Thursday, April 16, 2015

GA Application Heads Up

The GA application pool closed yesterday. Given the large volume of applications (70!), please note that candidates will be contacted for interviews beginning in May and a final decision will be communicated in June to all applicants.
Thank you to all who applied, and best of luck in this process!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2015-2016 High School Counselor Internship Opportunity

At Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School, our mission is to provide students with a variety of experiences that integrate and expand international-mindedness and global perspectives. We strive to promote intercultural respect and understanding and to inspire our students to enrich their learning by providing service to the greater world outside of our school walls. We aim to engage our students in holistic and rigorous studies that advance critical thinking and motivate students to become problem solvers and socially responsible citizens.

Student Population
Current Student Enrollment: approx. 550
Current Student Grade levels: 9th and 10th (11th grade next year)     
Hispanic: 87.8%                                                                     
Asian: 5.8%                                                                                         Freshmen on Track Rate: 99%
African American: 4.4%                                                                          (2013-2014 highest in CPS)
Caucasian: 1.8%
Amer. Indian/Alaskan Native: .2%

Middle Years Program (MYP): All students are enrolled in the MYP upon starting 9th grade. BOYCP 9th and 10th graders study seven MYP subject areas each year; Language & Literature, Individuals & Societies, Science, Math, Fine Arts, Language Acquisition, and Physical and Health Education. During 10th grade, students participate in the Personal Project and have the opportunity to earn the MYP certificate upon successful completion.

International Baccalaureate (IB):  In addition to AP courses, the developing IB Diploma Program (DP) at Back of the Yards will offer 11thand 12th grade students the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects, engage in research, and participate in experiential learning activities through school, community, and international activities.  All IB Diploma subjects are taught over a two-year period.  Students can have the option to be IB Diploma Course students or to be full IB Diploma Candidates with the potential to earn up to a full year of college credit.  Students will also have the option to enroll in the IB Career Program (CP).  This program will offer students industry certificates in Digital Media setting them up for post-secondary success and placing them well ahead of their peers.  BOYCP is proud to also offer a comprehensive fine arts program-including currently, both visual and digital arts also with emerging theatre, drama, dance, band, and orchestra programs.

Extracurricular Opportunities: BOYCP offer a variety of sports (girls & boys: basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, tennis, girls softball, boys baseball, wrestling, cheerleading, cross country, track and field) and clubs (Spanish Club, Art Club, Student Council, After School Matter, Spirit Squad, Chess club and many more!)

High School Counselor Internship Application Process

         Email resume and (2) letters of recommendation to Karina Morales at
         Visit our website for more information on our school:
         Visit Chicago Public Schools placement guidelines:

Volunteer Opportunity

Monday, April 13, 2015

CSH Graduate Student Coordinator Position Description Summer 2015

General Summary:
The College of Science and Health (CSH) Office of Advising and Student Services is looking for a graduate student for summer 2015 to assist in the management of the advising process during the first year student orientation program Premiere DePaul. The graduate student in the Office of Advising and Student Services will report to the associate director of academic advising and is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the logistical and administrative processes of Premiere DePaul. He/she will be responsible for assisting with faculty training, coordinating file preparation, compiling evaluation data reports and metrics, delegating responsibilities to undergraduate office assistants, and tracking supplemental credit. He/she will also have an opportunity to shadow experienced faculty and staff academic advisors.  This position will require knowledge of university and college policies and procedures, the DePaul Vincentian mission, and higher education and student affairs theory.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Assist with summer faculty training: provide training support, assist with room set up and logistical details, participate in small group discussions, and present on academic topics
·         Create new student registration queries and distribute lists to student assistants for file preparation
·         Analyze and ensure the appropriate application of external AP credit toward the degrees of new CSH students by using the online Degree Progress Report (DPR) tool
·         Interpret math and writing placement tests and offer correct placement suggestions
·         Create Premiere advising grids and send them to orientation partners such as new Student and Family Engagement (NSFE), First Year Academic Success (FYAS), Honors, Athletics, and the First Year Program office
·         Serve as the primary contact for any Premiere schedule changes including additions and cancellations. Communicate changes to appropriate staff
·         Send faculty email reminders in advance of Premiere advising sessions and provide the schedule and other room details
·         Lead advising room set-up: verify technology is working, replenish resources and forms in the advising space
·         Maintain list of closed classes and disseminate it for each Premiere session
·         Assist student assistant with schedule auditing after Premiere: responsible for contacting students, if changes are necessary
·         Track and update supplemental credit based on Transfer Credit Approval forms and communicate to students once credit has been posted
·         Send advising evaluation to students and compile data results, provide statistics and results for each question, track metrics, and create end of summer new student advising report
·         Compile outcomes assessment and needs assessment for following summer
·         Manage inbox
·         Assist with the advising process for the transfer student orientation program Transition DePaul. 
·         Perform other duties as assigned by associate director of academic advising
Ideally, this position will begin June 1, 2015 and end October 2, 2015 with the potential for employment during the academic year. The position commitment is 22 hours a week.  This is a paid position with a competitive hourly rate.  Tuition waivers/assistance is not available. 

