CME Group Foundation Presents Ted Dintersmith, Author of "What Schools Could Be"
4:00 PM16:00

CME Group Foundation Presents Ted Dintersmith, Author of "What Schools Could Be"


Ted Dintersmith, public education advocate and author of What School Could Be, spent a year traveling around the country gathering inspiring and innovative sorties from the real education experts in America: educators. In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, please join CME Group Foundation and its partners, The Chicago Public Education Fund, LEAP Innovations and Teach for America, for a program and reception to learn more about the great ideas he gathered from around the country.

All guests will receive a copy of Ted’s book.

4:00PM: Arrivals & Reception
5:00PM: Program

Validated parking will be provided for the 20 S. Wacker garage (located on S. Wacker between Madison and Monroe streets).

Seating is limited. Please kindly register to attend at the below link by Friday, November 16th.

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Breakdown: School to Prison Pipelin
6:00 PM18:00

Breakdown: School to Prison Pipelin

Breakdown: School-to-Prison Pipeline

Across the county punitive school discipline policies are putting students on a pathway to the criminal justice system. To compound this issue, these policies disproportionately impact students who identify as Black, Latinx, and diverse learners. Join The Collective along with our partners at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), to deepen your understanding of contributing factors, break down the impact and identify actions you can take to interrupt the school to prison pipeline.

About Breakdown Series

Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana is hosting a series of monthly events to expose corps members, alumni, and partners to the challenges, big ideas, and network thought-leaders that are shaping Chicago's education landscape. Join us to Breakdown what's happening and learn how you can get involved to drive change! 

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9:00 AM09:00

2018 Illinois Charter Schools Conference


The Illinois Network of Charter Schools will be hosting the 2018 Illinois Charter Schools Conference on Thursday, November 15th, at the Swissotel in Chicago. The biennial conference is a day of inspiration and learning from national experts and local education leaders with plenty of time for networking and connecting.  This year’s conference theme is Our People, Our Power, and programming will focus on elevating the critical voices of students, teachers, and parents. The conference will be a day to energize charter public school and district school leaders, teachers, and community members and support them to continue the transformative work they are doing every day.

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2:30 PM14:30

TFA - SoulCycle Ride!

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Want to have an energizing workout while raising money for the Corps Member Financial Aid Fund? Join our Auxiliary Board at SoulCycle Old Town on Saturday, November 3rd at 2:30pm! Tickets are $50, and all proceeds go to Teach For America. If you’re not up for the ride, you can just come to the post-ride celebration at a nearby bar, where proceeds from your food and drink purchases will also support our work. For more info and to register:

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8:00 AM08:00

Educators at the Helm: Sharing Strengths to Empower Communitie

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A Workshop Developed for Teachers, by Teachers (All Chicago-Area Teachers Welcome!)

Workshop features include:

  • Opening Session with Expert Panel

  • Teacher-Led Breakout Sessions

  • CFE Small Grant Application Work Session

  • Educator Resource Fair with 10-15 Chicago Organizations

  • Teacher Presenter Networking Session

  • Hot Breakfast

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9:30 AM09:30

From Art to Action: Using "America To Me" to Launch Community Change


LEE fellowship with Chicago United for Equity ("CUE").  

CUE is a non-profit organization focused on bringing people impacted by policy decisions to the table, with the goal of building a more inclusive city.  We are hosting a workshop designed for community leaders and activists regarding diversity and inequities in school.  This workshop will focus on hosting watch parties for Starz's docuseries America to Me, which takes place at Oak Park River Forest High School.  

Shared to us by Gautham Kaveti, a D.C. ‘10 alum!

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6:00 PM18:00

LGBTQ & Allied Alumni Townhall

Join a conversations with Teach For America Chicago Northwest Indiana LGBTQ+ and Allied Leadership Team, Alumni, Corps members, and community members to learn about our regions approach to building a diverse, inclusive, and thriving alumni network that is pursuing collective impact toward One Day.

Reach out to with questions, and RSVP on our Eventbrite!

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Breakdown: Personalized Learning
5:45 PM17:45

Breakdown: Personalized Learning

Location: Intrinsic Schools, 4540 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago IL 60641

Time: 5:45PM – 7:30PM

Audience: Donors, Members, select Community Partners

Event description: A cocktail reception featuring a panel of educators (TFA members) contributing to the remarkable academic progress in Chicago

Open event, RSVP mandatory by Eventbrite.

