A Program for Distinguished Principals
The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals at Teachers College, Columbia University is committed to recognizing outstanding principals and providing them with opportunities for professional, intellectual and personal growth. Our goal is to strengthen the public school system by investing in its most effective school leaders.
1 of the 3 deputy chancellors
10% of 1700 sitting NYC principals
17% of NYC's 42 superintendents
Directly benefiting 137,000 schoolchildren in NYC and indirectly strengthening public education for more than 1.1 million children
The Cahn Fellows Program offers public school principals the opportunity to participate in a rich learning experience emphasizing intellectual exchange, reflective practice, and measurable results.
The Elias Howe School, 2005 Fellow
“I feel I have been blessed to be given the time to be a learner to continue my professional growth as a principal and to be able to reflect on my practices to support my staff. It has been an honor to be selected to work with such a diverse and incredible group of principals. Thank you for valuing and validating my work as a principal and treating me as a distinguished professional.”
-Nancy Sing-Bock, The Elias Howe School, 2005 Fellow
"The Cahn Fellows Program was just what I needed to take my school to the next level!"
-Nigel Pugh, 2006 Fellow
Principal, PS 19, the Bronx, 2004 Cahn Fellow
"My experience as a 2004 Cahn Fellow has affirmed and broadened my beliefs and practices regarding effective leadership. Interacting with other leaders from within and outside the field of education has been both invigorating and inspiring."
-Principal Michael Schurek, PS 19, the Bronx, 2004 Cahn Fellow
"My involvement in the Cahn Fellows Program has been professionally satisfying and a lot of fun. It is the most relevant and meaningful experience I've had in education".
-David Banks, 2003 Fellow
Principal, PS 340, Brooklyn, 2004 Cahn Fellow
"The Summer Leadership Institute was the best leadership training experience I have had since becoming a principal eight years ago. It really dealt with the personal and individual qualities of being a leader."
-Principal Gloria Dupree, PS 340, Brooklyn, 2004 Cahn Fellow
"Nothing compares to the Cahn Fellows Program. It was the first time in 8 ½ years that I was truly inspired and invigorated…I wish every principal in New York City could experience this!"
-Eileen Reiter, 2005 Fellow