Stories

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

 

Education & Issues
September 12, 2018
Learn how special education teacher Becca Gorlin (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '17) applies her college studies to the classroom.
Alumni
September 5, 2018
Learn how Ken Lee (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '08) is keeping the spirit of his classroom alive and preparing students to enter our nation's top universities as the principal of Chicago's KIPP One Academy.
Inside TFA
September 3, 2018
In honor of Back-to-School season, we asked Marci Dones, our Managing Director of First Year Corps Leadership, what her advice is for all new teachers.
Students & Communities
August 27, 2018
After seven intense weeks of Summer Training, corps member Gabriela Ledezma (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, ’18) prepares her classroom for the first day of school.
Students & Communities
August 27, 2018
Last year, alum Sam Eggers (Chicago-Northwest Indiana, '16) had several of his students at Donald E. Gavit High School write letters to our newest cohort of teachers. Below we're sharing the inspiring letter written by his student Karalyn M.!
Inside TFA
August 8, 2018
Every summer, our new corps members begin their journey at Chicago Summer Training. It's an incredible, invigorating, exhausting seven weeks, and so we asked some of our 2018 corps members what made their experience special!
Inside TFA
August 1, 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 25, 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 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.