November 14, 2013

Transforming Schools, Scaling Success

We were honored to have more than 200 educators, advocates, philanthropists and thought leaders in attendance at our Annual Meeting, all of whom share our commitment to making every public school in Chicago great.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel set the stage for the discussion in his welcome letter for the event.

“With the stakes as high as the future of our children, the quality of education we provide for our children now will determine our City’s future – the strength of our workforce, our economic vitality, civic engagement, and cultural vibrancy. Not only does every child deserve access to a high-quality education that will maximize his or her potential – the future of our City rests upon the shoulders of our youth and their potential.”

To make this vision a reality, we all must do our part.

Last night, attendees heard about the roles we can all play from esteemed CPS, charter and school leaders in a panel moderated by national education leader Jon Schnur. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett addressed the challenges that our educators and schools face today while laying out how the district’s action plan, The Next Generation: Chicago’s Children, will help our principals, teachers and students progress.

Our role at The Fund is to get a great principal in every CPS school. We do this by identifying and growing organizations and programs that deliver on the promise of principals who can effectively lead and manage in Chicago’s public schools.

You can see our work in action in this video clip from our Innovative Educator Network. Our Network principals and their teacher teams are dedicated to proving that all of their students can and will reach their full potential. They are using the best available tools and resources to meet that objective in their schools, and are sharing what they learn with each other and with their colleagues citywide.