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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

Mayor Lightfoot has slashed support for girls’ flag football coaches

Will you write a letter to let Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Bears know what you think about them cutting stipends for girls flag football coaches? After the start of this year’s season, the mayor’s team sent an email to coaches, saying that the previously quoted coaching stipend amounts were incorrect and would be cut in half. Whaaaat?

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Events

Jan
31
Tue
Far North Side CTU Member Meet & Greet with Brandon Johnson @ Mueze for 50 Campaign Office
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dozens of CTU members in red pose with Brandon Johnson for Mayor signs in the CTU Center’s Jacquelyn Vaughn Hall.

Come out and meet Brandon, ask questions, and sign up to volunteer to make sure we win! It is going to take all of us to ensure that the city knows who Brandon is and how a teacher in the mayor’s office will help us build the city we all deserve.

Feb
2
Thu
West Side CTU Member Meet & Greet with Brandon Johnson @ St. Agatha Church
Feb 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dozens of CTU members in red pose with Brandon Johnson for Mayor signs in the CTU Center’s Jacquelyn Vaughn Hall.

Come out and meet Brandon, ask questions, and sign up to volunteer to make sure we win! It is going to take all of us to ensure that the city knows who Brandon is and how a teacher in the mayor’s office will help us build the city we all deserve.

Feb
4
Sat
Canvass for Education Champions
Feb 4 all-day

Click the “Read More” button to see the listing and sign up.

Feb
7
Tue
Southwest Side CTU Member Meet & Greet with Brandon Johnson @ Watra Night Club
Feb 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dozens of CTU members in red pose with Brandon Johnson for Mayor signs in the CTU Center’s Jacquelyn Vaughn Hall.

Come out and meet Brandon, ask questions, and sign up to volunteer to make sure we win! It is going to take all of us to ensure that the city knows who Brandon is and how a teacher in the mayor’s office will help us build the city we all deserve.

Feb
8
Wed
House of Delegates meeting (virtual)
Feb 8 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Feb
9
Thu
Southwest Side CTU Member Meet & Greet with Brandon Johnson @ Harris Park
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dozens of CTU members in red pose with Brandon Johnson for Mayor signs in the CTU Center’s Jacquelyn Vaughn Hall.

Come out and meet Brandon, ask questions, and sign up to volunteer to make sure we win! It is going to take all of us to ensure that the city knows who Brandon is and how a teacher in the mayor’s office will help us build the city we all deserve.

Preview Screening: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks @ CTU Center
Feb 9 @ 4:45 pm
Preview Screening: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks @ CTU Center

Join us for a preview screening of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, a Peacock Original movie. Organized in coordination with the Zinn Education Project, the event will include a reception at 4:45 PM. The movie will begin at 5:15 and a short discussion will follow. This event is part of the CTU’s Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action for 2023.

Feb
11
Sat
Canvass for Education Champions
Feb 11 all-day

Click the “Read More” button to see the listing and sign up.

Feb
15
Wed
More love. Less Trauma. @ CTU Center
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

More love! Less trauma.

At this event, we will gather students, educators, and other community members to discuss solutions to the trauma that so many individuals and communities are experiencing. This will be an opportunity to hear about people’s experiences and to propose concrete solutions and demands that we can raise collectively in order to address the trauma that so many suffer.

Feb
16
Thu
CTU Housing Committee screening @ The Historic Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church
Feb 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Screenshot of Sun Times story profiling one of the 17,000 homeless CPS students

Back in April 2020, the Chicago Sun Times profiled Mariah Bingham (above), who is just one of 17,000 houseless CPS students. Stories like these are why the CTU’s Housing Committee exists.

You’re invited to a February 16 meeting and film screening in the North Lawndale / Herzl community to discuss the problem of houselessness among CPS families. The goal of the event is to discuss ways to help our students and their families secure stable housing.

“The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Racial Wealth Gap” is the third episode of a five-episode documentary series exploring the racial wealth gap in Chicago. This episode looks at how the real-estate industry and the federal government designed housing policies that led to the rapid expansion of the white middle class and the erosion of Black homeownership.

Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you on February 16!

In solidarity,

CTU Housing Committee

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 podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our contract, and our fight for the schools our students and educators deserve.

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