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360 Leadership Diagnostic

  • Organization: The Chicago Public Education Fund
  • Duration: Three-four months
  • Application Window: March 7 - March 21 (Note interest within application window)
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The Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (Val-Ed) is a research-based, 360-degree leadership diagnostic tool. Val-Ed focuses on gathering evidence of leadership competencies and behaviors that are specific to the role of a school principal.
Eligibility: Current Chicago district or charter assistant principal considering principalship who would like to learn more about their leadership abilities and develop and track a plan to strengthen leadership skills
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The Accelerator

  • Organization: Accelerate Institute
  • Duration: Three years
  • Application Window: Deadline April 1st
The Accelerator is a three-year support model that provides urban K-12 school principals and their leadership teams with the skills necessary to execute schoolwide change management and significantly improve academics and culture.
Eligibility: Current CPS Principal.
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Action Research Leadership Institute Fellowship

  • Organization: Chicago Foundation for Education
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Application Window: Deadline: July 2022
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Fellows conduct a self-designed research study in their own school to support and improve teacher practice.
Eligibility: All PreK-12th grade Chicago Public School educators, including charter, magnet and selective enrollment schools
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The Allstate Foundation Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program

  • Organization: Allstate Foundation, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
  • Duration: Eight weeks
  • Application Window: On-going
Eight-week leadership development program for nonprofit leaders facilitated through a partnership with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Eligibility: Leader at a nonprofit organization.
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Bioengineering Experience for Science Teachers (BEST) program

  • Organization: University of Illinois - Chicago
  • Duration: June 20 – July 29, 2022
  • Application Window: Deadline: March 25, 2022
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A six-week summer experience that provides pre-engineering and science teachers an opportunity to spend time in bioengineering research labs, create curricula, and partner with College of Engineering research-active core bioengineering faculty mentors.
Eligibility: Licensed Chicago Public high school biotechnology or engineering teachers. Underrepresented minorities and applicants committed to working with diverse student populations are encouraged to apply.
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Bonfire: “The Cohort Experience” Program

  • Organization: Bonfire
  • Duration: Six months
  • Application Window: Friday May 13th, 2022
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Bonfire: “The Cohort Experience” Program is a talent development accelerator that supports and trains 50 women in a six-month program, to help them grow their leadership skills and build the pipeline of women leaders in the City of Chicago.
Eligibility: Women leaders between the ages of 20-40 years old who are rising talent with demonstrated potential for extraordinary leadership in the workplace of the future.
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Charter Schools PLC

  • Organization: The Chicago Public Education Fund
  • Duration: One year
  • Application Window: March 7 - March 21 (Note interest within application window)
We want to design Charter School PLCs cohorts that seek to incorporate charter school-specific challenges, structure, and leadership, but we need your help envisioning what this could look like.
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Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation (CLCF) Leadership Academy

  • Organization: Chicago City Council Latino Caucus
  • Duration: 10 months
  • Application Window: Next application window coming in October 2022
The Leadership Academy works to develop a talent pipeline to fulfill leadership gaps in both the public and private sectors. The CLCF Academy is specifically geared for mid-level high-potential professionals with a proven track record and passion for leadership, civic engagement, and potential for upward mobility.
Eligibility: Seven years experience, desire to run for elected office, advanced degree, nomination from elected official, two letters of recommendation, employer letter of support.
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CPS Cooperating Teacher

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools
  • Duration: 8 weeks to one school year
  • Application Window: Ongoing
Shape the next generation of CPS teachers by hosting a student-teacher. Share your teaching strategies and expertise in an in-depth mentorship.
Eligibility: Licensed and qualified to teach in the content-area, 3 years of teaching experience, received a proficient or above performance rating in most recent REACH evaluation.
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Field Ambassador

  • Organization: The Field Museum
  • Duration: One year
  • Application Window: Deadline August 2022
Field Ambassadors gain access to resources and educational programs to develop initiatives designed to integrate Field Museum resources on a larger scale.
Eligibility: Open to all Science Teachers.
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