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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

May
28
Thu
CPS Capital Budget Hearing (Central / West)
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
CPS Capital Budget Hearing (Central / West)

Four of the five meetings this week specifically address specific parts of the city. The fifth meeting will be conducted entirely in Spanish, finally bringing some measure of equity to a sizable and growing portion of our school communities. Use the links below to sign up.

More info and signups on central budget hearings page.

CPS Capital Budget Hearings
CPS Capital Budget Hearing (North/Northwest)
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
CPS Capital Budget Hearing (North/Northwest)

Four of the five meetings this week specifically address specific parts of the city. The fifth meeting will be conducted entirely in Spanish, finally bringing some measure of equity to a sizable and growing portion of our school communities. Use the links below to sign up.

More info and signups on central budget hearings page.

CPS Capital Budget Hearings
May
29
Fri
CPS Capital Budget Hearing (Citywide Spanish)
May 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
CPS Capital Budget Hearing (Citywide Spanish)

Four of the five meetings this week specifically address specific parts of the city. The fifth meeting will be conducted entirely in Spanish, finally bringing some measure of equity to a sizable and growing portion of our school communities. Use the links below to sign up.

More info and signups on central budget hearings page.

CPS Capital Budget Hearings
Jun
3
Wed
House of Delegates Meeting
Jun 3 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

All CTU members are welcome to observe. Bring proof of membership.

Jun
5
Fri
Paycheck 20
Jun 5 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

CTU-ACTS Members Meeting @ Zoom
Jun 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
CTU-ACTS Members Meeting @ Zoom

Please join your CTU-ACTS union family on June 5th from 4-5:30pm for a Membership Meeting at which we will strategize how we protect and extend the unprecedented collective power we have built in CTU’s charter division.

Zoom Registration
Jun
17
Wed
Student attendance day for strike makeup
Jun 17 all-day

Changed from School Improvement Day.

Jun
18
Thu
Last Day of Student Attendance
Jun 18 all-day

Strike makeup day.

Jun
19
Fri
Paycheck 21
Jun 19 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

School Improvement Day (100% teacher directed)
Jun 19 all-day

Changed due to strike makeup days.

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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