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October 31, 2005

Monday Certification Q&A: How do I get from initial to master certificate?

There are three professional teaching certificate levels:

Initial Level: The Initial Certificate is issued to new teachers and registered for four years at a time. The Initial Certificate is valid until four years of teaching have been obtained and expires on June 30 of the fourth year of experience. Initial Certificate holders must complete one of a number of available professional development options for obtaining a Standard Certificate during the time they hold the Initial Certificate.

Standard Level: Initial Certificate holders must qualify for the Standard level once they have completed four years of teaching on an Initial Certificate. Persons who held four-year standard certificates prior to the statutory change that took effect in 2000 were issued new five-year Standard certificates subject to renewal requirements when they next registered their certificates. The Standard Certificate is valid for five years and is renewable at the end of each registration period. Standard Certificate holders must complete continuing professional development requirements by the end of each registration period to renew the certificate for another five-year period. Once teachers obtain a Standard Certificate, any subsequent teaching certificates issued to them will also be Standard level. Teachers from other states with four years of teaching experience or with a certificate from another state equivalent to our Standard certificate are eligible to apply for a Standard Certificate.

Master Level: Valid for 10-year periods, the Master Certificate is issued to persons who have met the rigorous standards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The renewal requirement for this certificate is the same as the requirement for the five-year Standard certificate. There is no application fee or testing requirement for the Master level certificate.

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October 25, 2005

University Library to Offer Publication Process Workshop

Paul Blobaum, Assistant Professor and Health Professions Librarian in the GSU University Library will present a workshop on scholarly publishing.

When: Wednesday, November 9th, 11 AM – 12:30 pm -or- Friday November 11th, 11 AM – 12:30 pm (same workshop both days, so please select one)

Where: University Library Room C2315

Note: You are welcome to bring your lunch!

This workshop will teach you the basic skills necessary to succeed in scholarly publishing, specifically in journals. This workshop will begin with an overview of the peer review process, and will explore topics such as: the research process, choosing a journal, authorship and ownership of the article, preparing a manuscript, the editorial peer review process, and new publication models. This workshop is intended for faculty, staff, and graduate students, (with others welcome), and will tend to focus on publishing in the sciences, although all are welcome to share expertise from other disciplines.

As there will be handouts, please RSVP to

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October 24, 2005

Monday Certification Q&A: What kinds of teaching certificates are there, anyway?

Illinois issues professional teaching certificates in these areas:

- Early Childhood Education valid for teaching children from birth to grade three

- Elementary Education valid for teaching children from kindergarten through grade nine

- Secondary Education valid for grades six through twelve

- Special Education valid for teaching children in specified subjects from kindergarten through grade twelve

- Special/Special Education valid for teaching children with disabilities from pre-school to age 21.

GSU offers programs in each of these categories. Click here to see a listing of Governors State University school professional certification programs.

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October 19, 2005

Klomes to Present at FDC

On Thursday, October 20, 2005, at 1:00PM, at GSU's Family Development Center (Gymnasium), Dr. Jeannine Klomes, program coordinator for Early Childhood Education is speaking to 55 educational professionals from the Illinois state local public school cooperative SPEED S.E.J.A. #802 about "Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Children with Special Needs" birth to third grade, with special attention on the first, second and third grade years. SPEED Cooperative Administrative and Elementary to Adult Educational Building, located at 1125 Division Street in Chicago Heights, IL, is under going major construction and expansion in order to create a larger "campus" format that will move some off site birth to primary age classrooms back on site. As a result, the involved early childhood/primary grade educational experts are participating in a series of professional development sessions organized by Linda Dauksas, Principal of Hickory Hill Learning Center in Park Forest (also one of SPEED's school sites). This Thursday's session is the only one at FDC, as well as the only one presented by Dr. Jeannine Klomes.

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October 18, 2005

All-Majors Career Fair at GSU

The Office of Career Services presents "The Road to Success", GSU's 2005 All-Majors Career Fair! Students, put your skills to great use and meet with top employers in your field who are looking for top talent just like you.

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2005
Time: 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Location: Governors State University A-Wing Gymnasium

Make sure to dress like a professional and BRING PLENTY OF RESUMES!

