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 Mar. 1, 2021

Inside the Decade-Long Plan to Recruit, Hire and Retain 9,000 Black Educators Across the Country

Across the entire United States, there aren’t nearly enough Black teachers inside classrooms.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, less than 7% of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Mar. 3, 2021

Biden Is Right, We Need Kids to Go Back to School But Not Like Before

On March 13, 2020, when Governor Newsom shut down schools in California including in LAUSD where my son is now a senior, I held my…

By Anya Grottel-Brown

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

If Houston’s District Schools Keep Taking the Day Off, Students Will Never Catch Up

There have been some good reasons to close schools over the past year—in the early days of the pandemic, for example, or during major weather…

By Danielle Durbin

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