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.
"Behind every strong school is a strong principal with a pulse in the community. The Fund’s critical efforts have helped define Chicago Public Schools as a national leader in urban education by providing unparalleled opportunities and resources for principal leadership
development and collaboration."
“Five years ago, The Fund put the issue of school leadership at the center of the conversation in Chicago. We know that students with stronger principals learn more. We need The Fund to continue to focus on making sure every student in every school has the principal they deserve.”
Developing Chicago’s School Leaders
Principals: The 2019-20 application for The Fund’s Summer Design Program (SDP) and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) is now open. Learn more about this exciting opportunity to develop your leadership skills alongside your peers.APPLY
Since its inception, SDP has served more than 200 principal-led school teams, impacting more than 100,000 students across Chicago. Read more about SDP's year-long development tracks in instructional leadership coaching and principal time management.Learn More
Led by top-performing Chicago principals, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are for school leaders looking to engage deeply around a leadership development topic with their peers. Learn more about our 20 principal-led PLCs and apply.Learn More