Friday, January 27, 2017

Upcoming Furlough Days

We want to remind interns that we have four upcoming furlough days:
  • Friday, Feb. 3rd
  • Friday, April 7th
  • Wednesday, June 21
  • Thursday, June 22nd
During those days, interns are unable to get hours from CPS sites counted towards their counseling internship. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Below is the announcement with more details.
Rauner’s Budget Cut Leads to 4 Furlough Days for All CPS Employees in FY17
In the wake of Gov. Rauner’s broken promise to fairly fund Chicago Public Schools, CEO Forrest Claypool announced today that all District employees will be furloughed on four non-instructional days this school year.
“As we address CPS’ financial challenges, we have two goals: minimize classroom disruptions and restore funding that treats Chicago students fairly,” said CEO Forrest Claypool. “Since Governor Rauner is denying fair funding to Chicago students, we are forced to make cuts that will create new challenges for schools that are working to build on their academic gains. But make no mistake, any additional cuts we are forced to make would fall squarely at the governor’s feet.”
Employees will not work on furlough days and will not be paid for the furlough days. The District expects these adjustments to save approximately $35 million to be used to reduce the gap caused by the governor’s veto.
In the meantime, CPS will continue to fight for fair funding for Chicago’s students. If Gov. Rauner continues to treat Chicago children as political pawns, CPS will be forced to take additional steps to reduce spending, working to minimize disruptions to classroom instruction.
The furlough days are taking place on previously scheduled School Improvement Days for staff, which are used to train teachers on instructional strategies, analyze student academic data and plan or refine curriculum to meet students’ needs. The furlough days are:
·       Friday, February 3, 2017
·       Friday, April 7, 2017
·       Wednesday, June 21, 2017
·       Thursday, June 22, 2017
In a letter to employees today, Claypool wrote: “For our part, once again we will fight tooth and nail to protect our classrooms, and to ensure that these political games won’t roll back the tremendous progress by Chicago students. However, with a hole of this size in our budget, we have no choice but to begin to take immediate action to preserve CPS’ solvency. To be clear: Governor Rauner cut funding for CPS pensions by $215 million at the same time that the state is increasing its contributions for other districts’ pensions by $300 million, to nearly $4 billion.”

If you have any questions, please reach out to Angela Shanahan, School Counseling Specialist, at
School Counselor Internship Program
Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising (OSCPA)
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) 
42 W. Madison St., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lecture: George H. Sheldon

Monthly workshops for students in education and counseling

Monthly workshops for students in education and counseling

These workshops sponsored by the Education & Counseling Center (ECC) will help you gain further knowledge and experience to guide you in your paths as educators and counselors.
Please enroll by emailing the ECC at or by calling 773-325-7745.

February 1st 3:00pm-5:00pm: Understanding Depression and Anxiety
Depression and Anxiety are two of the most common struggles you will come across when working with individuals and families. We will discuss prevalence, signs and symptoms, and treatment options available.

March 1st 3:00pm-5:00pm: Conflict Management
We will explore common sources of conflict in the workplace and the impact conflict can have on the work environment, and you personally. You will learn to identify your conflict management style and learn strategies for managing and avoiding conflict.

April 5th 3:00pm-5:00pm: Suicide Prevention
QPR is an evidence based training that increases public awareness of suicide and improves one’s ability to identify and refer those at risk for suicide. Participants learn about the impact of suicide in America, common myths and facts surrounding suicide, warning signs, risk factors and protective factors. Participants learn how to question of someone is contemplating suicide, persuade the person to get help and refer them to the appropriate professionals.

May 3rd 3:00pm-5:00pm: Compassion Fatigue
When people are in helping professions, they are at risk of developing compassion fatigue. This training teaches participants about the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, the impact it can have on an individual and strategies for preventing and/or managing compassion fatigue.


Monday, January 23, 2017

DePaul-area After-School Sitter

DePaul-area After-School Sitter with ADHD, ASD or ABA Experience - $18/hour

I have an 9 year old son with Aspergers/ADHD and am looking for someone to meet his school bus at our home at Wrightwood/Racine at 3:15 pm and stay until we get home between 6 and 6:30 pm.  My son is very high-functioning, gifted academically, and generally charming, but attends a therapeutic school due to some behavioral issues  (e.g. rigidity, difficulty coping with frustration, acting out when told to do something he doesn't want to do.) We're looking for someone 15 hours a week, 3 hours per day Monday-Friday that can also make sure he does his homework and help as needed.

- Be at our house in Lincoln Park promptly by 3:15pm to greet the bus when it arrives
- Experience/training/education with ADHD/autism spectrum/behavioral challenges preferred
- Hourly rate: $18/hour

 Please contact me at or 773/525-4803 if interested in discussing the position. Thank you,