Administrator Preparation & Recruitment
Great schools cannot exist without great leaders. This is one of our core beliefs at Chicago Public Schools, which
is why we have joined with the Chicago Public Education Fund to create the
Chicago Principal Partnership. This partnership strives to attract, develop, support and retain strong leaders
for every CPS school and support Local School Councils (LSCs) as they do so as well.
Going forward, the Chicago Principal Partnership will build an online resource hub for principals, which include
programming and professional development opportunities that reflect principal best practices. Along with leadership
programs such as the
Chicago Principal Fellowship, the partnership exemplifies the continued investments by CPS and the Chicago
Public Education Fund into CPS school leaders.
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All of our children want to succeed, and it’s our job to see that they can.
In 2016, CPS launched the
Aspiring Assistant Principals Institute to better recruit the next generation of school leaders. To do so,
Network Chiefs and school leaders identify the district’s highest-performing teacher leaders (who also must have
earned state credentials for school administrators) for an invitation to an institute to help prepare them for
the assistant principal role.
Today’s assistant principals are the talent pool from which we draw tomorrow’s great school leaders. But until
recently, many of our assistant principals were relegated to student discipline and lunchroom duty, leaving them
unprepared for the next step in their careers. Beginning this year, network chiefs are working more intently
with principals on how to give their APs experiences that develop their skills in the five CPS Principal Competencies,
which include instructional leadership and community engagement. Last year, assistant principals were formally
evaluated for the first time, using the same criteria as their principals.
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Selecting a principal is the LSC’s most crucial responsibility. The Office of Local School Council Relations provides
training and ongoing support for LSCs undertaking principal selection.
Once approved, the job description is quickly
posted online and circulated to all candidates who met the district’s rigorous qualification requirements. This
process allows for a faster turnaround to fill vacant principal posts, consistency in postings across schools
and the ability to advertise a position more widely. In addition, training helps ensure that LSCs are well-equipped
to select strong candidates who are the best fit for their schools.