Educator Support

At Amandla, excellent teaching is at the core of everything that we do and who we are.  To support excellence in teaching, Amandla provides robust, individualized, job-embedded professional development for all staff members.  Highlights of our educator development program are below.


More Time for Professional Learning - Our modified bell schedule provides two hours of dedicated teacher learning and collaboration time each week and our calendar has more than twice as many professional development days as other CPS schools. Data Team Membership - All teachers are members of data teams, which analyze and learn from formative assessment data and student work in an intellectually safe, collaborative, teacher-led space. Personalized Instructional Coaching - Our principal and three assistant principals provide individualized coaching and support that is based upon professional growth goals set collaboratively with each teacher. Career Development Pathways - All of our school level administrators began their careers at Amandla as classroom teachers and as we continue to grow as a school, we will distribute even more leadership to new teacher-leaders among our faculty. All Amandla teachers engage in professional growth and career planning conversations as part of their regular coaching cycles.