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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


House of Delegates
Dec 8 @ 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.

School Finance Committee Meeting @ Virtual, email SarahRothschild@ctulocal1.org for info
Dec 14 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join CTU’s standing committee on School Finance and Taxation for its monthly meeting.

To apply for a post on the committee, visit the CTU committees page.

For other questions, email Sarah Rothschild and Pavlyn Jankov, committee staff liaisons.

New Member December @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
Dec 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
New Member December @ Chicago Teachers Union Center

You are warmly invited to New Member December, a winter holiday gathering for all first- and second-year hires at all CPS and charter schools.

There will be food, drink, and the opportunity to safely gather with co-workers, to make new friends, and to meet the CTU staff.

Who should come: If you’ve already joined the CTU, great! This will be the perfect opportunity to meet some of your union siblings in a more informal setting. If you still have questions about joining, this will be a great place to ask them. And if you know first- and second-year teachers who are wrestling with the decision, please encourage them to attend.

This will be the first in-person event we’ve organized for new members since the pandemic began. Proof of vaccination or proof of negative test within 48 hours will be required for entry.

Clinicians Meeting @ ONLINE
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm

The purpose of the meeting will to be to hear from clinicians across the district about workplace issues you have been facing, as well as to discuss next steps we can take — collectively and individually — towards addressing these various items.


A school nurse with a young student.

Paycheck 25 (9 days pay)
Dec 17 all-day

For hours worked November 21 through December 4, 2021. November 24 is an unpaid day off, so this paycheck is reduced by 10% gross pay.

Winter Break (paid week)
Dec 20 – Dec 24 all-day
Christmas Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 24 all-day
Christmas Day (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 25 all-day
Winter Break (unpaid week)
Dec 27 – Dec 31 all-day
New Year’s Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 31 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!

Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers will be able to transfer schools for Spring 2022 without principal permission from Monday, November 15, 2021 to Thursday, December 30, 2021.

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