Thursday, March 16, 2017


The Department of Educational Leadership announces the final defense of the dissertation "Moving to a Mindset Beyond the Limits of Policy" by Crystal Williams.

            Date:                                       Wednesday March 29, 2017
            Time:                                      10:00 a.m.
            Location:                                Gage Room 801
            Dissertation Chair:                 Roger W. Chamberlain, Ed.D
            Committee Members:            Elizabeth Meadows, Ph. D
                                                            Michelle Hill, Ed.D



Monday, March 13, 2017

Capstone Literacy Classic in Schaumburg - March 18


Experience an informative demonstration of language and literacy education at Roosevelt’s Capstone Literacy Classic. Capstone Publishing, a longtime advocate of children’s literacy, joins the university to highlight summer initiatives and Roosevelt graduate programs benefiting teachers and learners.

Attendees of this free event will be provided with a complimentary lunch and the opportunity to join in discussions led by Roosevelt’s Professor of Language and Literacy, Dr. Margaret Mary Policastro, and Assistant Principal from Chicago Public Schools’ Bright School, Pam Sanders.

The roundtable discussions will address the critical needs of a dual language classroom, along with implementing a whole school Balanced Literacy Model. Participating teachers will receive samples from Capstone’s new dual language program and its guided reading resource, Engage Literacy. Free copies of Dr. Policastro’s book, Assessment in the New Balanced Literacy Classroom, will also be provided.

CAPSTONE LITERACY CLASSIC
March 18, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd
Schaumburg, IL
For more information, contact Dr. Margaret Mary Policastro, Professor of Language and Literacy, at mpolicas@roosevelt.edu or 773-724-1815.

Chicago Campus Summer Residencies for Teachers

Summer residencies at our Chicago Campus will take place from July 10 through July 28, 2017.

Roosevelt's Summer Residencies for Teachers enable teachers to complete the coursework required for endorsements or MA degrees within an intensive, three week format.  Each residency consists of courses that meet over consecutive weeks, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Four summer residencies will be offered at our Chicago Campus in Summer 2017. Teachers can enroll in one, two or all three of the required courses. Choose from among the following programs.  

1      The Special Education LBS I Endorsement Program consists of three graduate courses focused on assessment of students with disabilities and the characteristics of learners with physical and learning disabilities. If you are a teacher employed by the Chicago Public Schools, click here to obtain cost information and to apply. All other teachers should apply here.
2      The Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement Program consists of six graduate courses focused on meeting the needs of English language learners. Teachers can complete three of the required courses at our Chicago Campus through the summer residency experience. The remaining courses can be taken face-to-face in Summer 2018, or online during the 2017-2018 academic year. If you are a teacher employed by the Chicago Public Schools, click here to obtain cost information and to apply. All other teachers should apply here.
3      The Master of Arts in Second Language Special Education (SLSE) enables teachers to apply their LBS I and ESL/Bilingual endorsement courses to an MA degree. Teachers who enroll in this program will take the three LBS I endorsement courses in Summer 2017, and then complete their degree using online courses in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 and face-to-face courses in Summer 2018.  If you are a teacher employed by the Chicago Public Schools, click here to obtain cost information and to apply. All other teachers should apply here.

4      The MA degree in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL) prepares teachers to teach and lead in dual language programs and schools and provides a teacher leader endorsement and either an ESL or bilingual endorsement.  A new cohort will begin In Summer 2017, and will complete the first three courses within the summer residency format.  Additional courses will be delivered online in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, and the final three courses will be delivered face-to-face in Summer 2018. If you are interested in this program, please fill out this preliminary screening form.  This cohort program is the only one of its kind in the Midwest!

For more information, contact Angela Ryan at aryan@roosevelt.edu or 312-341-2420.

Schaumburg Campus Summer Residencies for Teachers

Roosevelt's Summer Residencies for Teachers enable teachers to complete the coursework required for endorsements or MA degrees within an intensive, 3-5 week format during the months of June and July 2017.  Each residency consists of courses that meet over consecutive weeks, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Three summer residencies will be offered at our Schaumburg Campus in 2017. Choose the option below that best fits your needs and schedule!

1      The Master of Arts in Reading with a concentration in Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) can be started this summer within the summer residency format.  Teachers can complete three of the required Bilingual/ESL endorsement courses from June 12 through June 30. Each course meets Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The remaining courses can be taken online in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 and face-to-face in Summer 2018. To apply for admission, complete our application form.
2      The Master of Arts in Reading (READ) with a Reading Specialist concentration enables teachers to add either the Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist endorsement to their Illinois teaching licenses.  Teachers can get started on this degree by completing the first two courses within the summer residency format—one of which is the intensive, five week reading practicum that takes place from June 12 through July 16.  Additional courses will be delivered online in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, and the final three courses will be delivered face-to-face and online in Summer 2018. To apply for admission, complete our application form.
3      The Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement Program consists of six graduate courses focused on meeting the needs of English language learners. Teachers can complete three of the required courses at our Schaumburg Campus through the summer residency experience from June 12 through June 30. The remaining courses can be taken face-to-face in Summer 2018 or online during the 2017-2018 academic year. To apply for admission, complete our application form.


