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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


LEAD 2022 @ CTU Center
Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Graphic for LEAD dinner, all text repeated on pageOur annual Legislators and Educators Appreciation Dinner — LEAD — is an opportunity for rank-and-file members to engage elected officials in an evening of celebration and coalition-building for legislative initiatives in Chicago, Springfield and nationwide. Don’t miss it!

4:30 Social Hour
5:30 Dinner

Early Bird Tickets

Until August 22, tickets are available at the low price of $40 per seat.

REACH Appeals Workshop @ Online
Oct 5 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The REACH rating appeal process is available now on the RLS website. Learn more about it below and at the Appeals Workshop on Wednesday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 Registration

Who is eligible to appeal their SY 21–22 final summative rating?

The appeals process is available to:

  • Any educator (probationary/untenured and tenured) who received a SY 21-22 final summative Unsatisfactory REACH rating (a score of 209 or below).
  • Tenured educators who received a REACH summative rating in the lower half of Developing (an emerging Developing score between 210-250).

Additionally and separately:

  • Educators who are laid off out of seniority order may appeal at the time of layoff whose rating is Unsatisfactory (209 or below) or Developing (score between 210-284).

Details about the Appeals process can be found in Article 39-9 of the contract.

How does the REACH final summative rating appeal process work?

All appeals are completed through the Reflect and Learn System (RLS). Educators eligible to appeal should be able to access the “Appeals Process” tab in RLS now.

There are two parts of the appeals process and each has a specific deadline:

  1. Educators have 10 calendar days (by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022) to file an Intent to Appeal on the RLS website, and
  2. Educators have 30 calendar days (by midnight on Friday, October 21, 2022) to upload Evidence for the Appeal including all relevant documentation to the RLS website to complete the appeal.

Both parts of the process must be completed in order for the appeal to proceed and be reviewed. We encourage all eligible educators to complete this step so they have the option of completing an appeal.

The CTU Grievance Department will be conducting a virtual REACH Appeals Workshop for members who are eligible to appeal their SY 21–22 final summative rating on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Oct. 5 Registration

Additional Appeals Support

Rating Appeals Drop-In Support Sessions will be held on the following days from 4:00–6:00 p.m. at the CTU Center (1901 W. Carroll Ave):

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022
  • Thursday, October 13, 2022
  • Monday, October 17, 2022
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022

No RSVP is needed for drop-in sessions. Please be sure to bring a laptop.

Does your Rating Contain Procedural Violations?

Procedural violations should be addressed through the grievance process. Please refer to the updated CTU Grievance Checklist on the Teacher Evaluation page to identify whether evaluation procedures were followed during your evaluation plan. You will also need to complete a Grievance Authorization Form and return to your field representative by Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Paycheck #20
Oct 7 all-day

For work performed September 11 through September 24. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Indigenous Peoples Day (Paid Holiday)
Oct 10 all-day

Visit the CPS calendar page for other dates and to download a PDF calendar.

Black Caucus General Meeting @ Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and Online
Oct 18 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

General Meetings will be hybrid. Zoom links will be provided in the week leading to the meeting. Find the Zoom link and other relevant information on the AFT Black Caucus, Chicago Chapter website, specifically the website Events Page.

Last Day of First Quarter
Oct 20 all-day

Visit the CPS calendar page for other dates and to download a PDF calendar.

IFT Convention
Oct 21 – Oct 23 all-day


Paycheck #21
Oct 21 all-day

For work performed September 25 through October 8. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

School Improvement Day (Principal Directed)
Oct 23 all-day

Visit the CPS calendar page for other dates and to download a PDF calendar.

House of Delegates meeting
Nov 2 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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 podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our contract, and our fight for the schools our students and educators deserve.

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