For more information, contact the Office of Career Services at (708) 235-3974.

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Sen. Durbin Announces Continuation of An Adventure of the American Mind

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin recently announced that a House-Senate conference committee has approved $2 million for continuation of teacher training initiatives in Illinois. An Adventure of the American Mind (AAM) is a teacher training initiative that instructs educators in ways to incorporate the Library's digital collections into school curricula. Dr. Sandi Estep is GSU's AAM project director. She's assisted by Division of Education lecturer Luci Sweder, who serves as the project's assistant director.

The focus of An Adventure of the American Mind nationally is to raise the comfort level of in-service and pre-service classroom teachers, faculty such as librarians, media specialists and educational support personnel and college faculty to access, use and produce curriculum using the Internet and digitized primary source materials.

Currently ten Illinois partners are actively sharing information with Illinois educators and students. They are Southern Illinois University (Carbondale and Edwardsville); Loyola University-Chicago; DePaul University, Chicago; Governors State University, University Park; Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, Springfield; Barat Education Foundation, Lake Forest; Eastern Illinois University, Charleston; Illinois State University, Normal; and Quincy University, Quincy. These institutions are providing professional development through in-school, campus based and on-line workshop series, stand alone workshops, presentations at local, state and national conferences, collaborative projects, graduate courses and continuing education course work. The educational approach of each institution varies with the need of the area they serve. Additional information regarding programs may be found at individual partner websites.

The AAM Illinois program is available at no cost to Illinois educators, pre-service teachers, students and school personnel. There are numerous reasons to participate in this curriculum enhancement program. As an AAM Illinois participant, participants will be part of a national program that will help them and colleagues learn to access and use Library of Congress online materials and other digital primary sources. Educators may become influential mentors in their schools and help others learn to best access, use and create digital media resources in the classroom. Some AAM Illinois partners offer Continuing Professional Development Units and/or Graduate Credits to attendees for workshop attendance and participation.

For more information about this program, contact Dr. Sandi Estep or Ms. Luci Sweder at GSU.

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October 17, 2005

Sun-Times Finds Two Years of Preschool the Norm in Top Publics

Two years of preschool is now the norm that kids carry into the kindergartens of the top public schools in Illinois, a Chicago Sun-Times survey of parents indicates.

Read the whole story by ROSALIND ROSSI AND MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA at the Sun-Times website.

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Poole Appointed Interim Dean of Co-Curricular Activities and Services

GSU Provost Dr. Paul Keys has announced that after an external search process, Dr. Sherilyn W. Poole has been offered and has accepted the position of Interim Dean of Co-Curricular Activities and Services (Student Affairs and Services). Her start date was October 10, 2005. Dr. Poole comes to us from Keiser College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Poole has an M.A. in Student Personnel Services from Montclair State College in Montclair, NJ, and an Ed.D. from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

As Associate Dean of General Education at Keiser College, she supervised General Education faculty, managed student issues, and participated in accreditation activities and curriculum review and revisions. She was also Assistant Director, School of Education at Miami-Dade College, (formerly Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida) where she was responsible for leadership in the implementation of the Miami-Dade four-year Bachelor’s degree program in education (including recruitment, selection, and admission of students to the first class of baccalaureate degree students), advising, and Financial Aid staff training as well as liaison with local public school districts to ensure appropriate field work and internship placements for pre-service teachers.

Dr. Poole has an extensive background in Student Affairs, as Student Affairs Director at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, where she provided statewide leadership on policy issues pertaining to Student Affairs in the State-supported Institutions of Higher Education, including oversight and direction to the GEAR UP/ACCESS Virginia Project and oversight of the Financial Aid unit. She has further experiences in student affairs as Chief Student Affairs Officer - Dean, Student Life and Academic Development, at Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois, which included Residence Life, the Student Health Center, Career Center, Center for Service Learning, Writing/Learning Enhancement Center, University Center, Student Activities, ADA/Section 504 Services, International Student Services, Summer Conferences and Camps. She was also the University point person on retention programs and efforts. She was Vice President for Student Development, as well as Associate Provost for Student Development, at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

We welcome Dr. Poole to GSU. She will provide coordination and leadership of the Student Affairs and Services unit, Student Life, Student Development, Student Senate and other student activities and will be a major point person in expanding the linkages of Student Affairs and Services to academics and student learning with the colleges and other academic units.

