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2010 Cahn Ally Ignatio Accardi Founds High School for Energy and Technology

In the summer of 2011, former Long Island High School Assistant Principal Ignatio Accardi began writing a proposal to found the High School for Energy and Technology (HSET) in the Bronx. During the fall of 2011, the 2010 Cahn Ally’s proposal to the NYCDOE Office of New Schools was approved and the school was officially opened in September 2012.

2008 Cahn Fellow James Waslawski Assigned to Office of New Schools

Former P.S. 279 Principal James Waslawski is working in the New York City DOE Office of New Schools on a design model that would serve high-need, over-aged middle and high school students. Waslawski served as principal of the Captain Manuel Rivera, Jr. School in the Bronx for over eight years.

New York City DOE’s Office of New Schools
Looking for Leaders to Found New District Schools

The Office of New Schools (ONS) is searching for talented educators who aspire to open new district schools in 2014.  Experienced Principals,  Assistant principals and teachers who have a sound vision of how students learn (and their SBL by July 2014) are encouraged to participate in the spring process starting in March.   Approved candidates in the New School Intensive (NSI) participate in a six-month training program for founding principals that provides access to operations support, feedback and coaching. If you are interested in this opportunity, visit the ONS website and RSVP for an open house event:

Nominate a talented educator:

Join the mailing list to receive updates about ONS spring process:

Call Krista Barron at or 212-374-0279

On Leadership

'Good leaders are passionate about their work. Through their styles differ, there are many common elements - strong beliefs, integrity, good people skills, thirst for knowledge, and willingness to learn. High energy helps too!' --Cahn Fellow Principal

'Leadership is not so much about the duties you perform as it is about the people you serve.' --Cahn Fellow Principal