Grant Portfolio

Over the last 15 years, The Fund’s grants have made a measurable, positive impact on Chicago’s public schools and improved outcomes for the children they serve.

We seeded more than 30 programs and organizations dedicated to recruiting, supporting and retaining great educators in every type of public school in Chicago. This vibrant nonprofit community has trained and developed 25 percent of principals and 10 percent of teachers in Chicago’s public schools today. Each year, these programs and organizations support hundreds of additional educators in the classrooms and hallways of our schools.

Since 2002, these talented educators helped narrow the achievement gap between Chicago’s elementary students and their Illinois peers from 22 percent to 6 percent. Over the same period, they helped raise graduation rates from 47 percent to 69 percent, while simultaneously increasing performance on the ACT by 1.7 points. Increasing the number of strong educators in our schools means better teaching and more learning for tens of thousands of our students.

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

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University of Illinois at Chicago – Coaching

University of Illinois at Chicago – Coaching

Amount: $585,000

Fund: 4

2016

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University of Illinois at Chicago – Coaching

Amount: $585,000

Fund: 4

2016

In order to provide principals with targeted, differentiated in-role supports, The Fund will make grants to a series of coaching organizations throughout SY 2015-16 and 2016-17. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – a leader in coaching supports for principals and a founding member of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative – offers principals differentiated coaching supports to help them improve their leadership to accelerate positive student outcomes. During the 2016-17 school year, four full-time leadership coaches will work with 80 principals across four partner CPS Networks.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Amount: $100,000

Fund: 4

2016

http://thefundchicago.org/what-we-do/discover-series-professional-learning-community/

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Amount: $100,000

Fund: 4

2016

http://thefundchicago.org/what-we-do/discover-series-professional-learning-community/

In order to provide principals with time and space to share best practices, The Fund will support seven principal-led Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) throughout the 2016-17 school year. Each PLC is led by a principal leader around a specific topic and includes 5-10 principal participants representing both charter- and district-managed schools in a diverse array of communities throughout Chicago. The goal of the PLC program is to provide principal leaders with an opportunity to utilize their expertise, share best practice among principal colleagues and create a unique cross-district opportunity to bring diverse principal leaders into conversation with each other.

National Louis – Coaching

National Louis – Coaching

Amount: $55,000

Fund: 4

2016

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National Louis – Coaching

Amount: $55,000

Fund: 4

2016

In order to provide principals with targeted, differentiated in-role supports, The Fund will make grants to a series of coaching organizations throughout SY 2015-16 and 2016-17. National Louis University (NLU) – a leader in teacher and principal preparation and also a member of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative – offers principals job-embedded coaching supports to help them improve their practice and bolster academic growth in their schools. During the 2016-17 school year, five NLU coaches will work individually with 15 principals in CPS’ Network 11 in the Englewood area of Chicago.

Cahn Fellows Program

Cahn Fellows Program

Amount: $126,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/cahnfellows/

The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Public School Principals at Teachers College, Columbia University (Cahn…

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Cahn Fellows Program

Amount: $126,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/cahnfellows/

The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Public School Principals at Teachers College, Columbia University (Cahn Fellows Program) is a national fellowship for principals from New York City, Chicago and Newark, NJ. The program aims to strengthen public school systems by investing in its most effective school leaders through best-in-class leadership and professional development.

Since 2003, the Cahn Fellows Program has admitted an annual cohort of 20-25 principals. The Fund’s investment will expand the cohort to include eight Chicago principals for its 2016-17 cohort, up from the one to two that the program has typically accepted in previous cohorts.

Through the fifteen-month program, each Fellow chooses an “ally” – an assistant principal or teacher who aspires to be a principal – to participate in the program with them. Fellows and their allies attend an intensive summer institute in New York, weekend retreats and faculty study groups. Teachers College faculty conduct regular visits to each Fellow’s school to offer on-the-ground support. Additionally, each Fellow implements a leadership project over a period of nine months.

Principals in the program commit to continuing to lead within Chicago’s public schools for at least three years following their participation in the program.

Impact

  • Eight high-performing principals from Chicago’s public schools were selected for the 2016-17 Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Public School Principals.

 

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Fulcrum Education Solutions (Instructional Coaching for Principals)

Fulcrum Education Solutions (Instructional Coachin...

Amount: $22,500

Fund: 4

2016

http://www.fulcrumeducationsolutions.com/

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Fulcrum Education Solutions (Instructional Coaching for Principals)

Amount: $22,500

Fund: 4

2016

http://www.fulcrumeducationsolutions.com/

In order to provide principals with targeted, differentiated in-role supports, The Fund will make grants to a series of coaching organizations throughout SY 2015-16 and 2016-17. Fulcrum Education Solutions offers principals needed expertise to focus on teaching and learning in their buildings. Founder and CEO Cal Wysocki – who previously served as the Lead Dean in a Noble school, a Curriculum Specialist for Teach For America and the Manager of High School STEM Initiatives for Chicago Public Schools – will work closely with school leaders to help them maximize teacher development in their buildings.

Chicago Public Schools Working Groups

Chicago Public Schools Working Groups

Amount: $30,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2015

http://cps.edu/Pages/home.aspx

Starting in August 2015, The Fund supported the activities of three Working Groups, called together by…

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Chicago Public Schools Working Groups

Amount: $30,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2015

http://cps.edu/Pages/home.aspx

Starting in August 2015, The Fund supported the activities of three Working Groups, called together by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO and Chief Education Officer to accelerate progress and improve school quality. These groups were given the following charges:

  • Principal Quality Working Group: developing schools leaders and offering support and professional development.
  • High School Working Group: developing a model-agnostic plan for a quality high school within three miles of every home in Chicago.
  • Support for Schools Working Group: improving Central Office supports and programs to better align with the needs of schools.

Each group consists of education, civic and business leaders, and is expected to provide a final report to the CEO and Chief Education Officer in late 2015 or early 2016.  Additional detail about these groups is available from CPS.

Impact

  • Provided support for three CPS Working Groups

Principal Data and Analytics

Principal Data and Analytics

Amount: $610,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014-2015

In order to both make informed investments and evaluate our past impact, The Fund has…

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Principal Data and Analytics

Amount: $610,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014-2015

In order to both make informed investments and evaluate our past impact, The Fund has developed increasingly comprehensive data and information around principal quality in Chicago.  These efforts included a thorough analysis of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principal preparation and placement process, conducted by The Boston Consulting Group and additional in-depth interviews and focus groups with CPS principals.

In addition, The Fund has begun conducting a series of annual surveys of both exiting principals and sitting CPS principals, at both district-operated and charter schools. Findings from the 2014 survey were published in an initial report, titled School Leadership in Chicago: A Baseline Report. Findings from the 2015 survey were unveiled at a City Club of Chicago event in November 2015, and they were published in our 2015 School Leadership Report, titled Chicago’s Fight to Keep Top Principals. 

Impact

  • Development of a principal quality database, identifying principal tenure, school growth and other relevant data
  • More than 30 CPS principals participated in focus groups and interviews
  • Initial report on principal quality in Chicago, based on responses from over 300 principals
  • Second annual report on principal quality in Chicago, based on responses from 435 principals

In-role Principal Support

In-role Principal Support

Amount: $150,000

Fund: 4

2015

In an effort to meet the individual development needs of CPS principals, The Fund has…

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In-role Principal Support

Amount: $150,000

Fund: 4

2015

In an effort to meet the individual development needs of CPS principals, The Fund has organized a series of workshops oriented around specific topics of interest to augment other professional development opportunities provided to principals.

