CFE Study Group Coach Grants are awarded to experienced PreK-8th grade teachers interested in sharing a Teaching Approach with colleagues across the Chicago Public School system. 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 a team (Study Group) of 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 two-day training, 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.
This year, 39 Coaches were offered the opportunity to lead Study Groups. Following are some of their group titles, and more information about each can be found in our 2015 Study Group Catalog:
- Adding the (A)rts into STEM Projects
- Creating the Next Generation of Scientists to Change the World (school-based)
- Guided Reading 101: Creating Deep Thinkers & Fluent Readers (network-based)
- Reciprocal Teaching and Close Reading: Building Levels of Text Complexity
- Using Math Centers for Differentiated, Hands-On Math
- Application Due: Monday, February 15, 2016
- Award Notification via Email: Early March 2016
- Mandatory Study Group Coach Training: Early or Mid-May 2016
- Mandatory Study Group Kick-Off Dinner: Early June 2016
- Meeting and Implementation: June through November 2016