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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


Building Community: Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

You are warmly invited to a May 25 event at the Chicago Teachers Union Center celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month​! There will be food, fun, speakers and a chance to get together and build community with AAPI members of our union, and AAPI communities and elected officials.

Our theme for this year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is “Building Community,” so that’s exactly what we plan to do!​ Please save the date and time — Thursday, May 25 at 5 p.m. —  and make sure you RSVP today!

Memorial Day (paid holiday)
May 30 all-day
House of Delegates
Jun 1 @ 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 School (if no emergency days)
Jun 14 all-day
School Finance Committee Meeting @ Virtual, email SarahRothschild@ctulocal1.org for info
Jun 14 @ 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.

School Improvement Day (100% Teacher Directed)
Jun 15 all-day
Flex PD Day (Principal Directed)
Jun 16 all-day

Flex PD days may be scheduled during the school year. Consult our schedule and flex vote guidance page for more information.

Emergency Day Reserves
Jun 17 – Jun 23 all-day

In case Emergency Days (e.g. snow days) are needed during the school year, these five days are held in reserve to extend the school year.

Black Caucus General Meeting @ Online
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm

AFT Black Caucus, Chicago Chapter logo.

The AFT Black Caucus Chicago Chapter includes members of the Chicago Teachers Union, the City Colleges of Chicago and any other members of the American Federation of Teachers in our city. Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, at which members network and discuss the latest issues in public education, with a particular emphasis on black students, clinicians, PSRPs, teachers and communities in Chicago.

Join Meeting
Christmas Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 24 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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