The Right Match: A Strong Principal in Every Public School

Education and Literacy

The Right Match: A Strong Principal in Every Public School

This report has one central premise: Keeping great principals starts with hiring the right principal. Even as Chicago fights to retain principals long enough to make student learning and school culture gains more permanent, we must recognize some principal attrition is inevitable.

More than 70,000 students started the 2016-17 school year with a new principal, and at least 60 schools will need a new principal each year for the foreseeable future. The stakes are high: No great public school exists without great leadership. In fact, variation in principal quality accounts for about 25 percent of a school’s total impact on student learning. Yet, more than four out of every 10 public school principals in Chicago leave before they begin their fifth year. To keep great principals, we have to make the right match from the start.

November 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Cook County / Chicago / Lakeview

Madison Community Foundation, 2011 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Race and Ethnicity

Madison Community Foundation, 2011 Annual Report

Madison Community Foundation uses its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good.

December 2011

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Madison County

Madison Community Foundation, 2015 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Madison Community Foundation, 2015 Annual Report

Madison Community Foundation uses its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good.

December 2015

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Madison County

Madison Community Foundation, 2010 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Madison Community Foundation, 2010 Annual Report

Madison Community Foundation uses its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good.

December 2010

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Madison County

Madison Community Foundation, 2012 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Madison Community Foundation, 2012 Annual Report

Madison Community Foundation uses its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good.

December 2012

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Madison County

Madison Community Foundation, 2013 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Madison Community Foundation, 2013 Annual Report

Madison Community Foundation uses its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good.

December 2013

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Madison County

Madison Community Foundation, 2014 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Madison Community Foundation, 2014 Annual Report

Madison Community Foundation uses its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good.

December 2014

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Madison County

Growing Together, Learning Together: What Cities Have Discovered About Building Afterschool Systems

Education and Literacy

Growing Together, Learning Together: What Cities Have Discovered About Building Afterschool Systems

In 2003, The Wallace Foundation began an initiative that eventually included five cities -- Boston, Chicago, New York City, Providence and Washington, D.C. -- to help them develop afterschool systems. At the time, a few cities and organizations were pioneering this approach (L.A.'s Best in Los Angeles, The After-School Corporation in New York, After School Matters in Chicago), but it was still a novelty. Five years later, Wallace examines lessons learned from this initiative, which posited two central premises:

  1. Children and teens can gain learning and developmental benefits by frequent participation in high-quality afterschool programs.
  2. A coordinated approach can increase access to, and improve the quality of, afterschool programs.

July 2015

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-Rhode Island-Providence County-Providence;North America-United States (Northeastern)-New York-New York County-New York City;North America-United States (Northeastern)-Massachusetts-Suffolk County-Boston;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Chicago Metropolitan Area;North America-United States (DC Metropolitan Area)

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