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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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Aspiring Assistant Principal Institute AP Mentor

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools, Department of Principal Quality
  • Duration: One year
  • Application Window: March 7 - March 21
The Aspiring Assistant Principal Institute is a year-long professional development program aimed at preparing high-potential aspiring Assistant Principals. Assistant Principal Mentor will provide coaching and support for at least 10 mentoring hours throughout the year.
Eligibility: 5+ years of AP experience, Member of the CPS Principal Eligibility pool, Proficient or better evaluation on one of the last two AP evaluations, Have a recommendation from your current principal/supervisor
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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 Leadership Collaborative: Resident Principal

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools Department of Principal Quality
  • Duration: One year
  • Application Window: Invite-only, through Common Program Application
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The Chicago Leadership Collaborative is a unique partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and leading principal development programs to provide a rigorous, residency-based preparation experience for aspiring school leaders.
Eligibility: Minimum of four years of teaching experience, Flexibility and willingness to change school sites, An active Illinois State Board of Education Professional Educator License or Educator License with Stipulations
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Chicago United for Equity Fellows

  • Organization: Chicago United for Equity
  • Duration: Nine months
  • Application Window: Deadline: April 2022
A nine-month program where participants design and implement equity-based projects with an organization of their choice.
Eligibility: Applicants are required to name an organization that will serve as a partner in developing and implementing their equity project. Must have a pre-existing relationship with the organization.
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Education Pioneers Visiting Fellowship

  • Organization: Education Pioneers
  • Duration: 10-12 weeks
  • Application Window: March 2022 - September 2022
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The EP Visiting Fellowship is a 10-12 week program that supports the K-12 knowledge and skill development of managers and directors who are interested in advancing their careers in their existing organization.
Eligibility: Currently in a manager or director-level role, three to five years of full-time work experience, in and/or outside the education sector.
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Great Expectations Mentoring (GEM): Mentor Role

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools, Office of Equity
  • Duration: 10 months
  • Application Window: March 7 - March 21
The‌ ‌Great‌ ‌Expectations‌ ‌Mentoring‌ ‌(GEM)‌ ‌Program‌ ‌exists‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌pipeline‌ ‌for‌ ‌equipping‌ ‌and‌ ‌advancing‌ ‌African‌ ‌American‌ ‌male‌ ‌and‌ ‌Latinx‌ education ‌leaders‌ ‌in‌ ‌Chicago‌ ‌Public‌ ‌Schools‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌next‌ ‌stage‌ ‌of ‌their‌ ‌leadership‌ ‌and‌ ‌equity‌ ‌journey.
Eligibility: African-American males and Latinx who are CPS Principals, Assistant Principals, Central Office Chiefs and Directors, and retired CPS Chiefs and Principals, Has the capacity to participate and complete the program’s monthly time commitment, Has a desire to use their voice and influence to make positive change within the CPS environment, Consistently demonstrates Lead with CPS competencies, Has a track record for advancing equity
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Great Expectations Mentoring (GEM): Fellow Role

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools, Office of Equity
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Application Window: March 7 - March 21, 2022
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GEM Fellows will amplify the alignment of their vision and impact in order to positively impact all students equitably. The GEM Fellowship is a year-long program designed as a pipeline for African American male and Latinx (male or female) educational leaders who work as school leaders or at the district or network level within CPS.
Eligibility: African-American males and Latinx employees that are CPS Principals, Assistant Principals, and Central or Network Office managers and Directors, has the capacity to participate and complete the program’s monthly time commitment
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HACE: Emerging Latino Leaders Program

  • Organization: HACE
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Application Window: Next application window coming in July 2022
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HACE intends to increase the competencies and skills of emerging non-profit professional leaders that are committed to serving Latinx and diverse communities, by building their capacity, develop leadership pipelines and develop local support networks. There are both Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 cohorts.
Eligibility: Five years working experience with increasing responsibility.
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