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Launch of the Social Justice Educator Cohort Program

Social Justice Educator Cohort

The UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP)–in collaboration with It Takes A Village Family of Schools (ITAV)–recently announced the launch of their transformative initiative, the Social Justice Educator Cohort (SJEC) program. This program is designed to empower teams of dynamic Chicago educators to collaborate on projects that advance racial justice in schools.

The SJEC centers teams of teachers as intellectuals, leaders and changemakers, providing them with the tools and insights to drive organizational and classroom transformation. Through collaboration, teams will develop innovative curriculum, projects and practices to address racial disparities in education.

Founded in 2004 in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, It Takes A Village Family of Schools is a tight-knit network of schools and programs in Chicago that seek to positively transform and advance their communities by providing access to high-quality, culturally responsive education and life-empowering social services. ITAV is committed to nurturing critical consciousness and empowering young leaders to engage with social justice issues. This SJEC program collaboration with IRRPP aligns with their mission by equipping educators with the knowledge and skills to create inclusive learning environments where all students can thrive.

Anyone who is currently part of a local team of educators and is passionate about social justice education is encouraged to consider applying for the SJEC program.

The priority application deadline for the SJEC program is April 15, 2024.

Learn more about the program and to access the application form here.