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Institute for Urban Education Event Brings Together Area Educational Community

University Park, October 13, 2005 – The Institute for Urban Education at Governors State University hosted a presentation by noted educational analyst, Dr. Gerald Bracey on October 6, 2005. The lecture was the first event sponsored by the newly formed Institute.

Approximately 250 people were in attendance to hear Dr. Bracey discuss what he termed as “closing the education gap,” or dealing with the socioeconomic factors impacting our region's families and schools.

"The event was very successful from our perspective. All the right people were present: parents and interested members of the community, teachers, school administrators, GSU students who are taking steps to begin or grow careers in our region's schools, GSU teacher educators, everyone,” said Steven Russell, College of Education Dean. “Collaborative relationships provide solutions, and this is one of the ways relationships are begun and developed."

"Dr. Bracey's compelling analysis helps us a great deal by providing a data-rich foundation that very clearly supports what so many of our region's parents, teachers, and school administrators know to be true,” said Russell.

The Institute for Urban Education is one of three such organizations set up by the university to address the challenges faced by local communities. The Institute is working with schools and school districts in the south suburban region as they seek to deliver educational services to their students and provide professional development programming to their faculties and staff.

Russell added, “The mission of GSU's new Institute for Urban Education is all about reaching solutions together to address real challenges faced by real teachers in real classrooms with real children. We're very excited about having this kind of kick-off event."

For more information on the Institute for Urban Education call (708) 534-4050.

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Monday Certification Q&A: What tests must I take?

In order to be certified in Illinois for any of the following certificates at the initial or standard level...

-Type 04, Early Childhood;
-Type 03, Elementary;
-Type 09, Secondary; or
-Type 10, Special Certificate...

The Illinois State Board of Education requires the following examinations:


Basic Skills Test

-Required prior to issuance of the certificate.

-Effective July 2002, required of candidates prior to entering teacher education programs leading to any of these certificates (PA 92-734).

Content Test

-The appropriate test of content knowledge is required prior to issuance of the certificate.

-Effective Fall 2004, candidates in Illinois approved programs may be required by the university to pass the appropriate test of content knowledge prior to student teaching

-Beginning July 2003, new special education content tests replaced existing special education tests.

-Beginning July 2004, new content tests for all other teaching certificates replaced existing content tests.

Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT)

-Individuals who apply for one of above certificates on or after October 1, 2003, are required to take the APT prior to the issuance of any of these certificates.

-There are four levels of this test, one for each certificate type: Early Childhood (birth to grade 3), Elementary (K-9), Secondary (6-12), Special (K-12/P-21).

Learn more about this topic online at this location.

Or contact your advisor at GSU.

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October 11, 2005

In the Aftermath of Katrina: Lessons in Civics

GSU will hold a university-wide forum on In the Aftermath of Katrina: Lessons in Civics on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 from 1 until 3 pm in the Hall of Honors.

Panelists: Professors Anthony Andrews, Arthur Bourgeois, Adriela Fernandez, Donald Culverson, Geraldine Outlaw and Rashidah Muhammad

All are invited to come and participate in this important conversation. Please read more by clicking below.

We see them through our respective prisms of race, and call them "refugees," as if they are foreigners in their own land. They are the Other, these victims of Katrina. And in this country, the Other is black. Poor. Desperate.

- Lynne Duke and Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post

While the most affected victims of that force of nature called Katrina are, more often than not, Black, the true is that poor whites and Latinos too have paid the price. The inescapable fact is that the poor are paying the highest price. The relentless coverage of the media, especially TV has made it impossible for us to ignore a social reality we work hard to keep hidden: The other America, the poor, the destitute, the disenfranchised, We have seen it, read about it, heard about it, tens of thousands of American citizens, almost all of them poor and Black, living in indescribable conditions with no food and water, waited for days while the better off, the haves, drove away from danger in their own vehicles and evacuation buses drove by to pick up tourists from hotels.

