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APs Rising: AP Resident Principal Program

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools
  • Duration: 12-18 months
  • Application Window: Invite-only
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The CPS Department of Principal Quality is launching a residency program specifically designed for assistant principals, with the goal of creating a rigorous 12- to 18-month preparation experience in a school environment that aligns with the district's anticipated talent needs.
Eligibility: Current Assistant Principals who have passed principal eligibility and are interested in becoming a CPS principal.
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APs Rising: Aspiring Principal PLC

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools and The Chicago Public Education Fund
  • Duration: One year
  • Application Window: Open Spring 2020
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APs Rising is a suite of targeted development opportunities that are designed to support our talented pool of assistant principals. It includes an Aspiring Principal Professional Learning Community (PLC) for current assistant principals who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the skills needed to take on a principal position. The PLC will be led by an experienced CPS principal.
Eligibility: Current Assistant Principals who are interested in becoming a CPS Principal.
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APs Rising: Leadership Bridge Program

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools and The Chicago Public Education Fund
  • Duration: One year
  • Application Window: Open Spring 2020
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APs Rising is a suite of targeted development opportunities that are designed to support our talented pool of assistant principals. It includes a Leadership Bridge Program for up to 25 assistant principal and principal pairs. As part of this program, APs will receive individualized leadership coaching from an external partner in close collaboration with their principal.
Eligibility: Current Assistant Principals who are interested in becoming a Principal and have been identified as a potential internal successor in their building. District Assistant Principals should have earned CPS Principal eligibility or plan to go through the process in 2020-21.
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APs Rising: Val-Ed Assessment

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools and The Chicago Public Education Fund
  • Duration: One year
  • Application Window: Open Spring 2020
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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. It can be used to inform leadership development planning by current and aspiring principals.
Eligibility: Current Principal in their first year, current Assistant Principal or current CLC resident Principal.
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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: Three 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 Leadership Collaborative

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools Department of Principal Quality
  • Duration: One year
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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 principals.
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Chicago United for Equity Fellows

  • Organization: Chicago United for Equity
  • Duration: Nine months
  • Application Window: Deadline July 2020
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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Great Expectations Mentoring (GEM)

  • Organization: Chicago Public Schools, Office of Equity
  • Duration: 10 months
  • Application Window: June 2020 - July 2020
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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 10 month 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 males/females who are CPS Assistant Principals, Principals and central office Managers
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