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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 week of Nov. 16, 2020

The CTU New Organizing Committee met with charter school educators interested in unionizing. CTU members at Aspira are strategizing how to deal with colocation efforts. Acero Sped and ELL educators participated in a Know Your Rights training and are beginning to reach out to parents. Negotiations on our first contract with Epic are expected to begin after Thanksgiving

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Events

Nov
26
Thu
Thanksgiving (Paid Holiday)
Nov 26 all-day

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

Nov
27
Fri
Black Friday (Paid Holiday)
Nov 27 all-day

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

Dec
9
Wed
House of Delegates meeting
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm
House of Delegates meeting

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

Dec
21
Mon
Winter Break (Paid Vacation)
Dec 21 – Dec 25 all-day

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

Dec
24
Thu
Christmas Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 24 all-day
Dec
25
Fri
Christmas Day (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
28
Mon
Winter Break (Unpaid)
Dec 28 2020 – Jan 1 2021 all-day

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

Dec
31
Thu
New Year’s Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 31 all-day
Jan
1
Fri
New Year’s Day (CTU Office Closed)
Jan 1 all-day
Jan
6
Wed
House of Delegates meeting
Jan 6 @ 4:30 pm
House of Delegates meeting

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

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!

Join a Committee

CTU committees are a great way for any member to make a difference. Join one now!

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