CPS Teacher Advisory Council 

The CPS Teacher Advisory Council will serve as a forum for direct communication and collaboration between CPS teachers and the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and the CEdO (Chief Education Officer) of Chicago Public Schools. The Council will put the voice of teachers where it belongs – at the center of decisions that directly affect their students and school communities. Members will identify the issues most important to teachers, then work collaboratively with each other and with the District to come up with creative, evidence-based solutions.

Dear CPS Educators,

At CPS, we know that teacher voice is critical to shaping education policy, and we created the Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) to ensure that our teachers are at the center of discussions to drive learning for our students to fulfill our Five-Year Visionfor CPS.

TheCPS Teacher Advisory Council is a cohort of educators who are charged with developing creative, evidence-based solutions that address the district’s top priorities. This year’s cohort is building proposals to impact SEL, Equity, Teacher Retention, Family Involvement in Early Literacy, Equitable Access to Rigorous Coursework, and CTE Pathways. Past TACs have supported the development of new initiatives including a district-wide mentoring program for new teachers, professional development related to culturally sustaining pedagogy, and a survey to capture data from teachers who leave their schools. The TAC provides a truly unique and collaborative experience for members, with meaningful opportunities for leadership development and networking across the district.

We are currently seeking passionate, task-oriented, and innovative teacher leaders to join the 2019-2020 Teacher Advisory Council. Members of the Teacher Advisory Council represent a diverse body of educators in the district, such as classroom teachers, librarians, counselors, technology coordinators, and education support specialists, who want to expand their impact and improve of our schools. TAC members will serve a one-year term between September 2019 - June 2020 and meet with senior leadership on a monthly basis. At the end of the term, they will present their final projects/proposals to CPS leaders with the intention of shaping future policy and improving districtwide practices.

To learn more about the Council, apply, or nominate a teacher, please visit tinyurl.com/TACapp. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 5th.

Thank you for your dedication to our students, and we hope you will consider joining the Council.



Janice K. Jackson, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools

LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Education Officer

Program Overview

The CPS is looking for a diverse cross-section of teachers who want to make a difference by sharing their honest feedback and coming together around innovative solutions. Council members will be leaders within their school communities – passionate, task-oriented educators whose focus is the success of our students and the continuous improvement of our schools.

  • Teachers will be selected via an open application process based on experience as a leader/change-maker, rationale for joining the Council, commitment to serve, and the unique perspective he or she brings to the Council.
  • Council members are expected to serve a 12-month term that begins September 2019 and ends June 2020. A kickoff event will be held in Spring 2019.
  • Council members must commit to participating in monthly meetings after school hours.

Benefits to Teachers

  • Have a direct role in improving CPS
  • Gain important leadership and decision-making skills
  • Gain a network of of stakeholders through exposure to leaders at CPS and across the city

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current CPS educator (Teacher, Teacher-Librarian, Counselor, Education Support Specialist)
  • Must fully complete all sections of the application
  • If invited, must attend a second round in-person interview

Important Dates

Application Deadline
May 12, 2019
2nd Round Interviews
May 20-31, 2019
Decision Announced
June 3, 2019
1st Council Meeting
June 10, 2019


If you have any questions, please email, teacheradvisory@cps.edu.

Page Last Modified on Monday, May 06, 2019