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.


The Annual Leadership Conference is about celebrating, sharing and making new connections. We are delighted to provide you with this time, space and structure to meet and re-connect with colleagues, think together about the most pressing issues that you face in your school, reflect on your role as school leader and start a conversation that will outlast this one day.

Core Beliefs

#1 - We know the leadership and culture of a school have an enormous impact on student outcomes.

#2 - Our greatest leverage is with high-performers and high-performing principals.

We know this group generally receives little effective professional development, recognition, or collegial peer engagement.


We thank our generous supporters


In-Kind Support & Strategic Partnerships



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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