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Social Justice Educator Program

The Social Justice Educator Cohort (SJEC) is a year-long social justice leadership program for educators. This development program will bring together a group of dynamic Chicago educators to collaborate on projects that will advance racial justice in schools.

This free program is offered by It Takes A Village Family of Schools (ITAV) and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP).

SJEC Program Goals Heading link

  • Increase understanding of the ways structural racism shapes education, teaching, and their students’ educational experiences including how racial dynamics have shaped the sociohistorical context of urban education.
  • Increase understanding of how identity shapes school processes, interactions, and learning.
  • Develop pedagogical tools to integrate issues of racial justice and civic engagement into the curriculum and the classroom.
  • Identify ways to improve educational experiences and outcomes for all students.
  • Create a supportive community for sharing best practices in social justice education.
  • Integrate new knowledge and skills into a work plan for implementation in schools and classrooms in the Chicagoland area.

SJEC Participants Heading link

  • Receive a $2500 honorarium plus extra research funds to support their work in the cohort.
  • Attend a 4-day professional learning workshop: Summer Education Workshop (SEW) June 10-13, 2024.
  • Participate in monthly workshops throughout the year.
  • Receive CPDUs.

Contact Heading link

For more information, please email