About Us


The Cahn Fellows Program seeks to improve large urban public school systems nationally by providing distinguished school leaders with advanced professional development and recognition.  Our program is designed to increase leadership skills, retention in education and student outcomes.



The Cahn Fellows Program was founded in 2002 as a result of the vision and generosity of Charles & Jane Cahn. The Cahns wanted to do something to recognize excellence in education with the belief that, in recognizing and supporting excellence, we can help an entire system to rise. The Cahn Fellows Program inducted its first cohort of Cahn Fellows into the Program in 2003. It is the only program of its kind that has been specifically designed to support the growth of exemplary school leaders. The Program enables Fellows to become even more effective principals while leveraging their talents to support aspiring school principals.

June 7 Leadership Conference - 

Keynote speaker - Richard Carranza, Chancellor of the New York City Public School System

The Cahn Fellows Annual Leadership Conference held this year on June 7, 2019 at
Teachers College, Columbia University highlights the year-long inquiry cycle of our
Distinguished Principals. Sixty-four Cahn Fellows and Allies from New York City,
Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and Tampa will present their research, evidence
and outcomes from the lens of their leadership journey. Following a welcome
address by Teachers College President Tom Bailey and comments from
Councilman Mark Treyger, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will
deliver our Keynote address.

Videos of our FY 17-18 Presentations

Core Beliefs

Our core beliefs:
1) School leadership has an enormous impact on student outcomes.
2) The greatest leverage is with high-performing principals.
3) Our investment in principals and aspiring leaders increases retention and leadership pipelines.





We thank our generous supporters


In-Kind Support & Strategic Partnerships


The New York City Public School System

The Miami-Dade Public School System

The Hillsborough Public School System


The Atlanta Public School System

The Denver Public School System

The Chicago Public School System

The Dallas Public School System

The San Antonio Public School System

The Miami Public School System


Brown University

Campaign for Fiscal Equity

The Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs

The Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for International and Strategic Studies

The College Board

Creative Associates International, Inc. 


Dickinson College

The Earth Institute at Columbia University


Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)



The Harvard Graduate School of Education

The Institute for Learning

The Leader-to-Leader Institute

The McGraw-Hill Companies

National Association for Secondary School Principals

The National High School Alliance at the Institute for Educational Leadership

The New York Yankees

Northwestern University 's School of Education and Social Policy

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Pulaski School District , Pulaski , WI

St. Francis College

Teachers College, Columbia University


U.S. Army War College

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

U.S. Naval Academy

Yale School of Management


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