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Executive Director

California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE)

Dr. Carl A. Cohn

Dr. Carl A. Cohn

At the meeting of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) meeting on August 6, 2015, the five-member board voted unanimously to select former State Board of Education member and long-time educator, Dr. Carl A. Cohn, to serve as the first executive director of the recently-formed statewide agency tasked with advising and assisting student achievement across the state via the new Local Control and Accountability Plans.

Dr. Cohn’s 45-year educational career began as a teacher/counselor in the Compton Unified School District and progressed to superintendent positions at school districts in Long Beach and San Diego Unified School Districts. Throughout his career, he has helped shape the educational leaders of tomorrow as a professor at multiple universities—including the University of Southern California and Harvard. Dr. Cohn is a recognized thought leader in the national educational arena, has presented at dozens of educational conferences throughout the United States and contributed to journal and media articles regarding educational leadership and reform.

In the role of Executive Director, Dr. Cohn will work collaboratively with State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, and with the 58 county superintendents across the state in supporting school districts as they work towards accomplishing the goals stated in their Local Control Accountability Plans. Based in Riverside County, Dr. Cohn will likely establish one or more field offices in order to more readily engage with educational leaders across the state.

“I'm humbled and honored to be selected to head this new state agency, whose sole purpose is to get the right kind of help to schools and classrooms. We're not building a new bureaucracy or replicating an existing one but, through collaboration and partnering, we're focused on providing schools with the needed support and assistance to accelerate student performance,” said Dr. Cohn. “Creating a bright future for students throughout our state will be the ultimate measure of the work of this new state office.”

Read the press release naming Dr. Cohn as Executive Director.

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