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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

CTU member-wide survey results on reopening of Chicago’s public schools

Caught between the gross ineptitude of Donald Trump’s U.S. Department of Education, and the uncertainty from Chicago Public Schools, more than 85 percent of CTU member respondents feel they should not or might not go back to work in the fall without a detailed plan and resources that will help guarantee the safe re-opening of our schools.

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Events

Jul
17
Fri
Paycheck for one strike makeup day
Jul 17 all-day
Jul
22
Wed
Board of Ed Meeting
Jul 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Advance registration begins at 10:30 a.m. two days prior at https://www.cpsboe.org/meetings.

Dec
24
Thu
Christmas Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 24 all-day
Dec
25
Fri
Christmas Day (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
31
Thu
New Year’s Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 31 all-day
Jan
1
Fri
New Year’s Day (CTU Office Closed)
Jan 1 all-day
Dec
24
Fri
Christmas Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 24 all-day
Dec
25
Sat
Christmas Day (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
31
Fri
New Year’s Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 31 all-day
Jan
1
Sat
New Year’s Day (CTU Office Closed)
Jan 1 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!

COVID19 Info & Action

Learn more about how CTU is working with Chicago Public Schools to make sure our schools are safe and secure. Learn more and take action to demand emergency response from CPS and the mayor.

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