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The Chalkboard: Weekly News and Events for College of Education Students
Upcoming Events for Students

October 21

CHANCE Movie Night:  Destined
Destined tells the parallel stories of Sheed and Rasheed the same actor played by (Cory Hardrict) as they explore the idea of destiny as well as how the smallest incident can manifest itself into a life changing event.

When:  4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where:  James Stukel Towers (JST) Event Center, 718 Rochford Street

November 1

#Hashtag Talk:  2016 Election
An interactive event for undergraduate students focused on the 2016 election.  No RSVP required, and food will be served.

When:  12 p.m.
Where:  ETMSW 3233

November 10

Explore @ 4:  Social Work
An exploratory career series covering the basic information and career highlights of different education and social justice-oriented careers.  This final program features Edward Potts, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, Jane Addams College of Social Work.

When:  4 p.m.
Where:  The Commons (ETMSW 3233)

Key Dates for Undergraduate Students

Junior Teacher Candidate Academic Advising Sessions:

Social Science Concentrator:  Monday, November 21, 2016  12:00pm - 12:30pm, ETL
Math Concentrator:  Monday, November 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm, ETL
Language Arts Concentrator:  Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:00 - 12:30pm, ETL
Science Concentrator:  Tuesday, November 22, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm, ETL

CPS Application Meeting & Academic Advising

Senior Blue Cohort: October 18, 12 - 1 p.m., ETL
Senior Red Cohort: October 25, 12 - 1 p.m., ETL

Candidacy Information Sessions

All sessions are at 4 p.m. in ETMSW 3427
Fall: October 26
Spring: February 1, March 1, April 5

Tutoring Opportunity

Near North Development Corporation seeks tutors to work with middle and high school students.

Academic Tutors Qualifications
·   Bachelor’s Degree in Education or currently enrolled (in good standing) in a Bachelor’s in Education program
·   Successful completion of college level science, math, and English classes
·   College GPA of 3.5 of above
·   1 year experience working with at-risk high school students
·   Previous tutoring experience
·   Ability to work autonomously and in team settings
·   Availability to work afterschool hours
·   Fluency in written and spoken English

Academic Tutors Responsibilities
·   Provide direct academic instruction one-on-one or in small groups of 2-3 students
·   Maintain records of each tutoring session, including topics covered
·   Collaborate with students, Target School teachers and Talent Search staff to develop an individualized tutoring plan with each student
·   Prepare individual student tutoring plans, monitor and report on progress toward goals identified in tutoring plans
·   Teach study skills, homework skills, and learning strategies to participants

Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $15.00 /hour

Contact Sharkaria Jones at

Science Fair Judges Needed

Sawyer Elementary is hosting a  Science Fair and is in need of judges.  The Science Fair will be on Dec 6, 2016 from 9am-12noon.  The school is located at 5248 S. Sawyer, walking distance from the Kedzie stop on the Orange Line.  The Science Fair encompasses grades 6-8.  A background in science is not necessary.  If you can help us out please email Mark Figueroa  at or call me at 773-769-7008.

UIC Start-Up Challenge

Have you heard of the UIC Startup Challenge?  The UIC Startup Challenge is a startup competition (think "Shark Tank") open to the UIC community.  If you have an idea for a new startup, or have been working on one of your own, this is a great opportunity for you to get involved!

The semifinals for this year's UIC Startup Challenge will take place on March 3, 2017.  However, information sessions & workshops have already begun!

Want to learn more?  Come to our upcoming workshops.  In addition to learning a bit about the UIC Startup Challenge, you'll have the opportunity to meet potential teammates and to start learning about the ins & outs of creating a plan for your startup.  Here are a few events coming soon - and check out our website for more!

UIC Startup Challenge - Idea Generation Workshop
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
IES Office (815 W. Van Buren, Suite 400)

UIC Startup Challenge - Marketing Workshop
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
IES Office

More details & other upcoming events are on our website.

Please contact Dawn Birkland at with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you at our events!

Post-Doc Position at Loyola

A post-doc is needed for an NIH-funded study called the Chicago School Readiness Project.  They have had several waves of funding to continue following children who initially participated in an intervention when they attended Head Start programs over 10 years ago.  The participants are now in high school, and the project has a rich array of measures on self-regulation, behavior problems, and risk and protective factors.  They have had high response rates, and now have 6 waves of data across preschool, elementary school, and high school.