The New Orleans disaster was totally “unexpected” even when government reports had predicted it for decades. As processes and institutions of governance failed, so did the crafted image we had of us and our society. In the words of Duke and Wiltz “Katrina blew open the box, putting the urban poor front and center, with images of once-invisible folks pleading from rooftops, wading through flooded streets, starving at the Superdome and requiring a massive federal outlay of resources.”

· What does Katrina, and its aftermath, mean for us, citizens of this rich nation, what does it tell us about the society we have put together?

· What can we do to participate in the civic exchange on race and class taking place nation-wide? What does it mean to be a citizen?

· And here at GSU: Are we in this university contributing to the education of the citizens or merely training the consumers?

Please join us.

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Ceremony to Honor Drs. Wilson & Berg on 28 October

You are cordially invited to attend a Tree Dedication Ceremony to honor Rachel Berg, Ph.D., who will be retiring in April, and the late Buford E. Wilson, Ph.D., both of the College's Division of Psychology and Counseling.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, October 28th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the President’s Conference Center. Hot & cold apple cider, taffy apples, and other seasonal refreshments will be served.

A donation of $5.00 per person is requested to be used for copper plaques that will be installed near each tree. Mona Douglas, Division of Psychology & Counseling secretary, will is receiving donations and taking reservations now. You may contact Mona at (708)534-4840 or go to Rm. G302 in the Faculty Office Center.

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GSU Student Senate Open Seats

Attention, faculty, staff, and students!
Please be advised that the Student Senate is currently seeking interested individuals to fill open positions. Any students who believe that they would like to take a more active role in their education and in the life of the university, please come to the next Student Senate meeting on October 14, 2005 at 1:00 pm. Ths meeting will be held in the meeting room on the secod floor in the A building. For more information please call the Student Senate suite or email Jeanne Hendrickson, Student Senate Secretary, at

Please feel free to ask current active Senators members about the positions as well. Candidates for these positions must be registered students, able to attend the general meetings, attend and be active on two committees, and also have an interest in making a diference in and at GSU.

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October 10, 2005

Help Available at the GSU Counseling Lab

Help is available free of charge at the GSU Counseling lab for families who are struggling with child behavior, school problems, relationships, poor communication, emotional issues, divorce, stepfamily situations, or who just want to improve their family harmony.

Couples can also receive counseling for help with issues such as improving their communication skills, conflict resolution, financial problems, in-law, or intimacy issues. Call the newly-remodeled GSU state-of-the-art Counseling lab at 708-534-4545 to schedule an appointment.

If you are a current Counseling Program student or intend to apply to the Counseling Program, you are not eligible for free counseling.

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Monday Certification Q&A: The Initial Certificate

We'll include a weekly certification 'factoid' each Monday afternoon. This is just for fun, but may also serve to fill in a gap in your Illinois certification knowledge base, answer a question you've always wondered about, or point out a useful resource or website. Here we go!

Q: What is an "initial certificate"?

A: The Illinois State Board of Education website provides the following information:

Illinois has a three-tiered certification system: 1) Initial, 2) Standard and 3) Master teaching certificates. Initial teaching certificates are issued to teachers who have less than four years of teaching.

Initial certificate holders, whether employed in public or nonpublic schools, are required to move from Initial to Standard certification. To do so, you must accrue four years of teaching on a valid certificate and complete one of the professional development options.

You can read more about this topic at

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Proposed New Special Education Certificate Program

The Alternative Teacher Certification Program anticipates a December 2005 decision from the Illinois State Board of Education on a proposed new alternative route to teacher certification program in Special Education. Watch this space for developments as they unfold. Read the whole story for info about upcoming informations sessions!

- The proposed new Special Education program will be 19 months in duration.

- The proposed new Special Education program will lead to a K-12 LBS I teaching certificate.

- The program will host information sessions on the proposed program on the following dates at 7pm:

Wednesday, November 9, 2005 in the Hall of Honors
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 in Engbretson Hall
Thursday, December 8, 2005 in the Hall of Honors
Meetings will begin promptly at 7pm.

We look forward to meeting with you!

Got a question? Email us by clicking here.

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October 07, 2005

New Orleans Chamber of Commerce CEO Appointed BPA Visiting Professor

Sandra Gunner, President and CEO of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed Visiting Professor of Business in GSU's College of Business and Public Administration.

