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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

Candidates for the Elementary Functional Vice President Vacancies

Seven members were nominated for Functional Vice President of Elementary School Teachers at the May 5, 2021 House of Delegates meeting. At the June 2, 2021 House of Delegates meeting, all voting delegates who are members of the Elementary School Teachers functional group may vote for three candidates to fill three Functional Vice President of Elementary School Teachers vacancies on the CTU executive board.

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Events

May
21
Fri
Payday (full pay)
May 21 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck.

Trinational Conference in Defense of Public Education
May 21 – May 22 all-day

Trinational Coalition to Defend Public EducationThe Chicago Teachers Union has sent delegates to the Trinational for the last 13 years. Consider being a delegate for this year’s virtual conference and learn about the struggles of our union and education justice counterparts in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Honduras.

US speaker representatives:

  • Professor Lois Weiner on the Future of Teacher work
  • UTLA president Cecily Myart-Cruz on our global efforts to win the schools our children deserve
  • Teacher, activist and organizer Jesse Hagopian on decolonizing the curriculum
  • Parent organizer, Ronsha Dickerson, on fighting for a quality of life agenda that involves schools but extends to other crucial sectors

Also, plan to hear from our amazing counterparts across the continent.

Check out the conference program here.

We have the capacity to register up to 100 more US delegates to participate in workshop breakouts and help set the course for our future work internationally. Please spread the word.

Please fill out the official registration here. The code for the US is USA.

May
25
Tue
Citywide Delegate Vacancy Nominations (AD, CR, GC, LA, TA) @ Online
May 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

On May 25 and May 27, 2021 remote nominations meetings will be held for citywide functional groups that have delegate vacancies. If there are more candidates than vacant positions, an electronic election will be held on June 3 and 4, 2021. On April 26, 2021, an email with the link to register for the nominations meetings will be sent to all eligible members in the citywide functional groups that have vacancies. Dates for the nominations meetings and elections in citywide district and charter groups are listed below. Please review the Citywide delegate remote election procedures.

To get the registration link and confirm that you are part of the appropriate functional group, email Norma Albor.

District Members

Nominations Meeting – May 25, 2021 5:00-6:15pm

Election – June 3 and 4, 2021

AD 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Parent Advocate and Parent Advocate Bilingual
CR 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Community Representative, Community Relations Representative I & II, and STLS Advocate
GC 4 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Counseling Office Assistant, College/Career Coach, CTE College & Career Coordinator, At Risk Student Coordinator, CTE Academy Coordinator, College & Career Specialist and Gear Up College & Career Coach
LA 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Library Assistant I & II
TA 11 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Day-to-Day Teacher Assistant, School Assistant I & II, Teacher Assistant I & II, School Assistant (Blg.-Spanish) I & II, School Assistant (Blg.) I & II, Teacher Assistant (Blg.-Spanish) I & II, Teacher Assistant (Blg.) I & II, Teacher Assistant Montessori Program I & II, Educational Sign Language Interpreter I, II & III, School Social Service Assistant and Instructor Assistant I & II

Nominations Meeting – May 27, 2021 5:00-6:15pm

Election – June 3 and 4, 2021

DT 5 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Instructional Support Leader, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Social Worker and Teacher-Citywide
HN 2 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job category:
Health Service Nurse
SC 10 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Clerk Assistant, School Clerk I, Interpreter Clerk, Special Education Support Clerk, School Clerk I (Blg.-Spanish), Postsecondary Liaison and Day-to-Day Substitute School Clerk
TO 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Attendance Coordinator and Time & Attendance Specialist
TT 9 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Prov. Cert. Substitute Teacher, Day-To-Day Substitute Teacher, Teacher Cadre, Temporary Teacher Displaced FTB Cadre 100 Days and Downtown/District Offices & Spec. Ed. Displaced FTBs Cadre
YI 2 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job category:
Youth Intervention Specialist

Charter Members

Nominations Meeting – May 25, 2021 6:15-6:45pm

Election – June 3 and 4, 2021

TA 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Teacher Assistants throughout the charter division, not including CEP/CICS and ACERO.
NT 1 Vacancy This functional group includes all charter division members in Non-Teacher job categories (e.g., social worker, nurse, computer technician) but does not include teacher assistants and clerks.
Citywide Charter Delegate Vacancy Nominations @ Online
May 25 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

On May 25 and May 27, 2021 remote nominations meetings will be held for citywide functional groups that have delegate vacancies. If there are more candidates than vacant positions, an electronic election will be held on June 3 and 4, 2021. On April 26, 2021, an email with the link to register for the nominations meetings will be sent to all eligible members in the citywide functional groups that have vacancies. Dates for the nominations meetings and elections in citywide district and charter groups are listed below. Please review the Citywide delegate remote election procedures.

To get the registration link and confirm that you are part of the appropriate functional group, email Norma Albor.

