The Teachers’ Inquiry Project (TIP) aims to make teaching in Chicago sustainable work, both day-to-day and over the course of a life, supporting teachers as practitioners of democracy.

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Teachers as Civic Leaders

with Joel Westheimer, Author of What Kind of Citizen

a professional development seminar for teachers of all grade levels

The fights over resources and voice in Chicago schools, the upcoming 2016 presidential elections, and the 2015 passage of Illinois House Bill 4025, aimed at “helping young people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens,” make this an important moment for teachers to reflect on and speak up about their civic identity.



Addresses Objectives 4d and 4e in the Teaching Framework

March 30, April 13, and April 27, 5:30-8:30 pm

 Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave

This Teachers’ Inquiry Project seminar will begin with a public talk and seminar meeting with Joel Westheimer (click here for event flyer), followed by two further seminar meetings.  Teachers can come to Joel’s talk as a stand-alone event or come for the talk and continue in all three seminar sessions. Short readings will be assigned between sessions.  Light dinners will be provided for seminar participants.

Apply for the seminar by March 21 at this link. Teachers will be notified of their participation by March 23.

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Teachers as Civic Leaders:

Teaching in the Face of Politics, Power, and Conflict

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A Conversation with Joel Westheimer

For teachers, parents, and students

March 30, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave

ISBEs available

Presented by the Teachers’ Inquiry Project, with Francis W. Parker School, Mikva Challenge, Loyola University and DePaul University


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Field Trip to an Earth Day Celebration!

We’re excited to announce a new show created specifically for youth about engagement with the wisdom and whimsy of our mother nature! We’re having our premiere showing next month, April 29th 10:30am at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625.

Teachers, please bring your classes and forward to fellow educators who might be interested!
We are also booking this show in schools around the Chicagoland area. Please contact Lucia if there’s interest in bringing us to your school!

For tickets and more information visit:
For more information about the Chicago Folklore Ensemble, please visit our website: