The pandemic can get wearing, and teaching in a pandemic even more so. We get it. RAFO wants to help you get through it.
Please join us for RAFO's Spring 2021 Membership Meeting, via Zoom on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.
Meet your RAFO officers and find out about some programs and plans for this Spring! You will also get to see a presentation from our parent union, the Illinois Education Association, to show you some benefits and discount plans that you can access through the IEA and RAFO. And, we will just hang out a little. (We all need too!)
Your Executive Committee
RAFO is delighted to announce a professional development conference, Adjunct to Adjunct: Remotely Speaking, on March 26th via Zoom.
Share with other adjuncts your experiences in the remote teaching era. What strategies and practices work in your remote classroom? Let’s share our best kept secrets with each other, network, and sharpen our skills while learning from each other. Adjunct to Adjunct. RAFO is offering a $150 stipend to speakers.
If you do not want to be a speaker, participate by attending our virtual conference.
Submit a proposal to present by February 19th. Topics may include:
Classroom Management by Zoom or Hybrid
Engaging Students in Online Discussions
Student Centered Activities
Experiential Learning by Remote
Providing Verbal Feedback to Students
Rethinking Methodology - Using ZOOM technology in the classroom
Returning to the Classroom in fall 2021
A proposal should include:
Brief Description of your presentation
Your name, Department, College
E-mail and Phone # to contact you
Presenters will receive a $150 honorarium.
Email your proposals to:
Dr. Ami Hicks, VP RAFO
Professional Development Chair
Conference Presentations and Participation is a Resume Builder
Food for thought in tough times.
"(T)he question is not whether we will be extremists, but rather what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? "
Martin Luther King, The Letter from the Birmingham Jail.
2020 was a tough year for all of us. Thanks to all of you for sticking together in the face of unprecedented challenges to higher education.
One bright spot was RAFO has a new contract with Roosevelt University. We this behind us, we look forward to working with University officials to ensure the welfare of students, teachers, and staff in what we hope is the final phase of this unprecedented pandemic.
So, from all of us at RAFO, we wish you and your loved ones as happy a new year as possible under the circumstances.
Your RAFO Executive Committee
RAFO is committed to helping adjuncts meet the extraordinary demands of teaching remotely during the pandemic. So, it has provided mini-grants to adjuncts, who need to upgrade their technology to meet these demands. Congratulations to the following recipients of the RAFO Technology Mini-Grants.
As lead negotiator for the 2020-2024 contract, I am pleased to announce that your negotiating team and Roosevelt University have come to an agreement. RAFO is extremely pleased with the final outcome and we believe you will be, too. The University was adamant on 0% for the first year, but as an offset for that 0%, we negotiated a signing bonus of $150 for each bargaining unit member that taught either in Spring 2020 or will teach in the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. That then takes us into the final three years of the contract where adjuncts will receive a 2% increase for each of those years.
As I hope you can see from the above, RAFO worked hard to ensure that you are rewarded for the professionalism and integrity all have shown during these unusual and trying times. We are attaching a copy of the final contract for you to review and eventually ratify. The areas that appear in green are changes that were made to the verbiage in the contract that will support RAFO during the upcoming 4 years. Appendix A reflects the 2% increase for each step in the final three years.
A link with the time will be sent next week for all to join this a zoom meeting, where we can answer your questions about the contract.
In closing, we hope you will be as excited as we are regarding the new contract.
Don Wlodarski and the RAFO team:
Jen Wilson, Joseph Fedorko, Amelia Hicks, Stan Traywick, Mike Pinsoff and Dennis Tucker
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