Two new studies released by the University of Chicago explore the diversity of Chicago Public Schools principals and the critical skills and experiences they need to lead effectively.

Researchers analyzed eight years of demographic, career history and job tenure data for hundreds of CPS principals. The team, which included staff from the research institution NORC and the Consortium on School Research at the University of Chicago and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, interviewed 20 early-career school principals during the pandemic to learn about the skills, experiences and support these leaders wish they had before taking the position.