Stories

Read the latest news and stories from the Chicago-Northwest Indiana community and learn more about our work.

 

Students & Communities
October 23, 2017
In his first year of teaching, corps member Daniel O'Brien (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16) sparks a passion for environmental activism in his classroom.
Alumni
October 18, 2017
Originally set on a career in engineering, Jerry Lambrinatos (Baltimore, '07) spends his days ensuring we have an incredible community of professionals supporting our students.
Education & Issues Inside TFA
October 11, 2017
After growing up as an undocumented immigrant, corps member Jose Espinoza (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16) felt the need to support students facing the same challenges. Learn how he connects with his students over his DACA status, and through making physics accessible.
Inside TFA
September 25, 2017
Bex Schulman (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '17) has just begun her journey as a Teach For America corps member. Learn about her first few weeks in the classroom, and what she's excited about for the year ahead.
One Day
By Leah Fabel
September 22, 2017
As the leaves change and the temperatures drop, take an hour to cozy up with a book from our list of recommended reading.
Inside TFA
September 20, 2017
After a difficult few years, corps member Benjellica Jones Smyre (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16) left the classroom. She writes about how developing her emotional intelligence helped her find balance, and return as a stronger teacher.
Alumni
September 11, 2017
As the recipient of the first annual Frances and Elliot Lehman Alumni Teacher Award, Ashley McCall (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '12) set a high bar. Learn about her journey as an educator, and what culturally responsive teaching means in her classroom.
Students & Communities
August 30, 2017
Corps member Jules Hampton returned to his high school in Hammond to teach mathematics. Learn why he's so thrilled to be back in his hometown, and what was most difficult about his first year of teaching.
Alumni
August 7, 2017
Justina Schlund (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, 09) and Amy Mart (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '07) are working to create safe, supportive learning spaces for students at CPS' Office of Social and Emotional Learning.
Inside TFA
July 31, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
July 24, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
July 20, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Alumni Inside TFA
July 17, 2017
Every summer, Teach For America alumni return to where it all began. They work as coaches, school directors, operations managers — all to support our newest corps members. Meet several of these alumni, and learn why they love working at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
July 10, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
July 3, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
June 26, 2017
This summer, two of our 2017 Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members are sharing their experiences learning pedagogy, building relationships, and entering the classroom at Summer Training.
Inside TFA
June 14, 2017
Corps member Jane Kim (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '15) was burning out as a first year teacher. To take care of herself, she found exactly what she had been providing her students: a community where she could be her authentic self.
Alumni Students & Communities
June 12, 2017
Aida Conroy's (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '13) students visited museums and galleries across Chicago for an advisory art project. The pieces that resulted are an incredible display of each girl's unique voice.
One Day
By Ting Yu
June 5, 2017
So maybe you wouldn’t or couldn’t do what these parents did. But their choices expand the way we think about learning.
One Day
By Faviola Jasmine Leyva and Paula Ann Solis
May 30, 2017
We scoured the WiFi waves to bring you these podcasts, hosted by alumni, that range over all sorts of topics. Are you woke? Raising bilingual kids? Curious if sharing a Netflix password is illegal?