TEACH (Teacher Education & Access to College for Highschoolers) is a year round program that works to recruit underrepresented students from Chicago, Decatur, and Peoria public high schools to pursue teacher education. TEACH provides high school students with post secondary and teacher education programming by training them to engage children in local elementary schools from which they graduated. This process inculcates community ownership and serves as a model to empower them to mentor and tutor elementary students in their own community. It offers opportunities in both teaching topics and general college access information. TEACH nurtures students' passion for teaching and guides them on their path.
Building bridges between university preparation and on-the-job, community-based teaching and learning is central to the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline's mission. We have been able to identify and partner with five, culturally distinct Chicago neighborhoods to work towards comprehensive community development on the platform of urban teacher education. By living, teaching, and learning in a partner community, teacher candidates learn more about how their role as “teacher” fits together with the social, cultural, and educational landscape of the targeted community and school.
To increase teacher quality to directly impact student learning and achievement, our urban teacher preparation model follows a contextually-based, community-centric approach and partners with community-based organizations. We support local educational reform and collaboratively work together to improve the quality of life of all its respective residents while simultaneously offering a counter narrative to the deficit-based discourse on urban public education in Chicago. The Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline and its partnerships are grounded in theory, practiced in classrooms, and are building bridges to guide future teachers as they actualize social justice for social change into their philosophy as teachers and citizens in a democratic society.
Twice per year, we offer a fully-immersive exploration into our partner communities and schools through a one-day Urban Bus Trip. This opportunity affords ISU students with a chance to visit Chicago, learn from ISU alumni now teaching in Chicago schools, and alongside our community-based partners. The trip is open to all freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students interested in exploring urban teacher education and is free. For more information please contact:Ellis Hurd, ED.D.