What We Do
The Fund believes that solutions to the challenges in public schools exist. We devote time, leverage data and invest in programs and initiatives that enable Chicago to attract, support and keep strong principals.
"Great schools have strong principals, and Chicago has emerged as a national leader in urban education because of our focus on placing a high-quality principal in every school across the city."
“CME Group Foundation believes quality education is vital to economic stability and growth. We invest in The Fund, a long-time leader in improving Chicago’s public schools, because we believe quality principals matter for student success.”
2018 Principal Engagement Survey
This is The Fund’s fifth year managing Chicago’s only citywide survey of public school principals. Last year, 78 percent of principals completed the survey. The Fund used their responses to inform program and policy work. 2017 survey results demonstrated the need for earlier school budget releases and informed the Professional Learning Communities and Summer Design Program options offered by The Fund.Check out the 2017 results here!
Principal Stacy Stewart shares how The Fund's Summer Design Program transformed teaching and learning at Belmont Cragin Elementary School. Major thanks to the CME Group Foundation and Director Kassie Davis for their support creating this video.Learn More
The Fund's CEO Heather Y. Anichini discussed the importance of principals in Chicago's growth at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.Learn More