Executive Director, Teach Plus 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.