Grant Portfolio

The Fund’s grants make a measurable, positive impact on Chicago’s public schools and the students they serve.


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Since 2002, nearly all 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. 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.

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Amount: Staff time

Year: 2011-12

The Fund assisted with the successful launch of an Additional Learning Opportunities (ALO) pilot program in 15 District schools.

Amount: $600,000

Year: 2012-14

Building on the success of the Additional Learning Opportunities pilot, The Fund seeded the launch of New Classrooms in two district schools in 2012.

Amount: $85,000 (and staff time)

Year: 2012

Building on prior investments in a new teacher evaluation system for Chicago, The Fund contracted with the University of Chicago to further develop the District’s assessment and accountability function.

Amount: $2,750,000

Year: 2013-15

Launched in summer 2013, The Fund’s Innovative Educator Network (The Network) unites high-performing educators willing to re-think the way they use talent, technology and time to transform student learning citywide.

Amount: $55,000 (and staff time)

Year: 2014

The Fund hosted a series of Design Studio workshops to introduce Chicago educators to design thinking in education.

Amount: $25,000 (and staff time)

Year: 2014-2015

Given the need to ensure a high-quality principal in every Chicago public school, The Fund made investments in the CPS principal placement process.

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