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 Mackinney 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!