About the Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE)
CFE has been engaging community support for teachers, students and high quality public schools in Chicago for more than three decades. The organization was founded by a group of concerned area residents led by Joyce Rumsfeld in 1985. Its work was initially focused on character education, partnering with the school district to implement a character ...education curriculum in several elementary schools. After a favorable evaluation of the program’s effectiveness, the district took over responsibility and CFE’s activities expanded organically into other initiatives.
Today, CFE pursues its vision of high quality public education for every child in our community by providing grants, professional development and leadership opportunities for teachers. Research consistently points to teachers as the most important school-based factor in student achievement. CFE’s grant based programs and workshops provide opportunities for innovation, collaboration and leadership driven by teacher-identified needs. Chicago public school teachers report that involvement in CFE programs increases their confidence, renews their commitment and has a positive impact on both their teaching practice and student achievement. More than 700 teachers serving 52,035 students in 319 schools participated in at least one CFE program during the 2015-2016 school year. These efforts have directly impacted over one million Chicago public school students to date.