Educational Institutions

CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.cfegrants.org

Mission Statement

The Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE) supports Chicago public school teachers with leadership, learning, and grant opportunities that translate into enhanced classroom experiences.

Main Programs

  1. Small Grants
  2. Study Groups
  3. Fund for Teachers Fellowships
  4. Action Research Fellowships
  5. Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop
Service Areas

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Illinois

Chicago, IL

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer since 2014

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Maggie Morrison

Keywords

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educators, leadership, professional development, teachers, grants, by teacher for teacher

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Also Known As

CFE

EIN

36-3429023

 Number

2960181653

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Teacher quality is a fundamental factor in providing the rich educational experience that all Chicago students deserve. Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE) honors exemplary Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers with leadership, learning, and grant opportunities that enhance teacher quality and stimulate professional growth. We currently offer five grant-based programs and an annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop. During the past year alone (2014-15), we funded 600 grants and worked with 945 teachers across 270 schools to impact 48,769 students.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Small Grants

Small Grants: Bringing learning to life by funding the implementation of innovative, self-designed classroom and school-wide curricular projects.
 
CFE Small Grants, our largest and longest-standing initiative, provide financial and professional incentives to encourage teachers to respond to the specific academic and social-emotional needs of their students. We award up to $600 dollars per project, funding the implementation of self-designed, innovative classroom activities that align with Illinois Academic Standards. This program results in more than 18,000 hours of direct classroom learning each school year, directly benefiting more than 30,000 students and 200 schools annually.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$140,000.00

Program 2

Study Groups

Study Groups: Providing experienced educators the opportunity to coach groups of six to eight other teachers in learning, adapting, and implementing effective, research-based instructional strategies and techniques.
 
Chicago Foundation for Education offers exclusive opportunities for cross-curricular, inter-school collaboration through our Study Group program. CFE leverages the expertise of exemplary educators and fosters their leadership potential through the Study Group Coach experience. CFE Coaches facilitate 12 hours of cooperative learning based on a successfully implemented teaching method. Six to eight teachers opt-in to each team and explore a new strategy that addresses their personal goals for professional development. Over the course of six months, team members share strategies, support each other through implementation, and adapt teaching methods for optimal efficacy across classrooms.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$110,500.00

Program 3

Fund for Teachers Fellowships

Fund for Teachers (FFT) Fellowships: Supporting the pursuit of learning opportunities that will have tangible impact on teacher practice, the academic lives of students, and on the greater school community.
 
In partnership with the national Fund for Teachers organization, CFE sponsors Chicago Public School teachers’ independent professional growth initiatives during the summer. Applicants submit proposals detailing how their fellowship will make them a better teacher and how they will transfer their improved skills to the classroom, benefiting students, curricula and school. After completing their studies, FFT Fellows submit final reports and engage in a Reflection Seminar to identify specific goals for translating their field experiences into classroom curricula and school-wide programming.
 
The ultimate goal of FFT is to enhance student learning via specific strategies and measurable outcomes that would not have been possible before the teacher’s summer experience. Teachers have implemented therapeutic interventions in yoga to benefit children with physical disabilities, coordinated a school’s first annual “Space Week” in conjunction with the Adler Planetarium and two NASA astronauts, led professional development based on Japanese Lesson Plan study methods, and utilized new language skills to minimize communication barriers with non-English speaking parents.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$120,000.00

Program 4

Action Research Fellowships

Teachers Network Leadership Institute (TNLI) Action Research Fellowships: Training a corps of Chicago’s most outstanding teachers to conduct action research in their schools, and providing a venue for these teachers to share recommendations with colleagues and local education decision-makers.
 
The Teachers Network Leadership Institute (TNLI) is CFE’s most selective and rigorous initiative, and is frequently hailed by TNLI Fellows as “the best professional development [they] have ever had”. Fellows meet monthly over the course of a year and receive more than 45 hours of direct support from a University Advisor and CFE Program Director. Fellows learn to conduct successful action research studies, analyze the effectiveness of specific instructional practices, and ultimately improve student achievement. TNLI Fellows publish and present their findings, with their data-backed expertise often influencing educational policy making district-wide. This past year, they were published in the Teachers College Record and Voices of Practitioners and presented at conferences such as The “National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: New Voices, New Visions” (Atlanta) and the “Eighth Annual Practitioner Research Forum at National Louis University” (Chicago).

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$18,500.00

Program 5

Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop

In addition to the four grant-based initiatives, CFE offers a forum for teachers from all Chicago public schools to exchange the ideas they develop as a result of their participation in our programs. Our Teachers as Leaders and Learners symposium features peer-to-peer presentations of more than 60 curricular projects instructional strategies, and reaches over 500 teachers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$14,000.00

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Total number of grants awarded

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2. Number of teachers recruited

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3. estimated total number of impacted students

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Enhance teacher expertise, develop their leadership capacity, and create learning communities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Through offering five grant‐based programs and a teacher workshop to encourage curricular innovation and the replication of effective instruction.

    These include:
    Annual Teachers as Leaders and Learners Workshop
    Small Grants
    Study Group Team Member Grants
    Study Group Coach Grants
    Action Research Leadership Institute (ARLI) Fellowships
    Fund for Teachers (FFT) Fellowships
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Planning the WhirlyBall Tournament for Teachers (Fall) and the Toast to Teachers Happy Hour (Summer)
    Reviewing teacher grant applications
    Visiting schools to observe award-winning teachers
    Leading marketing, research, and data analysis projects
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    If outreach to schools increases from 270 schools. Our mission is to impact as many students as possible. Right now, we estimate that CFE has benefited nearly fifty thousand students. This is our greatest indicator for progress.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have awarded 284 small grants, reached 270 schools and have impacted 48,769 students. We want to reach as many teachers as possible and foster a greater learning community across Chicago.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

Chicago, IL

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Funding Needs

CFE welcomes program-restricted, grant-restricted, and general operating support.  For more information, please contact cfe@CFEgrants.org.

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Financials

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Chicago Foundation for Education
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

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Principal Officer

Maggie Morrison

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Brian Duwe

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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