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Cahn Allies Program

Cahn Allies Program

In order to leverage the experience of the Cahn Fellow principals to benefit the next generation of public school principals, each mentors an aspiring principal from within their own school. The program calls these aspiring principals Cahn Allies.

Cahn Allies participate in many professional development activities with the Cahn Fellows Program over a 10 month period, from August-June of each year.  The Cahn Fellows Program provides support for the mentoring relationship, which is best described as a reciprocal and collaborative learning relationship between an experienced and aspiring leader, who share an interest and responsibility in helping one another to develop, grow and move forward in their respective careers.  In other words, we see mentoring as a mutually beneficial and growth enhancing developmental relationship.  Since the Program's founding, 197 new or aspiring principals have been mentored by the 2003 through 2010.

Many Cahn Fellows have gone on to mentor aspiring principals through the Summer Principals Academy (SPA), a transformative graduate program for public school educators interested in becoming public school leaders, at Teachers College and the Advanced Leadership Program for Assistant Principals (ALPAP), a program that provides a venue for Assistant Principals who have already met the challenges of their administrative and supervisory roles; have demonstrated a readiness to become Principals; and are primed to explore the decision-making process required of a school Principal.

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