Highlights

Many principals who have completed the Cahn Fellows Program have been elevated to leadership roles and they and their schools have recieved many accolades and honors. Here are some highlights...

Jeff Dase
Cahn Fellow 2015
Asst. Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Decatur School System

Jeff Dase is tasked with ensuring the instructional opportunities that are provided to all students are preparing them for the next grade level and life success. He wants to ensure teachers are well-informed and trained about teaching and learning strategies. There are a lot of factors that contribute to this overall success, which is why it is critical that all stakeholders are a part of this process. Regardless of title or position, everyone has a part in ensuring students have quality experiences aligned to teaching and learning. "Along with providing quality teaching and learning experiences we have to constantly ask the question: How do we know it's working? When we can consistently answer that question and are able to articulate that clearly, we are on the right path to success."

Janice Jackson
Cahn Fellow 2014
Chief Executive Officer Chicago Public Schools

Dr. Janice K. Jackson has been immersed in Chicago Public Schools her entire life. She was a CPS student from Head Start through 12th grade, then began her teaching career at Chicago’s South Shore High School. Since that time, Dr. Jackson has served as a principal, a Network Chief, the Chief Education Officer, and now, as Chief Executive Officer for CPS, the third largest school district in the country.

Dr. Jackson is responsible for all CPS departments, including the Office of Teaching and Learning, which provides high-quality curriculum to engage and empower students, and the Office of College and Career Success, which works to guarantee that every student in every school has the resources they need to be successful in college, career and life. Other departments under her purview include the Office of Language and Cultural Education, which ensures that a language barrier never stands in the way of a child’s success, and the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services, which provides students in special education with a high-quality academic experience that is tailored to their unique needs.

During her tenure as Chief Education Officer in 2015, Dr. Jackson has focused on building excellence, equity and access across the District, especially with regard to CPS high schools. Through a comprehensive High School Strategy, she is raising both the bar and the stakes for these crucial academic years, working to ensure that every student in Chicago has a quality high school option within three miles of their home.

Dr. Jackson was also the driving force behind GoCPS, the District’s first common application for all CPS and charter high schools. Launched in October 2017, this application system has dramatically simplified the high school application process while improving access and equity for all CPS high school students.

These combined efforts have propelled CPS students to a record-high graduation rate of 77.3 percent, and Dr. Jackson’s support of a graduation requirement insisting that all students have a solid post-secondary plan is ensuring that Chicago’s youth leave the classroom fully prepared for what comes next.

As a lifelong educator, Dr. Jackson is committed to providing all schools with a clear framework for excellence. This includes high-quality curricular options aimed at minimizing the achievement gap, especially among minority students. The evidence of her success can be seen in rising standardized test scores, especially among English Learners, whose progress led the way to CPS students once again outpacing their peers nationally on the 2016-2017 NWEA exam.

Dr. Jackson is a progressive, forward-thinking educator who believes in setting the bar high. Her Three-Year Vision for CPS, which was unveiled in 2016, is a comprehensive, research-based strategy that will launch CPS to even higher levels of student achievement. The vision focuses on promoting academic quality, building stakeholder trust and integrity, and achieving fiscal stability, and is a carefully crafted plan for guiding work across the District.

Dr. Jackson holds a Master's in Leadership and Administration and a Doctorate in Education in Policy Studies in Urban School Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was a member of the University of Chicago’s Network for College Success, and was also honored by the National Council of Negro Women Chicago as a Woman Making History.

Alan Mather
Cahn Fellow 2012
President Golden Apple Foundation

Golden Apple, a leading Illinois nonprofit committed to developing great teachers, has added Alan Mather to the organization's executive team, effective November 2018. The team will ensure that the talent and assets of Golden Apple reach their full potential in resolving the shortage of highly-effective teachers in schools-of-need throughout Illinois.

As a prior district leader, school leader and teacher, along with being the first recipient of Golden Apple's Stanley C. Golder Award, Mather brings a strong complement of educational leadership experience to the Golden Apple team, and has been an engaged supporter of the Foundation for years. Mather helped prepare many high-potential youth to realize their dreams while serving as a Principal - including supporting 30 students who became Golden Apple Scholars. He also has been a high-value member of the selection committee of recent Golder recipients, and has served as an advisor, instructor, and keynote presenter at multiple Golden Apple events.

"I'm thrilled to join the leadership team at Golden Apple," said Mather. "Golden Apple is poised to expand their impact -- and, I'm honored and ready to advance these important efforts."

Mather previously served as the Chief Officer of the Office of College and Career Success for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), where he oversaw five departments. Prior to his CPS role, he was a high school teacher, assistant principal, and longtime principal. He served as the founding principal of Lindblom Math & Science Academy, where he turned a closed school into the top majority African-American school in Illinois and earned U.S. News & World Report's Gold Medal status for four of his last five years as principal.

A strong synergy exists between Mather's work in College and Career Success for the CPS and the work of the Golden Apple Scholars Program in particular – preparing diverse, largely first-generation, high-potential students to become highly effective teachers in our most challenged schools throughout the State.

Earlier in his career, Mather joined LAUNCH (Leadership and Urban Network for Chicago), the first principal preparation program in Chicago. His first administrative position was as the assistant principal at a new high school, Northside College Prep, which--in three years--became the top ranked high school in Illinois.

Mather has been a leader in innovation – whether it be the creation of the largest Arabic center in a non-native K-12 school in the United States or launching competency based methods for organizing school systems of the future. He represented the Chicago Public Schools at Harvard University's PELP (Public Education Leadership Program), was an inaugural member of the College Board's Leadership Institute for Principals, has been part of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management's "Leading Successful Schools" program, and was selected as a member of the first class of Chicago principals to participate in New York's Cahn Fellows Distinguished Principals Program for the 2012-2013 school year. 

Among his numerous board affiliations, he serves as President of the Board for the Center for Arabic Language and Culture, and is an Advisory Board member with the Museum of Science and Industry's Science Leadership initiative.

Cahn Fellow 2012
Principal, P-TECH Brooklyn

Mr. Rashid Davis Cahn Fellow 2012 opened P-TECH after fifteen years of experience in New York City public schools, as a teacher, assistant principal and, most recently, the principal of Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy (BETA). Under his leadership, BETA rose to #143 on the Newsweek list of 1500 Top American High Schools, also receiving accolades from US News and World Reports and Good Morning America

Mr. Davis Cahn Fellow 2012 and his school were most recently featured in the NY Times: 
A High School Education and College Degree All In One

Mr. Davis Cahn Fellow 2012 was also featured in the Office of Mayors News on NYC.gov in response to Amazon's selection of NYC as it's pick for a new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens:
Citywide Leaders Applaud Announcement of Amazon's New Headquarters in Long Island City

Cahn Fellow 2013
Principal, MS 216 George J. Ryan Middle School

The Cahn Fellows would like to congratulate Principal Landeau & Fresh Meadows School for being honored with an astounding achievement in student success, the National Blue Ribbon School 2018 Award! May they continue to achieve even greater success in 2019 and beyond!.

What a way to end the year!, for more information on this please see the article in the Times Ledger here:
Fresh Meadows School Celebrates Blue Ribbon Award

Fresh Meadows School Celebrates Blue Ribbon Award

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