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Fall 2016: Chicago

Chief Academic
Officers Academy

Current Cohort: Fall 2016 in Chicago

The National Chief Academic Officers Academy was created by Atlantic on the understanding and belief that effective district and school leadership is paramount to school success and requires a new system for preparing and supporting today’s CAOs. We are pleased to announce that this robust, interactive Academy was launched this past spring in San Francisco. The design of the National CAO Academy offers an intensive professional development experience that includes a balance of theory, demonstration, practice with feedback, and peer coaching and follow-up.

Session 1: September 9-10, 2016
Session 2: October 21-22, 2016
Session 3: December 2-3, 2016
Session 4: January 27-28, 2017
Session 5: February 10-11, 2017

Cohort Demographics

While the demographics of each cohort class is different, one thing remains constant: our ability to bring high-performing executives together. This Fall, our newly-minted Chief Academic Officers’ Academy Academy cohort members, with varied executive roles, brought a substantial level of diversity to our Academy. 62% of cohort members this session are from out of state, alone. Most traveling thousands of miles to experience our influential program and advance their careers in education.

Cohort Members


Cohort Members


Student District


  • Asst. Superintendent 30%
  • Asst. Principal 15%
  • Curriculum Director 10%
  • Chief of Staff 10%
  • Principal 5%
  • Superintendent 5%
  • Other 25%

“It helped me understand the importance of systematically reflecting on my values and being intentional about communicating them.”

Cohort Member

Fall 2016, Chicago

Academy Topics

The National CAO Academy curriculum will be a coherent program with all elements focused on preparing aspiring and novice CAOs who want to help build accountable, high-performing school systems. The following are key topics of the Academy:

  • Examine the impact of leadership on teaching, instruction and student learning
  • Understand the tenants of effective leadership that includes data-based decision making, and role of accountability in achieving school improvement
  • Study the role of leadership standards on defining practice
  • Explore the importance of distributing key leadership functions
  • Articulating a personal leadership vision
  • Identify personal leadership skills and knowledge
  • Importance of developing collaborative structures as well as a vision for shared responsibility and distributive leadership