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.

2nd Annual New Deal Leadership Summit

Presents the 2nd Annual
New Deal Leadership Summit
Dean Tom Philion and RU alum and CPS Principal Dana Butler invite you to an in-depth discussion on how we can move Roosevelt into the top 25% of teacher preparation programs in Illinois and nationally.
Thursday July 13   l   11:30  - 2:00
Roosevelt University Murray-Green Library
430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
 Event Agenda
11:30 am - Registration
12:00 pm - Buffet Lunch
12:30 pm - Panel Discussion
1:15  pm - Large Group Discussion
1:45  pm - Closing Remarks

RSVP by July 7 so that we can plan accordingly.
This is a free event.

Click Here to Register

For more information, please contact Sabrina Elms in The College of Education.
We hope to see you there!