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Principal Fellowships

To achieve our city’s shared goals for public school excellence, we must make Chicago the best city in America for school leadership. An essential step on that path is keeping our top principals in their roles for longer.

Since 2014, our support of two prestigious principal fellowships, one local and one national, has ensured that principals have opportunities to take their leadership to the next level. Each fellowship takes a different approach. The Chicago Principals Fellowship is run in partnership with a local university and provides a deeper dive into leadership in Chicago. The Cahn Fellows Program provides principals with a national lens of school leadership; districts from eight cities are engaged in the program.

Several principals who have completed these fellowships have gone on to serve in school leadership positions in the district and beyond. 

By the Numbers


2020-21 Principal Fellows Supported


Fellows Retained in Chicago Public Schools


Invested in 2020-21 Fellowships

Principal Fellowships

Chicago Principals Fellowship

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.