William Hook, principal of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and Cory Overstreet, principal of Kate S. Kellogg Elementary School, have been selected to participate in the Chicago Principals Fellowship.

The Chicago Principals Fellowship and the Cahn Fellows Program are two of the city’s most prestigious school leadership programs. Together, these programs aim to deepen the impact of top principals through structured professional development and opportunities to take on greater leadership roles to support their peers. The Fellows’ performance continues to drive outstanding student achievement at schools.

The Cahn Fellows Program and Chicago Principals Fellowship represent the power of strong university, district and private-sector partnerships. Both fellowships are intensive executive leadership development programs that have been designed for and with Chicago’s most talented principals.

The Chicago Principals Fellowship is designed through a partnership between Northwestern University, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Public Education Fund. The 2019-20 cohort consists of 28 principals from district and charter schools.

Fellows participate in rigorous academic sessions provided by the Center for Nonprofit Management at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. They also receive a leadership evaluation, participate in facilitated learning sessions and meet monthly with CPS Chief Executive Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson to learn about and develop district policy.

The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals at Columbia University’s Teachers College is a national fellowship for principals.

Each Cahn Fellow chooses an “ally,” an assistant principal or teacher leader, to participate in a two-week summer leadership institute and ongoing faculty study groups. The experience is intended to link leadership and instructional theories from across organizations and at the school level to Fellows’ principal practices. This culminates in the exploration of a school-based project, which Fellows and allies develop over the course of their Cahn Fellows experience.