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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

Charter school headlines for the week of Feb. 22, 2021

Asian Human Services, the owner of Passages Charter School, has abruptly broken off negotiations but members remain united. Aspira members have reached a tentative agreement over the move of ASPIRA Early College High School into the ASPIRA Haugan Middle School building. CTU members at Instituto Justice Leadership Academy are raising objections about the school’s disturbing lack of cleanliness. Educators at Latino Youth High School continue to stand strong in their 28th week of refusing the boss’ return to in-person work order. And we are close to a tentative reopening agreement with Namaste.

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Events

Mar
3
Wed
House of Delegates meeting
Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm
House of Delegates meeting

Find more information about the House of Delegates and its regular meetings on the HOD web page.

Mar
12
Fri
Payday (full pay)
Mar 12 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck.

Mar
26
Fri
Payday (full pay)
Mar 26 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck.

Mar
29
Mon
Spring Break (Paid Vacation)
Mar 29 – Apr 2 all-day

Based on the 2020-2021 CPS Calendar published by the Chicago Board of Education.

Apr
7
Wed
House of Delegates meeting
Apr 7 @ 4:30 pm
House of Delegates meeting

Find more information about the House of Delegates and its regular meetings on the HOD web page.

Apr
9
Fri
Payday (full pay)
Apr 9 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck.

Apr
15
Thu
End of 3rd Quarter
Apr 15 all-day

Based on the 2020-2021 CPS Calendar published by the Chicago Board of Education.

Apr
16
Fri
School Improvement Day (100% Teacher Directed)
Apr 16 all-day

Based on the 2020-2021 CPS Calendar published by the Chicago Board of Education.

This day is 100 percent teacher directed per Article 19-2 of the CTU-CPS Contract.

Apr
21
Wed
Elementary Report Card Pickup
Apr 21 all-day

Based on the 2020-2021 CPS Calendar published by the Chicago Board of Education.

Apr
22
Thu
High School Report Card Pickup
Apr 22 all-day

Based on the 2020-2021 CPS Calendar published by the Chicago Board of Education.

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 2021 without principal permission between November 22, 2020 and January 6, 2021.

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