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

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


November 21

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

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

Marilyn J. Mucha Special Education Fellowship Award Application

Providing support for exceptional MEd students in Special Education

This award is made in honor of Marilyn Mucha, and in recognition of the applicant's scholarship and influence in the field of special education.  (The amount of the Marilyn J. Mucha Award is based on how much is available from the private donor in a given year.) The award consists of a cash award and a tuition and service fee waiver for full-time or part-time students for one semester, either Spring 2017 or Fall 2017.  The award will be sent directly from the Business Office. (Please note that if you have any outstanding tuition that is due, that amount may be deducted from your award.)

APPLICATIONS DUE : 11/18/16.  Applications are posted within the MEd Special Education Blackboard site.

William E. Albin & Charlotte C. Young Doctoral Fellowship Award

Providing support for exceptional PhD students in Special Education Application

This award is made in recognition of the applicant’s scholarship and potential for influence in the field of special education. (The amount of the Albin and Young Award is based on how much is available from the private donor each year.) The award is a cash award for full-time or part-time PhD students, and will be sent directly from the Business Office.

Note: If you have any outstanding tuition that is due, that amount may be deducted from your award.

Applications are due on 11/18/16.  Applications posted within the PhD Special Education Blackboard site.

Golden Apple Event on November 15, 2016
If you dream of teaching and giving back, Golden Apple Scholars is the answer.
UIC Council on Teacher Education will be hosting the event on November 15 between 1-3 PM in Student Center East Room 613.
Invited: Current Scholars and Freshman & Sophomore UIC students passionate about teacher education.
Topics: Applications, Awards, Scholarships and more!
You are more than welcome to stop by the event any time between 1 and 3 to speak with current and prospective Golden Apple Scholars.
The Golden Apple Scholars receive:
  • Up to $23K in scholarships
  • Job Placement
  • Paid Summer training
Please share this with any students who would like more information and/or cannot attend the event.
Spring 2017 Research Assistant with Center for Literacy

Job Title          Research Assistant – ESL Instructor  

Division           FAST Services

Program          Adult Education and Career Transition

Location          Off campus: Southwest side of Chicago

Schedule         Mon-Fri, 8:30am-12:30pm 

                       20 hours a week; this is a set, required schedule

Commitment   At least one year and two preferred

Start Date        December, 2016 (SPRING 2017 Semester)

Pay Range       Standard

Deadline          11/17/16 by 5 p.m.

Application Process  Submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to Brenda Ruiz ( and Susie Karwowski ( No phone calls, please.


FAmily STart (FAST) Learning and Support Services, a division of the UIC Center for Literacy in the College of Education, empowers and strengthens Head Start families in Chicago. Our mission is to provide access to high-quality, research-based learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners. Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty and collectively strengthen communities through family learning services.

The Adult Education and Career Transition Program is an important part of achieving FAST’s mission and vision. Current and future Head Start parents interested in continuing their basic education are enrolled in or referred to classes/tutoring in English-as-a-Second Language, GED (in English or Spanish) and literacy/numeracy. Learners also receive case management services, career transition support, and technology training.

Under the supervision of the lead instructor, the instructor assists in the development, service delivery, and continuous improvement of the Adult Education and Career Transition program

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Teach English as a Second Language classes designed to serve the educational needs of Head Start parents
  • Assess and track learners’ progress on Illinois ESL Content Standards
  • Collaborate with the Lead Instructor to develop ESL lesson plans and evaluate learners’ progress on their goals
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings that promote FAST programming

Required education, skills and work experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field required, with one year of relevant teaching/tutoring preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills required.

Knowledge of adult/family literacy and Head Start programs desirable    

Graduate Student Grant Opportunities

The American Education Research Association (AERA) Division C is excited to announce the decision to use $10,000.00 in one-time money to support two Division C graduate students with a small grant for up to $5,000.00. The goal is to give two awards for $5,000.00 for research that addresses issues of inequalities in educational opportunities, from an educational psychology/learning sciences perspective. Grants will be awarded by 12/31/16 (with funds available for 2017).

Applications are due 12/5/16. Email them to Barbara Greene ( Applications will be reviewed by a panel that includes three faculty and one student member of Division C.

Applications should include the following:

A two-page summary of the student’s research program. The summary should include description of:

    • how the research links to the 2017 AERA theme of research addressing inequalities in educational opportunities.
    • how the research fits within the scope of Division C (for example, that it is from an educational psychology/learning sciences perspective).
    • how the funds will be spent to advance the student’s research program (approximately ½ page). Funds must be directly related to execution of the research project.
  • A letter from the student’s advisor asserting that this is the student’s independent program of research.
  • The student’s curriculum vita, which should indicate that the student is a Division C member.

For more information at the College-level, contact Kimberly Lawless at

Course for Spring 2017 - The Schooling of Latinxs in the U.S.

CI 594: Special Topics: The Schooling of Latinxs in a U.S. Context

SOC 520 Area Seminar: Topics in Race, Ethnicity and Gender

Spring 2017 Thursdays, 5-8pm

Zitlali Morales, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

This course is a critical examination of the schooling experiences of Latinxs in the United States. In democratic societies, public education theoretically serves two purposes: to produce an informed citizenry that can participate responsibly in the various spheres of society (e.g., the political economy, family, etc.); and to provide opportunity to all citizens regardless of their social or economic background.  We will critically examine these ideals by learning about the educational history and current status of Latinxs in the context of the United States. We will also examine the ways in which Latinxs contest the practices of the powerful, defining themselves and shaping their own destinies (sometimes in ways counterproductive to "success" as it is defined in U.S. society). The course begins with an outline of the general educational situation of Latinxs and traces the history of Latinxs in schools from colonial times to the civil rights era. It then highlights some of the dominant issues and explanations regarding Latinx failure in schools: transnational migration, residential segregation, and migrant education. The next section of the class focuses on how the relationships between students/peers, teachers, parents and school policies affect access, participation, and achievement in the schooling process. Here issues of tracking, bilingual education, and school reform are highlighted. Finally, we will examine higher education and academia along with suggestions for creating successful schooling for Latinx students.

Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

Please email me if you have any questions at

Child Care Staff Position at Irving Park YMCA

The Irving Park YMCA is looking for child care staff--- Monday-Friday 2:30-6:30p. Duties include helping with students' homework, organizing activities, and supervising elementary aged children after school. Interested students can contact Allison Greenman, Youth and Family Director at 773-326-2627 or

Scholarships for Lithuanian Students/Study

Students of Lithuanian descent or students of Lithuanian history, culture, and/or language are encouraged to apply for the 2016-17 Dr. Kazys Grinius Endowment Scholarship.  Two $1,100 scholarships will be awarded.


  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student at UIC.
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Preference to students of Lithuanian descent or students of Lithuanian history, culture, and/or language

To apply, email to receive an application.  The deadline is December 5.

MEd Educational Studies Meet & Greet

Students in the MEd Educational Studies program are invited to a Meet & Greet on Monday, NOvember 14 from 4-5 p.m. in the Commons (ETMSW 3233).  Light refreshments will be served; come meet your fellow students, faculty and take advantage of networking opportunities.

RSVP to Ed Podsiadlik at

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: Mastering the Search Bar

We use Google search every day, practically without thought. But using online search can have pedagogical consequences. Tech blogger Jeremy Riel offers his teacher tips. Read more

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.

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.
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.