The Chicago Public Education Fund



Working Together to Make Schools Great: Principal-led Professional Learning Communities

Melissa Zaikos has an impressive leadership resume: before becoming principal, CEO and founder of Intrinsic Schools, Melissa served as a CPS Network Chief and as the head of the Autonomous…

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10.21.2016  |  

A Letter to Chicago’s Principals: Thank You!

To our beloved principals, October marks National Principal Appreciation Month, and to kick it off, we wanted to share our gratitude for each of you. As former principals ourselves, we…

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Steve Tozer on the Importance of Principal Supervisors

Guest author Steve Tozer is Professor and University Scholar in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Director of the Center for Urban Education Leadership at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He…

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Puzzle Building with a Purpose

Today’s guest author, Furman Brown, is the Lead Designer and CEO at Sensible Innovation, an organization dedicated to helping school leaders find uncommon yet practical solutions for organizing their talent,…

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Keeping Chicago’s Best Leaders Where We Need Them Most – in Our Schools

By Heather Y. Anichini, CEO of The Chicago Public Education Fund Research on successful, enduring organizations is clear: strong leadership is required. Public schools are no different. Principals shape the…

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Partnerships Are Key to Principal Leadership Training Programs

By Penelope L. Peterson Eleanor R. Baldwin Professor Dean of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy *** According to a National Conference of State Legislatures (NSCL) report, principals…

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How We Retain Our Top Principals

By Dr. Janice K. Jackson Note from The Fund: Dr. Janice K. Jackson is the Chief Education Officer of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and leads the entire academic arm of…

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Choosing to Lead and Stay in Chicago

Note from The Fund: Serena Peterson-Klosa is the principal of Christian Ebinger Elementary School on Chicago’s Northside in the Edison Park community. She is an alum of the inaugural 2014-15…

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Expanding My Impact through the Chicago Principals Fellowship

Note from The Fund: Jo Easterling-Hood, an alum of the 2015-16 Chicago Principals Fellowship, authored this post. In its first two years, the program served 41 principals in schools citywide. 32…

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