Thursday, October 9, 2014

DePaul Teachers' Forum

 Event Overview

In its 7th year, The Teachers' Forum offers new teachers the opportunity to gain critical skills and resources and network with principals and professionals in education.  Specifically, this event provides our students and early alumni with opportunities to gain insight through a keynote address, participate in roundtable discussions on various topics led by educators, receive guidance on resumes, and network with all educators and DePaul College of Education alumni.  There is also an opportunity for current student teachers and early COE alumni to participate in mock interviews with principals and assistant principals (limited space).  Over 35 current and former principals, seasoned educators, and College of Education faculty representing urban and suburban schools will be participating in this event as mock interviewers and facilitators of round table discussions.  Round Table discussions will focus on topics ranging from classroom management, communication with parents, building strong relationships with administration, etc.

Key Components of Teacher’s Forum:

·         Keynote address from seasoned educator (Awarded 2010 Illinois Teacher of the Year)
·         Participate in 10 different topic roundtable discussions led by 20 administrators and educators
·         Receive feedback and critique on your teaching resume from educators
·         Network with fellow DePaul Educator Alumni about professional experiences and best practices
·         Check out the new “Tech Corner” – Demo and Best Practice Tips on Technology Resources for Instruction
·         Practice interviews with principals (Additional Registration required and limited space)

Check Out Topics for Roundtables This Year!

·         Breaking Into Urban and Suburban Schools – Best Practices for Job Searching
·         Building Collaborative Relationships with Principals
·         Crash Course in Classroom Management
·         From Sitting to Standing: New Teacher Insights
·         Success and Survival – Tips for a First Year Teacher
·         Igniting Sparks – The Impact of Mentorship in the Classroom
·         The Case of Common Core – New Strategies of Engagement
·         Perspectives of Accountability – Exploring Teacher Evaluation and Best Practices in Teacher Effectiveness
·         Technology and Innovation – From Flipped Classrooms and Beyond
·         Breaking It Down – Effective Inclusion and Differentiation

Check Out Our Teacher’s Forum Webpage to See Who is Participating and the Full Agenda:

Event Location:
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10am to 1pm
DePaul University – Lincoln Park Campus
Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont St.
Chicago, IL. 60614

Important Reminder Note:  You can be at any level in your studies or profession to join us at the event to take part in the keynote, roundtables, resume critiques, and open networking.  You do not have to participate in the mock interview portion to attend the rest of the components of the event.
This is a rare and invaluable opportunity to meet a seasoned group of educators and principals and we would love for all of you to join us. 
Thanks everyone and please reach out with any questions at or 773.325.7431
I look forward to seeing you at our event!


"Theorizing Gun Violence in Schools" Conference


October 25th, 2014 join us for free and open conference.
For more information, contact Dr. Amy Shuffelton,
Located at the Loyola University Water Tower Campus, in the Corboy Law Room
Presentations will address a range of relevant questions, including: Why are schools stages for gun violence? What might school shootings say about schools' education of students' emotions? What part does masculine honor play? How does violence look from an international perspective? What are appropriate policy responses to gun violence in schools?

8:30-9 Registration and Coffee

9-10:15 Bryan Warnick, Ohio State University “Gun Violence and the Meaning of American Schooling”
Barbara Stengel, Vanderbilt University, " The Impact of Discouraging Discourse"

10:30-12 Deron Boyles and Gabriel Keehn, Georgia State University, "Sense, Nonsense, and Violence: Levinas and the Internal Logic of School Shootings"
Harvey Shapiro, Northeastern University, “When the Exception is the Rule: School Shootings, Bare Life, and the Sovereign Self.”

12-1 Lunch

1-2:15 Amy Shuffelton, Loyola University Chicago, "'Consider Your Man Card Reissued': Masculine Honor and Gun Violence"

Jane O'Dea, University of Lethbridge, "Media and Violence: Does McLuhan Provide a Connection?"

2:30-4 Dianne Gereluk, University of Calgary, "The Nature of Risk on Curricular Practice: The Canadian Context"

Aislinn O'Donnell, Limerick University, "Conversations, curriculum and violence"

4-5 Wrap Up, Chris Higgins, University of Illinois Champagne Urbana

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A DePaul Career Center Professional Development and Networking Series

Counselor Connections

The DePaul Career Center is
proud to offer Counselor Connections,
a professional development workshop series
that provides College of Education students with
an opportunity to meet professionals in education
and social service settings to discuss theme-based
topics central to counseling. This series provides a
forum to network within and beyond the DePaul
counseling community and also learn about
featured off-site, nonprofit organizations
that are hosting the series.

Counselor Conversation Workshop Series: Fall 2014 Intersession

Uncovering Unique Roles within Counseling and Prevention
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Youth Guidance
1 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602

Join us for a discussion moderated by Christopher Jaffe, Social Service
Professional and Strategic Development Manager, in which he and fellow
colleagues will highlight unique school-based counseling and prevention
programs such as Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) and Working on Womanhood
(W.O.W.) as well as the work that counseling professionals do within these
resources. Jaffe will share how Youth Guidance’s mission is applied and
supported by various counseling professionals in the organization. You will
have an opportunity to engage in discussion and strengthen your
understanding of the culture of Youth Guidance, competencies needed in
their various professional roles, and the benefits and challenges of working
in a nonprofit setting.

