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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.

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