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.”
New Data from The Chicago Principal Partnership
In 2015, The Fund reported that Chicago was losing its best school leaders. Individuals and organizations across the city responded to our call and joined The Fund in founding The Chicago Principal Partnership (The Partnership) in 2016. This month, The Partnership released its first annual Transition Overview, which provides details on principal departures at the end of the 2016-17 school year and recommendations to improve Chicago’s efforts to keep its best school leaders.Explore the data.
Our 2017 Progress Report is an interactive analysis that profiles Chicago’s public school principals, with an emphasis on new principals. The report allows you to easily explore demographics of principals; principal history and engagement in Fund programs; plus school demographics, governance, enrollment and performance.Learn More
Chicago's students are leading the nation in academic growth, learning six years of content in just five years! So what is driving these gains and how can we accelerate them in the years ahead? The Fund's CEO Heather Y. Anichini sat down with Comcast Newsmakers to highlight the critical role of strong school leadership. Watch the segment.Learn More