Saturday, July 22, 2017

New Dual Language Teacher Leader Program Begins!

On July 10, Roosevelt University launched its new Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL) Masters program in Chicago, Illinois. With a focus on preparing educators for teaching in and leading dual language (DL) programs, it is the first of its kind in the Midwest. Its alternative format of summer intensive face-to-face courses combined with fall and spring online courses has attracted educators from across the United States. After four semesters, candidates graduate with an MA in DLTL as well as qualify for the Illinois Bilingual/ESL Endorsement and the Illinois Teacher Leader Endorsement.

During the past 15 years, there has been an increase in DL programming across Illinois. In 2014, three Roosevelt faculty sought to further understand DL education in Illinois through surveying the beliefs and perceptions of administrators and leaders within 111 K-12 schools with DL programs. Twenty participants responded and reported benefits and challenges of their DL programs.
Professors Tammy Oberg De La Garza, Erin Machinery and Alyson Lavigne published their research in Mid-Western Educational Researcher as a refereed journal article (Oberg De La Garza, Mackinney, & Lavigne, 2015). A particular challenge identified by 68% of participants was the recruitment and professional development of highly qualified DL teachers. This finding provided further motivation for the creation of this program.

As part of Roosevelt’s 30-credit DLTL MA program, candidates engage in course topics such as academic language, biliteracy, family-school-community partnerships, DL curriculum and assessment, DL program evaluation and sustainability, and supervision and professional development of bilingual educators. In addition to rigorous coursework, candidates complete a clinical practicum where they teach and supervise a summer academic program for bilingual youth. In the final semester, candidates undergo an internship experience where they practice DL leadership activities in the context of their own schools and districts. 

Through innovative graduate programming, Roosevelt University is addressing the shortage of qualified DL educators in the growing field of DL education. For more information on the program, or to apply, please visit our website, or contact DLTL Program Director Dr. Tammy Oberg De La Garza at

Friday, July 21, 2017

New and Redesigned RU Teacher Preparation Programs

At the July 7 meeting of the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB), approval was received for the implementation of a new Middle Childhood Education Program and a redesigned Early Childhood Education Program.  The approval authorizes Roosevelt University to conduct programs and to recommend candidates for licensure.

The new Middle Childhood Program will enable teacher candidates to receive licensure to teach in grades 5-8 in math, language arts, science and social studies.  The new program requires at least 24 credit hours in content courses and builds in intensive field experiences in middle school settings. 

The redesigned Early Childhood Program also has more intensive field experiences and adds in more attention to content knowledge and skills needed for interactions with infants and toddlers.  The new program will license teacher candidates to work in PreK through 2nd grade settings and aligns with the Gateways To Opportunity employment credential.

Linda Pincham, associate professor of secondary education, and Toni Potenza, associate professor of early childhood education led these program development efforts. Also participating were Jinah Kim, associate professor of early childhood education, and Tom Philion, dean of the College of Education.

For more information about these new programs, please contact Lilibeth Castillo at 

Chicago Community Trust Award for Prof. Elizabeth Meadows

  • We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Meadows, associate professor of elementary education, has just been awarded a $1000 Acting Up grant from the Chicago Community Trust to offer community tours to elementary student teachers who have been placed in urban settings and communities unlike where they grew up. Click on the link above to see Dr. Meadows' description and rationale for the project.
  • The selection process for the Acting Up grant awards was quite extensive. In the weeks following the grant announcement, The Chicago Community Trust received nearly 300 video submissions describing actionable ideas for projects or activities that could make a real impact on the region’s communities.
  • With the help of Goodcity Chicago, the Trust convened a selection committee of 25 community leaders and activists who reviewed and evaluated the submissions, and made recommendations for the second annual Acting Up awards. On June 28, the Trust announced that 71 of those ideas would receive awards of more than $135,000, to help neighbors take action.
  • Acting Up winners come from across the city and suburbs with plans focused on a wide range of issues – education and youth development, health, community engagement, health and wellness, arts and culture, food access and more. 
  • Congratulations to Dr. Meadows and our elementary education students!

Monday, June 26, 2017

August 4th Balanced Literacy Conference at RU!

You’re invited to be a part of a pivotal Literacy Education conference: The Best of Balanced Literacy and Formative Assessment Practices.

