Principal for a Day 

Business and civic leaders spend a day in a CPS school.

October 27, 2008

Principal for a Day (PFAD) brings business and civic leaders into the Chicago Public Schools to serve as principal for one day each fall. This year's PFAD 2008 takes place on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008.


Mayor Richard M. Daley brought PFAD to Chicago in 1998, and since then thousands of business and civic leaders have broadened their understanding of the accomplishments of our students, teachers and principals, and the challenges they face. These leaders, inspired by the experience, have launched or renewed their commitment to CPS by providing volunteers as well as material and financial resources in support of the schools.


The day begins at the school the volunteer PFAD has been assigned to. They participate in a range of activities such as:


  • Meeting with the principal to discuss their needs and challenges
  • Watching student performances or presentations
  • Engaging in teaching and learning with a student or a classroom
  • Talking with a small group of teachers


The day concludes with a luncheon hosted by the Mayor, Chicago Board of Education President Rufus Williams and Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan.


Learn more about our Principal for a Day program.