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Professional Development

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 Program, which employs a cohort-based model of professional development, utilizes a variety of pedagogical approaches designed to encourage critical reflection and perspective transformation. The result is a dynamic active approach to learning that supports individual experienced and aspiring principals as they take their schools to the next level.

Principals selected into the Program participate in a fifteen month Cahn Fellowship while continuing to work full-time as school principals.


Program components include:

  • Summer Leadership Institute
    Intensive two-week program grounded in experiential learning, linking theory with practice; exposes principals to a diversity of ideas in the field of leadership to encourage critical reflection
  • Leadership Summits
    Weekend retreat in the Hudson Valley to foster strong mentor relationship between Fellows and Allies and set the direction for the challenge project inquiry
  • Faculty Study Groups
    Bimonthly participation in study group of 8-10 principals  and aspiring principals lead by Teachers College faculty advisers emphasizing the application of theory to leadership challenges.  This year's faculty study groups are focused on:
    • Adult Development and Teaching Leadership
    • Improving Literacy and Critical Thinking Skills
    • Creating and Supporting Sustainable Partnerships
    • Meeting the needs of Diverse Learners
  • Cahn Allies Project
    Experienced principals share institutional knowledge with aspiring principals during 10 month period through study groups and summits with Fellows.