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…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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