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: $150,000

Year: 2015

To meet the individual development needs of CPS principals, The Fund has organized a series of workshops oriented around specific topics of interest to augment other professional development opportunities provided to principals.

Amount: $610,000 (and staff time)

Year: 2014-15

To both make informed investments and evaluate our past impact, The Fund has developed increasingly comprehensive data and information around principal quality in Chicago.

Amount: $30,000 (and staff time)

Year: 2015

Starting in August 2015, The Fund supported the activities of three Working Groups, called together by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO and Chief Education Officer.

Amount: $22,500

Year: 2016

To provide principals with targeted, differentiated in-role supports, The Fund made grants to a series of coaching organizations throughout SY 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Amount: $300,000

Year: 2009-12

The Fund played the lead role in three c-suite searches to develop a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) senior leadership team that drives and is accountable for the District’s strategy around teacher and principal quality.

Amount: $380,000

Year: 2011-12

When it began, the Chicago Executive Leadership Academy (CELA) was a pioneering effort to create the nation’s first district-based academy for managers of principals, one modeled after the Broad Superintendent’s Academy.

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