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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

Principals have an out-sized impact on their schools and communities. Any amount can make a difference.

Support Our Work

We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 360,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on the schools that most need support.

Celebrate School Leaders

This October, school communities, city officials and corporate leaders will join together to lift up the great work of principals and their APs.