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Leadership Lessons: Lecture 2 with Carl Cohn

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Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Amphitheater

800 21st Street, NW

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Leadership Lessons: Pathways to Progress featuring Carl Cohn

Lecture 2: Leading a School Turnaround - Long Beach Unified Becomes An Award-Winning Urban School District

This is not always a pretty story. It’s one about a community that experienced riots, loss of major industries and gang warfare on a horrific scale, yet came together to support urban school children in bold ways that captured the attention of the Secretary of Education, the Attorney General and the President of the United States in a single year. Partnering with higher education, strengthening research and evaluation, using philanthropy in creative ways all led to Carl Cohn winning the McGraw Prize and the district winning the Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education.

In his discussion of the Long Beach story, he makes the important point that the Long Beach way was always about putting the right kind of supports in place for at-risk students, not about a singular obsession with raising standardized test scores.



About Carl Cohn:

Carl A. Cohn is professor emeritus at Claremont Graduate University. For the past seven years, he has served the state of California as a state board member and, more recently, as executive director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. Previously, he was superintendent of schools in both the Long Beach and San Diego school systems, as well as the Federal Court monitor for the Los Angeles school system. His tenure in Long Beach culminated with his winning the McGraw Prize in 2002, and the district winning the Broad Prize in 2003.

Dr. Cohn currently serves on the following boards: the Spencer Foundation, CTA’s Institute for Teaching, the Center for Assessment, the Alder Graduate School of Education, Teaching Works at the University of Michigan, St. Mary’s Academy, the Education Standing Committee of the California Catholic Conference, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

In addition to his work in K-12 education, he has prepared future educational leaders at Pittsburgh, USC, Harvard, GW and Claremont.

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Parking is available in the garage below the Marvin Center. The entrance to the garage is located on H Street, NW, between 21st and 22nd Streets, NW.

Not able to attend? Tune in on March 28 at 5:30pm to watch Dr. Cohn via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/GSEHD.

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