TST EDworking
9:30 AM09:30

TST EDworking

On September 28th Teachers Supporting Teachers will be hosting their first EDworking event of the new school year! TST EDworking- Limitless promises to be an incredible event with two great keynote speakers as well as our first Teacher Power Professional Development series.

Join teacher leaders, administrators and community partners from across the city in a day filled with networking, professional development and celebration of teacher leadership. Learn more and RSVP here.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Greg Jones, Executive Director of The Academy Group, former Principal of Kenwood High School

Under Dr. Jones’ leadership, Kenwood Academy earned the highest SQRP rating of all neighborhood high schools and Academic Centers (middle school). Jones is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including the prestigious Stanley C. Golder Award for Leadership from Golden Apple, participant in the Obama Foundation Inaugural Leadership Summit, and A Resolution, by The City Council of the City of Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Jones’ work has been featured in the National Journal, the Politico, the New York Times, and other publications. Moreover, The Gates Foundation has documented his work with data-driven leadership practices and increasing college enrollment. Dr. Jones is a frequent speaker on education topics. He is a Chicago native and graduate of the Chicago Public Schools.

Dr. Lionel Allen, Assistant Professor, Leadership Coach, University of Illinois - Chicago.

Dr. Allen is an award-winning school leader with almost twenty years of experience in education as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Turnaround Principal, and Chief Academic Officer. In 2005, Dr. Allen was selected to become the nation’s first turnaround principal. In just four short years, Sherman went from the second worst performing school in the state of Illinois to a national model of school reform and a catalyst for future turnaround efforts across the country. Most recently, Dr. Allen led a highly successful network of charter high schools in rewriting the educational narrative for young African American males in Chicago. Currently, he serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Leadership Coach at the Center for Urban Education Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Dr. Jones - "What are the leadership shifts required to influence systemic school change? Who are the essential stakeholders in the change process?"

In this session, a former CPS principal takes you on a leadership journey to understanding the key elements of school improvement. The session will center on the comprehensive work that occurred at one public neighborhood high school.

Dr. Allen - "The Time for Inspiration is Over"

Inspiration breeds comfort and comfort preserves status quo. In this call to action, Lionel Allen, Jr. questions the utility of “inspiration” in a world in dire need of positive and radical change.

Teacher Power Professional Development Series

September's Edworking event represents the group of educators (including you!) who choose to rewrite the narrative that education is full of limits. Let's reimagine what Education can and should look like - our impact, reach, talent, and students' potential are limitless. In this session you will hear from 4 Chicago teachers whose message will be to focus on opportunities instead of barriers, and to push limits rather than place limits. They’ll each deliver an engaging ten minute “Power PD” with the purpose of offering inspiration, instilling urgency, and providing resources that everyone can take back to their schools.

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CFE Teacher Workshop
8:15 AM08:15

CFE Teacher Workshop

  • Pulaski International School of Chicago (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CFE’s 2019 Teacher Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 26 at Pulaski International School of Chicago. This year’s Workshop will include teacher-led breakout sessions, student performances, a free Teacher Raffle with some incredible prizes, and myriad networking opportunities. This event supports Chicago-area educators both in and out of the classroom, and anyone is welcome to register.


CFE’s Workshop will also offer grant-writing assistance for our Small Grant Program. This session will pair veteran grant-winners with new grant-writers, and will allow interested applicants to work through their proposals for the 2020 Small Grant Program on-site. This session will be a great way to gain tips and suggestions from CFE grant-writing "pros"!

Find more info and register here! Cost is $10 for individual tickets, but there is a special discount for TFA alumni and CMs! Use the code “TFA Partner'“ to receive 5 dollars off at registration.

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TFAmily Picnic
12:30 PM12:30

TFAmily Picnic

  • 3100 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60616 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Teach For America Chicago-NWI is hosting a family picnic which is free and open to all Teach For America alumni, staff, and their families.

RSVP here!

About this Event

Please join Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana for a family picnic on Saturday August 17th at 12:30pm. There will be tacos, games, music and so much fun! Come see old friends, meet new ones, while enjoying a nice summer day Chicago!

Location Details:

Located just west of 31st Street beach and the Lakefront Trails at 3100 S Lake Shore Dr, this grassy knoll is perfect for a shaded picnic by the beach. To learn more about the beach and this location click here.


Who can attend?

This is a family-friendly event, open to all TFA Alumni, staff and their families. There will be activities for school age children, teens, and adults.

Parking and Transportation?

Parking and transportation is on your own. You can find limited parking @ 548 Fort Dearborn Dr and near by on 31st Street

What to bring to the picnic?

  • Seating: This event is a picnic so folx and families should plan to bring blankets and or chairs if you wish to sit.

  • Food & Drinks: We will have first come tacos from Taylor's Tacos Chicago & water. Feel free to bring whatever food and beverage you would like to have outside of the above.

  • Yourselves!

Rain date is September 7th.


Reach out to Kristi

RSVP here!

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