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Chicago Principals Fellowship

The Chicago Principals Fellowship is a 12-month program that serves Chicago’s top public school principals. 

With an annual cohort of up to 30 principals, the Fellowship represents a new strand of executive leadership development, designed for and with Chicago’s most talented principals. The Fellowship is a partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Northwestern University, and is supported by an investment from The Fund. 

Fellows participate in a rigorous executive leadership program provided by the Kellogg School of Management and the School for Education and Social Policy, both at Northwestern. They also meet regularly with CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson to shape policies that impact all Chicago schools.  

Additionally, Fellows receive a 360-degree evaluation and the opportunity to represent Chicago at regional and national education conferences. To participate, all Principal Fellows commit to continuing to lead in CPS for at least three years. 

Since 2014, The Fund has invested in over 100 principals with the goal of retaining our top talent by creating the best training, recruitment and in-role development opportunities in the nation.  

The Chicago Principals Fellowship impacts not only our school leaders, but also Chicago’s students, teachers, families and communities for years to come.

Principal Fellowships

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