Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE) offers grants and professional development opportunities to Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers. For 35 years, CFE initiatives have supported CPS teachers by enhancing teacher expertise, developing their leadership capacity, and creating learning communities.
CFE currently offers five grant‐based programs and a teacher workshop to encourage curricular innovation and the replication of effective instruction. These include:
Study Group Team Member Grants
Study Group Coach Grants
Action Research Leadership Institute (ARLI) Fellowships
Fund for Teachers (FFT) Fellowships
We also offer SEL Bonus Grants to fund the integration of teaching practices that encourage responsible decision‐making and emphasize the need for teamwork, respect, and tolerance in the classroom. Outreach efforts include Teacher Liaison and Teacher‐to‐Teacher initiatives.
During the past fiscal year alone, CFE funded 475 grants and worked with 430 teachers across 212 schools.
Joyce Rumsfeld (Founder)
Judith S. Block
Wiley N. Caldwell
John B. Foster
Robert J. Gariano, Robert Gariano & Associates
Robert D. Horne, Dodge Capital
Edgar D. Jannotta
Frederick A. Krehbiel
Josephine B. Minow
Stephen R. Wilson
Board of Directors
Jen Kobayashi, Wang Kobayashi Austin, LLC (Chairperson)
Michael Patock, Ellwood Associates (Vice Chairperson)
Talbott Baldwin, DCS Advisory (Treasurer)
Julie Anastos (Secretary)
Brian Duwe, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLC
Chris Santiago, BlueRoad Ventures
C. Graham Gerst, Global IP Law Group LLC
Jeannine W. James
Mary Beth Canfield
Patricia S. Hagenah
Kat Henry, Pulaski International School of Chicago
Tony Hoban, William Blair
Lisa Caputo Love, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
The Chicago Foundation for Education's Auxiliary Board is actively engaged in supporting all aspects of CFE programs and development. Founded in 2011 by a group of young professionals interested in making a sustainable impact in a nonprofit setting, ongoing activities include:
Planning the WhirlyBall Tournament (Winter) and the Toast to Teachers Happy Hour (Summer)
Reviewing teacher grant applications
Visiting schools to observe award-winning teachers
The Auxiliary Board meets regularly for various events and holds conference calls throughout the year. The Roles and Responsibilities of AB Members can be found here. We ask that members volunteer regularly and attend at least two of the Board’s main events.
Membership to the committee is by application and interview process. We are accepting applications for the 2019 year. For more information about CFE or the process for joining the committee, contact KJ Hardy.
Associate Committee Members as of SEPTEMBER 2019
Michael Patterson, Fundraising Chair
Nicole Peterson, Volunteer Chair
Auxiliary Board Affiliations
CFE's Auxiliary Board Members represent:
Robert W. Baird & Co., Booth School of Business, Chicago Pacific Founders, Goldman Sachs, GTCR, HandsOn Suburban Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Morningstar, Northern Trust, Rush University Medical Center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Teach for America, Twitter, Waud Capital, William Blair & Co. and Wind Point Partners.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
On the occasion of CFE’s 25th anniversary, the Board of Directors established the Debby Jannotta and Shirley Jaffee CFE Teacher of the Year award in honor of two outstanding volunteers who have been instrumental throughout our organization’s development and growth.
This award is presented annually to a Chicago Public School teacher who, among other criteria: enhances the classroom experience and provides effective instruction to students; seeks opportunities to engage in professional development and share effective practices with colleagues; and is currently an active member of the CFE community.
Each award winner is awarded a $1,000 honorarium. The 2019 CFE Teacher of the Year was announced in February 2019 (the 2020 award specs document is available here).
2019: Hannah Nolan-Spohn, Pulaski International School of Chicago
2018: Lisa Caputo Love, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
2017: Kat Henry, Pulaski International School of Chicago
2015: Mona Iehl, Polaris Charter Academy
2014: Elizabeth Valente, Otis Elementary School
2013: Bob Hauser, Legacy Elementary Charter School
2012: Cara Bucciarelli, LaSalle II Elementary School
2011: Nicole Zumpano, May Elementary Community Academy
2010: Monica Sims, Pershing West Middle School
The Chicago Foundation for Education is proud to honor Chicago Public School teachers with leadership, learning, and grant opportunities. During the past year alone (2017-2018), we funded 504 grants and worked with 442 teachers across 202 schools.