Department of Principal Quality

Mission: Identify, develop, support, and retain strong principal leaders who are dedicated to student success in CPS.

Vision: Every Chicago Public School has a strong leader providing opportunities for all students to achieve their fullest potential.

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Chicago Leadership Collaborative

In November 2011, Mayor Emanuel announced the Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC), in order to create a pipeline of highly qualified leaders to meet the District's needs well into the future.

The CLC is a unique partnership between the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and leading principal development programs. It provides the District with an unprecedented capacity to develop, attract, and retain high-performing principals from internal and external sources, making Chicago a “destination of choice” for aspiring urban school leaders.

Meet our current cohort of Resident Principals.

CLC Partnership

This unique collaboration is a partnership between CPS and the following partners: National Louis University, New Leaders, and the University of Illinois Chicago.

CLC Training

CLC participants commit to a year-long internship, and receive mentoring from a select group of high-performing principals in the District.  The aspiring principal is fully immersed in all aspects of school leadership, with a focus on developing proficiency in the CPS Principal Competencies, which can be found in the CPS Performance Standards for School Leaders Rubric with Critical Attributes.

Contact Us

Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC)
42 West Madison, Chicago, IL 60602
(773) 553-1515

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