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Summer Principals Academy

The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership

Alan Cheng



About Alan

B.A. in Engineering and Art History, Dartmouth College; M.S. in Technology and Policy, and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A. Mathematics Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Ed.M. Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University. After graduation, Alan Cheng's policy analysis credentials led him to Washington, DC where he gained valuable experience as a Legislative Fellow with the U.S. Senate Education Committee where he worked with Senator Chris Dodd and his senior education advisors on the reauthorization of NCLB and Federal Pell Grants. Eventually, the disconnect between federal policies and everyday classroom realities motivated him to start a career as a classroom educator. Alan currently works in NYC as an internship coordinator and math teacher at City-As-School High School, an alternative transfer school for overage and under-credited students. He works to reengage disaffected students who have fallen behind by using extensive out-of-classroom internships. He is also the school's testing coordinator, TITLE I coordinator and member of the school’s executive committee. Prior to classroom teaching, he worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, founded a non-profit called Team-Up-4-Education in Boston, and was a curriculum developer at the Graduate School of Management at Cambridge University, UK. He is also a graduate of the National IEL Education Policy Fellowship Program and the Columbia School Law Institute. Alan is currently Assistant Principal of Supervision at City-As-School High School.

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