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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

Important victory at Acero

Sisters and Brothers: An outpouring of rank-and-file support for common sense safety provisions empowered CTU’s bargaining team at Acero charter school to win some critical safety demands that will protect both high school and elementary educators. CTU members... read more

Events

Apr
15
Thu
End of 3rd Quarter
Apr 15 all-day

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

Apr
16
Fri
School Improvement Day (100% Teacher Directed)
Apr 16 all-day

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

This day is 100 percent teacher directed per Article 19-2 of the CTU-CPS Contract.

Forum for Parents, Educators and Community: CPS Reopening Needs Trust, Learning & Care
Apr 16 @ 10:30 am

The online community forum originally scheduled for this evening has been rescheduled to Friday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. This important event highlights parent and community demands for school reopening this spring and this coming fall – including how more than $2 billion in added federal funding provided to CPS for pandemic-related expenses must be spent on our students, whose Black and Brown communities have been hurt most by COVID-19. Please promote the event with parents and community members by forwarding this email and/or sharing the images below on social media. More background and details are provided below.

TLC Forum
10:30 am
Friday, April 16

Register now

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Background

In coalition with Illinois Raise Your Hand, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Southwest Organizing Project, and others, the Chicago Teachers Union is taking part in a Town Hall event from 10:30 am on Friday, April 16. Register here!

CPS is poised to receive more than $2 billion in federal stimulus money. Parents, youth, educators, and school communities should play an important part in deciding how this money is spent.

But we know we will have to get organized to make this a reality, as recent events demonstrate. For months now, students, parents, and educators have pleaded with the mayor and CPS to make remote learning work better. Yet on January 31, Mayor Lightfoot said that “we have done everything that we can to make [remote learning] work as good as possible”.

We know that is not true. In fact, with the focus on returning students in person, we are seeing a predictable decline in the quality of remote learning.

This forum will provide background about the family and community-backed #TrustLearningCare campaign and how to fight for what our communities need — in the here and now as well as in the coming months and years.

Over the past month, parents and youth have gathered to craft the Trust, Learning, and Care (TLC) Demands. Under Trust, we want CPS to be more transparent and to stop cutting corners. For Learning, we must center the needs of those who need the most and respect local school stakeholders’ authority. For Care, we remind ourselves that we are still in a pandemic and must do more to support our school and family community.

We are demanding that the new federal funding be used for our students and their families to recover from this pandemic and bring real equity and justice.

TLC Forum
10:30 am
Friday, April 16

Register now

#TrustLearningCare #TLCMakesSense #WeAreCPS

 

Apr
21
Wed
Elementary Report Card Pickup
Apr 21 all-day

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

Apr
22
Thu
High School Report Card Pickup
Apr 22 all-day

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

Apr
23
Fri
Payday (full pay)
Apr 23 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck.

May
5
Wed
House of Delegates meeting
May 5 @ 4:30 pm
House of Delegates meeting

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

May
7
Fri
Payday (full pay)
May 7 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck.

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

Regular 10 Day Paycheck.

May
31
Mon
Memorial Day
May 31 all-day

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

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!

Join a Committee

CTU committees are a great way for any member to make a difference. Join one now!

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