Point of contact: Michelle Sunder (Alumni Leadership) + Morgan Williams (External Affairs)

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6:00 PM18:00

School Leadership Night

School Leadership Night

October 16, 2018

6:00 to 8:00 PM

Teach For America Office

300 W. Adams

Owner: Whitney Knight

If you are interested in school leadership, this will be a great opportunity to explore your program options and hear from program representatives, program alumni, and current program participants.  The following school leadership programs will be represented:

  • Columbia Summer Principals Academy, EdM - NOLA & NYC

  • Erikson Institute, EdM - Child Development with a Specialization in Administration

  • KIPP Fellowships

  • Lehigh University, EdM - Educational Leadership

  • Loyola University, EdM - Administration and Supervision for Principal Preparation

  • National Louis University, EdM

  • New Leaders for New Schools

  • Noble Fellowships

  • TFA Harvard School Leadership Cohort, EdM

  • UIC EdD in Urban Education Leadership

Please RSVP by Eventbrite to attend school leadership night, For more information on these programs, please reach out to  

Please join us!

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5:00 PM17:00

Member Boards Retreat

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I’m thrilled for the opportunity to bring together member-led boards from across the region to network, align on our regional goals, and explore opportunities for collaboration throughout this fiscal year! We have confirmed Thursday, October 4th as the date for our first ever Member Boards Retreat! Invited boards include: The Alumni Leadership Council, The Collective, The 2CM Executive Board, and the Auxiliary Board. (Please flag if there are additional boards that should be added).

Agenda (high-level):

·        5-6 pm: Welcome & Appreciation Dinner—we will host a catered dinner for attendees as a means to say “thank you” for their board leadership. This is optional.

·        6-7:30 pm: Regional & Board Overview + Collaboration Time—this will be an opportunity for board leaders to gain insight around our FY19 regional strategy & priorities. Additionally, board members will have an opportunity to share an overview of their board’s mission and work. Afterwards, there will be time for board representatives to explore areas of collaboration.

·        7:30-8 pm: We hope to close out the evening around 7:40 pm with clear next steps/resources for each board. We will hold space until 8 pm in the event board members need additional time to network/discuss collaboration

Morgan Williams

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10:00 AM10:00

41st Annual UIC Diversity Career Fair

Are you in need of hiring new, yet outstanding talent?

     If yes, I am happy to announce that registration is now open for the 41st Annual UIC Diversity Career Fair, taking place on Thursday, September 27th (10 AM - 2 PM). This will be our largest job fair in Fall 2018, and will attract qualified candidates from various backgrounds including Business, Engineering, Education, Healthcare, and Liberal Arts & Sciences.

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6:00 PM18:00

Breakdown: 21st Century Learning with CICS

About Breakdown Series

Teach For America Chicago Northwest Indiana is hosting a series of monthly events to expose corps members, alumni, and partners to the challenges, big ideas, and network thought-leaders that are shaping Chicago's education landscape. Join us to breakdown what's happening and learn how you can get involved to drive change!

Breakdown: 21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning has been cited as the hallmark of how educators can develop the skills students will need for their future careers, life, and higher education. In our first installment of Breakdown, Teach For America in collaboration with Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) will define 21st century learning and explore how alumni are leveraging 21st century learning practices to reimagine what's possible for students.


Stephanie Crosier (Detroit '10), CEO of Chicago Rise

Eric Lavin (Mississippi Delta '09), Chief Innovation Officer at CICS


6:00 p.m. - Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. - Opening Conversation: 21st Century Learning Defined
7:00 p.m. - Fireside Chat: 21st Century Learning at Chicago Rise
7:30 p.m. - Take Action: CICS Innovator Open Call

Please RSVP by Sept. 18th to attend! And invite members/partners who you think would be interested!

Morgan Williams

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12:30 AM00:30

UChicago Impact Teacher Leadership Fellowship Apps Due


Apply for the UChicago Impact Teacher Leadership Fellowship! Sponsored by UChicago Impact and TFA, the UChicago Impact Teacher Leadership Fellowship aims to strengthen the leadership skills of current teacher leaders and prepare more teachers to take on leadership roles within their schools. The fellowship consists of 6 5Essentials-based monthly seminars lead by UChicago Impact leadership coaches, a relevant school project, and career support throughout and after the program. Learn more and apply here. Applications are due September 10th.

Learn more and apply here.

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5:30 PM17:30

Summer of Social Impact, Featuring Professor Ariel Kalil

The environments children experience at an early age help determine their acquisition of cognitive and socio-emotional skills and ultimately their adult success. Most public policy and other programs designed to narrow the gap for these crucial skills between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children have been limited in their effectiveness. Behavioral science offers a new approach to narrowing the skills gap, one which can help parents overcome the cognitive biases that often impede their own ability to follow through on their well-intentioned parenting decisions. Ariel Kalil, Harris Public Policy Professor and Co-Director of the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab (BIP Lab) at The University of Chicago, will speak about new work at the BIP Lab at the intersection of behavioral science, parent engagement, and child development.

Doors Open:
5:30 p.m.
6 – 6:45 p.m.
6:45 – 7:30 p.m.
Please RSVP by August 3.

Please contact Emma Richardson, Recruitment Specialist, with any questions at: 

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