Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Recent COE Faculty Publications

Judy Gouwens and Ken King, professors of Elementary Education, published a collaborative chapter entitled "From Frustration to Flow: Finding Joy through Co-teaching" in Producing Pleasure in the Contemporary University​, edited by Stewart Riddle, Marcus Harmes and Patrick Danaher (Sense Publishers). The aim of this book is to open up spaces for conversation, reflection and thought, in order to think, to be and to do differently in the contemporary university – pleasurably.

Judy Gouwens also published, with her Australian colleague Robyn Henderson, an article in the latest issue of the Australian International Journal of Rural Education. The article is entitled Migrant Mothers Becoming Active Agents In A United States Midwestern Context: Building Strengths By Breaking Down The Outside-Inside Barrier and it can be accessed by clicking on the link above. 

Erin Mackinney, assistant professor of Bilingual and ESL Education, and Tammy Oberg De La Garza, associate professor of language and literacy, published Introducing Roosevelt University's Dual Language Teacher Leadership Masters Program in the Fall issue of the Soleado Newsletter. It is available online under the “Fall” tab at the following link  Soleado is just one facet of the DLeNM Clearinghouse, a growing collection of support and resources for development and implementation of dual language education.

Margaret Policastro, professor of language and literacy, published the lead chapter in Comprehensive Literacy Basics: An Anthology by Capstone Professional. Her chapter is entitled "Celebrating The Magnificent Read-aloud: Unending Classroom Possibilities."

Becky McTague, associate professor of language and literacy, also published a chapter in Comprehensive Literacy Basics: An Anthology by Capstone Professional. Her chapter was written with a colleague, Kristin Lems, and is entitled "English Language Learner Support in a Comprehensive Literacy Program." 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Supporting Literacy and Math (SLAM) is seeking assistant teachers to join the team of an innovative after-school program. SLAM supports at-risk kindergarten and first grade students by building foundational-skill support in reading and math. SLAM engages students by offering a curriculum that celebrates and encourages active learning. Students are taught in groups of eight by an experienced teacher and an assistant teacher.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we have openings at two locations; in the Rogers Park area in Chicago and in Skokie, IL.
Job Requirements:
*Seeking a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
*Must be a team player and welcome the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment
* Previous experience working with children is required. Experience with students aged 5-8 years old preferred
*Coursework and/or graduate work in elementary education, reading, learning disabilities, ELL, or special education preferred
Pay: $25 an hour
Chicago Program Logistics: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45-6:15 pm
Program Dates: October 10, 2017- May 10, 2018
Skokie Program Logistics: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-5:30 pm
Program Dates: October 3, 2017-May 3, 2018
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter highlighting your qualifications along with a resume to

Friday, September 15, 2017

Professional Development Event With Smokey Daniels

Below is an announcement about a professional development event in Chicago at the end of September. Students can attend at a special student rate. Click here for details and to register online.

Registration includes a light dinner!                                      Books for sale and signing!
Click here to register online.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Job Opportunity for RU Education Students

Interested in working with young children, making a difference and gaining incredible work experience?

JUMPSTART IS NOW HIRING! Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits caring adults to work with preschool-age children on language, literacy, and social-emotional skills. Jumpstart Corps members serve 10-12 hours a week in local early childhood centers, partnered with a small group of children. For those eligible, Roosevelt students can potentially earn Federal Work-Study and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the process. Gain valuable skills and experience, earn Federal Work-Study, and help prepare our youngest learners for lifelong success! For more information and to apply, or contact Rachel Binford at 312.867.7091 or

Rachel Binford Field Program & Community Director
Jumpstart | CONNECTION inspires me.
Office: 312.867.7091 | Fax: 312.873.4054
2463 N. Lincoln Ave. Ste. 1N
Chicago, Il 60614

Free Webinars for Teachers of English Learners

Center for English Language Learners
at American Institutes for Research
The Center for English Language Learners at AIR is committed to reducing the achievement gap and improving outcomes for English language learners by conducting rigorous research and connecting research to policy and practice.
Connecting Research to Practice:
Free Learning Opportunities for Teachers

Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talent in Young English Learners   
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
In this webinar, participants will learn about Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talent in Students (COLLTS), an approach created by Dr. Diane August and a team of AIR experts with decades of experience in developing research-based effective literacy interventions for English learners (ELs). COLLTS uses shared interactive reading of high quality children's books as well as engaging vocabulary routines and language-based center time activities to support EL's language and literacy development in early childhood settings.
Register here  
Helping English Learners Acquire Language Structures in the Context of Authentic Literacy Experiences                                              
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
Please attend the latest webinar from the Center for English Language Learners at AIR on the Attaining Core Content for English Language Learners (ACCELL) model to learn more about how teachers can help ELs acquire language structures in the context of the text they are reading and use knowledge of the structures in their writing.
In this session, participants will examine
• ways in which students can be introduced to English language structures as an extension of close reading
• how students may use knowledge of language structures to help them better understand complex text
• how students can use knowledge of language structures to improve their writing
Register here

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

$2.4 Million Grant Award to the COE!

I am pleased to announce that the College of Education has been awarded a $2.4 million grant by the US Department of Education.

Roosevelt University's Dual Language Teacher Leadership Project will provide significant tuition stipends to select cadres of teachers of English Language Learners from five partner school districts that will enroll in our innovative MA degree program in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL). The partner school districts are Chicago Public Schools and School Districts 4 (Addison), 7 (Wood Dale), 54 (Schaumburg) and 59 (Arlington Heights).

