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

November 3

#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)


November 14

Scholar Talk:  Dr. Crystal Laura, author of Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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

Teacher Leader Roles & Pathways Panel Discussion

Join us to participate in a panel discussion about teacher leadership, exploring teacher leader roles and pathways, the rewards and challenges of teacher leadership, and why teacher leadership is important.

Panelists include:

  • Joe Shoffner, Principal at McClellan Elementary School
  • Allison Tingwall, Principal at Curie High School
  • Quinton Clemons, Secondary School Teacher at Dyett High School
  • Jasmine Juarez, Elementary School Teacher at Keller (accepted to UIC EdD Cohort 15)
  • Nicole Bardoulas, Secondary School Teacher at Westinghouse CPHS

When:  4 p.m.
Where:  Student Services Building (SSB), Conference Rooms B/C


Key Dates for Undergraduate Students

Please note some dates have changed.

Junior Teacher Candidate Academic Advising Sessions:

Social Science Concentrator:  Monday, November 14, 2016  12:00pm - 12:30pm, ETL
Math Concentrator:  Monday, November 14, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm, ETL
Language Arts Concentrator:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 12:00 - 12:30pm, ETL
Science Concentrator:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm, ETL

Candidacy Information Sessions

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

Teachers for Social Justice Curriculum Fair - November 19

This Nov 19th, Saturday, from 10-4 is the 15th annual Teachers for Social Justice Curriculum Fair (CF). It will be at Uplift Community HS in Uptown.

This year’s theme is: Defund Policing. Fund Schools and Communities, which we in TSJ think is entirely appropriate given the current state of things in Chicago: the Movement for Black Lives, the fight for redistribution of revenue (e.g., for tax and fiscal policies that make the wealthy pay far more like the “millionaire’s tax,” or redistributing TIF funds), the fight for sustainable community schools (like the 2015 Hunger Strike for Dyett HS, see the TSJ website), support for the CTU, the struggle for an elected school board, work against police violence (murder of Laquan McDonald) and much more.

 The annual CF is the biggest social justice education event in the Midwest. We usually have ~900 attendees, with up to 90 tables of curriculum exhibits and educational resources, and over a dozen workshops. This year’s keynote speaker is Mariame Kaba, founder of Project Nia, who has probably done more than anyone to help Chicago explore alternatives to policing and prisons, and following her talk will be the workshops and the exhibits. Think of a history or science fair except it is teachers with their tri-fold boards with curriculum, lesson and unit plans, student work, and often students themselves, and also “resource tables” done by various organizations with educational resources for the classroom and the larger education justice movement.

 It’s a whole day affair, 10-4. We serve delicious lunch, we have a “healing space” with local healers, childcare (provided by the Chicago Childcare Collective), Spanish-English translation and ASL interpretation for the keynote, youth culture, and High energy all day long. It’s exciting and a learning space for all, where the CF format encourages dialogue and participation, not “banking education.” We make this road by walking it, and this is one stop on the journey for educators and educators-to-be to figure out collectively how to educate for another, possible world.

Please come, register online ( and volunteer to help (you’ll see opportunities on the registration form or email The event is free, though we will ask for donations at the door and for lunch because we are a 100% volunteer organization with no external funding. Everyone is welcome (teachers, pre-service teachers, parents, students, community activists/organizers, residents, administrators, counselors, para-professionals, and everyone else.

See you November 19th, and for any questions, just email us!

Earth & Space Science Teacher opening at CHI ARTS
The Chicago High School for the Arts is now accepting applications for an Earth & Space Science Teacher:
Earth & Space Science Teacher:
Position Summary:
The ideal teacher candidate will have the passion and skills to create a learning environment that will offer a rigorous college preparatory education that challenges students to achieve at high levels. Teachers at ChiArts will be required to differentiate instruction; design lesson and unit plans that properly assess student achievement; and use data to inform instruction.
A teacher’s primary professional responsibility is classroom instruction of ChiArts’ students. Classroom and professional duties include, but are not limited to the following: 
  • Embrace and promote the ChiArts vision, mission, educational approach, goals, and core values
  • Prepare and implement lessons that encourage and foster proficient oral and written expression, critical thinking, applications, and ethics
  • Create structured lessons which prepare students for success in both ChiArts’ curriculum and standardized tests
  • Collaborate with the staff to develop “best practices” tailored to the unique philosophy and instructional approach geared toward the needs of the ChiArts’ student population.
  • Design and administer a variety of student assessment tools
  • Integrate technology into assessments as well as classroom activity
  •  Employ outstanding classroom management skills and implement the school code of conduct
  • Submit unit plans using the Understanding by Design format
  • Seek and participate in continuing professional development
  • Attend and participate in faculty and administrative meetings, parent conferences, open house, other school functions, and in-service professional development sessions.
  • Use planning period effectively to prepare for classroom instruction.
  • Serve as an advisor in the student advisory program
  • Perform other duties as the needs of the school and needs of the students may demand
  • Work with artistic staff to ensure overall student success at ChiArts.
  • Grade student work in a timely manner
  • Record student grades weekly
  • Maintain regular contact with parents regarding student progress
  • Record daily attendance for class via TeacherEase
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with Illinois teaching certification and endorsement(s) in the proper content area 
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Curriculum development experience preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years of teaching experience preferred
  • Knowledge of the backward design planning process preferred
  • An understanding of the value of arts education 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven organizational skills
  • Proven ability to work with a diverse population
  • Current knowledge of educational technology and application
  • Expert knowledge of subject area 
  • A high regard for student potential and an ability to provide opportunities for students to develop and succeed
  • Willingness to be bold and creative in pursuit of what is best for students
  • Reflective teaching practice
  • Ability to work collaboratively with teams and nurture collegial relationships
  • Able to adapt and improve in changing situations
Salary and Benefits:
  • Full time position
  • Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Benefit package included
Application Process
Qualified applicants should apply online at and upload the following documents:
(1) Cover Letter
(2) Resume 
(3) Salary History and Requirements
(4) Contact Information for 3-5 Professional References; do not include letters of recommendation.
Applicants who do not follow the submission directions will not be considered. Please be aware that every item listed on a resume is subject to verification, and that any offer of employment is contingent on a successful background check. Please visit for more information.
Save the Date: COE Research Day

