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.


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


The Opening Session at this year's event will include a Panel centered around the theme "Emotional Intelligence in Schools: The Needs and Benefits". Our Panel is composed of several bright and engaging Chicago-area professionals; we hope you will join us!

  • 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)


2015 Event 

The 27th Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop: Pedagogy, Purpose, and Passion: It Starts with You! was held on Saturday, October 24th, 2015.

  • For a list of breakout sessions that were offered at the event, view our 2015 Workshop Catalog.
  • 53 Chicago Public School teachers presented their CFE award-winning projects and teaching strategies.
  • 2015 Teacher of the Year Award presentation to Mona Iehl, teacher at Polaris Charter Academy. Press Release available for viewing.
  • CFE Grant and Fellowship information, plus grant-writing assistance
  • Opening Remarks by Maisha Wynn, a public speaker, lifestyle specialist and media personality. 
  • Resource Fair featured 16 Chicago-based cultural & education organizations.
  • Gift Bags and FREE teacher raffle featured the following grand prize items and more: $250 Nike Gift Card, two $250 Neiman Marcus Gift Cards, teeth whitening package form Mitchell Dental Spa, tickets to Heir Apparent at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and tickets to The Nutcracker at the Joffrey Ballet. 
  • Complimentary continental breakfast and free parking.

2015 Event Sponsors

Snack Sponsor

Eli's Cheescake


In-Kind Contributors

Adler Planetarium; Adventure Stage Chicago; Barrel of Monkeys; Café Jumping Bean; Chicago Area Reading Association (CARA); Catalyst; Cheesecake Factory; Chicago Area Writing Project; Chicago Bears; Chicago History Museum; Chicago Public Schools; Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Chicago Sky; Chicago White Sox; Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago; Corner Bakery; D4 Irish Pub & Café; daVINCI Group; East Bank Club; Eli's Cheesecake; Field Museum; Five Points Holistic Health; Fund for Teachers; Hazel; Hilex; Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center; Joffrey Ballet Company; Lakeshore Learning Materials; Lookingglass Theatre Company; Lou Malnati's; Maisha Wynn; Massage Envy; Metropolis Coffee Company; Mitchell Dental Spa; National Geographic; National Hellenic Museum; Neiman Marcus; Nike; Open Books; Oriental Trading; Papyrus; Red Box; Spatini; Special Order Seamstress; UIC Center for Economic Education; UNITE; Uno Pizzeria; Vaughan's Hospitality Group; West Town Bikes; Wrigley