Programs for Principals

Tailored, opt-in professional development for school leaders


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Great leadership is critical to student success.

That’s why The Fund, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Principal Quality (DPQ), invests in innovative programming that helps school leaders and their teams transform teaching and learning. Together, and through our programs, we work to ensure that every public school student throughout Chicago has access to a strong leader.

 We offer leadership development opportunities for both current and aspiring principals in all types of public schools across the city through fully scaled programs and emerging pilots. The math is simple: The more leaders we reach, the more students we serve. As the map below shows, school leaders throughout Chicago embrace these opportunities. 

 In 2021-22, we collectively supported leaders in nearly 246 district and charter schools across 368 program slots. Each dot on the map represents one of the 170 principals and 145 aspiring principals who completed our programming during 2021-22. These school leaders support over 130,000 Chicago public school students every day.

That said, our 2021-22 programs were not immune to the effects of increased demands on school leaders; 39 (11%) of Fund program participants that started our programs did not complete their full year of programming. This attrition rate is down slightly from 2020-21 (15%). Given the challenges of the Omicron variant, these school leaders intentionally deprioritized their professional development to focus on the immediate needs of their school communities, such as student and staff social-emotional wellbeing and operational challenges.

Click here to see our 2021-22 End of Year Program Data.

Exploring the 2021-22 Fund Program Map

As part of our 2021-22 program suite, we worked with 315 school leaders who support more than 130,000 students in Chicago. To better understand who we serve, select the program(s) you are interested in to see all the corresponding participants. You can filter by school, job, network, and geographic region. Hovering over the individual dots provides more information about the program participant and school. You can revert to the full data set by clicking the circle arrow above the header text. Note: If multiple participants are from the same school, their dots are adjusted so they do not overlap. 

Note: NPI Mentor Principals can be added at any time throughout the school year.

Summer Design Program

The Fund’s flagship program provides school teams the space, time, and resources to design innovative solutions to some of their most pressing challenges.


Professional Learning Communities

These principal-led learning groups give school leaders access to their peers’ innovative practices with an eye toward improving student outcomes citywide.


Principal Fellowships

The Chicago Principals Fellowship and Cahn Fellows Program provide strong principals the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop their executive leadership skills.


Programs for Assistant Principals

The Fund offers three programs to support assistant and aspiring principals as they develop skills to lead Cicago’s public schools.










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