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The Chicago Annenberg Challenge
$49.2 million, 2-to-1 matching challenge grant
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Annenberg Challenge

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge has closed. For more information, contact the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge worked to increase the ability of schools to better themselves by investing in the "on the ground" improvement efforts of networks - schools connected with an external partner organization. Simultaneously, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge contributed groundbreaking research to the field of education concerning how to improve schools. By offering support through professional development and technical assistance, teaching and learning improved, the quality and quantity of professional development increased, and the community became more knowledgeable and better equipped to create successful school reform.

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge helped to build a successor organization, the Chicago Public Education Fund, which continues to invest in creative solutions for critical educational issues. With a focus upon principal and teacher leadership, the Fund has supported such programs as Teach for America, Golden Apple Teacher Education program (GATE), and New Leaders for New Schools.

  • The Chicago Public Education Fund - successor organization to the Chicago Challenge

  • Evaluation: The Chicago Annenberg Research Project at the Consortium on Chicago School Research has numerous reports available in PDF Format and to order, including the final evaluation report, The Chicago Annenberg Challenge: Successes, Failures, and Lessons for the Future (August 2003).