For more information, contact Angela Ryan at aryan@roosevelt.edu or 312-341-2420.

CPS Continuing Endorsement Program

The College of Education is pleased to announce that it has entered into a new partnership agreement with the Chicago Public Schools.

Effective until December 31, 2018, Roosevelt will waive all fees and provide CPS teachers with a 57% tuition reduction on courses that count toward the LBS I and Bilingual endorsements. CPS teachers will pay a total of only $360 per credit hour for each course that applies toward these endorsements. The total cost of the LBS1 endorsement is $3,960 for 11 credit hours.  The total cost of the Bilingual endorsement is $6,480 for 18 credit hours. 

Click on these links to obtain more information on the LBS I and Bilingual endorsements, or apply now for admission.

Earn an MA Degree

The new partnership allows CPS teachers to apply their LBS1 and Bilingual/ESL endorsement courses toward a Master of Arts degree in the following areas, reducing the already low costs of these online and blended graduate degrees by 9-14%.

  • The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (TLRN) prepares licensed teachers to become more effective and democratic classroom instructors and leaders. Upon completion of the online program, candidates will be eligible to add an endorsement to their Illinois teaching license and they will have a deeper understanding of the expectations embedded in the CPS Framework for Teaching and other teacher evaluation frameworks.
  • The Master of Arts in Second Language Special Education (SLSE) prepares licensed teachers to effectively instruct English Language Learners and students with special needs. Upon completion of the online and blended program, candidates will be eligible to add both the Bilingual/ESL and LBS1 endorsements to their Illinois teaching licenses.
  • The Master of Arts in Reading (READ) prepares licensed teachers to become effective and democratic leaders in language and literacy learning. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add either the reading specialist, reading teacher, or bilingual/ESL endorsement to their Illinois teaching licenses.
Become A Leader

The partnership also waives all application fees for CPS teachers who submit applications to our principal and teacher leader endorsement programs.

  • The MA degree in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL) prepares teachers to teach, and lead, in dual language programs and schools. Offered in a unique summer residency format, the program leads to the bilingual/ESL and teacher leader endorsements. 
  • The MA degree in Instructional Leadership (ILED) is an off-campus program that prepares teachers to become principals and teacher leaders. A strong partnership with current CPS principals and leaders ensures that the curriculum stays relevant to the needs of diverse teachers and learners.
Undergraduate Degree Support


CPS employees who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree can receive special assistance finding the right program and support for their degree completion as working adults
To explore your options further as a CPS teacher looking to pursue endorsements, click here.

Click here for more information on the CPS Endorsement Program.

To speak to an admission officer, contact Angela Ryan at aryan@roosevelt.edu or 312-341-2420.

Spring Faculty Achievements

Dorota Celinska, associate professor of special education, published "Multicultural Curriculum Designs in Counselor Education Programs: Enhancing Counselors-in-Training Openness to Diversity" in The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 8 (3). You can read the article at http://dx.doi.org/10.7729/83.1124

Dr. Celinska also presented papers at two international conferences in December, 2016:  Internationalised Higher Education: A Mandate for Multicultural Training? and Student Perspectives on Learning in Internationalised
Courses: What Makes a Difference?  Both papers were presented at a meeting of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), held in Newport, Wales.

Alyson Lavigne, associate professor of curriculum studies, will attend the national meeting of the American Educational Research Association in April 2017.  In May, she will attend the 2017 Jacobs Foundation Conference  in Germany to participate in a seminar entitled "Education in Times of Increasing Cultural and Linguistic Heterogeneity."

Leslie Bloom, associate professor of educational leadership, will present a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in late March.  The title of her paper is Communicating Research for Social Justice Activism: Lessons from Neuroscience and Social Psychology.

Dr. Bloom also has received an International Visiting Fellowship at the University of Liverpool for Summer 2017.  The Fellowship is to collaborate on the writing of an article with a University of Liverpool faculty member and colleague, Dr. Jude Robinson, and to do a research presentation to the School of Law and Social Justice. The article and presentation will analyze activist ethnographies for how they present evidence (storytelling, narrative, thick description) and warrant theorized interpretations. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Scholarship for Bilingual Education Majors

The NETWORK OF HISPANIC ADMINISTRATORS IN EDUCATION has a $1500 scholarship available for college juniors or seniors majoring in education. Bilingual Education majors and future teachers seeking bilingual endorsements are highly encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is on or before Friday, April 28, 2017. 

Click here to view the application for the scholarship.