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The Accelerator

  • Organization: Accelerate Institute
  • Duration: Three years
  • Application Window: Deadline March 2020
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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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: Six weeks
  • Application Window: Deadline March 27, 2020
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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: Open Spring 2021
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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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Braven: Leadership Coach

  • Organization: Braven
  • Duration: One academic semester
  • Application Window: Deadline June 2020
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As a Leadership Coach, you will guide and motivate a team of 5-8 promising college students weekly as they prepare to make their first steps into the professional world.
Eligibility: Two years of work experience.
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Cahn Fellows Program

  • Organization: The Chicago Public Education Fund
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Application Window: January 2020 - March 2020
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The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Public School Principals provides principals with opportunities for superior professional and personal growth while supporting the talents of aspiring principals.
Eligibility: Five years of CPS Principal experience with strong school/Principal performance.
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Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader Program

  • Organization: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Duration: 11 months
  • Application Window: January 2020 -March 2020
This 11-month globally focused program provides access to the world’s leading influencers and thinkers, and expands global acumen and key professional skills.
Eligibility: Candidates must be between 30-40 years old. Application and interview.
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Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation (CLCF) Leadership Academy

  • Organization: Chicago City Council Latino Caucus
  • Duration: 10 months
  • Application Window: Deadline September 2020
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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Chicago Principals Fellowship

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools and The Chicago Public Education Fund
  • Duration: Two years
  • Application Window: March 2022
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The Chicago Principals Fellowship program is designed for high-performing principals who would benefit from an intensive leadership development experience and have interest in learning more about district policy-making.
Eligibility: Three years of CPS Principal experience with strong school/principal performance.
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College Board’s A Dream Deferred Conference Presenter

  • Organization: College Board
  • Duration: One to two days
  • Application Window: May 2020 - August 2020
Presenters plan and deliver a professional development session focused on innovative solutions and approaches that will help African American students succeed.
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