In 2015, we have hosted or plan to host sessions covering three topics:

–  The 5 Essentials, presented by UChicago Impact as a two-part workshop, wherein educators explored ways to improve culture and climate in their schools.

–  Distributed Leadership, featuring Respond-ability, wherein principals explored concepts behind distributed leadership discussed performance management techniques and processes to help align their work with their student achievement goals.

–  Scheduling and Budgeting, presented by Furman Brown, wherein principals will learn how to utilize school schedules to best leverage time, technology and talent to help principals create solutions for some of their most pressing challenges.

In addition to workshops, The Fund is investing in Teach For America to provide tailored executive coaching for sitting principals, supporting engagement, effectiveness and retention in-role.

Throughout Fund 4, The Fund will continue to invest in similar types of opportunities to engage and support CPS principals.

Impact

  • Thus far in 2015, around 30 CPS principals have participated or are scheduled to participate in these sessions and workshops.

Chicago Principals Fellowship

Chicago Principals Fellowship

Amount: $500,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014-2017

The Chicago Principals Fellowship is a 12-month program that will serve the top 10 percent…

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Chicago Principals Fellowship

Amount: $500,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014-2017

The Chicago Principals Fellowship is a 12-month program that will serve the top 10 percent of Chicago’s public school principals by the end of the 2016-17 school year.

With an annual cohort of 20 to 25 principals, the Fellowship represents a new strand of executive leadership development, designed for and with Chicago’s most talented principals. The Fellowship is a partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Northwestern University, and is supported by an investment from The Fund and the Crown Family.

Fellows participate in a rigorous executive leadership program provided by the Center for Nonprofit Management at Kellogg and the School for Education and Social Policy, both at Northwestern. They will also receive a 360-degree evaluation, executive coaching and the opportunity to represent Chicago at regional and national education conferences. To participate, all Principal Fellows commit to continuing to lead in CPS for at least three years.

The inaugural Chicago Principals Fellowship cohort represents a variety of public schools in Chicago. A large majority of the principals lead schools with a student population that is both predominantly low-income and minority. Together, they serve more than 14,000 students across the city.  The second cohort reflects a similar mix and breadth of schools.

The Fund is investing in the Chicago Principals Fellowship with the goal of supporting 60 of Chicago’s top public school principals over three years – and, ultimately, retaining our best principals by creating the best training, recruitment, in-role development opportunities in the nation. The Chicago Principals Fellowship will impact not only our school leaders, but Chicago’s students, teachers, families and communities for years to come.

Impact

  • 21 Fellows participated in the 2014-15 school year
  • 20 Fellows participated in the 2015-16 school year

Summer Design Program

Summer Design Program

Amount: $1,500,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2013

The Summer Design Program (SDP) is designed to help educators create and implement innovations that transform…

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Summer Design Program

Amount: $1,500,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2013

The Summer Design Program (SDP) is designed to help educators create and implement innovations that transform student learning in their classrooms or schools and to provide expert content-area support throughout the process. Educator teams from public schools across Chicago engage in a series of sessions facilitated by our partners from Greater Good Studio, LEAP Innovations, Sensible Innovation and National SAM Innovation Project designed to clarify a school-based, student-centered challenge, identify new or known solutions in Chicago and elsewhere and design a classroom or grade-level innovation. School teams include the principal and two to three members of their school team.

SDP launched in summer 2013 with an initial cohort of 16 educator teams, working with our partner 2Revolutions. A second cohort of 40 schools participated with our partners from TrueSchool Studio in summer 2014 and a third cohort of 40 schools participated in summer 2015 with TrueSchool Studio, Sensible Innovation and LEAP Innovations. In summer 2016, 45 teams have joined to work with one of our three content-area partners. From this first three cohorts of SDP alone, 12 participants have moved on to explore whole-school redesign through Breakthrough Schools Chicago.

During SDP, team members will work together with The Fund and other content-area experts to learn as much as possible about how others are already transforming learning environments, to adopt better practices or existing approaches where they already exist and to develop new solutions where we need them most.

In addition to providing facilitation, logistics and launch awards, The Fund provides evaluation support for launched innovations and shares findings and promising practices throughout the Network and broader Chicago education community.

Impact

  • Over 135 talented educator teams from over 115 CPS schools have participated in the SDP to date.
  • Examples of promising innovations and successful teams are available, along with a more detailed case studies of SDP 2013 and SDP 2014 schools.

Breakthrough Schools: Chicago

Breakthrough Schools: Chicago

Amount: $1,410,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014-2015

http://thefundchicago.org/what-we-do/innovative-educator-network/breakthrough-schools-chicago/

Breakthrough Schools: Chicago is a $2 million competition for school designers and other entrepreneurial educators to…

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Breakthrough Schools: Chicago

Amount: $1,410,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014-2015

http://thefundchicago.org/what-we-do/innovative-educator-network/breakthrough-schools-chicago/

Breakthrough Schools: Chicago is a $2 million competition for school designers and other entrepreneurial educators to develop and launch next-generation schools in Chicago that provide personalized instruction. This citywide initiative is designed to move beyond tinkering with what we have, and develop the more effective solutions we need.

The local-national partnership led by Chicago’s LEAP InnovationsNext Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) and The Fund, aims to propel the nation’s third largest school district toward a critical mass of powerful, next-generation schools, disseminating best practices so all students are prepared to succeed with 21st Century skills. Chicago and Washington, D.C., were home to the first two regional NGLC efforts in the nation.

2014 winners include new start-ups as well as existing traditional public schools, charters, magnets, and turnarounds. Although their models may differ, they all share a clear vision: blended teaching and learning in which each student is engaged and empowered to take charge their own learning, while each educator uses robust data to pinpoint student needs allowing them to accelerate or remediate students.

The result: a new cadre of next-generation schools in some of the most challenged Chicago communities.

As part of the initiative to spur educator-led innovation and prepare a pipeline of principal-led teams to participate in Breakthrough Schools: Chicago, The Fund launched its inaugural Summer Design Program (SDP) in 2013.  Three participants from this initial SDP cohort went on to win grants through Breakthrough Schools: Chicago. An additional nine from subsequent cohorts have also gone on to win these grants. In addition to funding school-level grants associated with the first group of Breakthrough winners, The Fund has made a direct investment in LEAP Innovations to lead this work in Chicago.

Impact

  • Seven Chicago schools won $100,000 planning grants to develop and launch next-generation schools that provide personalized instruction. School profiles and plans are available.
  • A second set of 26 schools received planning grants in 2015, and some of the initial cohort has begun to receive implementation grants.

Principal Placement

Principal Placement

Amount: $25,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014-2015

Given the need to ensure a high-quality principal in every Chicago public school, The Fund made…

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Principal Placement

Amount: $25,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014-2015

Given the need to ensure a high-quality principal in every Chicago public school, The Fund made investments in the CPS principal placement process. Our efforts are largely focused on two areas: candidate support and Local School Council (LSC) support.

