Principals with three or more years of experience and a track record of success can be nominated for a Cahn Fellowship.
When reviewing an applicant's candidacy, the Program emphasizes the following selection criteria:
- Personal commitment to providing an excellent education to the children of all public school students
- Evidence of effective leadership as demonstrated by growth or consistently high levels of student achievement
- Leadership qualities including intellectual curiosity, resourcefulness, collaboration skills, mentoring skills, creativity, and self-awareness
- History of professional accomplishments
The Committee also considers the following school-wide factors:
- School-site indicators including, where applicable, four-year outcomes on graduation and dropout rates, attendance rates, and teacher turnover rates
- School demographics of applicant schools including student poverty levels, English language learner populations, and special education populations.
Annually, less than 2 percent of public school principals are invited to receive a Cahn Fellowship.