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Why Principals?

Research and experience tell us that the formula for sustaining and accelerating gains in Chicago’s public schools must include investment in the principals leading transformational change.

  1. Elementary schools with strong leaders are seven times more likely to improve in reading and four times more likely to improve in math.
  2. Principal leadership accounts for 25 percent of the total school influence on a child’s academic performance.
  3. 24 out of 25 teachers say the principal is the number one reason they stay in or leave a school.

A principal’s impact is even more profound in Chicago,¬†where principals have more control over budget, curriculum and staffing decisions than their peers across Illinois and in other major cities.

Our Next Phase

Why Now?

Invest in Chicago's Principals

Double your impact! All new or increasing donations up to $60,000 will be matched by a generous anonymous investor.

Support our Next Phase

We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 380,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on our most vulnerable schools.

See Chicago's Principal Pride

We launched the city's first-ever Principal Appreciation Campaign, and one thing is clear: Chicago is proud of its principals.