Barton Dassinger


Chavez Elementary School, Chicago

Barton Dassinger has been a principal for over 17 years at two different Chicago Public Schools. Currently, he serves as the principal of Cesar E Chávez, a PK – 8th grade open-enrollment neighborhood school in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. His school has been in the top district ranking for the last 14 consecutive years, with a population of 99% of students qualifying for free or reduced priced meals and over 50% qualifying for bilingual education. As a designated “Independent School Principal” in CPS, Barton formally mentors interning principals, advises the district on its performance policy, and annually leads a principal PLC focused on improve grading practices. Additionally, he has developed websites used to help thousands of students select a CPS high school and hundreds of CPS administrators analyze grading data.