Places and Faces – Supporting Students in Higher Education Settings
Thursday, December 4, 2014
DePaul University
Workshop begins in LPC Career Center (SAC 192)
Panel portion held in Arts and Letters Building
Room TBA
2315 North Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Join us for this unique workshop during which we will take a walking field
trip to the offices of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS), TRIO Programs,
Career Center, University Ministry (UMIN), Student Housing, and the College
of Science and Health. There, you will meet higher education professionals
who will share highlights of their workplace culture, unique aspects of
their work, and student support efforts. You will also participate in a
panel discussion and break-out session in which you will learn job-search
strategies, how to showcase your strengths and how to apply counseling
skills to many different professional roles within higher education.

Please RSVP to Gina Anselmo at to secure your space in this program. Sign up today as space is limited!

Job Opportunity

Job Description

Position Title: Youth Workforce Development Specialist

Essential Functions:
- Renders direct counseling and/or employment and post-secondary support services to clients within agency policies and programs.
- Participates on a team and helps formulate team programs.
- May work at multiple sites.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provides individual, group, family and crisis intervention and student advocacy work, as necessary.
2. May develop programs based on client needs within the school community.
3. Develops and executes professional curricula related to job skills and post-secondary education.
Solicits jobs in communities and places well-prepared youth into those jobs.
4. Participates in teacher training and school in-service presentations.
5. Performs required functions (statistics, record keeping, research, etc.) and special administrative assignments.
6. Performs public relations assignments as requested.
7. Participate and provide in-service training to the school community.
8. Serves on Board or Agency committees as requested.
9. Collaborate and/or coordinate services with the LSC, Parent Programs and the Pupil Personnel Support Team
10. May assume additional responsibilities that support broader based functions and goals of the agency.
11. May be required to supervise, develop or coordinate programming, based on client needs.
12. May be involved in facilitating whole school change.
13. May supervise Youth Development Specialist, interns or volunteers. 
14. Participates in Team Meetings, Committee Meetings, and All Staff Meetings.
15. Participates in agency trainings and staff development.
16. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:
1. Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in a human service field from an approved accredited college/university.
2.. Must have significant experience in providing job skills training or post-secondary supports to high school students.
3. Must be committed to work with at-risk youth.
4. Must be committed to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission.
5. Must function well in group and team settings.
6. Must possess interpersonal skills that excel in cultural sensitivity and respect for differences.
7. Good computer skills needed.
8. Bilingual – Spanish preferred.

**Advanced degrees, certification, and professional counseling skills are preferred.

Reporting Relationship: Supervised by Program Manager or assigned staff.
Classification Status: This is an exempt position.

To Apply: Send Cover Letter and Resume to Dave Simpson, Director of Counseling

Fax: 312-253-4900
No Phone Calls Please

If you have any questions, email Liz Hutchinson at


Educational Event


Wednesday, October 22nd
 5:30-7:30 p.m
Student Center. Room 314


-What is effective principal leadership in schools and what policies enable principals to promote best practices for teaching and learning?
-How do current district and national education policies challenge this effort?
-What is/should be the role of principals and other administrators in policy decisions?
-What are different strategies and initiatives whereby principals can most effectively amplify their concerns and voice?

A Conversation with:
Michael Beyer, Principal, Morrill Elementary School
Troy LaRaviere, Principal, Blaine Elementary School
Rita Raichoudhuri, Principal, Wells Community Academy H.S.
Tamara Witzl, Principal, Telpochcalli Elementary School

Dr. James Wolfinger will moderate the panel.
 For more information contact Dr. Diane Horwitz at

FREE Seminar on Anxiety and Depression

October is National Depression Awareness Month

MaineStay Youth & Family Services is hosting a free seminar on anxiety and depression on October 20th. Although the event is free, advance registration is requested as space is limited. CEUs are available. Click here to register or to seek more information.

Anxiety and Depression: Effective Management of the Big Two Co-Occurring Disorders

Monday, October 20th - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Maine Township Town HallPark Ridge, IL

This free seminar will present a comprehensive approach to addressing the two most commonly diagnosed mental health issues- anxiety and depression. Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg, author of The Anxious Brain and Anxiety + Depression: Effective Treatment of the Big Two Co-Occurring Disorders, will discuss how to recognize and appropriately respond to anxiety and depression in children, adolescents, and adults. She will offer practical tips on how to manage these concerns, and you will walk away with ideas you can use right away. This event is appropriate for adults and children as well as school personnel, counselors, and social workers.

Dr. Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression. She has written articles for the Psychotherapy Networker magazine and is a sought-after speaker, consistently getting the highest ratings for her dynamic style and high-quality content.

If you would like to stay informed about the many free or low-cost programs, groups, and special events sponsored by MaineStay Youth & Family Services, you can Sign Up for their e-newsletter.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Orientation Reminder

The Professional Practice Orientation

When: Saturday, October 18th
Where: Levan 100
Time: 10 am-12 pm 

**Please make sure you have submitted your RSVP for the event.