Mayor Emanuel, CPS Invest in Principals by Expanding Principal Leadership Programs

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson on Monday announced an expansion of principal leadership programs to empower leading school leaders to innovate and drive student achievement. To empower top principals, CPS is doubling the size of the District’s Independent Schools Principal (ISP) Program – which provides high-performing principals with the autonomy to operate their schools with reduced oversight from Central Office and the flexibility to innovate in their schools – by adding 27 experienced, successful principals. The District is also implementing new reforms to the ISP Program to ensure principals are able to most effectively manage their schools and support the larger CPS community. CPS and The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) also announced the new 25-member class of Chicago Principal Fellows, a 25 percent expansion in the size of the program. Through the Chicago Principals Fellowship, school leaders are provided with 12-months of executive leadership development through a partnership with Northwestern University. For the first time, the annual cohort of Principal Fellows will include 25 principals instead of the 20 member classes in previous years. Among the principals joining the ISP Program: Manuel Adrianzen – Alfred Nobel Elementary School; Lauren A. Albani – LaSalle II Magnet Elementary School; Gerardo Arriaga – Enrico Tonti Elementary School; James Gray – Alexander Hamilton Elementary School; Jacqueline Medina – Talman Elementary School; and Marcey Sorensen – Roberto Clemente Community Academy High School.

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