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The Chalkboard: Weekly News and Events for College of Education Students
Upcoming Events for Students

November 1

#Hashtag Talk:  2016 Election
An interactive event for undergraduate students focused on the 2016 election.  No RSVP required, and food will be served.

When:  12 p.m.
Where:  ETMSW 3233

November 10

Explore @ 4:  Social Work
An exploratory career series covering the basic information and career highlights of different education and social justice-oriented careers.  This final program features Edward Potts, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, Jane Addams College of Social Work.

When:  4 p.m.
Where:  The Commons (ETMSW 3233)

November 14

Scholar Talk:  Dr. Crystal Laura, author of Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

When:  4 p.m.
Where:  The Commons (ETMSW 3233)

Key Dates for Undergraduate Students

Junior Teacher Candidate Academic Advising Sessions:

Social Science Concentrator:  Monday, November 21, 2016  12:00pm - 12:30pm, ETL
Math Concentrator:  Monday, November 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm, ETL
Language Arts Concentrator:  Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:00 - 12:30pm, ETL
Science Concentrator:  Tuesday, November 22, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm, ETL

Candidacy Information Sessions

All sessions are at 4 p.m. in ETMSW 3427
Fall: October 26
Spring: February 1, March 1, April 5

LARES Spring '17 Tuition Awards

The Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) program is currently soliciting applications for the Spring 207 LARES Tuition Award. The goal for this award is to assist LARES students in obtaining a baccalaureate degree. Candidates are considered based on merit and leadership. Recipients may receive full or partial tuition waivers, depending on funds available.

Note: Award does not cover university fees or study abroad.

The LARES Tuition Award application is available in the scholarship section of the LARES website:
The application and all supporting documents must be submitted to the LARES office (1200 W. Harrison, Suite 2640) by 11/11/16 by 5pm.

*Students must have earned a minimum of 24 credits toward graduation at the time of application.
*Transfer students must have earned a minimum of 12 credits toward graduation at UIC.
*Students must maintain a full-time course load during the Fall 2016 semester.
*Students must be in good academic standing with a recommended cumulative GPA of 3.00 minimum.
*Be a US citizen or legal permanent resident.
*See application for additional requirements and instructions.

For more information please contact Iliana Miranda at

C & I Travel Funds

For the past several years, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction has provided a small amount of travel support to students who give presentations at professional conferences. We are pleased to announce that we will continue offering support this year. Funds are limited and can run out; applying for support does not guarantee funding. This academic year, we will offer funds in the fall and spring semesters, with separate applications for  each semester.

Attached is the form that must be completed to request travel funds for presentations in the Fall semester. Students should not file a request until they know that their proposal has been accepted by the conference. Please note that you must be a presenter and not simply an author on the paper.

Deadline for submitting your application is Friday, November 4. Please submit to Karen Dop in room 3252 ETMSW.

Save the Date: COE Research Day

Graduate students are invited to the 2017 COE Research Day on January 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Faculty, staff and graduate students will present on their current research activities and findings.  Information on proposals will be sent via the Chalkboard.

English Language Teaching Position

Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 seeks an English language teacher, preferably with Arabic language skills.  This is an immediate hire.

Information on requirements and how to apply

TAP Test Taking Skills Workshop

Come learn about the format of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and test taking skills that you can use to help you prepare.

Tuesday, November 1st at 3 p.m.,  Room 1241
Wednesday, November 9th at 3 p.m., Room 3427
Tuesday, November 15th at 3 p.m.,  Room 3312

TechBytes: Curating Digital Media in Class

The card catalog is dead, long live the card catalog. But archiving techniques aren't, especially in the age of the info-overflowing web. Tech blogger Jeremy Riel explores. Read more

Illinois Association of Teacher Education Conference

The Fall IATE Conference is on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center. The student fee, which includes breakfast & lunch, is only $25.00.

Reasons to Attend:
-Discover critical information regarding edTPA and ISBE Updates
-Investigate Charlotte Danielson's Latest Iteration of the Framework & Teaching Clusters
-Interact with the Illinois Teacher of the Year
-Examine how to best Make Data Based Decisions that promote student learning
-Learn about Employment Strategies and Student Engagement Techniques
-Share your thoughts and ideas regarding Themed Issues
-Interact with colleagues including a special strand of sessions for Preservice Students
-Learn about Innovative Approaches regarding Quality Education and Shaping the Future

We hope you can join us for this important event. Visit for more information!

Tutoring Opportunity

Near North Development Corporation seeks tutors to work with middle and high school students.

Academic Tutors Qualifications
·   Bachelor’s Degree in Education or currently enrolled (in good standing) in a Bachelor’s in Education program
·   Successful completion of college level science, math, and English classes
·   College GPA of 3.5 of above
·   1 year experience working with at-risk high school students
·   Previous tutoring experience
·   Ability to work autonomously and in team settings
·   Availability to work afterschool hours
·   Fluency in written and spoken English

Academic Tutors Responsibilities
·   Provide direct academic instruction one-on-one or in small groups of 2-3 students
·   Maintain records of each tutoring session, including topics covered
·   Collaborate with students, Target School teachers and Talent Search staff to develop an individualized tutoring plan with each student
·   Prepare individual student tutoring plans, monitor and report on progress toward goals identified in tutoring plans
·   Teach study skills, homework skills, and learning strategies to participants

Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $15.00 /hour

Contact Sharkaria Jones at

Science Fair Judges Needed

Sawyer Elementary is hosting a  Science Fair and is in need of judges.  The Science Fair will be on Dec 6, 2016 from 9am-12noon.  The school is located at 5248 S. Sawyer, walking distance from the Kedzie stop on the Orange Line.  The Science Fair encompasses grades 6-8.  A background in science is not necessary.  If you can help us out please email Mark Figueroa  at or call me at 773-769-7008.

UIC Start-Up Challenge

Have you heard of the UIC Startup Challenge?  The UIC Startup Challenge is a startup competition (think "Shark Tank") open to the UIC community.  If you have an idea for a new startup, or have been working on one of your own, this is a great opportunity for you to get involved!

The semifinals for this year's UIC Startup Challenge will take place on March 3, 2017.  However, information sessions & workshops have already begun!

Want to learn more?  Come to our upcoming workshops.  In addition to learning a bit about the UIC Startup Challenge, you'll have the opportunity to meet potential teammates and to start learning about the ins & outs of creating a plan for your startup.  Here are a few events coming soon - and check out our website for more!

UIC Startup Challenge - Marketing Workshop
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
IES Office

More details & other upcoming events are on our website.

Please contact Dawn Birkland at with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you at our events!

Post-Doc Position at Loyola

A post-doc is needed for an NIH-funded study called the Chicago School Readiness Project.  They have had several waves of funding to continue following children who initially participated in an intervention when they attended Head Start programs over 10 years ago.  The participants are now in high school, and the project has a rich array of measures on self-regulation, behavior problems, and risk and protective factors.  They have had high response rates, and now have 6 waves of data across preschool, elementary school, and high school.

They are now looking to expand the CSRP team with a postdoc at Loyola, to work on analyses, manuscripts, etc.  Candidates should go to, so that they can submit an application online and learn more about the position.

Council on Teacher Education: Dates to Remember

-CPS Student Teaching Online Registration Process for Spring 2017 closes November 30, 2016.