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Programs for Principals

Great leadership is critical to student success.

That’s why The Fund provides and invests in innovative programming that helps principals transform teaching and learning, and keeps our best principals in the schools that need them most.

Learn more about our specific programs by clicking on any of the boxes below.

Summer Design Program

The Fund's flagship program provides school teams the space, time and expertise to design innovative solutions to some of their most pressing classroom- and school-based challenges.

Professional Learning Communities

By principal, for principal learning groups that give school leaders access to their peers' innovative practices to improve student outcomes citywide.

Principal Fellowships

The Chicago Principals Fellowship and Cahn Fellows Program ensure strong principals have the opportunity to learn, grow and take their leadership to the next level.

Executive Principal Program

This program develops, retains and celebrates Chicago's principals by facilitating a close partnership between two school leaders.  

By the Numbers


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Invest in Chicago's Principals

Double your impact! All new or increasing donations up to $60,000 will be matched by a generous anonymous investor.

Support our Next Phase

We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 380,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on our most vulnerable schools.

See Chicago's Principal Pride

We launched the city's first-ever Principal Appreciation Campaign, and one thing is clear: Chicago is proud of its principals.