Orientation Manual

Welcome to The Cahn Fellows Program!  We are excited to have you join our dedicated family of participants and trust you will have a rewarding and inspiring experience.  Please review this manual carefully and do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

Participant Portal Current Cohort FY 2019-20

The following portal has been designed to provide important information and materials for our current cohort of Cahn Fellows participants. 

Upcoming Schedule/Important Dates  

Fellows and Allies are expected to attend each of the following:

March 20, 2020                 Western Hub Study Session in Chicago

March 27, 2020                  Eastern Hub Study Session in NYC

May 15, 2020                      Western Hub Rehearsal in Denver

May 22, 2020                      Eastern Hub Rehearsal in NYC

July 6, 2020                        Final Run Through Eastern & Western Hubs in NYC

July 7, 2020                        Annual Leadership Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University  

*Western Hub Cities = Denver, Dallas,  San Antonio, Chicago
+Eastern Hub Cities = NYC, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami

Program Materials

All program materials are provided by the program. Fellows will receive documents and readings DIGITALLY and are responsible for sharing all information with their Allies.

Calendar 2019-20 Cohort

Cahn Project Identification Form

Project Expectations 2020

Important Dates

Narrative Report Submission Guidelines

2019-20 Inquiry Narrative Report-Guiding Questions

Summer Leadership Institute

Study Sessions - October 2019 

 Fall Summit

Study Sessions - January 2020

Study Sessions - March 2020

Study Sessions - May 2020

Flight Arrangements

You are responsible for booking your flight arrangements. Be certain to book your flights well enough in advance.  If you are working with our Teachers College travel agent Beatriz at Functionny@aol.com, please allow a minimum of 3 months planning ahead of each study session. Flight tickets must be purchased 14 days or more in advance or they will not be paid for by The Cahn Fellows Program. If you are scheduling flights through your school district please insure that your flights are consistent with the Study Session schedule - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

You will be arriving at either Laguardia Airport or Newark Airport for all your flights.  There are multiple means of transportation from each airport to your hotel or Teachers College (NYC Taxi, Uber, Bus, Train, Subway, etc.).  Please allow for enough time as it can take between 25 minutes and one hour despite the short distance.


You will be staying at the Hudson Hotel for for all our New York City events.  The Hudson Hotel is located at 358 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019.

We have arranged for all your hotel stays for the entire year.


Getting from Hotel to Teachers College for Study Sessions

It is a 10 minute subway ride from Columbus Circle to Columbia University on the UPTOWN  Train to the 116th Street Columbia University station.  There are multiple MetroCard fare options.  When you exit the subway, walk from West 116th Street and Broadway to West 120th Street, turn right and enter Teachers College through the main entrance between Broadway and Amsterdam.  You will need ID to enter the building. The address for Teachers College is 525 West 120th Street.

Instructions: Purchasing a MetroCard

Teachers College Location:

NYC Subway Map

Arriving at Teachers College

Enter Teachers College through the main entrance on W 120th St.  At the reception desk, you will be asked for a photo id and will be given a pass to enter the building.  We will provide instructions for the location of each of our events. Note, we book the majority of our meeting rooms throughout Teachers College.  You will be notified in advance of any changes to this location.

Maps of Teachers College


We provide breakfast and lunch for all of our Study Sessions.   We recommend you partner with a New York City-based Fellow to get the most out of the available dining options in the City.  

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