Thursday, January 14, 2016

15 hour Childcare Job Opportunity

We've been contacted by a Mayer elementary school (on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus) parent who is seeking someone to pick up her son after school and watch him into the early evening. The child has some special needs. The job is approximately 15 hours per week, 3 hours M-F from approximately 3pm to 6pm. The rate can be negotiated. Access to a car is preferred. 

Please contact Dr. Mason for more information if you are interested.

Monday, January 11, 2016

School Counseling Internship Fair

Hopefully at the end of December you received information about the upcoming School Counseling Internship Fair. Now is the time to register via the link here:

Registration deadline is Friday, January 22, 2016
Faculty members from Chicagoland area Counselor Educator academic training programs meet quarterly with the Executive Director for the CPS Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising, Barbara Karpouzian, and other OSCPA staff members. In our last meeting we discussed the potential benefit of having an internship fair that would bring together CPS approved school counseling supervisors and students from our programs who are interested in learning more about your schools and the internship opportunities prior to sending out their application materials. It is our hope that students would have the opportunity to informally meet supervisors and ask questions that will help them make informed decisions about where to apply for an internship.

The fair is scheduled for:              
Date:                     Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time:                     12-2 pm
Location:               Loyola University Chicago
                              Water Tower Campus
                              111 E. Pearson, Lewis Towers Bean Hall (13th Floor)
                              Chicago, IL 60611
Students from the following academic programs will be invited to participate:
  • Chicago State University
  • Concordia
  • DePaul University
  • Governors State University
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • NEIU
  • Roosevelt
  • St. Xavier
We hope that you will be able to make it!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the on-site internship fair coordinator, Rufus Gonzales, at


Now that we have returned for the Winter quarter, I wanted to share with you our CACREP progress. We are officially moving forward with our application with support from the department and the College of Education. This is our best case scenario and very good progress.

In the Fall we received approval to hire a consultant as part of the pre-application process. This involved collecting much information about our program faculty, courses, enrollments, graduates and more, to determine if we were in a position to be eligible to apply for CACREP accreditation. The consultant reviewed all of the materials and provided the necessary feedback at the end of the quarter. Based on this feedback, we have made the decision to pursue accreditation and have again hired the consultant to support us in the process.

In our first meeting of the Winter quarter, the CSL faculty reviewed a timeline for the accreditation application that will take us through the remainder of the academic year. The goal by the end of the 15-16 year is to submit to the consultant a draft of our application, and at that point, we will again, await her feedback in order to determine next steps. We anticipate working monthly on various tasks of the application, breaking things down into manageable steps. This is a new venture for us so we are unsure what challenges may lie ahead but we are thankful to have a consultant assisting us along the way.

There is no guarantee of accreditation and nothing I can share at this point about expected dates of accreditation approval. The process is complex and involves multiple steps and phases. You may ask faculty any questions you have and/or you may consult this student FAQ page on the CACREP website. I'll post another update by the end of the quarter.

TAKING A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE edTPA: High Stakes Test for New Teachers

College of Education Winter Forum

Thursday, February 18th
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Student Center 314 AB

TAKING A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE edTPA: High Stakes Test for New Teachers

All prospective teacher candidates for licensure in Illinois are now required to pass the edTPA (Education Teacher Performance Assessment). Our winter forum will take a critical look at this process from the perspectives of student teachers, university clinical supervisors, academic researchers, education professors and parents.

The issues the panelists will address include:
      The concerns of prospective teachers, their cooperating teachers, university clinical supervisors, and parents who have had experience with the edTPA
      Critiques of the edTPA as an effective way to evaluate beginning teachers
      The role of the Pearson corporation, the developer and scorer for edTPA, and Pearson's broader involvement in the trend toward high stakes testing in K-12
      How pre-service teachers can best negotiate the edTPA process
      Strategies & advocacy to change the edTPA

Dr. Marie Donovan, Associate Professor, DePaul University’s College of Education, will serve as moderator.
Panelists include:
      Dr. Alison Dover, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, College of Education, Northeastern Illinois University
      Julie Peters, Associate Director of the Teaching of History Program, UIC; founding member of the Coalition for edTPA Rule Change
      Cheryl Witucke, Coordinator of Clinical Supervision, Division of Education, Trinity International University
      Trisha Wickland, MA, Concordia University; 1st, 2nd grade teacher. St. Paul Lutheran School in the Austin neighborhood, Chicago
      Cassandra Creswell, organizer with More Than a Score, board member of Raise Your Hand Illinois

3 CPDUs are available.

For more information and to R.S.V.P., please contact Dr. Diane Horwitz at