Our Work

The Fund team invests in programming, policy, and partnerships that strengthen school leadership citywide.


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Programs for Principals and Aspiring Principals

Each year, we serve over 300 principals and aspiring
principals through several program options. A Boston Consulting Group study found
that our past program participants were more likely to improve
than their nonparticipating peers. Our public reports suggest that
trend continues.

Programs for Principals

Policy and Reports

For more than two decades, our team has invested significant resources in advancing policy goals that matter to school leaders.
From eligibility to accountability to compensation, our model is simple: We assemble a diverse group of principals and other stakeholders;
we facilitate a process for clarifying needs
on all sides; and we work toward collective action. 

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Local Decision-Makers in Our Schools

This baseline report shares data from a citywide survey of nearly 560 Local School Council (LSC) members in Chicago, showcases stories of the positive impact LSCs have on school communities, and highlights areas where The Chicago Public Education Fund’s plans to further support LSCs.

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The Chicago Principal in Comparison

This fact sheet showcases some of the ways in which the principal role in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) differs from that in other Illinois school districts, including the number of students or staff a CPS principal oversees and the unique autonomy granted to principals in the city.

The Chicago Principal Partnership

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The nation’s first collaborative dedicated to making principal quality a permanent lever in a citywide school improvement strategy

The Partnership is working with stakeholders who are committed to using data to inform principal-quality efforts, and to co-creating tools and solutions to address common challenges. Members of The Partnership include principals, nonprofit organizations, funders, universities, parents and community members. The Fund is proud to be a founding member of The Partnership, and to work with partners across the city to achieve sustainable change.

Principal Appreciation

In addition to our work in those three areas, we celebrate the
excellent work of principals in our public schools. Every day this includes highlighting strong educators through our
blog and reports. Every year, this includes dedicating the month of October to Principal Appreciation, engaging dozens of partners citywide in the effort. 

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