About Chicago-Northwest Indiana

Roughly 400,000 students—enough to fill up nearly 5,000 buses—make their way through Chicago's public school classrooms each year. Of them, 85 percent come from low-income families and just 73 percent can expect to make it to high school graduation. For too many students in Chicago and Northwest Indiana, our public schools are not delivering on their promise.

Despite this crisis, every day, students in our region prove what’s possible. In the schools and classrooms where they are succeeding, we find much in common: high academic expectations, kids and educators working with purpose, communities leaning in, parents engaged and empowered to demand excellence. Without a doubt, poverty makes this harder, and schools serving low-income students simply must do more to meet their needs. Through strong partnerships with communities, it can be done. Across neighborhood, grade level, or school type, we see a sense of possibility—and the refusal to accept what is and a determination to prove what can be. 

Teach For America supports this effort by recruiting and developing educators to be a part of this work. As principals look to build excellent schools, our corps members provide a critical source of talent. Our alumni advocate for change both inside the system and out—challenging the educational, racial, and economic status quo with tough questions and innovative solutions to meet the needs of thousands of children. Today 1000 TFA alumni are veteran teachers, more than 82 are local principals, and 12 are leaders of school networks or major education organizations. They work as activists, healthcare providers, early childhood education center directors, parent advocates, and more. In all they do, they operate with an unwavering belief in the potential of all kids. 

While studies affirm the effectiveness of our program, each day, we listen, learn, and strive to improve. Together with tens of thousands of kids, parents, educators, and community members, we commit to this because we believe in what’s possible—for public schools, for Chicago and Northwest Indiana, through the promise of opportunity for all.

280

Total Corps Size

2820

Alums in Region

2000

Year Partnership Established

Teaching in Chicago-Northwest Indiana

teaching-in-chicago-northwest-indiana

News & Stories

One Day
October 4, 2016
Two out of three students released from incarceration never return to school. Meet five people fighting to change that.
One Day
April 26, 2016
Janeya Cunningham, co-founder and leader of Chicago's I Am For Peace march, talks about her transition to college and meeting former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
One Day
September 27, 2015
When students have the will to be leaders for social change, how can their schools support them?
One Day
May 7, 2015
A career in computer science can be a ticket out of poverty, but most high-need schools don’t teach it. That may be changing.

Upcoming Events

We’re currently planning our next event. Please check back soon for details.

Join the Conversation

join-the-conversation

Find inspiring images, thought-provoking articles, heartwarming stories, and plenty of cute kids when you follow us online.