The Chicago principal selection process can be difficult to navigate for both aspiring principal candidates and LSC members.  To help ensure clear information flows, The Fund supported the creation of a web-based portal where candidates who have passed the CPS principal eligibility process can upload their resumes and profiles, and where LSC members can search, filter and review these profiles, identifying potential candidates.

In addition, we conducted a series of interviews with Local School Councils (LSCs) that had recently hired a principal, identifying overall capacity needs. Based on these interviews, we identified a set of hiring consultants – individuals with extensive Chicago community and educational experience, who can serve as on-demand support for LSCs undergoing principal selection.

Impact

  • Online profile book of principal candidates created, which received more than 10,000 pageviews in its first three months.

Discover Series Design Studios

Discover Series Design Studios

Amount: $55,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014

Along with our Summer Design Program (SDP) partner, TrueSchool Studio, The Fund hosts a series…

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Discover Series Design Studios

Amount: $55,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 4

2014

Along with our Summer Design Program (SDP) partner, TrueSchool Studio, The Fund hosts a series of Design Studio workshops each spring to introduce Chicago educators to design thinking in education. Design Studios last approximately two hours, contain a series of interactive activities for participants, and serve as initial preparation for educators who might be interested in assembling a school-based team to apply for and join the SDP.

Participants in Design Studios have opportunities to engage with other individuals and institutions working to transform student learning; learn about new models, approaches and innovations in other schools in Chicago and across the country; and receive additional support and/or funding to continue building, expanding and implementing innovative ideas.

In addition to providing facilitation, logistics and launch awards, The Fund provides evaluation support for launched innovations and will share findings and promising practices throughout the Innovative Educator Network (consisting of all participants in our Discover, SDP, Breakthrough or Solutions programming) and the broader Chicago education community.

Impact

  •  More than 110 educators participated in a Design Studio in 2015, and over 80 participated in 2014.

Innovative Educator Network

Innovative Educator Network

Amount: $2,750,000

Fund: 4

2013-2015

Launched in summer 2013, The Fund’s Innovative Educator Network (The Network) unites high-performing educators willing…

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Innovative Educator Network

Amount: $2,750,000

Fund: 4

2013-2015

Launched in summer 2013, The Fund’s Innovative Educator Network (The Network) unites high-performing educators willing to re-think the way they use talent, technology and time to transform student learning citywide. The Network consists of several program elements:

– Design Studios, in which CPS teachers and principals receive an introduction to design thinking and problem solving in education.

– The Summer Design Program (SDP), in which school-based teams of a principal and two or three teachers engage in a series of workshops designed to clarify a school-based academic challenge, identify new or known solutions in Chicago and elsewhere, and plan a classroom, grade-level or school-wide implementation.

– Breakthrough Schools: Chicago, a $2 million competition for school designers and other entrepreneurial educators to develop and launch next-generation schools in Chicago that provide personalized instruction.

– The Chicago Principals Fellowship, a rigorous, yearlong program designed to support and retain top public school principals by providing what many are asking for: differentiated professional development opportunities that help them continue to grow professionally in the leadership of their schools, teachers and students.

– Case Studies and Reports, through which we provide examples of good practice within Chicago’s public schools by profiling principals with timely, innovative solutions to complex challenges.

Impact

  • More than 800 educators from more than 90 Chicago public schools have joined The Network.

 

Accountability Research

Accountability Research

Amount: $85,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 3, 4

2012

http://www.cps.edu/Pages/reachstudents.aspx

Building on prior investments in a new teacher evaluation system for Chicago, The Fund contracted…

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Accountability Research

Amount: $85,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 3, 4

2012

http://www.cps.edu/Pages/reachstudents.aspx

Building on prior investments in a new teacher evaluation system for Chicago, The Fund contracted with the University of Chicago to further develop the District’s assessment and accountability function.  This work, conducted over the course of four months, ultimately framed the teacher evaluation system launched in 2012-2013 (REACH Students), and contributed to the development of the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) which took effect in the 2014-2015 school year.  This overhaul included the development of an approach to consistently measure growth in student outcomes at the teacher, principal and school levels.

Impact

  • Current teacher evaluation (REACH) and principal evaluation apply to all teachers and principals in district schools. Both evaluation frameworks include student growth and rigorous observation of practice as major components in the overall rating.  Further detail on REACH is available on the CPS website.
  • Information on the SQRP is also available on the CPS website

New Classrooms

New Classrooms

Amount: $600,000

Fund: 3, 4

2012-2014

http://www.newclassrooms.org/

Building on the success of the Additional Learning Opportunities pilot, The Fund seeded the launch of…

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New Classrooms

Amount: $600,000

Fund: 3, 4

2012-2014

http://www.newclassrooms.org/

Building on the success of the Additional Learning Opportunities pilot, The Fund seeded the launch of New Classrooms in two district schools in 2012.  A third school joined during 2013. New Classrooms is a nationally recognized technology-enabled math program in sixth through eighth grades. New Classrooms uses an innovative approach to math education, in which students receive customized instruction each day from a combination of individual tutoring, small-group work, computer use and traditional lessons with a teacher. Student progress is tracked each day, and each individually-tailored lesson plan is adjusted accordingly.

The investment in New Classrooms empowers teachers to do their work more productively, and it provides them with the support, tools and data to extend their reach while maximizing their impact.

Impact

  • Provided 600 students in three schools access to personalized middle school math curriculum from a nationally recognized model.
  • New Classrooms continues at one Chicago Public Schools elementary school today, with promising results.
  • The Fund’s experience with New Classrooms helped shape our Fund 4 strategy, which includes a commitment to educator-led technology innovation in schools.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Additional Learning Opportunities

Amount: $0 (and staff time)

Fund: 3

2011-2012

www.alocps.org

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Additional Learning Opportunities

Amount: $0 (and staff time)

Fund: 3

2011-2012

www.alocps.org

The Fund assisted with the successful launch of an Additional Learning Opportunities (ALO) pilot program in 15 District schools. The schools added 90 minutes of educational time to the school day using educational software and a modified after-school staffing model. Fund staff worked closely with CPS officials to select schools, train program coordinators at each site and provide program management. The positive results of this pilot program helped inform options for all CPS schools as the District moved to a Full School Day beginning in 2012-2013.

Impact

• 6,000 students in 15 schools received 1,100 additional minutes of reading/math instruction each month.
• 80 percent of schools outperformed similar schools in math; 53 percent in reading, when compared with similar schools and compared with their own growth in the previous year (2009-2010).

Teacher and Principal Evaluation

Teacher and Principal Evaluation

Amount: $195,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 3, 4

2010

http://www.cps.edu/Pages/reachstudents.aspx

The Illinois Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) mandated that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) implement a…

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Teacher and Principal Evaluation

Amount: $195,000 (and staff time)

Fund: 3, 4

2010

http://www.cps.edu/Pages/reachstudents.aspx

The Illinois Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) mandated that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) implement a student-outcome, performance-based evaluation system for both teachers and principals, with teacher evaluation required by fall 2012. Beginning in 2010, Fund staff and directors worked closely with CPS leaders to discuss major issues related to teacher evaluation in Chicago.  Best practices from other districts were identified and options were considered in the Chicago context.  A final recommendation was presented to then-CEO Jean-Claude Brizard in summer 2011, which also identified further opportunities for Fund support.  The Fund continues to engage with CPS leadership to ensure the successful implementation of teacher evaluation (REACH) and principal evaluation.

