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.
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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

Events

May
27
Mon
Memorial Day (Paid Holiday)
May 27 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

May
28
Tue
Rescheduled Regional Information Session (Network 9)
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Rescheduled from May 15.

See additional meeting dates, times and locations below sign-up form.

All meetings 4–6 p.m.

DateRegionMeeting Location
May 2Network 12St. James Community Church
8000 South Michigan
May 9Network 11St. James Community Church
8000 South Michigan
RSVPMay 20Network 13Bennett Elementary
10115 S. Prairie
RSVPMay 21Network 3,5,7,8CTU Center
1901 W. Carroll Avenue
May
29
Wed
House of Delegates meeting @ CTU Center
May 29 @ 4:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Pre-meeting Q&A session will begin at 4:15 p.m. See the Delegates page for more information about House of Delegates Meetings. If you are a delegate and did not receive the notice for this meeting, please email Norma Albor to resolve any issues related to your designation as delegate. Delegates can access packet materials in the MemberLink Portal at members.ctulocal1.org.

May
31
Fri
Paycheck #11
May 31 all-day

For work performed May 5 through 18. This will be a full paycheck for ten days of work. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Jun
1
Sat
PSRP Power Wellness Seminar @ CTU Center
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Breakfast and lunch provided.
Each member will get a self-care gift!

Schedule

9am

Breakfast / Greeting

10am–12pm

Workshops

  • Activate Your PSRP Power
  • Teacher / PSRP Collaboration
12–12:45pm

Lunch

12–3pm

Wellness Experiences

Mix and match activities

  • Line dancing
  • Yoga
  • Massage
  • Relaxation Exercises

Jun
5
Wed
We Care End of Year Celebration @ CTU Center
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We MADE it!

We have come to the end of another successful year for the We Care Virtual Instructional Coach and Building Mentor program. Let’s celebrate and acknowledge the third year educators who have completed our program. Join us for food, drinks, dancing, DJ and comedy performance by our own Dr. Andrea “Dr. Drea” Parker.

Jun
6
Thu
Last Day of 4th Quarter
Jun 6 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Jun
7
Fri
School Improvement Day (Principal directed unless flexed)
Jun 7 all-day

As part of the agreement to address Thanksgiving pay, this day was converted from teacher-directed to principal directed and teh teacher-directed day was moved to November. However, those schools that agreed to flex the entirety of June 10 will have this day converted to a teacher-directed day that can be worked either in person or virtually, as each member prefers, per the agreement between the union and CPS in April.

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

Jun
8
Sat
Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade 2024 @ Paseo Boricua
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm

More than a dozen CTU members in red shirts and waving the Puerto Rican flag stand together on a parade float.

Chicago Teachers Union is Boricua and proud! As we ramp up bargaining over our next, transformative contract, we solidify our connection with our communities by showing up loud and proud. Join teachers, PSRPs, clinicians and parents of all backgrounds who stand together for our schools.

Jun
10
Mon
Non-work day Flex PD Day (Principal Directed)
Jun 10 all-day

As part of the agreement to address Thanksgiving pay, this day was moved to June 7, 2024. No CTU member employed by the district is required to work on this day.

Educators at schools that voted to complete this professional development flexibly throughout the school year do not report on this day. Otherwise, this is a principal-directed professional development day. See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

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!

Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers will be able to transfer schools for Fall 2024 without principal permission from Sunday, March 24, 2024 to Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

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