Our Professional Development Learning Cycle


Principals and the aspiring leaders they chose to be their Allies in the Cahn Fellows Program, engage in both informational and transformational learning. Fellows and Allies begin their educational journey at our two-week Summer Leadership Institute followed by four study sessions throughout the year and a Fall Retreat where they dive deeper into their learning.  In their final project presentations they share the outcomes of their learning with the larger educational community at our Annual Leadership Conference.

Action Research

The Action Research component of the curriculum is designed to teach the skills necessary to promote the on-going process of transformational learning so that our leaders develop the skills necessary to understand and respond to the challenges they face and enable them to perform in effective, sustainable ways. Leaders in this program begin to use the action research framework in their practice to focus on problems that are of immediate concern. They are taught the cyclical process of planning, observing, acting and reflecting. 

Experiential Learning

Fellows and their Allies begin their leadership journey on the battlefield at Gettysburg. Here they are instructed by Licensed Battlefield Guides who lead discussions about communication, empowerment and the impact of decision making in a crisis situation. Our Fellows and their Allies also experience an aspect of their own leadership as they are involved in an activity that challenges them to rethink their leadership style.

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