Carl A. Cohn

Carl A. Cohn has more than 35 years experience in education, serving as a teacher, counselor, central office administrator, and superintendent. Before coming out of retirement in July 2005 to join the San Diego Unified School District, Cohn worked for 10 years as superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District, California's third largest district, which won the National Broad Prize for Urban Education under his leadership. During that tenure, he became the longest serving superintendent of any large, urban district in the nation.

In 2001, he received the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education for his leadership in boosting student achievement. Following his retirement in 2002, he became a Clinical Professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. In May 2003, he was appointed Independent Monitor by the Federal Court in Los Angeles to oversee the Special Education Consent Decree in the Los Angeles school system. A few months later, in November, he was appointed to a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board.

Dr. Cohn has worked as a faculty advisor for the Broad Superintendents Academy; a consultant for GKK, a Newport Beach architectural and school construction firm; and an executive search consultant for the California School Boards Association. He also serves on the boards of the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition, the Wallace Foundation Education Leadership Advisory Committee, and the National Heritage Academy.

His academic degrees include a B.A. in philosophy from St. John's College, an M.A. in counseling from Chapman University, and an Ed.D. in urban educational policy and planning from UCLA.

Carl A. Cohn

Carl A. Cohn, Professor and Co-Director,
Urban School Leadership,
Claremont Graduate University