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

Winning a transformative contract. Meet the Citywide PPC!

The Citywide Professional Problems Committee (PPC) has convened regularly to review close to a thousand contract proposals as we prepare to bargain a new contract with the Board. These proposals, written and submitted by our CTU committees and individual members, represent a robust and transformative vision for the future of Chicago. The excitement in PPC meetings has been palpable as members debate ideas that have the potential to reshape our schools for years to come. 

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Events

Mar
2
Sat
School Leaders and Delegates Training @ Westinghouse HS
Mar 2 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Solidarity Is Our Superpower!
Superpower
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As our union ramps up its contract campaign, learn how to use our contract and bargaining to transform our schools, our district and our city! Breakfast (8:00 a.m.) and lunch will be provided by the union. Be sure to select your choice of afternoon workshop below.

NOTE: Delegates who already opted to pool your preps for the Feb. 22 training, please select your afternoon workshop here.

Mar
6
Wed
House of Delegates meeting @ CTU Center
Mar 6 @ 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.

Mar
8
Fri
Paycheck #5
Mar 8 all-day

For work performed February 11 through 24. This will be a full paycheck for ten days of work. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Mar
22
Fri
Last Day of Third Quarter
Mar 22 all-day

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

Paycheck #6
Mar 22 all-day

For work performed February 25 through March 9. This will be a full paycheck for ten days of work. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Paycheck #7
Mar 22 all-day

For work performed February 25 through March 9. This will be a full paycheck for ten days of work. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Mar
25
Mon
Spring Break (80% Paid)
Mar 25 – Mar 29 all-day

As part of the agreement to even out paychecks for this school year, four out of five of these vacation days will be paid and one will be unpaid. See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Apr
1
Mon
School Improvement Day (100% Teacher Directed)
Apr 1 all-day

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

Apr
10
Wed
Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences
Apr 10 all-day
Apr
11
Thu
High School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Apr 11 all-day

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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