Additionally, The Fund made a significant investment to implement a stakeholder engagement strategy with CPS around this evaluation work.  The engagement strategy ensured that more than 2,000 teacher and principal voices were heard in the evaluation design and implementation process. It also helped The Fund and CPS gain a deep understanding of teacher beliefs and opinions, informing evaluation design.

The first phase of the engagement strategy leveraged Fund leaders and targeted CPS teachers recognized for teaching excellence, including National Board Certification (NBC) Teachers and Golden Apple award winners. In the second phase, meetings were held for teachers at hundreds of schools throughout CPS.

Impact

  • Engaged more than 2,300 teachers in 200 schools in evaluation design.
  • REACH recognizes the critically important role that educators play in preparing Chicago students for success in college and career. REACH further empowers teachers by providing them with the tools and supports they need to improve their practice and boost student learning. More detail on REACH is available here.

UIC Urban Education Leadership Program

UIC Urban Education Leadership Program

Amount: $750,000

Fund: 1, 2

2003-2008

http://urbanedleadership.org/

The UIC Urban Education Leadership Program develops principals and administrative educational leaders who are capable…

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UIC Urban Education Leadership Program

Amount: $750,000

Fund: 1, 2

2003-2008

http://urbanedleadership.org/

The UIC Urban Education Leadership Program develops principals and administrative educational leaders who are capable of transforming low-performing urban schools, systems and entire districts. The program uses a combination of site-based coaching and coursework, in addition to quarterly assessments focused on the unique challenges of urban schools. It places an emphasis on the use of standards and data to drive performance, as well as inclusive leadership, continuous inquiry and reflection and research among peers. Candidates receive an Ed.D. degree, usually within five years.

The Fund made the seed investment in UIC’s program beginning in 2003. The program was a founding member of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC) and is one of 10 member programs today. The CLC is a unique partnership between the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and leading principal development programs. It provides the District with unprecedented capacity to develop, attract and retain high-performing principals from internal and external sources, making Chicago a “destination of choice” for aspiring urban school leaders. More information about the CLC is available here.

Impact

  • More than 60 principals placed in CPS schools; around 70 percent of whom lead in high-need and high-achieving or improving schools.
  • As part of the CLC, the UIC Urban Education Leadership Program is a nationally recognized, ongoing partnership with CPS that collects data for continuous program improvement as a shared responsibility between the partners.

TNTP/Chicago Teaching Fellows

TNTP/Chicago Teaching Fellows

Amount: $100,000

Fund: 2

2006-2007

http://tntp.org/

A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP helps school systems end educational inequality and achieve…

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TNTP/Chicago Teaching Fellows

Amount: $100,000

Fund: 2

2006-2007

http://tntp.org/

A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP helps school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. The Fund, in partnership with the Joyce Foundation, made a seed investment in TNTP to work with Chicago Public Schools in launching the Chicago Teaching Fellows program.

Impact

  • From 2006-2014, TNTP recruited more than 547 Chicago Teaching Fellows through a highly rigorous selection process.
  • Approximately 80 percent of all Fellows taught in schools with 85 percent or more low-income students. Additionally, more than 80 percent of Fellows taught in high-need subject areas, including math, science, special education and world languages (especially Spanish and Chinese).
  • Chicago Teaching Fellows closed in 2014.

Teach For America

Teach For America

Amount: $610,250

Fund: 1, 2

2000-2008

www.teachforamerica.org

Teach For America (TFA) is a national alternative teacher certification program for recent college graduates…

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Teach For America

Amount: $610,250

Fund: 1, 2

2000-2008

www.teachforamerica.org

Teach For America (TFA) is a national alternative teacher certification program for recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit to teaching for two years. TFA corps members in Chicago are largely concentrated on the West and South Sides of the City. The Fund made the lead investment to bring TFA to Chicago and holds a seat on the local advisory board. We also helped launch TFA’s principal training program, aimed at helping alumni, who complete their two-year commitment and remain in teaching, pursue the principalship. TFA’s program is one of 10 in the Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC), and it continues to supply 15 to 20 principal candidates to Chicago’s schools annually.

Impact

  • More than 1,350 teachers completed their two-year commitment in Chicago, impacting more than 40,000 students.
  • Recent studies show that students taught by TFA teachers achieve at the same level, if not better than, those taught by other teachers in their schools.
  • Today, TFA-Chicago has around 500 first- and second-year teachers, more than 800 third-year and beyond teachers, and 60 alumni principals in Chicago’s public schools.
  • As one of 10 programs in the CLC, TFA’s program continues to supply 15 to 20 principal candidates to Chicago’s schools annually.

New Leaders

New Leaders

Amount: $790,000

Fund: 1, 2

2001-2005

www.nlns.org

New Leaders recruits, trains and supports aspiring school leaders. It provides an alternative pathway to…

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New Leaders

Amount: $790,000

Fund: 1, 2

2001-2005

www.nlns.org

New Leaders recruits, trains and supports aspiring school leaders. It provides an alternative pathway to the principal position for educators without an administrative (Type 75) credential, in addition to professionals working inside the school district, including coaches, teachers, assistant principals, school-based staff and Central Office staff. After a rigorous selection process, fellows attend a summer seminar for intensive training from a faculty of local and national experts. Fellows then spend one year as residents under the tutelage of mentor principals. Upon completion of the residency, fellows are eligible for principal positions. Fellows also receive ongoing professional development and support during the two years after their fellowship. New Leaders provides special training for candidates aspiring to open new and/or small schools.

The Fund made the seed investment in the New Leaders program.  New Leaders continues to train 25 to 40 potential principal candidates in its Aspiring Principals Program and 50 to 70 teacher leaders in its Emerging Leaders Program annually.

New Leaders was a founding member and is now one of ten programs in the Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC).  The CLC is a unique partnership between the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and leading principal development programs. It provides the District with unprecedented capacity to develop, attract and retain high-performing principals from internal and external sources, making Chicago a “destination of choice” for aspiring urban school leaders.  More information about the CLC is available here.

Impact

  • Over 70 principals placed in CPS schools; around 70 percent lead in high-need and high-achieving or improving schools.
  • As part of the CLC, New Leaders trains 25 to 40 potential principal candidates in its Aspiring Principals Program and 50-70 teacher leaders in its Emerging Leaders Program.
  • Nationally, New Leaders principals have received recognition for closing the achievement gap.

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Amount: $540,000

Fund: 1, 2

2003-2006

www.ausl-chicago.org

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) improves student achievement by attracting, training and retaining…

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Academy for Urban School Leadership

Amount: $540,000

Fund: 1, 2

2003-2006

www.ausl-chicago.org

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) improves student achievement by attracting, training and retaining Chicago’s next generation of exceptional teachers and school leaders. Working with The Fund, AUSL focused on recruiting mid-career professionals, training them in a unique teacher residency and placing them in a critical mass of underperforming schools for a five-year commitment.

Impact

  • AUSL has trained more than 200 talented new teachers, reaching more than 9,200 students.
  • Around 85 percent now teach in high-need and high-achieving or improving Chicago public schools.

Teach for America-Harvard Graduate School of Education Principal Pipeline Program

Teach for America-Harvard Graduate School of Educa...

