The mission of the Chicago Principals & Administrators Association is to provide the educational and ethical leadership needed in local school communities and across the system to ensure that all students will attain the highest standards of achievement.
The Association is dedicated to achieving this mission by supporting its members through a coordinated program of services, benefits, and advocacy. Specific action directions include:
- representing members regarding welfare issues including compensation and benefits;
- advising members in professional matters related to due process and legal issues;
- providing leadership in local and systemwide decision making and policy formulation;
- influencing local, state, and federal legislation related to education;
- establishing standards and best practices to guide administrative actions;
- sponsoring meaningful professional development programs and activities to meet the unique needs and requirements of experienced, beginning, and aspiring administrators;
- developing a proactive communications and public relations plan to better serve members and targeted external groups;
- providing a support system for networking and a clearing-house for information; and
- increasing collaboration with other professional associations, universities, business partners, and education reform groups.
(312) 263-7767, ext. 123
(312) 263-7767, ext. 131
(312) 263-7767, ext. 122
(312) 263-7767, ext. 136
CPAA employs a full-time general counsel who provides invaluable legal support and advice to members regarding their on-the-job issues. Help is always just a phone call away. Our national organization, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), provides additional legal support for certain types of issues.
Our lobbyist will take your concerns to Springfield and beyond. Distribution of funds from our Political Action Committee (PAC) is managed by our Legislative Committee. CPAA actively tracks legislation as it develops in Springfield to ensure that the concerns of the organization are taken into account. Excellent and enduring relations with key legislators have yielded many positive results.
Various discounts and incentives are available through Union Plus (unionplus.org). Visit their website to see what's available. For "Union," select "American Federation of School Administrators. All active CPAA members receive affiliate membership in the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA). AFSA also provides additional benefits to CPAA members. Visit afsaadmin.org for more information.
Policy research and development
Our policy action teams conduct research and develop reports that express the views and ideas of administrators in Chicago Public Schools. Our reports are widely distributed with the goal of drawing much needed attention to the issues that directly affect you as a school leader.
ILLINOIS ADMINISTRATORS' ACADEMY
The Illinois Administrators Academy (IAA) provides opportunities for professional growth and enrichment. You must take one IAA session every year to maintain your Professional Educator License (PEL). Visit www.iaachicago.com for complete program offerings and more information regarding the Professional Educator License (Administrative Endorsement).
Whereas, CPAA strives to improve the working conditions of principals, assistant principals, and administrators through information, advocacy, and legal assistance, IAA provides principals, administrators, and other school leaders with workshops and development opportunities to enhance their professional growth and meet the requirements of Professional Educator License.