·         Bachelor degree required
·         Graduate coursework in counseling, higher education, college student development or related program is preferred
·         Enrolled in a Master’s degree program
·         Knowledge of science related majors is preferred
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills
·         Strong attention to detail
·         Strong organizational skills
·         Ability to work independently and as part of a group
·         Ability to work with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff
·         Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office and web browser tools

Targeted ACTION needed now and over the weekend!

Hi all,

I'm working with a network of national organizations to find a Republican co-sponsor for the ESSCP amendment for next week's committee action. If you are from one of the following states, one of your senators is a Republican on the HELP committee and we need your help! -

WY (Sen. Enzi)

NC (Sen. Burr)

GA (Sen. Isakson)

KY (Sen. Paul)

ME (Sen. Collins)

AK (Sen. Murkowski)

IL (Sen. Kirk)

SC (Sen. Scott)

UT (Sen. Hatch)

KS (Sen. Roberts)

LA (Sen. Cassidy)

Please call or email (leaving a message over the weekend is fine):

Issue: Senator Franken is interested in introducing an amendment that would reinstate the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program. Please become a Republican co-sponsor of this amendment.

ACTION NEEDED: We are asking you to call or e-mail your House and Senate members today with the following message:

"As a constituent of Senator ___________, I am calling/writing because I would like him/her to consider co-sponsoring Senator Franken's amendment to reinstate the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program. This is the only federal funding directed towards creating or expanding comprehensive school counseling services."

Feel free to share a personal story or your staffing situation in your school/city/state.

Steps for Reaching Members of Congress:
You can call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask for your member's office.

When you call, make sure to give your name and identify yourself as a constituent; you may need to give your home address (city/town). If you are unable to get through via phone, please go to your member's Web site (which can be found at ) and opt to send an e-mail. Be sure to let them know that you are an educator, and the elimination of this program in federal law will hurt students/schools in your state. Personal stories are the most meaningful.

Please widely circulate this message and encourage all educators in your state to call/e-mail their elected officials. This is timely matter; please act today (or before Monday)! If you have any questions or have difficulty finding your elected official please contact Amanda Fitzgerald


Thanks for your timely help!

Amanda Fitzgerald, ASCA

Azma International Volunteer Opportunities

 Did you know that 50% of Africans, 58% of Guatemalans and 54% in Peru live below the poverty line, on less than $2 a day? Volunteer with Azma International and make a difference!


Azma International invites applications to participate in one of three volunteer programs offered during summer vacation 2015, winter break 2015 and spring break 2016. The volunteer opportunities are offered in Kenya, Guatemala and Peru. Volunteers in these programs would work in one of these program areas:


1) Teaching

2) Medical care

3) HIV/AIDS awareness

4) Child care in orphanages

5) Disabled care

6) Women’s empowerment

9) Sea turtle Conservation


Volunteering is a great way to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience using your skills to help others while building close relationships with your fellow students. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity while spots are still available. We look forward to working with you! Come promote social justice, gain technical and intercultural skills, and get a glimpse of different career paths open to you. We invite you to explore, experience and discover the world with Azma International! Check us out at


If you are unable to participate during spring break, summer or Winter break but would still like to experience a volunteer trip, we have programs available year-round. Visit us at