Stories

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

 

Inside TFA
July 18, 2018
Every summer, we welcome our new corps members to Summer Training; seven weeks of team building, pedagogy classes, social justice seminars, and teaching observation and practice. This summer, a Summer Training staff member and a 2018 corps member will be blogging about their on-the-ground experiences!
Inside TFA
July 11, 2018
Every summer, we welcome our new corps members to Summer Training; seven weeks of team building, pedagogy classes, social justice seminars, and teaching observation and practice. This summer, a Summer Training staff member and a 2018 corps member will be blogging about their on-the-ground experiences!
Inside TFA
June 27, 2018
Every summer, we welcome our new corps members to Summer Training; seven weeks of team building, pedagogy classes, social justice seminars, and teaching observation and practice. This summer, a Summer Training staff member and a 2018 corps member will be blogging about their on-the-ground experiences!
Inside TFA
June 20, 2018
Every summer, we welcome our new corps members to Summer Training; seven weeks of team building, pedagogy classes, social justice seminars, and teaching observation and practice. This summer, a Summer Training staff member and a 2018 corps member will be blogging about their on-the-ground experiences!
Alumni
June 11, 2018
As CEO of Equality Illinois, Brian Johnson (South Louisiana, '99) advocates for LGBTQ people across the state. Learn how his time in the classroom prepared him for advocacy work, and how he's working to make LGBTQ history a required subject in all Illinois schools.
Inside TFA
May 21, 2018
This past April, several Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps and staff members attended the AANHPI Corps Member Summit in Oakland with nearly 100 other AANHPI second-year corps members, early admitted corps members, staff, and community leaders from across the country. Below, they share their reflections on what the experience meant to them!
Students & Communities
May 11, 2018
This year, Anthony Zarate (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '13) is the recipient of our Frances and Elliot Lehman Excellence in Teaching Award. To celebrate his impact, his student Alberto Hernandez shares his reflections on his experiences in Anthony's classroom.
Students & Communities
May 11, 2018
Katie Kirley (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '07) is the recipient of this year's Zell Family Award for Distinguished Alumni School Leadership for her work as principal of Steel City Academy. One of her students, Danielle Sipp, reflects on her experiences at Steel City, and how she's grown as a leader under Katie's guidance.
One Day
By Paula Ann Solis
April 25, 2018
From wildfires to royal weddings—she does it all without skipping a beat (or tweet).
Inside TFA
April 23, 2018
Beginning this year, each of our second year corps members in Chicago-Northwest Indiana will complete a project in which they reflect on their experiences in the classroom, and develop a theory of change based around how we could better serve our students and communities. To celebrate their work, we're sharing two corps members personal theories.
Inside TFA
April 23, 2018
Beginning this year, each of our second year corps members in Chicago-Northwest Indiana will complete a project in which they reflect on their experiences in the classroom, and develop a theory of change based around how we could better serve our students and communities. To celebrate their work, we're sharing two corps members' personal theories.
Alumni
April 18, 2018
Melanie Ortiz (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '14) is a member of the College Team at Rauner College Prep, the same school that she herself attended as a student. Learn how she's helping Rauner's students succeed to and through college.
Students & Communities
April 4, 2018
Located on the Northwest side of Chicago, Intrinsic High School has only been in operation for several years. But thanks to their incredible, innovative team — 20% of whom are Teach For America alumni and corps members — they're seeing phenomenal growth with their students.
Inside TFA
March 26, 2018
Every year, Chicago-Northwest Indiana welcomes a handful of corps members that were once students of Teach For America teachers. Learn how these teachers helped inspire and nurture their passion for education.
Inside TFA
March 14, 2018
This year, our Work on Purpose program was designed specifically for our alumni teachers. Learn how they're coming together as a community to deepen their work in education.
Alumni
March 5, 2018
At Sleeping Bear Capital, alum Andrew Calcutt (New York City, '03) offers families safe, affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods across Chicago.
Inside TFA
February 21, 2018
In honor of Black History Month, we asked three of our African American corps members to reflect on their experiences leading classrooms across Chicago-Northwest Indiana.
One Day
By Mary Jo Madda
February 20, 2018
Alumni experts—teachers and pros working in tech—have a few things they’d like each other to know.
One Day
By Leah Fabel
February 12, 2018
Is Principal Autonomy Part of the Secret to Boosting Student Achievement?
Alumni
February 7, 2018
Learn how alumni Jesse Ilhardt (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, ’08) and Kelly Lambrinatos (St. Louis, ’07) are bringing the spirit of innovation to VOCEL, their early childhood education organization on the West Side of Chicago.