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Joshua Kaufmann

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Senior Executive Director

Josh Kaufmann (he/him) has been the Executive Director of Teach Plus Illinois since 2014.  Policy Fellows in Illinois played a leading role in reforming the state’s education funding formula, helped craft the state’s ESSA plan, and are currently working to strengthen our teacher pipeline, particularly for early childhood educators and for teachers of color.  Teach Plus Illinois has also expanded the Change Agent program, where teachers to work with their principals to identify a challenge in their building, and then Teach Plus provides coaching and support to help the teacher leaders lead a change process in their schools.  Josh also supports our sites in Nevada and Indiana, and our efforts around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Prior to Teach Plus, Josh was a district administrator in Chicago Public Schools and a teacher in both New York City and Namibia, and has been working as an educator for 19 years. He holds a BA in theater from the University of Iowa and an MA in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.