About Us

Mission

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.

 

History

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

TC Faculty and our Alumni Advisors support the development and implementation of a yearlong Cahn Project in which Fellows and their Ally (aspiring leader) identify a problem of practice at their school. These teams work in close partnership using an Action Inquiry Cycle to set goals and develop action steps during five study sessions and a weekend retreat culminating in a presentation of project outcomes and future goals at our final conference in June 2020.

Videos of our FY 17-18 Presentations

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.

#3 - We know the leadership and culture of a school have an enormous impact on student outcomes, and our greatest leverage is with high-performing principals.

 

 

 

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

Apple


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. 


DataCation


Dickinson College


The Earth Institute at Columbia University


ExecComm


Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)


Microsoft

 

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


Tequipment


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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