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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

Another young life lost

CHICAGO, October 16, 2021 — The Chicago Teachers Union mourns the loss of Michele Clark Magnet High School student and basketball star Kierra Moore and issued the following statement today: Nothing is as devastating as the death of a young person. Our union mourns for... read more


Paycheck 21 (10 days pay)
Oct 22 all-day

Covers days worked from September 26 through October 9, 2021.

House of Delegates
Nov 3 @ 4:30 pm
House of Delegates

House of Delegates meetings are currently being held virtually. If a member wants to attend, they should email Norma Albor for more information. Read more about delegates and house meetings on our delegates page.

Last Day of 1st Quarter
Nov 4 all-day
Paycheck 22 (10 days pay)
Nov 5 all-day

For days worked October 10 through October 23, 2021.

School Improvement Day (principal directed)
Nov 5 all-day
Delegates and School Leaders Training
Nov 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This virtual event will feature workshops such as:

  • New Delegates 101
  • Safety Committee and PPCs in Action
  • Assertive Grievance Strategies

Continue to check back for registration and workshop selection.

Veterans Day (paid holiday)
Nov 11 all-day
School Finance Committee Meeting @ Virtual, email SarahRothschild@ctulocal1.org for info
Nov 16 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join CTU’s standing committee on School Finance and Taxation for its monthly meeting.

To apply for a post on the committee, visit the CTU committees page.

For other questions, email Sarah Rothschild and Pavlyn Jankov, committee staff liaisons.

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Day
Nov 17 all-day
High School Parent Conference Day
Nov 18 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!

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