CFE’s Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop is one of the only city-wide events facilitated by and for Chicago-area teachers. Each year, it offers PreK-12th Grade educators the opportunity to share effective teaching practices and collaborate with colleagues.


CFE's 2017 Teacher Workshop – "Rise & Thrive: Empowering Our Students and Each Other" – was held on Saturday, October 28th from 8:00am-1:00pm at Whitney Young High School. 


View CFE's Event Catalog – Final Version


The Opening Session included a Panel centered around the theme "Emotional Intelligence in Schools: The Needs and Benefits". Our Panel was composed of several bright and engaging Chicago-area professionals:

  • Kevin Coval [Moderator]Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors & Founder of "Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival"
  • Alana Baum [Panelist], Clinical Psychologist and Northwestern Adjunct Professor
  • Jennifer Ferrari [Panelist], Chief of Schools at Distinctive Schools
  • Troy LaRaviere [Panelist], President of Chicago Principals and Administrators Association & former Blaine Elementary School Principal
  • Heather Schwartz [Panelist], Practice Specialist at Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)