Jacquelyn Benchik-Osborne teaches graduate courses on rethinking curriculum and introduction to teaching. She completed a research project in which she studied four elementary and intermediate-level teachers in urban and culturally diverse communities and assessed qualitatively how each educator demonstrated professional knowledge and practice relating to the social contexts of schools.
She taught first and second grades at John B. Murphy Elementary School, a Chicago Public School, for nine years. She currently coordinates a program called “Teacher Talk,” in which teachers collaborate with faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago to assess how to best meet the needs of the students. Benchik-Osborne also participated in the Evanston chapter of Teachers Applying Whole Language, which analyzed how best to deliver language arts instruction to elementary students.
Benchik-Osborne provided professional development and logistical support as liaison for student teachers from UIC and National Louis University both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also mentored teachers at Murphy School for primary and intermediate level classrooms.