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Educators of Chicago

Our union is a fellowship of educators across this city who care for students and equip them for their destinies. As we band together for the common good, we must remind ourselves constantly of the amazing things that each of our teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians do every day in support of children and their families. Take a minute here to read about your fellow CTU members as we celebrate their extraordinary efforts on behalf of students, colleagues and community.

Union Democracy

The Chicago Teachers Union is the most democratic institution devoted to this city’s schools and those who make them work. Each month, hundreds of delegates representing every school and type of educator gather to pool our knowledge and collective will. In this section, find documents, updates and tools about our democratic processes and institutions.

We’ve Got You

If you’re new to teaching or just to CPS, the Chicago Teachers Union is here to help. Learn more about the CTU and get some survival tips to help you facilitate the education your students deserve.

Members at Charter Schools

Educators at Charter Schools became CTU members in spring of 2018. These teachers and staff are first-class members in a special division of our union—known as CTU-ACTS—with special and varied needs and rights. This section delves into the specifics.

News for Members

Events

Jul
1
Fri
Paycheck #13 (last of school year 2021-22)
Jul 1 all-day

For work performed June 5 through June 18. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Jul
15
Fri
Paycheck #14
Jul 15 all-day

For work performed June 19 through July 2. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Jul
29
Fri
Paycheck #15
Jul 29 all-day

For work performed July 3 through July 16. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Aug
10
Wed
Clerks begin school year
Aug 10 all-day

Taken from the CPS Calendar page June 2022.

Aug
12
Fri
Paycheck #16
Aug 12 all-day

For work performed July 17 through July 30. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Aug
15
Mon
Flex PD Day (Principal Directed)
Aug 15 all-day

Educators at schools that voted to complete this professional development flexibly throughout the school year do not report on this day. Otherwise, this is a principal-directed professional development day. See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Aug
16
Tue
Flex Teacher Institute Day (Principal Directed)
Aug 16 all-day

Educators at schools that voted to complete this teacher institute day flexibly throughout the school year do not report on this day. Otherwise, this is a principal-directed teacher institute day. See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Aug
17
Wed
Teacher Institute Day (Principal Directed)
Aug 17 all-day

This is a principal-directed teacher institute day for all district-run schools. See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Aug
18
Thu
Teacher Institute Day (Principal Directed)
Aug 18 all-day

This is a principal-directed teacher institute day for all district-run schools. See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Aug
19
Fri
Teacher Institute Day (100% Teacher Directed)
Aug 19 all-day

This teacher institute day is 100% teacher directed for all district-run schools, per CPS-CTU Contract Article 19-2. See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Professional Development

Restorative. Relevant. Reflective. The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation QUEST CENTER for Professional Learning and Teacher Leadership is the premier professional development provider supporting Chicago’s public school educators through re-licensure, National Board Certification, and endorsements in which pre-service through veteran educators collaborate, network, and learn to improve their practice by addressing students’ cognitive development and social-emotional well-being through culturally responsive, trauma-sensitive learning environments.

National Board Certification

Nurturing Teacher Leadership, established in 1997, is the Chicago Teachers Union/Chicago Public Schools 2-year program of professional development and candidate support that prepares Chicago Public School teachers for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, the highest credential a teacher can earn.

Nurturing Teacher Leadership has a success rate of more than 94%, twice the national average!

Learn more by attending our next Cohort Informational Meeting!

Join a Committee

CTU committees are a great way for any member to make a difference. Join one now!

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