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Chicago Change Agent 2017-18

Is there a problem in your school that you want to solve? Would you like to positively impact student learning, while getting development as an educational leader, coaching support in tackling your school’s challenge, and connection to a network of other dynamic teacher leaders, all without having to leave the classroom? Through the Change Agent program, Teach Plus recruits, selects, trains, and supports outstanding teacher leaders to lead a school-based effort to address a problem of practice that affects students across their school. 

What is Change Agent?

Teach Plus recruits and selects teacher leaders who demonstrate effectiveness in their classroom and proficiency in their content area as well as the potential to develop the skills necessary for effectively leading other teachers.

To apply to this program, a teacher and principal co-identify an issue within their school that affects teacher practice and student outcomes in an academic area. 

Once selected, this teacher becomes a Teach Plus teacher leader (TL), joining the Change Agent cohort with TLs from other selected schools. Teach Plus will support the Change Agent TL in tackling their problem throughout the school year, in the following ways:

  • Leadership Training - Kicking off over the summer, we’ll host a teacher leadership training session, helping TLs create SMART goals and action plans to address the issue that they'd like to change in their respective schools.  
  • Monthly Coaching - Monthly during the school year, Teach Plus provides regular coaching sessions and cohort meetings to support TLs in their growth as educational leaders throughout the implementation of their action plans. 
  • Stipend - In recognition of their time and effort, Teach Plus will also award all participating teacher leaders a $2,500 stipend. 

At this moment, we are targeting TLs from Chicago schools (both charter and district) with a SQRP rating of 2, 2+, or 1, with a student population of at least 75% free or reduced lunch. If your school fits these requirements, we welcome a teacher (with the support of his/her principal) to apply to the Change Agent program!

As a Change Agent, you will:

  • Work with your principal to identify a high-leverage problem that you will address throughout the school year
  • Attend a kick-off training in August to develop your SMART goals and action plan
  • Work independently and collaboratively each month with Teach Plus coaches and the Change Agent cohort to discuss, analyze data, reflect, and revise action plans  
  • Celebrate your progress at an end-of-year showcase with other teacher leaders

All applicants must be current classroom teachers with a minimum of three years of teaching experience in a Chicago school with an SQRP rating of 2, 2+, or 1, with a student population of at least 75% free or reduced lunch. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the critical skills and competencies required for effectively leading their peers.

Application Process

Part 1- Online application

Part 2- Performance task & virtual interview

Application and Series Timeline

Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
Interviews (conducted virtually): The weeks of July 10th & 17th 
Facilitator Training: exact date TBD, but will be during the week of August 14th

Please contact Kristen Ciciora ( with any questions.