Walter Taylor, NBCT
Walter Taylor, NBCT (National Board Certified Teacher) is responsible for the strategic planning, development, and implementation of Chicago Teachers Union Foundation (CTUF) Quest Center’s Professional Development Division. Walter brings over 13 years of teaching science, language arts and special education in Chicago Public Schools, over 7 years of facilitating professional development (PD) for public education teachers through the CTUF’s Quest Center and over 21 years of curriculum development experience.
In addition to designing and teaching curricula to pre-service teachers and classroom teachers for the Golden Apple Foundation and the CTUF, Walter provides graduate-level PD to teachers. His signature PD offerings and programs include Restorative Practices, Differentiated Instruction, Questioning and Discussion Techniques, Cultural Competencies, Classroom Management, Critical Race Theory, Managing and Monitoring Student Learning and Student Engagement. Mr. Taylor has done extensive work with restorative practices. He works with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFT Congressional Black Caucus in many capacities (esp., restorative practices) which has led him to travel many places both domestically and internationally. Walter has done restorative practices PD in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Denver, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico City – to name a few.
Walter Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from National-Louis University, Masters of Science in Special Education from Chicago State University and Administrative/Supervision certificate (type 75) from Lewis University. Walter is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent Science and has just recently renewed that certification.
Walter Taylor is the award recipient of the:
- DRIVE Award Winner (2010)
- Favorite 8th Grade Teacher Award Winner (2007 – 2010)
- Golden Apple Teacher Semi-Finalist (2007 – 2008)
- Rochelle Lee Grant Winner (2007)
- Distinguished Educator Award Winner (2006 – 2007)
- Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois Award Winner (1993)