The activities supported by the grant will take place over the next five years. The grant will enable Roosevelt to offer the DLTL MA program in both Chicago and Schaumburg; it also will give us the opportunity to obtain strong evidence that our DLTL program significantly impacts the instructional effectiveness of the teachers who enroll in it.

Other important features of the grant include the creation of Saturday Spanish Schools for parents and families of English Language Learners and bi-annual symposiums for Chicagoland teachers and school administrators.

Roosevelt's proposal for a National Professional Development grant award was one of 269 submitted. Only 42 proposals, or 15.6%, were awarded. 

The 42 National Professional Development grantees will receive a total of $22 million across 23 states and will provide services benefitting 9,731 in-service teachers and 1,796 pre-service teachers.   

Our success was the result of the leadership of Dr. Erin Mackinney, Assistant Professor of ESL/Bilingual Education, and Dr. Tammy Oberg de la Garza, Director of the Dual Language Teacher Leadership Program. Other key contributors were John McDougall (Director of Assessment and Grants), Mike Maly (Associate Provost for Research), Deidra Somerville (Director of Research & Sponsored Programs) and Jerry Szewczyk (Senior Accountant). Provost Lois Becker and Chief Financial Officer Tangella Maddox also provided critical support, as did former RU associate professor Alyson Lavigne. Importantly, our evaluation partner, American Institutes for Research, played a critical role in developing and writing our evaluation plan, and superintendents and administrators from our partner school districts provided vital letters of support.  It truly was an outstanding team effort.

More details about the grant and how to apply to participate in it will be available soon.  Until then, please join me in congratulating our grant team on their success.  This project is going to move our college to the forefront of dual language education in Illinois and nationally.

ISBE Award to Yessenia Medina Santiago

We are proud to share that Yessenia Medina Santiago, a 2010 graduate of Roosevelt's Elementary Education Program, has been named a recipient of a 2017 Those Who Excel Award. Yessenia is a kindergarten dual language teacher at Adolph Link Elementary School in Elk Grove Village, and won an Award of Recognition in the classroom teacher category.

According to the District 54 websiteYessenia serves Link Elementary as the kindergarten dual
language teacher, teaching half of the day in English and half of the day in Spanish. This position takes a uniquely qualified teacher. Yessenia is a gifted teacher in both languages, helping all of her students become bilingual. Each year, she has worked collaboratively to develop a meaningful curriculum that extends and enriches, as well as provides authentic opportunities for students to learn in two languages. Yessenia has committed herself to ensuring success for each student in her classroom, grade level and school and works tirelessly to find creative ways in which to best reach students.

The Illinois State Board of Education will honor all award winners during its annual Those Who Excel banquet on Oct. 28 in Normal, Illinois.​

Congrats to Yessenia on this terrific honor! And for more information about becoming a dual language teacher leader, visit the College of Education website.  Roosevelt is the only university in the Midwest to offer a graduate degree that focuses intensely on dual language teaching and leadership.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Teacher Shortage Information From ISBE

The Illinois State Board of Education reports that more than 1,000 teaching positions statewide are unfilled, according to data collected from school districts in October 2016. The majority (approximately 67 percent) of school districts in Illinois have 100 or fewer faculty members. Even one unfilled position in a small school district significantly impacts students’ learning opportunities.

As a result of this finding, ISBE launched the Unfilled Positions Map on Aug. 22 at  The map displays open instructional, administrative, and support positions statewide, as of October 1 of the reporting year. Users can search and sort by position type and county, locate openings on a map, see aggregate data, and go to the hiring district’s website.

The map and database illustrate the critical need for more professionals to join in the exciting work happening in Illinois’ public schools.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Schaumburg Lead & Learn Conference on Oct. 25-26

            October 25th - 26th
   Roosevelt University Schaumburg Campus
        Join us for two full days of learning,
     networking, and professional development!
Wednesday Keynote:
ASCD Executive Director Deb Delisle

Presenting: Educating the Whole Child in the 21st Century World
Deborah S. Delisle is the Executive Director and CEO of ASCD. During Deb's 40-year career in education, she has served as a teacher, gifted education specialist, curriculum director, elementary school principal, district associate superintendent, superintendent, state superintendent, and university instructor. She was nominated as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education by President Obama.
Thursday Keynote: 
Lavanna Roth

Presenting: Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.®-The Heart of Achievement!
No student fits into a standard, one-size-fits-all box of core content. This wildly engaging and unforgettable experience will leave you motivated to uncover, foster, and amplify the unique gifts and talents that our students possess.
MPC Member Presenters include:
*Dr. Jake Chung D25- Serving The Most Marginalized Students Through Community Wraparound Services *Doug Bolton NSSED - Building Classroom Communities to Support Our Most Challenging Students *Dr. William Melsheimer retired D39 - Promoting School Improvement by Cultivating Professional Capital *Dr. Rob Bohanek and Dr. Katie Ahsell D59- The Social and Emotional Foundation of Learning *Andy DuRoss, Dr. Paul Goldberg, and Dr. Erin Knoll D54- Improving Culture with a Focusi on Positive Psychology *Dr. David Moyer and Dr. Mary Henderson D205- Creating Coherence through the Practice of Instructional Rounds *Paul Kelly D214 -The Elk Grove Collab Lab: Creating Responsive and Sustainable Teacher-Led Professional Learning *Becky McCabe - retired CUSD 303 Improving Classroom Management – From a Leader’s Perspective *Sarah Cacciatore - D68 Transitioning to Standards Based Grading *Maureen Chertow Miller - D36 Developing the Maker Mindset
Click Here for More Info or to Register