Graduate students are invited to the 2017 COE Research Day on January 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Faculty, staff and graduate students will present on their current research activities and findings.  Information on proposals will be sent via the Chalkboard.

Elementary Tutoring Opportunity at UIC

Saturday Place is a charitable organization hosted at UIC in the Behavioral Sciences Building. Our program aims to help 3rd and 4th grade students who are performing below grade level in areas of reading, writing, math, and science.

Want to volunteer? We are looking for energetic college students that love working with kids and would be interested in helping out between 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM on a Saturday morning. Education majors or individuals with an interest in teaching is preferred but not at all required!

Contact Program Director Michaela Angeles at if you are interested in volunteering or if you want to know more about the program. Check out our Facebook page

GA Opportunity at the College

Dr. Shelby Cosner will be hiring up to three 1/2-time graduate assistants (20 hours per week) beginning as soon as possible with positions running either through August 2016 or December 2017. The first two positions are GA positions that will require a range of duties including locating, annotating and reviewing literature; locating and storing a variety of principal preparation and development program materials; and a range of other duties as assigned by Dr. Cosner. The third position will involve extensive library and qualitative field research including participant interviews, most of which will be conducted in schools with principals and teachers, and the transcription of interviews.

Individual a) who have strong library research skills, and b) who have excellent project management skills/proven track records with on-time quality work submission are encouraged to forward resumes to Dr. Shelby Cosner at as soon as possible. In addition to these expectations, individuals interested in the 3rd position must have transportation for traveling to/from interview sites and flexibility in their weekly schedules for conducting interviews before, during, and after the K-12 school day. Having a computer or access to a computer is essential. 

With the electronic submission of a resume, please also provide a brief email that includes information about your current program of study at UIC (including when you anticipate graduating) and why this position seems like a fit and is of interest to you.

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.

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

TechBytes: A Picture Worth A Thousand Lessons

As imagery has become an increasingly significant form of communication in the last five years with the proliferation of mobile devices, visuals become a key learning tool. Read more

LARES Spring '17 Tuition Awards

The Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) program is currently soliciting applications for the Spring 207 LARES Tuition Award. The goal for this award is to assist LARES students in obtaining a baccalaureate degree. Candidates are considered based on merit and leadership. Recipients may receive full or partial tuition waivers, depending on funds available.

Note: Award does not cover university fees or study abroad.

The LARES Tuition Award application is available in the scholarship section of the LARES website:
The application and all supporting documents must be submitted to the LARES office (1200 W. Harrison, Suite 2640) by 11/11/16 by 5pm.

*Students must have earned a minimum of 24 credits toward graduation at the time of application.
*Transfer students must have earned a minimum of 12 credits toward graduation at UIC.
*Students must maintain a full-time course load during the Fall 2016 semester.
*Students must be in good academic standing with a recommended cumulative GPA of 3.00 minimum.
*Be a US citizen or legal permanent resident.
*See application for additional requirements and instructions.

For more information please contact Iliana Miranda at

C & I Travel Funds

For the past several years, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction has provided a small amount of travel support to students who give presentations at professional conferences. We are pleased to announce that we will continue offering support this year. Funds are limited and can run out; applying for support does not guarantee funding. This academic year, we will offer funds in the fall and spring semesters, with separate applications for  each semester.

Attached is the form that must be completed to request travel funds for presentations in the Fall semester. Students should not file a request until they know that their proposal has been accepted by the conference. Please note that you must be a presenter and not simply an author on the paper.

Deadline for submitting your application is Friday, November 4. Please submit to Karen Dop in room 3252 ETMSW.

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
BIG Weekend - November 11 & 12
BIG (Bold Idea Generation) Weekends are hand-on, intense, fun introductions to entrepreneurship.  By participating, you will meet other students who are interested in startups and solving challenges through new business.  Students can participate fully with just over 24 hours of commitment, packed into a vibrant weekend beginning Friday evening and wrapping up Saturday evening.  We'll provide food, motivation, and a dynamic environment!
The theme of this BIG Weekend is stARTups - Startups in the Arts!  We are hoping to attract a diverse group of participants who are eager to explore and develop ideas for startups in the arts - or who just want to learn about entrepreneurship in a fun and creative setting.  Students who attend will form teams, come up with an idea for a startup, and spend the weekend creating a pitch to present to a panel of judges on Saturday evening!  
Full details for the event are as follows: 
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am-7:00pm
UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Office
815 W. Van Buren, Suite 400
Chicago, IL  60607
To RSVP for this event, please go to this link:
More information about BIG Weekends and a sample agenda can be found here:
UIC Startup Challenge Workshop - Marketing
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Office

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

Council on Teacher Education: Dates to Remember

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