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End of Year Report

The Fund served 170 principals in 246 schools and developed 145 aspiring principals, who impacted 130,000 students in the 2021-22 school year. In this report, we reflect back on the challenges and successes of the year – including the ongoing impact of COVID-19 learning disruptions – and preview how these lessons learned will inform our work in the 2022-23 school year.

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70%

OF CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS SERVED BY FUND INVESTMENTS

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550

AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IMPACTED BY ONE CHICAGO PRINCIPAL

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$95M

INVESTED BY THE FUND TO IMPROVE CHICAGO’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“As a principal, I often turned to The Fund for support on innovative initiatives at my school. Now as a district leader, I continue to work with The Fund to help principals across the city lead innovation in their own schools and communities.”

Chicago Public Schools
BOGDANA CHKOUMBOVA, Chief Education Officer

“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.”

UChicago Consortium on School Research
PENNY BENDER SEBRING, Co-Founder

2022 PRINCIPAL APPRECIATION

Connecting Champions

2022 marks the seventh year of Chicago’s citywide Principal Appreciation Campaign, through which we joined forces with school communities, city officials, and corporate leaders to lift up the great work of our hardworking school leaders. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Connecting Champions.” Chicago’s school leaders demonstrated resilient leadership, determination, and creativity as they supported their students and school communities through two years of educational disruptions brought on by the pandemic. Now, we want to celebrate them and help them forge connections with your colleagues across the city.

 

 

Principal Appreciation Events

During the month of October, we will invite principals out to enjoy one another’s company at two Chicago professional sports games, a principal happy hour, and a storytelling event at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Thank You to our Partners

Thank you to our generous corporate and in-kind sponsors, and to our partners in the 2022 Principal Appreciation Campaign.

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