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.
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. 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, Cohn works 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.
Cohn is on leave from his position as Clinical Professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He received his EdD in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.