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.

Aspiring Assistant Principals (Internal Candidates Only)

The Aspiring Assistant Principal Institute (AAPI) is a three-day institute for internal CPS candidates. The institute covers topics such as REACH as a New Administrator, Adaptive Leadership, and Entry Planning, to assist aspiring leaders in self-assessing their readiness for the assistant principal role, while also giving them the tools they need to identify activities to pursue their current role in preparation for leadership.  

Please note: The AAPI is but one way to prepare for leadership in CPS, and is not a requirement to become an assistant principal in Chicago Public Schools.

Institute dates for the SY 17-18 are as follows

  • Winter session: January 3rd, 4th, 5th (50 participants)
  • Spring Break session: March 26th, 27th, 28th, (100 participants)

 

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Participant Criteria

To be eligible for the Aspiring Assistant Principal Institute, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) with Principal Endorsement

  • Have a rating of proficient or better on your most recent Evaluation (if applicable)

  • Be in good standing with the District

  • Complete the application to attend (sent by the Department of Principal Quality via email)

If you are interested in attending the institute, we recommend talking to your principal and Network Chief.

 

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Institute Description

The three-day institute prepares aspiring assistant principals to self-assess readiness for the assistant principal role, as well as identify activities in their current role to prepare them for leadership. In addition, participants will leave the session with tools and ideas to continue to assess their readiness for the assistant principal position.

Agenda

Day 1: CPS Way - CPS Principal Competencies A & B
Day 2: Leadership in Action - CPS Principal Competencies C & D
Day 3: Securing & Entering an AP Position - CPS Principal Competency E

 

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Support After Attending Institute

After attending the Institute, participants are invited to attend follow-up workshops to refine their resumes and additional areas of needs. Participants will also be placed on an Aspiring AP list as recommended candidates for future AP positions.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need further service, click here to contact the Office of Access and Enrollment.

 

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Aspiring Assistant Principals (Internal Candidates Only)

Aspiring Assistant Principals (Internal Candidates Only)

Aspiring AP Participant Criteria

Leaders aspiring to the assistant principal role who meet the following criteria:

  • Currently hold Type 75 certificate or PEL with administrative endorsement
  • Recommended by Network Chief
  • Interest in AP position for coming school year (via survey administered in February)
  • Able to attend institute during spring break (April)

Invitations to join Aspiring APs are sent to identified leaders in March.

Aspiring AP Institute Description

The three-day institute prepares aspiring assistant principals to self-assess readiness for the assistant principal role, as well as identify activities in current role to prepare for leadership. In addition participants, leave with tools and ideas to continue to assess their readiness with explicit paths/ options depending on where they are now.

Aspiring AP Institute Agenda

Day 1 - CPS Way - Competencies A & B
Day 2 - Leadership in Action - Competencies C & D
Day 3 - Securing & Entering an AP Position - Competency E

Aspiring AP Support following the Institute

  1. Participants are invited to a follow-up workshops to further refine their resumes and help address areas of need following the institute.
  2. Participants are placed on an Aspiring AP list as recommended candidates for future AP positions.

 

Contact Us

Department of Principal Quality
42 West Madison, Chicago, IL 60602
(773) 553-1515
cpsleaders@cps.edu

Page Last Modified on Thursday, September 21, 2017