Are you interested in how school policy is made and imposed on schools? Would you like to make that process work differently? Would you like to engage in a professional development experience that goes beyond what is typically offered? Are you interested in getting more involved in the Chicago Teachers Union through policy advocacy?

The CTU is excited to be participating for the first time in a Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) sponsored by our national union, the American Federation of Teachers.  We are looking for a small, diverse and representative number of CTU members who would like to participate in this exciting program with more than 25 other teacher union locals around the country. The CTU already has a long-standing and powerful summer organizing internship where members learn and practice organizing skills and become more active as leaders in our union. The TLP is another opportunity for members to learn and develop leadership skills while participating in policy research and advocacy.

CTU member participants gain significant benefits from participating, such as:

  • Develop a bigger toolbox of research, communication and engagement skills.
  • Collaborate with fellow members.
  • Create alternatives to current education policies in your school and Chicago Public Schools.
  • Engage with union leaders, elected officials and policy makers to influence their understanding of education and educators.
  • Assert and expand educators’ expertise and authority in making education policy.
  • Be part of a new leadership cohort within the CTU.


  • Interest in policy and examining issues relevant to our contract campaign and larger CTU goals.
  • Willingness to collaborate with fellow members to do research and advocacy around important school and union issues.
  • Attendance at eight Saturday meetings, once a month, from October through May.
  • Creation, presentation and write-up of research project.
  • Clinicians, early childhood educators and paraprofessionals strongly encouraged to apply.


  • $1,500 stipend, payable on completion.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) toward licensure (potentially).
  • Additional leadership opportunities in the CTU.

Application Requirements

Send a resume, cover letter and two (can be short) letters of recommendation by Friday, September 21, 2018 to with the subject line “CTU TLP.”

Jennifer Johnson is the CTU Chief of Staff.

This article appears in the September 2018 issue of the Chicago Union Teacher.