Josh Kaufmann

Guest Blogger

Executive Director, Teach Plus Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Josh Kaufmann has been the Executive Director of Teach Plus Illinois since 2014. Teaching Policy Fellows in Illinois played a leading role in reforming the state’s education funding formula through meeting with legislators, educating the public, organizing their peers and appearing in print, radio and on television. They also helped craft the state’s ESSA plan, resulting in an accountability system which includes student growth and several nonacademic indicators of school quality. He also brought Teacher-Led Professional Learning to Chicago, where over 150 teacher leaders have trained more than 2,500 peers since 2015. Prior to Teach Plus, Josh was a district administrator in Chicago Public Schools and a teacher in both New York City and Namibia, and has been working as an educator for 16 years. He holds a BA in theater from the University of Iowa and an MA in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

We Can Be a Nation of Dreamers and a Nation of Laws

On a hot day before the end of the school year, I sat in my classroom with Wajid, a tall…

By Josh Kaufmann

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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