CFE Study Group Coach Grants are awarded to experienced PreK-12th grade teachers interested in sharing a Teaching Approach with colleagues across the Chicago Public School district. CFE considers a Teaching Approach to be a
particular methodology or thematic project involving multiple teaching strategies that has been proven to increase student achievement. Teaching Approaches may be focused within one core subject area or integrated across the curriculum. A majority of Study Groups are district-wide, but a limited number of area- and school-based applicants will be selected.
Each Coach mentors 6-8 teachers (Team Members) in implementing this Teaching Approach in their own classrooms. Coaches do not need to recruit Team Members; they will be selected in May through a separate application process.
After participating in a training session, Coaches develop a Study Group curriculum that includes scholarly articles, student work samples, and videos. Additionally, individual experiences are analyzed and used to adapt strategies to classroom and student needs. Peer feedback and reflection on progress are hallmarks of the Study Group process.
2018 Application: Opening Decemnber 17
- Application Due: Opening December 17
- Award Notification via Email: March 2019
- Mandatory Study Group Coach Training: May 2019
- Study Group Kick-Off Dinners: Throughout June 2019
- Meeting and Implementation: June through November 2019