February 7, 2003

Master teachers to be honored by Mayor, business community

CHICAGO—Mayor Richard M. Daley and leaders from The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund), the Illinois Business Roundtable, and Chicago Public schools will honor the 93 Chicago public school teachers who earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in winter 2002 at a luncheon on February 12.

Widely regarded as the highest possible credential a teacher can earn, National Board Certification requires more than 400 hours of work outside the classroom. 162 CPS teachers now hold that honor—up from just 10 in 1999.

At the reception, The Chicago Public Education Fund will present the teachers with a $3,000 reward as part of The Fund’s million-dollar Give-Back Incentive for National Board Certification. Three schools where teams of 4 or more teachers earned certification will also receive $30,000 for continued professional development efforts.

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As a venture capital fund for public education, The Chicago Public Education Fund is an unprecedented catalyst for improving school leadership and student achievement system wide. Launched by a group of corporate and civic leaders, The Fund brings private sector dollars and expertise to high-impact programs aligned with Chicago Public Schools priorities. Find out more at www.cpef.org.