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Programs for Principals

Principals have evolving leadership development needs. Our individualized and responsive supports are designed to help principals innovate, and to keep our best principals in Chicago's public schools.


Enabling innovation in Chicago’s public schools


Keeping Chicago’s best principals in the schools that need them most


Connecting and learning from principals across Chicago

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Policy and Reports

The Fund publishes reports and case studies to advance and protect policies that are important to strong school leadership. Our reports are rooted in profiles of great school leaders to promote the adoption of promising practices in schools and districts across Chicago and the nation.

Equity and School Funding in Chicago Public Schools

This report explains the basics of school funding in Chicago and the financial challenges the system faces.

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Successful Budgeting Practices of Principals in Chicago Public Schools

In Chicago, principals are charged with creating school budgets that meet the needs of their school communities. This report explores four principals' innovative budgeting practices.

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The Chicago Principal Partnership

The nation’s first collaborative dedicated to making principal quality a permanent lever in a citywide school improvement strategy

The Partnership is working with stakeholders who are committed to using data to inform principal-quality efforts, and to co-creating tools and solutions to address common challenges. Members of The Partnership include principals, nonprofit organizations, funders, universities, parents and community members. The Fund is proud to be a founding member of The Partnership, and to work with partners across the city to achieve sustainable change.


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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.