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2020 Principal Appreciation Campaign

October is national Principal Appreciation Month. 2020 marks the fifth year of Chicago’s citywide Principal Appreciation Campaign, when we join forces with school communities, city officials and corporate leaders to lift up the great work of our hardworking school leaders. 2020 has been an unprecedented and challenging year, and this year more than ever, our school leaders deserve our appreciation.

Chicago’s public school principals oversee more than 600 schools and impact over 350,000 students in the third-largest school district in the country. Thanking principals is one way that we can acknowledge their hard work and keep them in our schools.

2020 Principal Appreciation Report

See the impact of the 2020 Principal Appreciation Campaign below, and provide feedback to be used for future campaigns using this form.

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2020 Principal Appreciation Events

Resilience: A Night of Educator Leader Stories | with WBEZ, Fifth Third Bank, & William Blair | Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Hear four CPS school leaders share their personal stories of strength in spite of loss, illness and adversity. RSVP for the event here

Family Skate Nights | with The Blackhawks Foundation & Fifth Third Bank | Sundays; October 11, 18 and 25, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The Blackhawks Foundation will be hosting three Principal Appreciation Skate Nights at Fifth Third Arena on consecutive Sundays in October: the 11th, 18th and 25th. Principals can reserve tickets for up to four people. Skate rentals are available. Due to social distancing, there are limited spots available each night, so make sure to RSVP soon and enjoy the ice!

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors and partners:


Invest in Chicago's Principals

Principals have an out-sized impact on their schools and communities. Any amount can make a difference.

Support Our Work

We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 360,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on the schools that most need support.

Celebrate School Leaders

Every October, school communities, city officials and corporate leaders join together to lift up the great work of principals and their APs.