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Programs for Principals

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.

To learn more about the programs we provide to Chicago’s principals, scroll down past the map.

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.

Additional Programs

To continue providing responsive, supportive leadership development, The Fund partners with a number of organizations to test out pilot programs in select schools.

By the Numbers

70%

of Chicago public schools served

250,000

Chicago public school students impacted

279

Principals currently engaged

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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.