New York, NY
Partnering with NYC DOE District 16 and Teachers College Faculty to Support Schools and School Systems in New York City
D16 UELC Fellowship Pilot
May: Session 9 - Crafting a Vision for Adult Learning and School Improvement
June 1: Session 10 - Celebration of Principal Portfolios
The D16 UELC Fellowship Pilot seeks to create a yearlong intensive principal cohort professional learning program in support of:
1) Developing urban education leadership capacity across District 16 and
2) Creating a cohort model of comprehensive and deep professional learning programming for sitting building leaders.
District 16 Leadership
Rahesha Amon – Harrison
Elementary and Middle School Superintendent
Mrs. Rahesha Amon-Harrison has been in education for the past 23 years working as a teacher, (recognized by the United Federation of Teachers as a new teacher with a bright future in the New York City Department of Education, and featured in their November 1995 issue), Coach, Director, Assistant Principal founding Principal of Frederick Douglass Academy III and most recently the Principal Leadership Facilitator of district 16. Under her tenure as founding Principal, US News and World Report selected FDA III as one of America’s Best High Schools in both the January 2010 and January 2014 issues. The Association of Black Educators of New York honored Mrs. Amon-Harrison as the “Educator of the Year” in 2013, and The New York Daily News nominated Mrs. Amon-Harrison as a “Hometown Hero” in July 2014.
Mrs. Amon-Harrison holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Fordham University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from North Carolina Central University. She participated in the Harvard University Principal’s Institute and the Teachers College, Columbia University’s Cahn Fellowship program. In March 2013, Mrs. Amon-Harrison participated in the prestigious Center for Creative Leadership’s managing highly effective teams module.
Mrs. Amon-Harrison was appointed to the Board of Directors of Supportive Children Advocacy Network (SCAN NY), the largest community-based organization providing services to the New York City Housing Authority in 2014. In 2015 she served as a New York Ed Voice Fellow, and as a result was selected to represent New York State at a meeting of policymakers in Annapolis, Maryland. This pat June Mrs. Amon – Harrison was selected to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival as a 2016 Aspen Scholar. Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars, are a diverse group of 300 leaders from all over the United States and 30 different countries selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.
Mrs. Amon-Harrison believes that all children – regardless of their “zip code” deserve an education that is progressive while culturally responsive. New York City is the center of the universe and therefore our schools must be reflective of that prestigious title.
Teacher Development and Evaluation Coach, Special Programs and Projects
District 16 Principals
Participating Teachers College Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Consultants
Dr. Sarah E. Benis Scheier-Dolberg
Teachers College Columbia University ’14
Dr. Ellie Drago-Severson
Professor of Education Leadership & Adult Learning and Leadership
Dr. Marcelle Mentor
Lead Professional Development Advisor
Teachers College Columbia University ’16