They are now looking to expand the CSRP team with a postdoc at Loyola, to work on analyses, manuscripts, etc.  Candidates should go to, so that they can submit an application online and learn more about the position.

TAP Test Taking Skills Workshop

Come learn about the format of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and test taking skills that you can use to help you prepare.

Tuesday, November 1st at 3 p.m.,  Room 1241
Wednesday, November 9th at 3 p.m., Room 3427
Tuesday, November 15th at 3 p.m.,  Room 3312

TechBytes: Digital Show and Tell

American culture is now dependent on the screen, and it's up to educators to communicate with screens in more ways than just words. Screencapture is one of those techniques. Read more

Assistant Professor of History Position

Lake Forest College invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin in the 2017-2018 academic year from scholars of African American history, specializing in topics such as the history of slavery, emancipation, reconstruction, Jim Crow, black liberation movements, the history of race and anti-black racism in the U.S. Teaching load is six courses per year (three courses in each of two semesters).

Responsibilities include teaching introductory-level African American history survey courses, topical electives, and advanced seminars in service to the African American Studies major and the History major. Willingness to teach courses focused on the African diaspora that incorporate an African-centered methodology, the link between African American history and the Black Atlantic, and/or Pan-Africanism is especially desired.

Classes are small (typically 15-30 students) and generous support for scholarly research, including a semester of pre-tenure leave for those who pass third-year review is available. Strong preference for candidates who have demonstrated success in teaching in diverse classrooms. The Ph.D. degree must be completed by summer 2017.

More information and application instructions

Undergrad Student Government

Do you have the desire to be a student leader and advocate for campus issues?
The UIC Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is looking for dedicated students to serve as assembly members for the 2016-2017 academic school year.

USG is the official governing body of undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It represents undergraduates in many ways, including improving policies affecting student welfare; providing services to meet student needs; strengthening the sense of community among students, and serving as a communication medium between students and administration.

USG consists of a President, Vice President, secretary, and 30 voting members of the assembly, six of which are voted: Speaker of the assembly and five committee directors. The five standing committees that deal with different kinds of concerns around campus.

Individuals who join our assembly are able to enhance their leadership and professionalism skills. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to work with school administrators on a variety of campus issues.

If you are a student interested in joining USG, please schedule a time slot (office hours listed below) and send us an email for confirmation at
Office hours: MW 1-2pm, R 11-12pm, or by appointment

For more information:
Facebook: UIC Undergraduate Student Government
Interested in Joining:

Spring '17 Course: Health and Wellness Academy

The Department of Physical Therapy will offer a Spring '17 course, Health and Wellness Academy, involving 3rd-5th graders at Smyth Elementary School nearby. We will be collaborating to create interdisciplinary lessons with activities that focus on nutrition and movement. The department seeks six College of Education students involved. The class would be Monday from 3:30 to 5:30 starting Spring semester. Students would also be involved at Smyth School every Tuesday or Thursday from 3 – 5, so this may be an opportunity for pre-student teachers to get more hours of experience.

More information

Department of African American Studies Events

The UIC community is invited to a Conversations panel with Courtney Bonam, Assistant Professor of Social Psychology. She will be interviewed by David Stovall, Professor of African American Studies & Educational Policy Studies, on "Race, Stereotyping & Environmental Inequality." This will take place on Oct. 25 from 12-1:30PM in UH 1250 (601 S. Morgan St.). 

School Aide Position

A Chicago family is seeking a one-on-one aide for a kindergarten student with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder in an inclusion classroom (half-day program in North Center/Lincoln Square area). Main duties include facilitating appropriate interactions between student and peers, providing assistance and accommodations throughout various group and independent activities, and helping student self-regulate using breaks and regulation toys.

Candidate should be available to train with child’s support team, including current aide, in early to mid-December and begin regular hours in early January. 12-15 hours a week over 4 to 5 days, 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. $15/hour.

Contact Cynthia at with resume and references.

Council on Teacher Education: Dates to Remember

- Candidacy Application Submission Deadline for ECE and SPED – October 1, 2016
- Elementary Education CPS Student Teaching Registration Process Seminar
      Blue Cohort: October 18 (12pm – 1pm)
      Red Cohort: October 25 (12pm – 1pm)

-CPS Student Teaching Online Registration Process for Spring 2017 closes November 30, 2016.