When/Where: August 4th, 2017 8:30am – 3:30pm (lunch provided)
Roosevelt University Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Seventh Floor, Ganz Hall
Downtown Chicago.

Who: The New Balanced Literacy Schools, in partnership with Roosevelt University, invite
you to join dozens of Chicago area teachers, administrators, and literacy coaches in
collaboration with one goal: providing balanced and successful literacy education for our

This event is FREE and OPEN to teachers and administrators; invite your friends and colleagues!

What: Expert teacher leaders and coaches with extensive experience in the field of literacy
education will lead this *FREE* conference providing you with priceless information in
creating balanced literacy, formative assessment, classroom discourse, and much more.


We will have TWO featured presenters and highly regarded authors! Vaunda Micheaux
Nelson, author of The Book Itch, and Don Brown, author of Drowned City, will be joining us

to discuss their work in literacy, storytelling, and culture in children’s literature.

To register and reserve your spot, following

 Funded by a NCLB grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Faculty Achievements

Gregory Hauser, associate professor of educational leadership, recently earned promotion to full professor.  Erin Mackinneyassistant professor of ESL and bilingual education, was reappointed as assistant professor. 

Becky McTague, associate professor of language and literacy, recently published an article in the Illinois Reading Council Journal entitled "Bear for Books: A Community Summer Reading Program." Professor McTague worked together on this project with collaborators Mark Emmler, Randy Heite, Ali Cornell, and Margaret Ann Richek.

Erin Mackinneyassistant professor of ESL and bilingual education, has been awarded research funding from Roosevelt University for Summer 2017.  Her award will be used to hire student assistants for a Dual Language Learners research project. This award is funded by the generous support of the Chicago Women’s Club fund. 

Leslie Bloom, associate professor of educational leadership, also has been awarded research funding from Roosevelt University for Summer 2017.  Her award will be used to hire a student assistant for a  research project on issues of food insecurity and the effects of unmet nutritional needs on low-income households with children in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  This award is funded by the generous support of the Chicago Women’s Club fund. 

Ken King, professor of elementary education, in May received the highest commendation given by the Boy Scouts of America for service to the organization and its youths: the Silver Buffalo Award. This award has been bestowed upon 15 U.S. Presidents, including Franklin Roosevelt, and Bob Hope, Ernie Banks, Neil Armstrong, Marian Wright Edelman and ambassador Andrew Young, to name just a few. A member of the Boy Scouts since his youth, Professor King received the award in part for his work in developing program materials, publications and training curricula for the nationwide Boy Scouts organization.

ESL/Bilingual Cohort for CPS Teachers - Starts Sept. 11

Washington HS

Begins September 11, 2017

In response to high need, Chicago Public Schools and Roosevelt University are partnering to recruit CPS teachers to join a Fall 2017 cohort at Washington High School working toward ESL and Bilingual endorsements.

The 6 course program will consist of 1 online and 1 face-to-face course each semester:

Fall 2017 | Sept. – Dec. | READ 468 & READ 475
Spring 2018 | Jan. - April | READ 473 & READ 474
Summer 2018 | May - Aug. | READ 458 & READ 476
  • The first online course starts on Sept. 11 and ends on Dec. 10, 2017.
  • The online course will be taught by Tammy Oberg De La Garza, associate professor of language and literacy and author of Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes: Exploring Cross-Cultural Missteps with Latinos in the Classroom.
  • Graduate credits related to the endorsements can be applied toward Roosevelt MA degrees in Reading, Teaching & Learning or Second Language Special Education.

NOTE: The Illinois State Board of Education requires 100 clinical hours in bilingual or ESL settings to earn both of the endorsements.

      CPS teachers who join this cohort will have an opportunity to receive 50% tuition support from CPS’s Office of Language and Cultural Education.  This means that the total tuition charge for each course will only be $540. With this support, the total cost of the 6 course program per teacher is only $3,240.

By June 26, we will make a decision about the best approach for delivering the face-to-face classes at Washington High School in Fall 2017. Face-to-face courses will either be after school or on Saturdays at this address: 3535 East 114th St., Chicago, IL 60617.

For more information about this cohort, contact:

Ms. Laura Lag |312-853-4753 |

To apply for admission, click here.