May 8, 2017

The Fund Launches 2017 Principal Engagement Survey

May 8, 2017 – Today, The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) invited all of Chicago’s public school principals to participate in its fourth annual Principal Engagement Survey. The survey will continue to track important metrics about principal satisfaction, professional development and retention for the 2016-17 school year that will ultimately inform The Fund’s annual School Leadership Report, which is released publicly and distributed to leaders in our city’s educational and civic leadership each fall. The Fund is continuing its partnership with the National Business Research Institute, Inc. (NBRI) for the third consecutive year to administer the survey.

“Principals are critical to the continued success of Chicago’s public schools,” said Heather Y. Anichini, President and CEO of The Fund. “This survey provides the kind of direct feedback that shapes existing program and policy improvements, as well as new initiative development, for nonprofits, funders and education leaders across the city. ”

Last year, over 73 percent of Chicago’s principals participated in the survey. The Fund released results on ChicagoPrincipals.org, the official website of The Chicago Principal Partnership (The Partnership), a resource to provide Local School Council and charter school board members with the tools they need to run a strong principal selection process. The survey’s release provided the public with more information on the Chicago principal experience and compared principal responses by school type and grade level served.

Survey results historically influence recommendations detailed in The Fund’s annual School Leadership Reports, all of which can be found here. In the past, these reports have highlighted a need to improve Chicago’s principal retention, strategies for reversing the troubling trend and how to improve principal placement in Chicago’s pubic schools.

This fall, The Fund will once again share the results of the survey on ChicagoPrincipals.org and will release its 2017 School Leadership Report, which will focus on the supports principals need to continue to improve teaching and learning, while developing strong culture and climate in schools.