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.

Independent School Principals (ISP)

The ISP program is designed for high-performing principals who can ensure continued strong performance with minimal oversight from the district, and who would benefit from additional independence to lead their schools. The objectives of the program are to:

  • Reward high-performing principals with increased autonomy.
  • Expand ISP leadership impact through meaningful leadership capacities and innovative collaboration.
  • Build streamlined systems and structures that support increased autonomy.

ISPs are afforded the following autonomies:

  1. Exemption from Network membership and Network Chief oversight.
  2. Exemption from budget and CIWP approval.
  3. Increased flexibility with budget and purchasing.
  4. Professional learning autonomy for ISPs and their staff, except for CPS-mandated training.
  5. Modified principal evaluation within state requirements, including no requirement to submit evidence for SY2017 evaluation, and option for peer evaluation. (Note, two formal observations and a final rating are state requirements.)

ISPs are expected to:

  1. Expand leadership impact by serving in one or more leadership capacities, including but not limited to mentoring, demonstration school, and/or advising CPS Departments.
  2. Attend two annual ISP meetings: a Kick-Off Meeting and a Focus Group Meeting, as well as provide feedback via surveys or focus group.
  3. Maintain or improve school performance.
  4. Remain in good standing across key district metrics in an annual review of school performance.
  5. Respond to direct Central Office inquiries and remain compliant for all district-wide policies and procedures.
  6. Agree to remain in principal role at the current school for a minimum of two years.

Program Support

Although ISPs relinquish their existing access to Network support, ISPs will continue to receive support from Principal Quality, Parent Support Center, and the School Support Centers. The district will continue working towards:

  • Systems and structures that support increased autonomy so ISPs can meet self-directed management.
  • Reducing non-mandatory management items for principals and streamlining management requirements across all departments.

How to Apply

Principals who meet the following requirements are welcome to apply to be an ISP. The application period for School Year 2018 will be approximately April 17, 2017 to May 5, 2017 with principal selection announced approximately June 9, 2017. The application link will be posted here when launched.

Who are the Independent Schools Principals?

Key: Started as ISP in SY2016

Key: Started as ISP in SY2017

Name School Year Started as ISP
Ruth Walsh Addams Started as ISP in SY2017
Mira Weber Agassiz Started as ISP in SY2017
Lennette Coleman Ariel Started as ISP in SY2016
Catherine Plocher Burley Started as ISP in SY2017
Linda Moore Burnham Started as ISP in SY2016
Docilla Pollard Carnegie Started as ISP in SY2017
Javier Arriola-Lopez Carson Started as ISP in SY2016
Barton Dassinger Chavez Started as ISP in SY2016
William Hook Chicago Agriculture HS Started as ISP in SY2017
Marcey Sarensen Clemente HS Started as ISP in SY2017
Kathleen Hagstrom Disney Started as ISP in SY2016
Serena Peterson Ebinger Started as ISP in SY2017
Chad Weiden Edgebrook Started as ISP in SY2016
Judith Sauri Edwards Started as ISP in SY2017
Dennis Sweeney Grissom Started as ISP in SY2017
Kittae Kim Gunsaulus Started as ISP in SY2017
James Gray Hamilton Started as ISP in SY2017
Nathan Pietrini Hawthorne Started as ISP in SY2017
Paul Powers Jones HS Started as ISP in SY2016
Juan Ocon Juarez HS Started as ISP in SY2016
Delena Little Keller Started as ISP in SY2016
Dawn Caetta Kinzie Started as ISP in SY2016
Lauren Albani Lasalle II Started as ISP in SY2017
Lisa Epstein Lee Started as ISP in SY2017
Angela Sims Lenart Started as ISP in SY2016
Mihael Boraz Lincoln Park HS Started as ISP in SY2016
Jay Thompson Lloyd Started as ISP in SY2016
Jo Easterling-Hood McDowell Started as ISP in SY2017
Nicole Milberg Mitchell Started as ISP in SY2017
Karime Asaf Moos Started as ISP in SY2016
Catherine Reidy Mount Greenwood Started as ISP in SY2017
Margaret Kouretsos Nightingale Started as ISP in SY2017
Manuel Adrianzen Nobel Started as ISP in SY2017
Timothy Devine Payton HS Started as ISP in SY2016
Brigitte Swenson Peace & Education Started as ISP in SY2017
Okab Hassan Peck Started as ISP in SY2016
Mariel Laureano Prieto Started as ISP in SY2016
Deborah Clark Skinner Started as ISP in SY2016
Ethan Netterstrom Skinner North Started as ISP in SY2017
Jerry Travlos Smyser Started as ISP in SY2017
Tara Shelton south Loop Started as ISP in SY2016
Olimpia Bahena Talcott Started as ISP in SY2017
Jacqueline Medina Talman Started as ISP in SY2017
Gerardo Arriaga Tonti Started as ISP in SY2017
Rita Raichoudhuri Wells HS Started as ISP in SY2017
Joyce Kenner Young HS Started as ISP in SY2016
Ruth Garcia Zapata Started as ISP in SY2016
     

 

Who are the Independent Schools Principals?


Started as ISP in SY2016

Started as ISP in SY2017

Name School Year Started as ISP
Ruth Walsh Addams SY17
Mira Weber Agassiz SY17
Lennette Coleman Ariel SY16
Catherine Plocher Burley SY17
Linda Moore Burnham SY16
Docilla Pollard Carnegie SY17
Javier Arriola-Lopez Carson SY16
Barton Dassinger Chavez SY16
William Hook Chicago Agriculture HS SY17
Marcey Sarensen Clemente HS SY17
Kathleen Hagstrom Disney SY16
Serena Peterson Ebinger SY17
Chad Weiden Edgebrook SY16
Judith Sauri Edwards SY17
Dennis Sweeney Grissom SY17
Kittae Kim Gunsaulus SY17
James Gray Hamilton SY17
Nathan Pietrini Hawthorne SY17
Paul Powers Jones HS SY16
Juan Ocon Juarez HS SY16
Delena Little Keller SY16
Dawn Caetta Kinzie SY16
Lauren Albani Lasalle II SY17
Lisa Epstein Lee SY17
Angela Sims Lenart SY16
Mihael Boraz Lincoln Park HS SY16
Jay Thompson Lloyd SY16
Jo Easterling-Hood McDowell SY17
Nicole Milberg Mitchell SY17
Karime Asaf Moos SY16
Catherine Reidy Mount Greenwood SY17
Margaret Kouretsos Nightingale SY17
Manuel Adrianzen Nobel SY17
Timothy Devine Payton HS SY16
Brigitte Swenson Peace & Education SY17
Okab Hassan Peck SY16
Mariel Laureano Prieto SY16
Deborah Clark Skinner SY16
Ethan Netterstrom Skinner North SY17
Jerry Travlos Smyser SY17
Tara Shelton south Loop SY16
Olimpia Bahena Talcott SY17
Jacqueline Medina Talman SY17
Gerardo Arriaga Tonti SY17
Rita Raichoudhuri Wells HS SY17
Joyce Kenner Young HS SY16
Ruth Garcia Zapata SY16

 

Contact Us

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

Page Last Modified on Thursday, April 13, 2017