Amount: $310,000

Fund: 2, 3

2007-2009

This principal pipeline program is a unique collaboration between Teach For America (TFA), the Harvard…

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Teach for America-Harvard Graduate School of Education Principal Pipeline Program

Amount: $310,000

Fund: 2, 3

2007-2009

This principal pipeline program is a unique collaboration between Teach For America (TFA), the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). TFA alumni who demonstrated significant student achievement gains in their classrooms, and who taught for at least four years, are eligible to apply. The pipeline is a two-year program, with the first year taking place in the School Leadership Program at HGSE and the second year in a Chicago-based residency.

The Fund made the seed investment in TFA’s program in 2007.  Today, it is one of ten in the Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC).

The CLC is a unique partnership between CPS and leading principal development programs. It provides the District with unprecedented capacity to develop, attract and retain high-performing principals from internal and external sources, making Chicago a “destination of choice” for aspiring urban school leaders. More information about the CLC is available here.

Impact

  • Over 10 principals placed in CPS schools; the majority of whom lead in high-need and high-achieving or improving schools.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Amount: $5,800,000

Fund: 1, 2, 3

2000-2012

www.nbpts.org

National Board Certification (NBC) is the teaching profession’s highest credential. Teachers who achieve it successfully…

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Amount: $5,800,000

Fund: 1, 2, 3

2000-2012

www.nbpts.org

National Board Certification (NBC) is the teaching profession’s highest credential. Teachers who achieve it successfully complete a rigorous, performance-based assessment process that requires them to demonstrate excellence. A recent, multi-year, multimillion-dollar, Congressionally-mandated study showed that NBC Teachers improve student achievement at a higher level than their peers – especially among low-income, minority students.

Impact

  • More than 2,000 CPS teachers received National Board Certification.
  • 85 percent of these teachers remained in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), with 75 percent continuing to teach in high-need and high-achieving or improving schools.
  • Four programs seeded; continue to support NBC teachers today.
  • Financial support for NBC teachers provided by state of Illinois and included in CPS Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Initial development of an NBC extension to the principal level.

CPS Strategic Action Plan

CPS Strategic Action Plan

Amount: $56,000

Fund: 3

2013-2013

The Fund supported the publication and distribution of Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s 2013-2018 action plan, titled The…

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CPS Strategic Action Plan

Amount: $56,000

Fund: 3

2013-2013

The Fund supported the publication and distribution of Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s 2013-2018 action plan, titled The Next Generation: Chicago’s Children – 21st Century Preparation for Success in College, Career and Life. The Fund facilitated leadership meetings, and our investment provided for the translation, printing and distribution of physical copies of the plan, particularly to principals and parents.

Impact

  • The plan was publicly announced June 10, 2013 at an event at Westinghouse College Prep.
  • A copy of the plan can be found on the CPS website here.

 

University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research

University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School...

Amount: $100,000

Fund: 2, 3

2003-2010

http://ccsr.uchicago.edu/

Beginning with Fund II, and continuing into Fund III, The Fund supported the development and…

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University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research

Amount: $100,000

Fund: 2, 3

2003-2010

http://ccsr.uchicago.edu/

Beginning with Fund II, and continuing into Fund III, The Fund supported the development and promotion of teams of leaders within schools.  A team was identified as consisting of a principal who graduated from a Fund-supported pipeline program (LAUNCH, UIC, and NLNS were included because their sample size was large enough) as well as at least three National Board Certified Teachers. The Fund commissioned multiple studies and reports from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research to consider the distribution and impact of these investments, both in terms of student test score gains and also in terms of school climate.

Impact

  • The final report can be viewed here.

Leadership Academy and Urban Network Chicago (LAUNCH)

Leadership Academy and Urban Network Chicago (LAUNCH)

Amount: $875,000

Fund: 1, 2

2002-2005

The Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago’s aspiring principals (LAUNCH) was an early principal…

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Leadership Academy and Urban Network Chicago (LAUNCH)

Amount: $875,000

Fund: 1, 2

2002-2005

The Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago’s aspiring principals (LAUNCH) was an early principal preparation program, designed to support and develop aspiring principals for Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  LAUNCH targeted strong assistant principals within CPS schools, in addition to identifying teacher-leaders and other high-potential individuals who met the basic requirements of a master’s degree, an administrative certificate and at least six years of teaching experience.  As candidates were already certified, the program targeted the development of key competencies, through a five-week intensive program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a semester-long full-time apprenticeship with a mentor principal.

Impact

  • More than 240 leaders prepared for CPS schools.
  • More than 100 principals hired.
  • Served as the model for future principal preparation programs.

Citywide Principal Leadership Plan

Citywide Principal Leadership Plan

Amount: $199,947

Fund: 4

2013

www.ccachicago.org

In 2013, The Fund supported an engagement by the Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA) that focused…

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Citywide Principal Leadership Plan

Amount: $199,947

Fund: 4

2013

www.ccachicago.org

In 2013, The Fund supported an engagement by the Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA) that focused on principal quality in the City of Chicago.  CCA works closely with CPS to build and manage a comprehensive, cross-functional strategy with a singular goal: securing an effective, high-quality principal in every school– a principal who is capable of driving and sustaining growth in student achievement.

Impact

  • Provided foundation of a critical element of CPS 2013-2018 Action Plan (Pillar 4).  More detail on the Action Plan is available here.

Portfolio Schools Analysis and Management

Portfolio Schools Analysis and Management

Amount: $1,500,000

Fund: 3

2012-2012

The Fund supported the work of two prominent strategy consulting firms to provide critical support…

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Portfolio Schools Analysis and Management

Amount: $1,500,000

Fund: 3

2012-2012

The Fund supported the work of two prominent strategy consulting firms to provide critical support for CPS.  One project, led by The Parthenon Group, conducted analysis to determine which school models and programs – from International Baccalaureate (IB) to Military, from Magnet to Charter – were effective in improving student outcomes and at what cost.  The resulting model, which was developed and shared with District leadership, allows Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to analyze outcomes and costs using a wide-range of inputs. The Fund supported the Parthenon effort with a financial investment, in addition to facilitating a series of meetings to ensure the produced model met District leadership needs and had a viable future.  With District leadership transitions, our staff also re-introduced the model to new leaders as they assumed their roles at CPS.

The second project, led by McKinsey & Company, provided support in the development of an Educational Facilities Master Plan, as required by the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force, and an Office of Strategic Management led by a Chief Transformation Officer.  The six-month engagement provided essential analytics and project management support as CPS worked to create a system of schools that would prepare every student to succeed in college and career. This project also included the development of stakeholder outreach and engagement plan, led by Global Strategy Group, a communication and market research firm.

Impact

  • Completed analysis of school-based programs, yielding framework for future thinking and decision making.
  • Hiring of a Chief Transformation Officer and establishment of the Office of Strategic Management.
  • Publication of an Educational Facilities Master Plan in September 2013

Chicago Public Schools Talent Management Project

Chicago Public Schools Talent Management Project

Amount: $500,000

Fund: 3

2008-2008

The Fund retained Capital H Group, a talent management consultant, to implement talent strategies for…

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Chicago Public Schools Talent Management Project

Amount: $500,000

Fund: 3

2008-2008

The Fund retained Capital H Group, a talent management consultant, to implement talent strategies for the central office and principal talent pools. The long-term goal for CPS was to create a process whereby CPS could identify talent within the organization, assess talent for specific roles and provide leadership development and career path opportunities.

