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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

Events

Apr
3
Fri
Webinar: Addressing White Supremacy and Culturally Relevant Curriculum in Remote Learning @ Zoom webinar hosted by the CTU Human Rights Committee
Apr 3 @ 4:00 pm
Apr
6
Mon
Spring Break (Paid Vacation, CTU Office Open)
Apr 6 – Apr 10 all-day
Apr
10
Fri
Paycheck 16
Apr 10 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

Apr
16
Thu
Last Day of Quarter 3
Apr 16 all-day
Apr
17
Fri
School Improvement Day (100% teacher-directed)
Apr 17 all-day
Apr
22
Wed
Elementary Parent-Teacher Conf. Day
Apr 22 all-day
Board of Ed Meeting
Apr 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

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

Apr
23
Thu
High School Parent-Teacher Conf. Day
Apr 23 all-day
Apr
24
Fri
Paycheck 17
Apr 24 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

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

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

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!