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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.

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


Black Caucus Gala @ CTU Center
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Board of Ed Meeting
Feb 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

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

CTU Speaks! Black History Month podcast panel @ CTU Center
Feb 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Don’t Let Black Educators

Become Black History

The CTU Speaks! podcast is recording a special Black History Month panel on the disappearance of Black educators—in Chicago and across the country—and what teachers unions and community allies can do to reverse the trend.

Hosted by Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson and featuring rank-and-file CTU members, Dyett hunger striker Monique Redeax-Smith and writer/activist/organizer Charles Preston, the panel will discuss issues facing Black educators in schools today, and what is lost when Black teachers become Black history. You won’t want to miss this!

CTU Speaks! co-hosts Andrea Parker and Jim Staros will kick off the night! Never miss an episode—subscribe today on your favorite podcasting platform. The event will also be taped and later released in podcast form.

Cocktails will be served from 5-6 p.m.; panel taping is from 6-8 p.m.

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Feb 28 all-day

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Chicago P.E.A.C.E. brunch @ CTU Center
Feb 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Chicago PEACE Brunch
February 29, 2020, 11 am
CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll

Keynote Speaker: Pastor William Hall, St. James Community Church

Plus special guest speaker and CPS graduate Dr. Clinton Boyd, Jr.

In addition, the CTU choir will perform musical selections, and stay tuned for a guest musical performer. Plus, there’s still time to join the choir, so get in touch if you’re interested by emailing lupecoyle@ctulocal1.org. The rehearsal schedule will be announced soon!

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House of Delegates Meeting
Mar 4 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

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

Sex Ed Works Listening Session @ CTU Center
Mar 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Teachers of Sex Ed

In addition to this listening session, CTU and Healing to Action are holding an information session specifically for current and future teachers of sexual education. We strongly encourage such teachers to attend the information session on Tuesday, February 18 at 4:30pm at the CTU Center in addition to this listening session. Click the button below to register.


Sex Ed Works

Healing to Action—a grassroots community group that focuses on worker empowerment and fighting gender-based violence—is holding listening sessions with students, parents and caregivers, community and educators, to get input on their campaign for improved sexual education in CPS.

Healing to Action wants to hear from any and all CTU members who have an interest in the CPS sex ed curriculum and training or for whom it has implications (from PE and Health teachers to clinicians and counselors to members of our Women’s Rights and LGBTQIA Committees, and beyond). Join us at this session to help win the sex ed our students deserve.

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Mar 13 all-day

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Building Delegates and School Leaders Conference @ CTU Center
Mar 25 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

NOTE: CTU will also hold a training all day on Saturday, March 28. Any member may attend the Saturday Conference.

March 28 Page

Our new contract creates a tremendous opportunity to build our power in the classroom. This spring’s Building Delegates and School Leaders Conference will be a space for learning and collaboration that expands the knowledge learned at the conference in January. Register below.

Workshops topics will include:

  • implementing the new class size contract language
  • fighting for new sources of progressive revenue
  • using PPCs, PSCs, PPLCs, and LSCs to make your school better
  • putting new sports contract wins into motion
  • the new bilingual education contract language
  • sustainable community schools, and many more…

So, join us to

  • Build contract knowledge, organizing skills, and leadership experience.
  • If you’re new to union activism, learn from veterans about how to find people in your school to work with
  • If you’re a veteran, think about who you can bring along to help train a new generation of union leaders.

Your union needs you.

Delegates may pool their monthly duty-free release time (per Article 1-14.1 of the CPS contract) and be released with pay to attend our March 25, 2020 Delegates Training. This pre-registration authorizes CTU to contact CPS, who will arrange with your principal for release on that day.You must pre-register before Wednesday, March 18 to be released on March 25.

Those who pre-register today will still need to register with CTU later, when the union finalizes the list of workshops for the day. At that time, CTU will need you to choose your workshops for planning purposes.

If the form below doesn’t load, submit your pre-registration using the CTU forms site.

Board of Ed Meeting
Mar 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

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

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!

CTU Speaks! Podcast

Our new podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by rank-and-file CTU members Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our new contract, and our fight for the schools our children and educators deserve.

Listen Now!