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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

Oct
2
Sat
Defend Abortion Access @ Southwest corner of Daley Plaza
Oct 2 @ 11:30 am

Woman with bullhorn and fist raised. In large letters: Defend abortion access. Smaller letters: Chicago, Sunday, October 2

For many years, CTU has advocated for women’s right to control our own bodies. Our majority-female union established a Women’s Rights Committee in the 1970s to advance our rights in the workplace and in society. We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 2 at Daley Plaza at 11:30 a.m. We’ll meet on the southwest corner of the plaza, at Clark & Washington.

Together we will raise our voices to demand that women in Texas, Mississippi and all over the nation have the right to access safe, legal abortion. We know that the outrageous laws recently passed will endanger poor women the most and will lead to a resurgence in back-alley abortions. Stand with us!

Oct
6
Wed
House of Delegates
Oct 6 @ 4:30 pm
House of Delegates

House of Delegates meetings are currently being held virtually. If a member wants to attend, they should email Norma Albor for more information. Read more about delegates and house meetings on our delegates page.

Oct
8
Fri
Paycheck 20 for 2021 (10 days check)
Oct 8 all-day

Covers days worked from September 12 through September 25, 2021.

Oct
11
Mon
Indigenous Peoples Day (paid holiday)
Oct 11 all-day
Oct
22
Fri
Paycheck 21 (10 days pay)
Oct 22 all-day

Covers days worked from September 26 through October 9, 2021.

Nov
3
Wed
House of Delegates
Nov 3 @ 4:30 pm
House of Delegates

House of Delegates meetings are currently being held virtually. If a member wants to attend, they should email Norma Albor for more information. Read more about delegates and house meetings on our delegates page.

Nov
4
Thu
Last Day of 1st Quarter
Nov 4 all-day
Nov
5
Fri
Paycheck 22 (10 days pay)
Nov 5 all-day

For days worked October 10 through October 23, 2021.

School Improvement Day (principal directed)
Nov 5 all-day
Nov
11
Thu
Veterans Day (paid holiday)
Nov 11 all-day

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!

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