campus meeting.

If you do not know who your advisor is, or need help making an appointment, please contact Brittany Carlsen at bcarlsen01@roosevelt.edu or 312-853-4758.

Please note that the university will be closed on December 23 and will re-open on January 3, 2017.  

COE Faculty Making An Impact This Fall!

Here are just some of the many scholarly awards, recognitions, and accomplishments of our faculty this fall.


Alyson Lavigne, Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies, has been selected as one of a select group of 10 promising young scholars to participate in the 2017 Jacobs Foundation Conference on “Education in Times of Increasing Cultural and Linguistic Heterogeneity.” This conference will bring together international leaders in the field of education to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion. The conference aims at exploring the most relevant current and future research questions in the field of education pertaining to increasing cultural and linguistic heterogeneity. The goal is to engage in a different kind of intellectual enterprise: an interdisciplinary conference with a strong topical focus and thoroughly selected, dedicated participants who will work together for two and a half days in order to determine condensed results and directions for future research.

The conference is going to be held at Marbach Castle (Germany) from Wednesday, May 17 until Friday, May 19, 2017. Scholars attending the conference are eligible to apply for research grants after the conference related to the conference topic. These funds will be available only to young scholars attending the conference.


 Alyson Lavigne and Roger Chamberlain, Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, have published "Teacher evaluation in Illinois: school leaders’ perceptions and practices" in Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability. The entire article is accessible at

This fall, Roger Chamberlain also successfully passed each of the five modules required to meet the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) requirements to evaluate principals as a superintendent in the State of Illinois.


In September 2016, Margaret Policastro, Professor of Language and Literacy, and Becky McTague, Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Language and Literacy, presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois Reading Council, in Peoria, IL.

In addition, Margaret Policastro went to Illinois State University for the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) grant symposium. Dr. Policastro participated a writer’s workshop on Day One of the conference, and on Day Two, school partners at Our Lady of the Wayside in Arlington Heights presented an action research project. Later on the same day, Dr. Policastro presented their planned work for the current year, which is focused on implementing a New Balanced Literacy Teacher Leader professional development model.

Margaret Policastro also is continuing as an Illinois Literacy Association editorial board member for their journal, The Reading Teacher, and has had an article accepted about her work in Chicago area schools, "Discourse: The importance of talk in the balanced literacy classroom."  The article will appear in the winter edition of the Illinois Reading Council Journal, and is being developed into a new book that is under contract to Capstone Publishing, with an expected publication date of Fall 2018.


Last but not least, Tammy Oberg De La Garza, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy and the director of our new Dual Language Teacher Leadership Program, has been leading "powerful & thoughtful" discussions about race & establishing culturally responsive classrooms in Wood Dale School District 7 (the quote comes from John Corbett, District 7 Superintendent).


Ami Hicks, Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership, will speak at the Illinois Educators Association state conference in Schaumburg on December 2.  Ami's presentation is entitled "A Passion for Teaching," and she will examine the Teacher Leader Model Standards, which recognize that the craft of the professional educator is built on enthusiasm, collegiality, self-reliance, reflection and professionalism in a variety of operational roles.  Participants will develop a plan for professional growth within their environment.​

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Course Evaluations Are Now Available!

Attention Students and Faculty! Course evaluations are online and available to students from Nov. 16 to Dec. 7 for the fall 2016 term. Please check your RU email for more details.
If you have any questions please contact Mary Gabioud at 847-619-8667 or mgabioud@roosevelt.edu.
Mary Gabioud, Operations Specialist
Address replies to: mgabioud@roosevelt.edu

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Scholarships for ESL/Bilingual Endorsements

Scholarships and Awards from ITBE: Apply now!

Illinois TESOL-BE, a leading organization of ESL and Bilingual education teachers in Illinois, gives out a number of scholarships and awards every year.

Applications for 2017 are being accepted now! The application deadline is January 6, 2017.

The following scholarships will be given out at the annual ITBE Convention on Feb 25 and 26, 2017 in Naperville, IL:

1. Three graduate scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for excellent graduate students in the field of TESOL/Bilingual education in need of financial assistance.

2. Two undergraduate scholarships in the amount of $500 each for excellent undergraduate students in the field of TESOL/Bilingual education/ESL endorsement in need of financial assistance.

3. Ten professional development scholarships for ESL or bilingual education teachers (part time or full time), and students in undergraduate or graduate TESOL and Bilingual education programs, who would like to attend the annual ITBE convention but are not able to receive funding from their institutions. This scholarship covers the cost of registration at the convention for Saturday, Feb 25 and a one year membership in ITBE.

The following award will be also given out at the convention:

4. One Elliot Judd outstanding teacher award in the amount of $500 for an excellent ESL/Bilingual Education teacher or teacher trainer who has demonstrated dedication to the field of TESOL and a commitment to the professional development of colleagues.

For more detailed qualifications, eligibility standards, and to apply please go to http://www.itbe.org/awards.php

Please direct questions to: awards@itbe.org.

Nov. 14 Discussion About Public Education

Monday, November 14
6:30–8:30 p.m. 

Senn High School
5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
How should public schools change alongside the neighborhoods they serve?
In this free, interactive program, we’ll talk about how demographic shifts impact both the content and quality of public education – asking if all students in schools with diverse student bodies are receiving the same quality of education.
Join us for a program about demographic change in Chicago public schools, modeled after a school day. Simone Ispa-Landa(Northwestern University) will be joined by Alden Loury (Metropolitan Planning Council), the Fighting Youth Shouting out for Humanity (FYSH) student group, and a student from Kelly High School in this interactive program to discuss demographic change at Senn High School. 
Finally, participants will gather for a school assembly where everyone will have a chance to share their voice and discuss the future of education in Chicago - complete with a presentation from Senn's digital journalism program.

CONTINUING ED. is a yearlong, statewide series working with parents, schools, and communities in Chicago, Decatur, Elgin, and Jackson County to move the conversation about public education back to parents. All Chicago events will be moderated by Laura Washington (Chicago Sun-Times). For the complete schedule and more information, see www.ILhumanities.org/education.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Nov. 7 Reading at Gage Building

Military veteran and writer Odie Lindsey will read from his new book of short stories about the trials and tribulations that U.S. military veterans face in re-acclimating to society at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 at Roosevelt University, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Room 700.

More information is available here:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

COE Retention Rates Lead RU

A recent review of preliminary data compiled by Roosevelt University's Office of Institutional Research reveals that the College of Education has made some significant strides in improving its retention of full-time students over the last four years.

According to the data, the retention rate for freshmen was 70.5% in 2015-2016, an increase of 8% since 2010-2011.

The retention rate for transfer students was even higher, coming in at 87% in 2015-2016, another increase of 8% since 2010-2011.

Finally, the retention rate for graduate students was 93.1% in 2015-2016, an increase of almost 12% since 2010-2011.

The assessment data show that the retention rates have been especially strong over the last four years, with a clear upward trend starting in 2012-2013. In almost every category and year since 2012-2013, the retention rates in the College of Education have outpaced the overall rates for the university.  In 2015-2016, the College of Education had the highest retention rate in the university in the category of full-time freshmen, and was a close second to the Chicago College of Performing Arts in the other two categories.