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Since 2002, nearly 40 percent of Chicago’s principals and 10 percent of the city’s teachers have directly benefited from a Fund-related program. Over that same period, talented principals have led educators to narrow the achievement gap between Chicago’s elementary school students and their Illinois peers from 22 percent to six percent. What’s more, they helped raise graduation rates from 47 percent to 74.5 percent and increased performance on the ACT by 1.7 points. The growing number of strong educators in our schools means tens of thousands of our students are better prepared for success in our global economy.

We invite you to learn more about our specific grants by clicking on any link below.

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Summer Design Program
  • Amount: $1,935,000
  • Fund: 4,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2013-2017

The Summer Design Program (SDP) helps educators create and implement innovations that transform(...)

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Amount: $100,000
  • Fund: 4,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2016

In order to provide principals with time and space to share best practices,(...)

Chicago Principals Fellowship
  • Amount: $1,040,000
  • Fund: 4,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2014-2017

The Chicago Principals Fellowship is a 12-month program that will serve the top(...)

Cahn Fellows Program
  • Amount: $252,000
  • Fund: 4,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2016-17

The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Public School Principals at Teachers College, Columbia(...)

Annual Principal Engagement and Exit Survey
  • Amount: $63,696
  • Fund: 4,
  • Focus Area: Policy,
  • Year: 2014-2017

Each spring, The Fund invites all of Chicago’s public school principals to participate(...)

Principal Quality Database
  • Amount: $1,290,000
  • Fund: 4,
  • Focus Area: Partnership,
  • Year: 2016

The Principal Quality Database is a single source of information about principal quality(...)

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