Accelerating COVID-19 Responsive Design

In the face of crisis, help us scale critical supports for school teams.


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COVID-19 has caused a crisis in our schools. Principals and their teacher teams have responded and adapted this year in the face of that crisis. As they start to plan for the next school year, we know they will need new solutions and approaches. Our SDP model can enable that to happen.

Since 2013, SDP has been a top-rated professional development opportunity for principal and teacher teams across the city. More than 400 educators have implemented innovative solutions to their school’s unique challenges as a result of this program.

Through SDP, school teams will be able to lean into the reinvention work they need to do ahead of this fall. We have taken eight years worth of learning and are launching a redesigned effort to meet this moment. We are offering virtual collaboration studios; principal-led school teams will use design-thinking principles to define a challenge in their school and identify potential solutions to implement over the next year.

Help us ensure any principal who is interested is able to participate. Invest today

Are you interested in seeing what educators are working on during SDP 2021?

Visit the SDP 2021 program page!

Studio Level: $1,000

Inclusion in all marketing materials


Completion Level: $10,000

Inclusion in all marketing materials and utilization of cross-branding opportunities

Learning Community Level: $50,000

Inclusion in all marketing materials, utilization of cross-branding opportunities, and engagement at the Final Innovation Showcase

Opportunities created by your support:

Studio Level: Ensure that a school team can complete the first phase of the program – participating in the Virtual Collaboration Studios.

Completion Level: Sponsor a school team’s full completion of the program – from Collaboration Studios to beyond!

Learning Community Level: Give a cohort of school teams the opportunity to share best practices and grow together through a Professional Learning Community.

For additional information on each sponsorship level, please contact us at

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“Participating in SDP was one of the best decisions I made as a principal. After just one session, I had innovative ideas to develop my strategic plan.”

Chicago Public Schools
BOGDANA CHKOUMBOVA, Chief Schools Officer

Investors Supporting This Work

  • Adtalem Global Education Foundation
  • Anonymous Donor
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Bobby and Swati Mehta
  • Brent and Katie Gledhill
  • CME Group Foundation
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • IMC Charitable Foundation
  • Jennifer Lansing
  • John Dugenske
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Malott Family Foundation
  • Northern Trust
  • Phil and Mary Beth Canfield
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • Zell Family Foundation

Contact us if you are interested in learning more, or donate here today

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