Teacher Preparation & Recruitment
Schools across the country face chronic teacher shortages in the areas of special education, bilingual education
and STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
CPS will also create
teacher residency programs and more student teaching opportunities in shortage areas as well as internships for
those training to become special education service providers, such as school psychologists or occupational therapists.
Teaching is among the most challenging professions to master, especially for those who serve children living in poverty.
beyond the 12 weeks required by the state and assign more student teachers
to high-poverty schools. We will also provide professional development and guidance to CPS teachers who host
student teachers so that they can provide the kind of practice and feedback that improves teaching practice.
Better preparation will raise both student achievement and teacher retention.
Chicago is a diverse, dynamic, rewarding place to teach, but we cannot take for granted that our best student teachers
will apply for jobs in the district.
that explore the exciting innovations underway in schools across the city and introduce them
to principals who want to hire them.
Progressive, responsive, caring and relentless in their quest for excellence and success…that’s how
I would describe CPS educators and school leaders.
CPS principals typically hire new teachers over the summer when positions open, often losing potential applicants
to suburban districts that hire centrally in the spring.
to the most promising candidates in shortage areas and refer them to principals as positions
Schools with chronic teacher shortages are located in high-poverty neighborhoods, further disadvantaging the students
most in need of a skilled educator. To overcome this inequity,
also prioritize these schools when placing student teachers and residents, or referring promising teacher candidates
with credentials in high-needs subject areas.
Unlike other groups I have worked with, the Framework Specialists are visionary and responsive to
the needs of teachers right here in Chicago Public Schools.
Who better to lead a districtwide effort to improve teaching than the teachers themselves? Several years ago,
CPS recruited its top teachers to spread practices proven to lead to better student achievement.
Mary Tripp, a 7th Grade ELA teacher at Bateman Elementary, is one of the district’s 80 Framework
Specialists. Their mission is to improve teacher competence in all areas identified by the CPS Teaching Framework,
which includes planning and delivering instruction, creating a classroom environment that supports learning
and growing professionally. Like other Framework Specialists, Tripp leads monthly workshops, creates instructional
materials and even posts videos of her teaching online at the CPS Knowledge Center.
“I want teachers to recognize that often they are already doing these wonderful things and their students are
growing both academically and socially as a result. But we are models for our students. They are never done
learning—why should we be? The Framework has helped me personally to grow. I am now more engaging and purposeful.
But I am always striving to be better, just like an artist, a dancer, an Olympic athlete or a composer.
The Framework is what guides me to keep pushing myself.”