Impact:

  • The first comprehensive attempt to develop an overall principal talent strategy, informing subsequent efforts.

National Louis University M.Ed./National Board Certification Program

National Louis University M.Ed./National Board Cer...

Amount: $280,000

Fund: 1, 2

2007-2008

www.nl.edu

The National Louis University Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies with National Board Certification adds…

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National Louis University M.Ed./National Board Certification Program

Amount: $280,000

Fund: 1, 2

2007-2008

www.nl.edu

The National Louis University Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies with National Board Certification adds to a growing number of universities nationwide looking to create greater alignment in advanced degrees in teaching with National Board Certification. The National Louis University (NLU) program was the first of its kind in the City to fully integrate National Board Certification into a master’s degree curriculum.

Impact

  • To date, NLU has supported more than 250 teachers in attaining NBC through its innovative master’s program. Additionally, NLU aligned more of its teacher preparation and development programs with the Core Propositions of National Board Certification.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars

Amount: $150,000

Fund: 1

2002-2004

Rising Stars was a targeted effort at improving academic achievement by rewarding high-growth schools with…

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Rising Stars

Amount: $150,000

Fund: 1

2002-2004

Rising Stars was a targeted effort at improving academic achievement by rewarding high-growth schools with both a cash incentive and public recognition.  About 10 percent of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) elementary and high schools received awards, which were $10,000 per school in 2002-2003 and $8,000 per school in 2003-2004. An awards dinner and banner presentation recognized the achieving schools. Schools were evaluated based on incremental gains in state assessment scores, along with changes in high school graduation and dropout rates.  The cash award was quasi-discretionary, with schools free to fund special projects as they saw fit – awards were used to purchase books and supplies, fund field trips and support school activities.

Impact

  • Early example of recognition and rewards tied to student growth at the school level – now an element in principal achievement awards.

Chicago Teacher Advancement Program

Chicago Teacher Advancement Program

Amount: $699,988

Fund: 2, 3

2006-2010

www.tapsystem.org

In November 2006, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) received a $27.5 million, five-year grant from the…

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Chicago Teacher Advancement Program

Amount: $699,988

Fund: 2, 3

2006-2010

www.tapsystem.org

In November 2006, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) received a $27.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch an ambitious differentiated compensation and support program.

Based on the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching’s proven Teacher Advancement Program (TAP), Chicago TAP was designed to support and develop great teaching and, ultimately, improve student achievement. Chicago TAP created an enhanced teaching environment with opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, teacher accountability and differentiated compensation; provided principals with a proven process and tools to structure and drive instructional change at their schools; offered a roadmap for good teaching and ongoing instructional support; and nurtured a professional community that encouraged sharing best practices across each school.

Impact

  • 600 teachers in 40 schools participated.
  • Largest competitive federal grant ever received by CPS.
  • First attempt at differentiated pay in CPS.

Golden Apple Teacher Education

Golden Apple Teacher Education

Amount: $454,000

Fund: 1

2000-2004

www.goldenapple.org

In 1998, the Golden Apple Foundation created the Golden Apple Teacher Education (GATE) Program, an…

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Golden Apple Teacher Education

Amount: $454,000

Fund: 1

2000-2004

www.goldenapple.org

In 1998, the Golden Apple Foundation created the Golden Apple Teacher Education (GATE) Program, an alternative teacher certification program, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Working with The Fund, GATE recruited mid-career professionals with deep content knowledge in the high-need areas of math and science.

Impact

  • More than 325 teachers were prepared.
  • Over 80 percent remain in Chicago’s public schools.

 

Fund Fellows/Education Pioneers

Fund Fellows/Education Pioneers

Amount: $230,000

Fund: 2

2004-2010

www.educationpioneers.org

Fund Fellows recruited exceptional talent from the nation’s most prestigious graduate business and public policy…

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Fund Fellows/Education Pioneers

Amount: $230,000

Fund: 2

2004-2010

www.educationpioneers.org

Fund Fellows recruited exceptional talent from the nation’s most prestigious graduate business and public policy schools to work in management roles at the central or network Chicago Public Schools offices. Large urban districts face significant and perpetual challenges identifying and recruiting talent for these roles. The Fund successfully exited this investment in 2010, as Education Pioneers absorbed this responsibility for Chicago. Education Pioneers exists to identify, train, connect, and inspire a new generation of leaders dedicated to transforming education systems so that all students receive a quality education.

Impact

  • More than 25 graduate students participated in the program under Fund leadership.
  • Around 15 percent of these Fellows remain in citywide leadership roles today.
  • In 2010, the program was transitioned to Education Pioneers, an organization that places dozens of fellows annually in Chicago; 77 percent of Education Pioneers Alumni continue to work full-time in the field of education.

Designs for Change

Designs for Change

Amount: $75,000

Fund: 2

2006-2007

www.designsforchange.org

Designs for Change (DFC) is a 30-year-old educational research and reform organization whose mission is…

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Designs for Change

Amount: $75,000

Fund: 2

2006-2007

www.designsforchange.org

Designs for Change (DFC) is a 30-year-old educational research and reform organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for major improvements in urban schools, particularly in Chicago. In collaboration with DFC, Local School Councils (LSCs) learned how to make the best principal selections for their particular school, conduct annual principal evaluations and make contract renewal decisions that drive continuous school improvement. 

Impact

  • 170 LSCs received direct assistance in principal selection.
  • Additionally, more than 780 LSC members received an introductory workshop on principal evaluation, retention and selection.
  • Materials produced recently shared with new CPS leadership.

 

Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center, Nurturing Teacher Leadership Program

Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center, Nurturing Tea...

Amount: $750,000

Fund: 1, 2

2000-2008

www.ctunet.com

The Chicago Teachers Union’s Nurturing Teacher Leadership is an 11-month program of weekly professional development…

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Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center, Nurturing Teacher Leadership Program

Amount: $750,000

Fund: 1, 2

2000-2008

www.ctunet.com

The Chicago Teachers Union’s Nurturing Teacher Leadership is an 11-month program of weekly professional development and candidate support for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers pursuing National Board Certification (NBC). The program includes small group facilitation, mentoring from current NBC Teachers, collaboration with other NBC candidates, technical support and professional leave.

Impact

  • The Nurturing Teacher Leadership program has supported 25 percent of the over 2,000 CPS teachers who achieved NBC.

Chicago Public Schools National Board Certification Program

Chicago Public Schools National Board Certificatio...

Amount: $914,355

Fund: 1, 2

2000-2008

The Fund established the CPS National Board Certification (NBC) Program to support large numbers of…

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Chicago Public Schools National Board Certification Program

Amount: $914,355

Fund: 1, 2

2000-2008

The Fund established the CPS National Board Certification (NBC) Program to support large numbers of CPS teachers interested in pursuing NBC. This comprehensive program recruited and introduced pre-candidates to the standards of NBC; supported candidates throughout the application process; and prepared teachers who achieved NBC to mentor aspiring candidates. The Fund worked with the program to develop its unique component: a focus on developing cohorts of teachers who undertake the certification effort together.

Impact

  • More than 2,000 teachers have earned NBC through the program.
  • The program serves as a model for others throughout the state and nation, with many adopting elements of the pre-candidate, candidate and advanced-candidate strategy.

