The Chicago Public Education Fund


Q&A with Principal Erin Roche

After working as a teacher, Erin Roche felt that he could do more as an administrator to improve local school leadership. As Prescott Magnet Cluster School’s principal, he sees the…

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Including Parents in a Child’s Educational Journey

For Principal LaTarsha Green, Marquette Elementary School is more than just a workplace. “[The school] is really an extension of who I am and who I want to be,” she…

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11.04.2016  |  

Thinking Outside the Box

At Hawthorne Elementary, a principal on the roof is not an uncommon sight to see. Principal Nate Pietrini, a former Fund Educator Advisory Committee member, is known for his unconventional…

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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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