District Members

Nominations Meeting – May 25, 2021 5:00-6:15pm

Election – June 3 and 4, 2021

AD 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Parent Advocate and Parent Advocate Bilingual
CR 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Community Representative, Community Relations Representative I & II, and STLS Advocate
GC 4 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Counseling Office Assistant, College/Career Coach, CTE College & Career Coordinator, At Risk Student Coordinator, CTE Academy Coordinator, College & Career Specialist and Gear Up College & Career Coach
LA 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Library Assistant I & II
TA 11 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Day-to-Day Teacher Assistant, School Assistant I & II, Teacher Assistant I & II, School Assistant (Blg.-Spanish) I & II, School Assistant (Blg.) I & II, Teacher Assistant (Blg.-Spanish) I & II, Teacher Assistant (Blg.) I & II, Teacher Assistant Montessori Program I & II, Educational Sign Language Interpreter I, II & III, School Social Service Assistant and Instructor Assistant I & II

Nominations Meeting – May 27, 2021 5:00-6:15pm

Election – June 3 and 4, 2021

DT 5 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Instructional Support Leader, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Social Worker and Teacher-Citywide
HN 2 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job category:
Health Service Nurse
SC 10 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Clerk Assistant, School Clerk I, Interpreter Clerk, Special Education Support Clerk, School Clerk I (Blg.-Spanish), Postsecondary Liaison and Day-to-Day Substitute School Clerk
TO 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Attendance Coordinator and Time & Attendance Specialist
TT 9 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Prov. Cert. Substitute Teacher, Day-To-Day Substitute Teacher, Teacher Cadre, Temporary Teacher Displaced FTB Cadre 100 Days and Downtown/District Offices & Spec. Ed. Displaced FTBs Cadre
YI 2 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job category:
Youth Intervention Specialist

Charter Members

Nominations Meeting – May 25, 2021 6:15-6:45pm

Election – June 3 and 4, 2021

TA 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Teacher Assistants throughout the charter division, not including CEP/CICS and ACERO.
NT 1 Vacancy This functional group includes all charter division members in Non-Teacher job categories (e.g., social worker, nurse, computer technician) but does not include teacher assistants and clerks.
May
27
Thu
Citywide Delegate Vacancy Nominations (DT, HN, SC, TO, TT, YI) @ Online
May 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

On May 25 and May 27, 2021 remote nominations meetings will be held for citywide functional groups that have delegate vacancies. If there are more candidates than vacant positions, an electronic election will be held on June 3 and 4, 2021. On April 26, 2021, an email with the link to register for the nominations meetings will be sent to all eligible members in the citywide functional groups that have vacancies. Dates for the nominations meetings and elections in citywide district and charter groups are listed below. Please review the Citywide delegate remote election procedures.

To get the registration link and confirm that you are part of the appropriate functional group, email Norma Albor.

District Members

Nominations Meeting – May 25, 2021 5:00-6:15pm

Election – June 3 and 4, 2021

AD 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Parent Advocate and Parent Advocate Bilingual
CR 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Community Representative, Community Relations Representative I & II, and STLS Advocate
GC 4 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Counseling Office Assistant, College/Career Coach, CTE College & Career Coordinator, At Risk Student Coordinator, CTE Academy Coordinator, College & Career Specialist and Gear Up College & Career Coach
LA 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Library Assistant I & II
TA 11 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Day-to-Day Teacher Assistant, School Assistant I & II, Teacher Assistant I & II, School Assistant (Blg.-Spanish) I & II, School Assistant (Blg.) I & II, Teacher Assistant (Blg.-Spanish) I & II, Teacher Assistant (Blg.) I & II, Teacher Assistant Montessori Program I & II, Educational Sign Language Interpreter I, II & III, School Social Service Assistant and Instructor Assistant I & II

Nominations Meeting – May 27, 2021 5:00-6:15pm

Election – June 3 and 4, 2021

DT 5 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Instructional Support Leader, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Social Worker and Teacher-Citywide
HN 2 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job category:
Health Service Nurse
SC 10 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
School Clerk Assistant, School Clerk I, Interpreter Clerk, Special Education Support Clerk, School Clerk I (Blg.-Spanish), Postsecondary Liaison and Day-to-Day Substitute School Clerk
TO 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Attendance Coordinator and Time & Attendance Specialist
TT 9 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Prov. Cert. Substitute Teacher, Day-To-Day Substitute Teacher, Teacher Cadre, Temporary Teacher Displaced FTB Cadre 100 Days and Downtown/District Offices & Spec. Ed. Displaced FTBs Cadre
YI 2 Vacancies This functional group includes members in the job category:
Youth Intervention Specialist

Charter Members

Nominations Meeting – May 25, 2021 6:15-6:45pm

Election – June 3 and 4, 2021

TA 1 Vacancy This functional group includes members in the job categories:
Teacher Assistants throughout the charter division, not including CEP/CICS and ACERO.
NT 1 Vacancy This functional group includes all charter division members in Non-Teacher job categories (e.g., social worker, nurse, computer technician) but does not include teacher assistants and clerks.
May
31
Mon
Memorial Day
May 31 all-day

Based on the 2020-2021 CPS Calendar published by the Chicago Board of Education.

Jun
2
Wed
House of Delegates meeting
Jun 2 @ 4:45 pm
House of Delegates meeting

Find more information about the House of Delegates and its regular meetings on the HOD web page.

Jun
4
Fri
Payday (full pay)
Jun 4 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck.

Jun
18
Fri
Payday (full pay)
Jun 18 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck.

Jun
22
Tue
Last Day of Student Attendance
Jun 22 all-day

Based on the 2020-2021 CPS Calendar published by the Chicago Board of Education.

The last days of the year are subject to change based on the use of emergency days throughout the school year.

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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