 

Chicago Data Initiative

Chicago Data Initiative

Amount: $320,000

Fund: 3

2007-2009

The Fund supported a collaborative effort between CPS and the Harvard Graduate School of Education…

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Chicago Data Initiative

Amount: $320,000

Fund: 3

2007-2009

The Fund supported a collaborative effort between CPS and the Harvard Graduate School of Education to enhance teacher utilization of student work and existing formative assessments to improve classroom instruction and yield higher student achievement. Fund-supported work included a “Data Readiness” report, which identified then-current practices throughout CPS with regard to teacher use of student data, and multilevel professional development organized in five groups of schools to improve teacher practices.

Impact

  • First large-scale CPS effort to utilize data to improve student outcomes.
  • Contributed foundational elements of current accountability and evaluation systems.

The Fund’s National Board Certification Incentives

The Fund’s National Board Certification Incentives

Amount: $2,450,000

Fund: 1, 2

2000-2008

National Board Certification (NBC) is the teaching profession’s highest credential. A recent, multi-year, multimillion-dollar, Congressionally-mandated…

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The Fund’s National Board Certification Incentives

Amount: $2,450,000

Fund: 1, 2

2000-2008

National Board Certification (NBC) is the teaching profession’s highest credential. A recent, multi-year, multimillion-dollar, Congressionally-mandated study showed that NBC Teachers improve student achievement at a higher level than their peers – especially among low-income, minority students.

Before The Fund made its first investment in support of NBC, teachers who voluntarily invested the energy, skill and time required to earn NBC often received no more than a handshake as a reward. From 2000 to2008, The Fund provided a $2,000 incentive to CPS teachers who achieved NBC and larger rewards -up to $30,000 – for schools where teams of teachers achieved NBC.

Today, the collective bargaining agreement includes a $1,875 annual salary bump for NBC Teachers, and NBC Teachers are eligible for a state stipend of up to $3,000 per year, based on available funding.

Impact

  • The Fund’s unprecedented incentive program attracted additional dollars to the table — the Illinois State Board of Education matched our individual rewards, offering $3,000 for each NBC Teacher for the life of the certificate.

 

Illinois State University, National Board Resource Center

Illinois State University, National Board Resource...

Amount: $400,000

Fund: 1

2000-2003

http://nbrc.illinoisstate.edu/

In order to promote state-level support for National Board Certification, The Fund invested in Illinois…

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Illinois State University, National Board Resource Center

Amount: $400,000

Fund: 1

2000-2003

http://nbrc.illinoisstate.edu/

In order to promote state-level support for National Board Certification, The Fund invested in Illinois State University’s resource center. The center supports candidates for National Board Certification statewide, in addition to the proper administration of state appropriations for the initiative, totaling $11.5 million today. 

Impact

  • National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University.
  • The center has raised statewide awareness for the initiative and developed a model for candidate support programs, including helping Chicago Public Schools develop its internal support infrastructure.

External Principal Recruitment

External Principal Recruitment

Amount: $400,000

Fund: 2, 3

2007-2009

The External Principal Recruitment initiative allowed Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to formalize its upper-level talent-management…

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External Principal Recruitment

Amount: $400,000

Fund: 2, 3

2007-2009

The External Principal Recruitment initiative allowed Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to formalize its upper-level talent-management strategy and address immediate recruitment needs for experienced, high-quality school leaders. To support this initiative, The Fund contracted a consultant who identified and recruited these leaders and framed the strategy for upper-level leadership recruitment and internal talent identification, cultivation and evaluation.

Impact

  • CPS approached more than 300 experienced external candidates.
  • Within that pool, more than 40 became eligible through the CPS principal eligibility process, and 15 were ultimately hired as principals in district schools.

The VIVA Project of Chicago

The VIVA Project of Chicago

Amount: $20,000

Fund: 3

2011-2012

www.vivateachers.org

The VIVA (Voices, Ideas, Vision, Action) Project of Chicago was an innovative social media project…

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The VIVA Project of Chicago

Amount: $20,000

Fund: 3

2011-2012

www.vivateachers.org

The VIVA (Voices, Ideas, Vision, Action) Project of Chicago was an innovative social media project designed to identify and assemble teacher voices throughout Chicago Public Schools (CPS). This investment led to an unprecedented level of citywide teacher engagement and collaboration around identifying new ideas with potential to improve student learning. As a result of the report published, CPS ultimately adopted many of the recommendations, including: integrating recess into the Full School Day and preparing a recess guide for principals; unblocking YouTube in schools; and moving vacation breaks to the end of academic quarters to minimize interruptions in year-round schools.

Impact

  • Nearly 600 Chicago teachers contributed to a report suggesting new ways to use the full school day to better serve students and teachers.
  • In December 2011, members of The VIVA Chicago Teachers’ Idea Exchange Writing Collaborative presented Time, Teachers and Tomorrow’s Schools, to then CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis.

Strategic Learning Initiatives

Strategic Learning Initiatives

Amount: $270,000

Fund: 1

2002-2004

http://www.strategiclearning.org

Strategic Learning Initiatives (SLI) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization working with schools serving low-income families…

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Strategic Learning Initiatives

Amount: $270,000

Fund: 1

2002-2004

http://www.strategiclearning.org

Strategic Learning Initiatives (SLI) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization working with schools serving low-income families in Chicago, the state of Illinois, and Los Angeles. SLI has worked in more than 65 CPS schools over the past 20 years. SLI supports the implementation of whole-school transformation strategies, engaging teachers, principals, and parents and community members to create a strong learning community.

Impact

  • Third-party evaluation of an SLI program over 2006-08 found that participating schools achieved significantly increased reading proficiency relative to comparable schools.
  • The report can be viewed here.

Teacher Selection Tool / Polaris

Teacher Selection Tool / Polaris

Amount: $120,000

Fund: 3

2010-2011

www.polaristest.com

The Fund supported the pilot and validation of the Polaris Assessment Systems Job Fit Inventory…

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Teacher Selection Tool / Polaris

Amount: $120,000

Fund: 3

2010-2011

www.polaristest.com

The Fund supported the pilot and validation of the Polaris Assessment Systems Job Fit Inventory for Teachers (JFI-T), an online teacher screening tool. The JFI-T enables Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to better screen for high potential candidates, and it is an essential component of an investment suite designed to meet the Fund III goal of improving the overall quality of CPS teacher hires.

A job analysis identified characteristics of successful CPS teachers through teacher interviews, focus groups and a questionnaire distributed to more than 1,100 teachers, leading to the Polaris JFI-T’s development. The assessment has two components: a situational components section that requires candidates to identify responses to certain situations, and a rating-scale section that is largely behavioral and attempts to identify personality characteristics. As part of the online application, applicants for open CPS teacher positions take this assessment.

Impact

  • All new CPS teaching applicants must take an online fit assessment.

Principal Pathways and Fellows

Principal Pathways and Fellows

Amount: $400,000

Fund: 3

2007-2009

The Fund supported the development of Pathways to Leadership, a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) initiative…

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Principal Pathways and Fellows

Amount: $400,000

Fund: 3

2007-2009

The Fund supported the development of Pathways to Leadership, a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) initiative dedicated to identifying potential new principals from within the current CPS workforce.  In particular, the program matched high-potential participants into principal preparation programs, principal positions and assistant principal positions. Finally, the program sought to establish consistent school leadership expectations throughout CPS. To address this goal, top CPS school leaders attended a two-day summer fellowship at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Impact

  • While the program is no longer active, the lessons learned continue to influence CPS and partner organizations.
  • The investment also contributed to the development of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Advanced Certificate for Educational Leaders

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards...

