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My Union

Caring, united, democratic: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one.

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.

Welcome Our New Sisters and Brothers

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

Job Posting: CTU Organizer

The Chicago Teachers Union is looking to fill Organizer position(s). CTU Organizers play a key role in our fight to enforce our contract, strengthen and grow our union, and win good schools for all. The deadline for submission is November 21, 2019.

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Events

Nov
15
Fri
Wear Red for Solidarity!
Nov 15 all-day
Nov
16
Sat
REACH Rating Appeal Workshop
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

CTU can help you appeal your rating!

INFO/RSVP

Nov
20
Wed
Board of Ed Meeting
Nov 20 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Advance registration begins at 10:30 a.m. two days prior at https://www.cpsboe.org/meetings.

Nov
22
Fri
Paycheck 6
Nov 22 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

Wear Red for Solidarity!
Nov 22 all-day
Nov
27
Wed
Schools in Session (changed for strike makeup day)
Nov 27 all-day
Nov
28
Thu
Thanksgiving Day (no school, paid holiday, CTU Office closed)
Nov 28 all-day
Nov
29
Fri
School Closed (Paid, CTU Office closed)
Nov 29 all-day
Dec
4
Wed
House of Delegates Meeting
Dec 4 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

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

Dec
6
Fri
Paycheck 7
Dec 6 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

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!

Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers can transfer schools without principal permission between November 15, 2019 and January 2, 2020.

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