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Caring, united, democratic: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one.

Together, our union fights to win.

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.

Welcome Our New Sisters and Brothers

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

Events

Dec
21
Fri
Pay Day 8 (Full Paycheck)
Dec 21 all-day

For work Nov. 25 through Dec. 8, 2018.

Dec
24
Mon
Winter Break (Paid First Week)
Dec 24 – Dec 28 all-day
Dec
31
Mon
Winter Break (Unpaid Second Week)
Dec 31 2018 – Jan 4 2019 all-day
Jan
4
Fri
Pay Day 9 (Full Paycheck)
Jan 4 all-day

For work performed Dec. 9 through Dec. 23, 2018: Full, 10-day paycheck.

Jan
7
Mon
District Organizers Meeting
Jan 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This meeting is open only to CTU District Organizers.

Executive Board Meeting
Jan 7 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This meeting is open only to members of the CTU Executive Board.

Jan
9
Wed
House of Delegates Meeting
Jan 9 @ 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Jan
18
Fri
Pay Day 10 (50% Paycheck)
Jan 18 all-day

For paid vacation Dec. 24 through Dec. 28, 2018. The week from Dec. 31 through Jan. 4 was unpaid. The result is 50% of gross pay. Your net pay will likely be less than 50% of normal net, due to insurance and other regular withholdings.

Jan
21
Mon
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Paid Holiday)
Jan 21 all-day
Jan
28
Mon
Executive Board Meeting
Jan 28 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This meeting is open only to members of the CTU Executive Board.

Professional Development

The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation Quest Center is the premier professional development provider in Chicago for Chicago’s public school teachers, clinicians, counselors, and PSRPs. We offer a variety of professional learning opportunities through workshops, courses, learning series, and learning labs. Quest Center also hosts Nurturing Teacher Leadership, 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. All of our professional development offerings provide the opportunity for participants to collaborate and network to improve their practice. All sessions offer ISBE Professional Development Hours, and some courses offer an additional CPS Lane Placement Credit option.

Spring Transfer Window

Teachers can transfer schools without principal permission between Nov. 18, 2018 and Jan. 2, 2019.

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