Amount: $1,000,000

Fund: 3

2008-2012

www.nbpts.org

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) expanded its work providing advanced credentials for…

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Advanced Certificate for Educational Leaders

Amount: $1,000,000

Fund: 3

2008-2012

www.nbpts.org

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) expanded its work providing advanced credentials for “master teachers” by creating an advanced principal certificate, National Board Certification for Educational Leaders (NBCEL). This advanced principal certificate was intended to provide CPS and districts nationwide with a standard measure for defining and identifying “master” leaders who can organize their schools and staffs around sustained gains in student achievement.

NBPTS conducted a two-year feasibility study to investigate the need and interest for the certificate, and it secured financial support from multiple educational organizations and associations, in addition to key stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels. NBPTS spent two years developing core propositions and standards central to the NBCEL, in addition to vast market research. In the final certification design phase, NBPTS developed assessments tied to student learning and field-tested the certificate in multiple pilot sites, including Chicago Public Schools.

In 2014, NBPTS decided to terminate the principal certification program, following high attrition rates in both the field test and pilot programs.

The Grow Network

The Grow Network

Amount: $400,000

Fund: 1

2002-2004

The Grow Network (Grow) is a national leader in assessment reporting and data-driven decision making….

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The Grow Network

Amount: $400,000

Fund: 1

2002-2004

The Grow Network (Grow) is a national leader in assessment reporting and data-driven decision making. The Fund provided capital to help launch Grow in Chicago. In close partnership with The Fund and CPS, Grow implemented a system of integrated print reports, web tools, instructional materials and professional development. This system greatly helped educators and parents make sense of the results of large-scale assessments and provided tools for action.

The Fund’s investment also helped launch an intensive professional development program in a subset of schools that featured clusters of Fund-supported teachers and school leaders focused on using data to improve teaching and learning.

Impact

  • Provided clear, actionable assessment data to the teachers and families of more than 200,000 students across CPS.
  • Intensive PD program in 13 schools.
  • Data from the Consortium on Chicago School Research indicated that more than 50 percent of CPS teachers and more than75 percent of CPS principals used Grow regularly, and they considered it very helpful in setting classroom priorities and tailoring instruction to individual student needs.

Teacher Residency and Internship Program

Teacher Residency and Internship Program

Amount: $480,000

Fund: 1, 2

2003-2006

The Teacher Residency and Internship Program (TRIP), formerly known as Summer Fellows, attracted the best…

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Teacher Residency and Internship Program

Amount: $480,000

Fund: 1, 2

2003-2006

The Teacher Residency and Internship Program (TRIP), formerly known as Summer Fellows, attracted the best and brightest education majors from around the nation to Chicago well in advance of the typical recruiting and hiring season. These talented pre-service teachers worked in district summer school programs and received mentoring and professional development from National Board Certified (NBC) Teachers. Teaching Residents and Interns explored Chicago’s neighborhoods and cultural resources through educator field trips and workshops, bringing new lesson plans and ideas back to the classroom. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) continued to work with Teaching Residents and Interns beyond the summer, as alumni completed their certification and graduation requirements and begin their CPS job search.

Impact

  • More than 700 pre-service teachers participated in TRIP, assisting in the instruction of more than 7,000 summer school students living on the city’s South and West sides.
  • Over 100 program alumni teach full time in CPS.
  • CPS incorporated elements of TRIP into its new teacher hiring and student-teaching programs and strategies.

National Center on Time & Learning

National Center on Time & Learning

Amount: $30,000

Fund: 3

2011-2012

www.timeandlearning.org

As Chicago Public Schools (CPS) developed and began the roll-out of its Full School Day…

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National Center on Time & Learning

Amount: $30,000

Fund: 3

2011-2012

www.timeandlearning.org

As Chicago Public Schools (CPS) developed and began the roll-out of its Full School Day Initiative in the second half of 2011, The Fund worked with The National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) to develop a comprehensive plan for support.  NCTL developed and led professional development sessions; provided strategic guidance, expert consulting, and materials to the CPS leadership team; and conducted a review of the initial implementation of the Full School Day at the 13 Pioneer Schools.  This work provided a valuable support to CPS during this initial implementation period, and it helped identify practices that facilitated the district-wide rollout of the Full School Day during the 2012-2013 school year.

Impact

  • Successful implementation of Full School Day in Pioneer Schools helped the successful systemwide rollout in 2012-2013.

Chicago Executive Leadership Academy

Chicago Executive Leadership Academy

Amount: $380,000

Fund: 3

2011-2012

When it began, the Chicago Executive Leadership Academy (CELA) was a pioneering effort to create…

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Chicago Executive Leadership Academy

Amount: $380,000

Fund: 3

2011-2012

When it began, the Chicago Executive Leadership Academy (CELA) was a pioneering effort to create the nation’s first district-based academy for managers of principals, one modeled after the Broad Superintendent’s Academy. This program supported the recruitment, development and mentoring of a critical layer of management at CPS: Network leadership. CELA consisted of intensive leadership development combined with mentoring from leading national superintendents. Following a single year supported by The Fund, CPS absorbed the cost for an expansion of CELA during the 2012-13 school year. CPS further expanded the program during the 2013-14 school year as the primary source of professional development for CPS principals.

Impact

  • In the first year of the program, 29 managers of principals participated.

Human Capital Strategic Planning

Human Capital Strategic Planning

Amount: $1,000,000

Fund: 3

2009-2009

The Fund organized and facilitated a collaborative effort between CPS leadership and The Parthenon Group…

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Human Capital Strategic Planning

Amount: $1,000,000

Fund: 3

2009-2009

The Fund organized and facilitated a collaborative effort between CPS leadership and The Parthenon Group to develop a long-term strategic plan for human capital within the district. The engagement included analytic work to identify recruitment, attrition, placement and evaluation of teachers and principals, and it led to the creation of an action plan to address identified needs.  Both CPS policies and future Fund investments were shaped by the conclusions drawn through this planning process.

Impact

  • The process highlighted critical information, shaping future Fund investment decisions.
  • The collaboration informed CPS policy over subsequent years.
  • Key elements of plan, including rigorous educator evaluation, remain in place today. 

CPS Leadership Recruitment

CPS Leadership Recruitment

Amount: $300,000

Fund: 3

2009-2012

The Fund played the lead role in three c-suite searches to develop a Chicago Public…

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CPS Leadership Recruitment

Amount: $300,000

Fund: 3

2009-2012

The Fund played the lead role in three c-suite searches to develop a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) senior leadership team that drives and is accountable for the District’s strategy around teacher and principal quality. This included the search for a Chief Human Capital Officer (later known as a Chief Talent Officer), responsible for establishing CPS as a world-class organization focused on recruitment, selection, training, retention and performance of top talent in the schools and central office. Additionally, The Fund recruited two Chief Financial Officers, enhancing the District’s capabilities to prioritize teacher and principal quality in the budget and finance process.

Impact

  • Chief Talent Officer served from 2010 through 2015
  • The first Chief Financial Officer served from 2010 through 2011, and the second from 2012 to 2014.