Action Research Fellowships

Research Topics Apply | Dates and Deadlines



For more than 10 years, CFE has offered Action Research Leadership Institute Fellowships (ARLI, formerly TNLI) to Chicago’s most outstanding PreK-8th grade teachers. Action research is the systematic process of looking closely at a specific aspect of one’s practice in order to improve student outcomes, improve the school environment, and make positive changes to one’s teaching. Fellows conduct action research in their schools, increase their leadership engagement, and use their findings to impact education policy.


The ARLI Program spans the full academic year, during which Fellows reflect on the strategies they are using to improve both the quality of their teaching and student achievement. Our University Advisor leads 45 hours of monthly meetings, organized around the action research process. Discussions and activities are student-focused and include:

  • Readings from a textbook and supplementary articles from professional journals
  • Collection of data, reflection on practice, and analysis of data
  • Peer support and feedback
  • Individual coaching of each Fellow

Research Topics

Click here to review the research questions of our 2012-13 ARLI Fellows.


The 2013-14 application cycle has closed.  Applications for 2014-15 ARLI Fellowships will be available in May 2014.


Dates and Deadlines

  • 2013-14 Application Due: Monday, July 8, 2013
  • Finalist Notification via email: Monday, July 21, 2013
  • Interviews: July 23 & 24, 2013
  • Award Notification via email: Mid-August 2013
  • Cohort Meetings: September 2013 – June 2014
  • Fellow Presentations: May and June 2014


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