Project: School Board School
Grant/Date: 2018 Haile Fellowship Recipient
Bio: Elisa is a parent, former teacher and education advocate. She is also a former CPS Board of Education member and worked for over a decade with Teach for America.
Project: Elisa Hoffman will spend her Fellowship year creating School Board School, a first-of-its-kind program focused on training individuals elected to local school boards with the skills and knowledge they need to be effective from the moment they take office. School Board School will provide opportunities for prospective candidates to attend board meetings, visit schools, and engage with current board members, district administrators, and education experts, as well as help ground participants in their values and motivations for this important work. School Board School will also provide ongoing support once participants are elected in order to continue to grow their effectiveness over time. Elisa will use the Fellowship time—and funds—to pilot this new curriculum for the 2019 CPS board election cycle, and if it proves effective, she has plans to offer it to other school districts regionally and nationally as a social enterprise.
This project is in progress. Check back for updates.