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Community Outreach

Through partnerships and community engagement, the College of Education reaches out to and serves the Chicago metropolitan community and the world.  

For more information, explore the activities listed below, as well as the links on the left sidebar, or contact Associate Dean Teryl ann Rosch at or (312) 853-3928.

Youth Programs

The College of Education provides high quality enrichment programs for youth ages five through eighteen.  Click on the link below to explore our summer programming for children and young adults.

Literacy Initiatives

Balanced Literacy Initiative

   Since fiscal year 2010, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has awarded a competitive teacher professional development grant to eligible partnerships comprised of colleges and universities and high-need public school districts located across the State of Illinois. This year, the OCE completed the successful application of continuation, 4th year funding. The grant is supporting the transformation of seven elementary schools with 198 teachers, 14 administrators, and 2,745 students. As Balanced Literacy Schools, school-wide literacy teams have been established with teachers using differentiated instruction. Parent libraries, Read-Aloud libraries and Guided Reading libraries were created, along with instructional tool-kits.



Jumpstart is a research-based, national early education program, that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.  Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.  Funded by AmeriCorps, Roosevelt University students serve as mentors for 3 to 5-year-old children living in low-income communities, in two partner preschools. Early intervention techniques also help to eliminate negative behaviors or habits at early ages before they become deep rooted by high school age.

Jumpstart is partnered with Roosevelt University as well as five other major universities in the Chicago area:  DePaul, Northwestern, Dominican, Loyola, and University of Chicago.  Through these partnerships, Jumpstart is able to cultivate relationships with more than 200 college students, called Corps members, who serve twice per week in preschool classrooms across Chicago. Students serve in classrooms two days per week, for two hours each time called Session.  Each session revolves around a core storybook and one book serves as the focus for two sessions.  Session plans are organized in six unit themes -- Family, Friends, Wind and Water, The World of Color, Shadows and Reflections, and Things That Grow.

The preschools that Jumpstart is working with are some of the most under-resourced schools in the country; the children that our students work with every week during the school year live in some of Chicago's lowest income neighborhoods.   Corps members have provided 1 million + hours of service to preschool children in these communities.  97% of Corps members report overall satisfaction with the program.

Roosevelt University's College of Education and Office of Community Engagement are committed to ensuring the success of Chicago's children.  Dean Tom Philion is concentrating on a strategic area of focus - from providing regional leadership to advising on developments in early education  with the goal of expanding and improving the Jumpstart program at Roosevelt University.  Together, we are working towards the day every child in America enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed.

For More Information

Visit the Jumpstart website.

College Access and Opportunity

Educational Talent Search


Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program that offers academic and personal support to students primarily in grades 6 to 12 who are from low-income and first-generation backgrounds. The mission of the program is to keep students in school, witness their high school graduation, and assist them with enrollment into post-secondary institutions. Services provided include both group and individual career assessment and exploration, academic support and advisement, the dissemination and clarification of financial aid information, assistance with the college planning process, and tutorial support.

More Information

To learn more about Federal TRIO Programs, visit the federal Office of Postsecondary Education website.


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

GearUpLogoThis discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. This program is funded through two U.S. Department of Education grant contracts to Roosevelt University’s College of Education and the Chicago Education Alliance, respectively. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. The unds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

Staff from the GEAR UP grant program engage students, teachers and parents in a coordinated system of activities to help keep 15 students on track for high school graduation, and ultimately, for enrollment in postsecondary education. Grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.

As the program nears the completion of the fifth year of services to more than 15,975 students and their families, staff members have increased the focus on high school retention and college preparation activities to meet the needs of the student cohort, who have moved into the 10th and 11th grades in 21 Chicago high schools.

Building strong relationships with students via daily contact through Student Advocates and Tutors has been a foundation of GEAR UP’s services. These personal connections help to foster higher numbers of students participating in multiple college visits, writing personal statements, attending tutoring sessions, attending student leadership events and enrolling in credit recovery courses.

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Upward Bound


Upward Bound is a federally-funded program designed to assist low-income and first generation high school students stay in school, earn their high school diploma, and then transition to the post- secondary school or college of their choice. Services provided include group and individual academic support, tutorial assistance, advisement, financial aid processing assistance and clarification, and college selection and planning assistance. Upward Bound students participate in cultural enrichment activities and college campus tours to help them become familiar with some of the many colleges and universities available to them. Additionally, the Upward Bound summer component immerses students in college campus life during a six week program held at the Chicago campus.

More Information

To learn more about Federal TRIO Programs, visit the federal Office of Postsecondary Education website.


Veterans Upward Bound

VeteransUpwardBoundVeterans Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible veterans of the United States services prepare for a college education at the institution of their choice. Services include academic assessment through computerized testing in reading, language arts, and mathematics; classroom instruction, Monday through Friday, in language arts, mathematics, computer basics, along with instruction in study and test-taking skills; personal tutoring and computer-based instruction; post- secondary school searches, academic and career counseling, assistance in the veteran’s financial benefit search process; as well as assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications.

Eligible applicants must meet federally mandated low-income and first generation college status; be a veteran of one of the Armed Forces, having served for more than 180 days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955; and have a discharge which is other than dishonorable. All services provided are free of charge.

More Information

To learn more about Federal TRIO Programs, visit the federal Office of Postsecondary Education website.


International Teaching and Learning

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Center for International Teaching and Learning

Since 2010, the College of Education has hosted a Summer Teaching Institute for teachers from the city of Madrid, Spain.  

The official title of the institute is language and methodology for the design of materials in biology & geology, physics and chemistry, and technology for secondary teachers in the community of Madrid.  The program participants are 25 secondary school teachers from Madrid, Spain who participate in intensive courses for four weeks while staying in homes throughout the Chicago area. All courses take place on the 7th floor of the Gage Building.   

The COE's Office of Community Engagement is responsible for this program.  For more information, contact Associate Dean Teryl ann Rosch at or (312) 853-3928.