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Great leadership is critical to student success.

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

We offer leadership development opportunities for principals in every type of public school, all across the city. The math is simple, really: The more principals we reach, the more students we serve. As the map below shows, school leaders throughout Chicago embrace the opportunities we provide. Each dot on the map represents one of the 279 principals — and their schools — we are working with during the 2018-19 school year. Those principals and their teacher teams support 150,000 Chicago public school students every day. 

Explore the map by selecting individual programs or groups of programs to see which principals are participating across the city or select “all” to view all 279 participants.

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 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.

Additional Programs

To continue providing responsive, supportive leadership development for principals, The Fund partners with organizations to pilot programs in select schools.

By the Numbers


of Chicago public schools served


Chicago public school students impacted


Principals currently engaged

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