Pilot Light supports effective teaching and learning in the classroom through a cohesive model for classroom education, incorporating food as a lens for traditional subjects such as math, reading, history, and science.

To do this, we work with an incredible team of educators in schools across Chicagoland and beyond to build lessons aligned with Common Core, Next Generation Science, and our own Food Education Standards. These lessons are centered on their students’ knowledge, interests, curiosities, and lived experiences. Educators range from pre-K–12 grade and across all subject areas; they deliver their own lessons in addition to lessons created by past and present teachers. 

In the 10 years since Pilot Light began, the program has reached over 5,000 students across Chicago. In 2019, we launched the Food Education Fellowship to cultivate leaders in food education, and we welcome you to meet these incredible educators. Now in its second year, we’re excited to have educators COAST TO COAST and we hope you join us too in teaching food education wherever you may be!

We’re always looking to grow, and we welcome interested teachers and schools to reach out to us and check out our resources on the Food Education Center to teach food education in their classrooms.


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School Partners by Neighborhood, Year, and District

(*denotes School with 2019-2020 Food Education Fellow, +denotes School with 2020-2021 Food Education Fellow, ^ denotes outside of Chicago Public School District)

Archer Heights
Academy for Global Citizenship *+

Ashburn Community Elementary School

Albany Park
John M. Palmer Elementary School *

Hazelgreen Elementary +^

Auburn Gresham
Oglesby Elementary School +
Scott Joplin Elementary +

Brighton Park
Acero Brighton Park Elementary School +

Bronzeville Classical Elementary School *
Donoghue UChicago Charter School

Chicago Lawn
Claremont Academy Elementary School
Morrill Science and Math Elementary School

East Palo Alto (CA)
The Primary School +^

East Village (Manhattan, NY)
The Neighborhood  School +^

Dewey School of Excellence *
Johnson College Prep
Lillian R. Nicholson STEM Academy
Perkins Bass Elementary School
The Montessori School of Englewood +

Grand Boulevard
Ludwig van Beethoven Elementary School +

Pritzker College Prep +

Humboldt Park
Alfred Nobel Elementary School *

Hyde Park
Bret Harte Elementary School
Ray Elementary School *

Lake Fairview (Orlando, FL)
Lake Weston Elementary School +^

Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park High School +

Logan Square
Charles R. Darwin Elementary School

Old Irving Park
Disney II Magnet Elementary School *
Disney II High School *

Near West Side
John M. Smyth Elementary School

North Kenwood
North Kenwood Oakland UChicago Charter School

North Lawndale
Chalmers School of Excellence +

Butler College Prep *

Washington Park
Edmond Burke Elementary School

West Englewood
Anna R. Langford Community Academy
Charles W. Earle Elementary School

West Roseland
Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep +

West Town
Ellen Mitchell Elementary School
Rowe Middle Charter School *

Wilmington (Los Angeles, CA)
Gulf Avenue STEAM Elementary School and Magnet Center + ^

John Foster Dulles Elementary School +

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