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Caring, united, democratic: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one.

Together, our union fights to win.

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

Mar
27
Wed
District Organizers Meeting
Mar 27 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This meeting is open only to CTU District Organizers.

Mar
30
Sat
Stitch-Up @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Badass HERstory
Stitch-Up

Badass HERstory is a global craftivism (craft+activism) project meant to capture and share the stories of women, female-identified, and gender non-binary humans through fiber art. Put down your device and make something with your hands and heart!

Grow a community of support and action. Leave a mark. Make HERstory.

Featuring artist Shannon Downey

www.badassherstory.com@badassherstory

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Apr
3
Wed
House of Delegates Meeting
Apr 3 @ 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Apr
4
Thu
End of 3rd Quarter
Apr 4 all-day
Apr
5
Fri
Teacher-Directed School Improvement Day
Apr 5 all-day

School Improvement Days are non-attendance days for students and are for teachers and staff to review student data, plan instruction, and engage in development aligned to school priorities. They are principal-directed, except April 5, 2019 and June 19, 2019, which are teacher-directed.

NOTE: These days are governed by Article 19-2 of the CTU-CPS Contract. The CPS SY18-19 Calendar confirms this day as entirely teacher-directed.

Apr
10
Wed
Elementary Report Card Pickup
Apr 10 all-day

Parents are asked to pick up report cards and conference with teachers after the first and third quarters. Parent-Teacher conference days are non-attendance days for students.

Apr
11
Thu
High School Report Card Pickup
Apr 11 all-day

Parents are asked to pick up report cards and conference with teachers after the first and third quarters. Parent-Teacher conference days are non-attendance days for students.

Apr
15
Mon
Spring Break (Paid Vacation)
Apr 15 – Apr 19 all-day
Apr
22
Mon
Executive Board Meeting
Apr 22 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This meeting is open only to members of the CTU Executive Board.

Apr
24
Wed
District Organizers Meeting
Apr 24 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This meeting is open only to CTU District Organizers.

Professional Development

The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation Quest Center is the premier professional development provider in Chicago for Chicago’s public school teachers, clinicians, counselors, and PSRPs. We offer a variety of professional learning opportunities through workshops, courses, learning series, and learning labs. Quest Center also hosts Nurturing Teacher Leadership, 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. All of our professional development offerings provide the opportunity for participants to collaborate and network to improve their practice. All sessions offer ISBE Professional Development Hours, and some courses offer an additional CPS Lane Placement Credit option.

The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve 2.0

This 2018 update to CTU’s 2012 report provides a counter-narrative to the corporate agenda on education and highlights the role of CTU’s campaigns, including for contracts, in fighting it.

Read the Report