Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall Forum Information


Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
5:30 to 8:30 PM
Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 314AB

The forum will address the complex issues faced by teachers struggling to help students make sense of the current tumultuous environment: the heated rhetoric around race, immigration and xenophobia in the 2016 election, the debates around race and policing here in Chicago and throughout the country. What are the challenges of these developments for teachers and what are the different ways that educators meet these challenges?

Panelists will offer ideas about how teachers can create a safe space in their classroom to have a conversation where multiple views are respected and student experiences are explored and validated.

Dr. Horace Hall, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Research will present introductory remarks and moderate the panel.
Panelists include:
·         Liz Robbins, Social Science teacher, Lindbloom High School; Civic Instructional Specialist for Chicago Public Schools
·         Mario Perez, Coordinator and Social Science teacher, the Newcomer Center, Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights
·         Johnae Strong, Elementary school teacher and restorative justice coordinator for Chicago Public Schools

After the panel, the audience will participate in small group discussions to explore these issues in greater depth.

3 CPDUs will be offered. Seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. to Diane Horwitz at

Want to make a difference?  Gain valuable direct experience?  Volunteer at the National Runaway Safeline!  The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) serves as the federally-designed national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Through our crisis hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and online services ( NRS provides crisis intervention, conflict mediation, information and referrals to youth and families nationwide.

Our requirements for volunteering: successfully complete our 40-hour crisis intervention training program. Be able to abide by the tenants of NRS philosophy (confidential, non-judgmental, non-directive, non-sectarian, honest and empowering). Must be able to demonstrate empathy, self-regulation and good social skills.

Please email Becca Bowlin at for more information

Job Posting - City Elementary

City Elementary ( is a small ISBE-recognized private, nonprofit school located in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The school is tailored to children with diverse learning styles and developmental needs, including those on the autism spectrum, those with attentional issues, and those with sensory integration challenges. City Elementary offers small, multi-age classes with a low student: teacher ratio, onsite speech and occupational therapies, a sensory gym, and a dedicated team of teachers with a deep understanding of diverse learning styles.

We are seeking substitute teachers and substitute teacher assistants for occasional work in our classrooms. For substitute teachers, ideal candidates will have prior teaching experience (preferably special education) and an understanding of autism spectrum disorders. For substitute teacher assistants, ideal candidates will have experience working with children on the autism spectrum or other special needs.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to

National Louis University Counseling Association Invitation

NLUCA – National Louis University’s Counseling Association invites you, your fellow professors and the students enrolled in your counseling program to attend our 2nd Annual CARE Fair – (Counseling And Resource Expo). Our free event will be held on Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Wheeling campus, 1000 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL, 60090.

During the CARE Fair, there will be the opportunity to network with professionals in the counseling field to get information about possible internships, employment and ways to get involved and make a difference. There are also four professional development sessions throughout the event and free CEUs are included. Ashley Glover, Public Health Advocate at Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, will lead a “Supporting Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse” session. Steve Ruohomaki, L.C.S.W., Viet Nam era Army veteran, will lead the “Managing the Memories” session. Halley Jacobs, NLUCA President, will lead a “DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy): Core Mindfulness Skills” session. Traci Flowers, M.A., M.Ed., College Counselor at Loyola Academy, and IACAC Delegate Director-Secondary, from IACAC will lead a “Professional Development Opportunities in College Counseling” session. There is additional information about each session on the attached flyer.

The following agencies and organizations will be represented at the CARE Fair: Amita Health, Chicago Behavioral Hospital, Extra Mile Veteran Care, IACAC (Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling), ICA (Illinois Counseling Association), ICDA (Illinois Career Development Association), MaineStay, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), National Louis University's Inclusive U, National Runaway Safeline, Nicasa, Skylight Counseling Center, and Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.

Lisa Mandl
NLUCA Vice President/Program Chair