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Cahn Fellows Program

The Fund is honored to support a Chicago cohort of Columbia University’s prestigious Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Public School Principals. The Cahn Fellows program is managed in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and provides superior professional learning for some of our city’s top principal leaders.

Over 12 months, Fellows design and implement leadership projects in their schools with guidance from professors and practitioners. Each Fellow chooses an “ally”—another educator in their school whom they are cultivating for leadership—to participate alongside them. Fellows and allies participate in sessions around topics such as personal leadership and stakeholder engagement. At the end of The Fellowship, Fellows attend the Cahn Fellows Annual Leadership Conference in which they present their projects. The current cohort of fellows will continue meeting until October 2022.

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