Working Groups

Committees to provide new administration with 
recommendations to address challenges facing the District.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has launched three working groups of education, civic, and business leaders charged with recommending ideas to improve the quality of high schools; recruit, develop and retain high quality principals; and offer better school support from Central Office.

The groups will meet five to six times over the next several months to analyze the landscape of current policies and programs, review successful strategies in other cities nationwide, and gain insight from experts into local work already producing promising results. Each group’s recommendations will be shared with the public in a final report. Be sure to check back for updates on the working groups and recommendations.

High School Quality Working Group

The High School Working Group is charged with developing a model-agnostic plan for a quality high school within three miles of every home in Chicago. The group will review options to accelerate current efforts with proven track records of success and to expand the number of high-performing, replicable high school models. Members will also recommend a variety of supports that will help improve the city's existing high schools.

Principal Quality Working Group

The Principal Quality Working Group will focus on how to attract great school leaders, then fully support their development once they are in our schools. The working group will assess the current roles and challenges faced by principals in CPS and identify areas for offering support and accelerating improvement. Members will also analyze successful models and approaches from across the country before offering a set of strategic recommendations related to principal work at every stage – pipeline and recruitment; in-role support; retention and career growth.

Support for Schools Working Group

The Support for Schools Working Group is charged with improving Central Office supports and programs to better align with the needs of schools. The group will receive data reflecting principals' perspectives and an analysis of the departments that work with schools. Members will make a set of near-term recommendations for the upcoming school year and propose longer-term strategic initiatives for the 2016-17 school year. This work will happen in parallel to efforts already underway to free top principals from certain compliance requirements.

High School Quality

The High School Working Group is charged with developing a model-agnostic plan for a quality high school within three miles of every home in Chicago. The group will review options to accelerate current efforts with proven track records of success and to expand the number of high-performing, replicable high school models. Members will also recommend a variety of supports that will help improve the city's existing high schools.

Principal Quality

The Principal Quality Working Group will focus on how to attract great school leaders, then fully support their development once they are in our schools. The working group will assess the current roles and challenges faced by principals in CPS and identify areas for offering support and accelerating improvement.  Members will also analyze successful models and approaches from across the country before offering a set of strategic recommendations related to principal work at every stage – pipeline and recruitment; in-role support; retention and career growth.

Support for Schools

The Support for Schools Working Group is charged with improving Central Office supports and programs to better align with the needs of schools. The group will receive data reflecting principals' perspectives and an analysis of the departments that work with schools. Members will make a set of near-term recommendations for the upcoming school year and propose longer-term strategic initiatives for the 2016-17 school year. This work will happen in parallel to efforts already underway to free top principals from certain compliance requirements.

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