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Since 2002, nearly 40 percent of Chicago’s principals and 10 percent of the city’s teachers have directly benefited from a Fund-related program. Over that same period, talented principals have led educators to narrow the achievement gap between Chicago’s elementary school students and their Illinois peers from 22 percent to six percent. What’s more, they helped raise graduation rates from 47 percent to 74.5 percent and increased performance on the ACT by 1.7 points. The growing number of strong educators in our schools means tens of thousands of our students are better prepared for success in our global economy.

We invite you to learn more about our specific grants by clicking on any link below.

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Network-based Professional Development
  • Amount: $200,000
  • Fund: 4,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2017-2019

The Fund is working with select Network Chiefs to professional development for groups(...)

Summer Design Program
  • Amount: $3,000,000
  • Fund: 4, 5,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2013-Present

The Summer Design Program (SDP) helps educators create and implement innovations that transform(...)

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Amount: $526,000
  • Fund: 4, 5,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2016-Present

In order to provide principals with time and space to share best practices,(...)

Chicago Principals Fellowship
  • Amount: $1,300,000
  • Fund: 4, 5,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2014-Present

The Chicago Principals Fellowship is a 12-month program that serves some of the(...)

Cahn Fellows Program
  • Amount: $390,000
  • Fund: 4, 5,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2016-Present

The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Public School Principals at Teachers College, Columbia(...)

Principal Quality Database
  • Amount: $1,290,000
  • Fund: 4, 5,
  • Focus Area: Partnership,
  • Year: 2016-Present

The Principal Quality Database is a single source of information about principal quality(...)

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.