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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

Events

Oct
18
Fri
Wear Red for Solidarity!
Oct 18 all-day
Oct
23
Wed
Board of Ed Meeting
Oct 23 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

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

Oct
25
Fri
Paycheck 4
Oct 25 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

Wear Red for Solidarity!
Oct 25 all-day
Nov
1
Fri
Wear Red for Solidarity!
Nov 1 all-day
Nov
6
Wed
House of Delegates Meeting
Nov 6 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

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

Nov
7
Thu
Last Day of Quarter 1
Nov 7 all-day
Nov
8
Fri
Paycheck 5
Nov 8 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

School Improvement Day (principal directed)
Nov 8 all-day
Wear Red for Solidarity!
Nov 8 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!

Fair Contract Now!

CTU is fighting for quality pay and benefits (including health care), full staffing in our schools, smaller class sizes and justice for students and families. Get updates and resources for our contract fights here.

Learn more