MissionThe Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals at Teachers College, Columbia University is committed to recognizing outstanding public school 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.
The Cahn Fellows Program was founded in 2002 as a result of the vision and generosity of Charles & Jane Cahn. The Cahns wanted to do something to recognize excellence in education with the belief that, in recognizing and supporting excellence, we can help an entire system to rise.
The Cahn Fellows Program inducted its first cohort of Cahn Fellows into the Program in 2003. It is the only program in of its kind that that has been specifically designed to support the growth of exemplary school leaders. The Program enables Fellows to become even more effective principals while leveraging their talents to support aspiring school principals.
The Cahn Fellows Program seeks to improve the functioning and the reputation of principals in the public school system by
- Enhancing the leadership of effective experienced public school principals
- Improving school performance
- Identifying and cultivating new leaders