The AP Resident Principal Program will include a rigorous 12- to 18-month residency experience in a school environment that aligns with the district’s anticipated talent needs. While being fully immersed in all aspects of school leadership, AP Residents will also focus on building their context and knowledge of their placement school in order to effectively serve in a similar type of environment in the future. This program will be operated through a partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and leading local principal development programs – New Leaders and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Eligibility: Current Assistant Principals who have passed principal eligibility and are interested in becoming a CPS principal.

Competency Alignment

Influences others to positive action: AP residents will have leadership roles within their placement school that build their ability to influence others. This will likely include leading teams of teachers and/or working with a team of individuals to lead school-wide initiatives.

Strategizes and drives for results to maximize impact: AP residents will create a leadership development plan that includes clear goals for how their work will impact student outcomes. Their scope of work within this plan will encompass at least three of the five principal competency areas.

Fosters trusting relationships to enable productive change: AP residents will work to develop relationships within the schools they are placed in with their principal, administrative team and teachers. They will also work to build relationships with external stakeholders and community members.

Adapts and shows resilience to create solutions: AP residents will gain first hand exposure to the adaptive leadership and responsiveness that is necessary in a principal role.