There are a number of ways that you can help the Chicago Foundation of Education further its mission to enhance teacher quality and support the professional growth of teachers in the Chicago Public School system—while making a positive impact on thousands of students across the city. Whether you’d like to visit a school to observe our teachers, review grant applications submitted for our programs, or help out with our annual workshop, your help as a CFE volunteer will be a rewarding experience.
Did you know that every grant application to CFE is evaluated by at least three separate volunteers? We host review opportunities each November, December, February, March, May, and July and encourage you to participate as you’re able. Some of these reviews are completed independently, while others are conducted in a more collaborative, roundtable fashion. With the exception of our Action Research Fellowship application review in July, no experience reading or writing grant proposals is necessary.
Are you interested in visiting the classroom of one of our outstanding, award-winning teachers? Each April and May, we work to match up each of our 280-plus Small Grant winners with a CFE volunteer-observer. These observations generally last about 30 minutes, and take place in schools throughout the city. We will work with you to find a location that works best for you, and you will work directly with your assigned teacher(s) to determine a mutually agreeable observation date and time.
Each fall, CFE hosts a Teacher Workshop. It is an enormous undertaking for the CFE staff, as the event offers many presentations by CFE award-winning teachers, grant-writing sessions, a resource fair with 20+ Chicago-area organizations, a free raffle, and much more. In order to successfully put on an event of this magnitude, we need many dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers to assist both with our set-up and our day-of operations. Workshop volunteers help with everything from attendee registration, to resource fair coordination, to assisting presenters with preparing for their sessions.