Gunner is the President/Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. She evacuated from New Orleans to escape the wrath of Hurricane Katrina and is residing in Hazel Crest, Illinois, as a base from which she frequently returns to New Orleans as she participates in the planning for its renewal. At GSU, Gunner will teach a seminar, speak at community-wide meetings on New Orleans' disaster planning and recovery, small business development, and international trade. She will also advise the College of Business and Public Administration in its effort to offer programs in emergency and disaster management.

Gunner is a former Director of Manpower & Economic Development for the City of New Orleans and a former General Manager of Administration for the Regional Transit Authority. She has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for her contributions to business and public management. Among the many boards on which she has served are the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Alliance of Business. As a small business owner for almost 20 years, her clients have included international corporations, numerous small businesses, and economic development entities as well as municipal and federal agencies in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Illinois. She ultimately became the project manager for the strategic planning team for the Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee that developed the "Blueprint for a Better New Orleans" and was subsequently appointed as the organization's president. The "Blueprint" will serve as a base document for the ReNew New Orleans post-Katrina effort. She currently is a member of the International Economic Development Council and a board member of the Workforce Investment Board for the City of New Orleans

Ms. Gunner earned a B.A. from University of Illinois and a master's degree in political science from Southern University. She was a Summer Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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October 06, 2005

GSU Secondary Education Open House

GSU invites you to attend a Secondary Education Open House to learn about our 6-12 teacher preparation programs, meet faculty, talk with program graduates and colleagues who care about education. Come find out what GSU's secondary education programs can do for you!

Friday, October 14, 2005
4pm to 7pm
E Lounge at GSU

For more information, contact Dr. Connie Mietlicki at (708) 534-6975, Dr. Rashidah Muhammad at (708) 534-6974, or Dr. Gary Lyon at (708) 534-4543.

GSU's College of Arts and Sciences offers programs to prepare candidates to teach secondary level Biology, Chemistry, and English. We are also in the process of gaining ISBE approval for a new Mathematics Education program.

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Dr. Gerald Bracey on "Closing the Achievement Gap"

The College of Education's Institute for Urban Education presents Dr. Gerald W. Bracey on October 6, 2005 presenting on the research and policy environment within which America's schools operate. If you are interested in how American can improve the way it educates itself, please join us for this important event.

(NOTE: This event is open to the public and there will be no charge for this important presentation.)

Gerald W. Bracey holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University. He has held positions at Educational Testing Service, Indiana University, the Virginia Department of Education, and Cherry Creek (Colorado) Schools. Since 1991 he has been an independent educational researcher and writer who specializes in assessment and policy analysis. Dr. Bracey is currently a researcher and writer, an Associate of the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, and an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. Dr. Bracey also maintains a website, the Educational Disinformation Detection and Reporting Agency at

Recent books include The War Against America's Public Schools (2002), Put to the Test: An Educator'sand Consumer's Guide to Standardized Testing (2002), What You Should Know About the War Against America's Public Schools (2003), and The Death of Childhood and the Destruction of Public Schools. An earlier book, Understanding Education Statistics: It's Easier and More Important Than You Think, was revised in 2003, while another previous work, Setting the Record Straight, was revised for publication in 2004.

(NOTE: This event is open to the public and there will be no charge for this important presentation.)

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NSTA Career Fair Sweeps Into Chicago

The National Science Teachers Association Career Fair comes to Chicago for a one-day special event during the NSTA Midwest Area Convention coming up in November 2005. Are you seeking a new job? Simply thinking about a career change? The NSTA Career Fair may have something for you. Admission is FREE. The NSTA Career Fair will be held at Navy Pier on Friday, November 11, 2005 from 12 noon until 5:00 pm in Hall A/B. The Career Fair entrance will be beside the exhibitor registration area.

Conference registration is NOT required to participate in the Career Fair event.

Questions? Email or call (708) 312-9231 or (800) 722-6782, ext. 231. Visit

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Illinois State Board of Education Certification Guide, July 2005

This document (Download pdf file) was prepared and published in July 2005 by the Illinois State Board of Education. It is a compilation of state certification rules and guidelines.

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