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TIME, conversation and reflection helped Principal Sandye Johnson decide that her school would benefit from introducing the International Baccalaureate program.

Subsequently, Thurgood Marshall Academy is on target to become New York City’s first Title 1 school to offer the I.B. for middle-year students.

But finding the space and time to reflect might not have been possible for Johnson without the Cahn Fellows Program.

TC awards Cahn fellowships to outstanding NYC principals through a process of nomination and selection. During their fellowship, principals mentor another school leader and participate in a summer institute, leadership summits, and faculty study groups.

Johnson was awarded the Fellowship in 2005 and capitalized on the professional development time it allowed.

“The program helped me choose the right way for my school to go,” says Johnson, who was also received the Time Warner Principal of Excellence Award this year.

“Sometimes as a leader you do not want to take a risk. I hadn’t had the chance to read much research or even to talk to peers. The program gave me the time I needed to validate what I thought would be really good for the school.”

To date, there are 105 Cahn Fellows, with more than 12 percent of NYC principals having benefited from this program.

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