Alan is an educator and administrator working in leadership positions in New
York City and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is the
currently the Co-Chair of the Harvard Principal’s Center, Co-Founder of Project
Zero New York, and served on the Project Zero Advisory Board, is a of member
of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Past Executive Board Member
Council of School Administrators, Past Vice President of the Bronx Elementary
Schools Principals Consortium and served as Director of the New York City
Mentor Teacher Program for the New York City Department of Education.
Hi career includes supervision of Principals in 32 New York City schools,
Principal of Journey Prep, Head of Lower School at Portledge School and
Assistant Head at the Speyer School for gifted students in New York.
At the Portledge School he implemented collaboration with Harvard Wide World
and Project Zero and put into practice a Reggio Emilia inspired Early Childhood
Program. At Journey Prep school, a public school in New York City he lead the
school to its position as one of the top 200 schools (1,700 public schools serve
1.1 million students) in New York City.
On any given day he is talking with parents in the lobby, learning alongside
children in the classrooms, touring the facilities with visiting educators, or
planning professional development activities for hundreds of teachers. Cohen
believes that the difference between a good school and a great school is one
where everyone is teaching and learning.
He is a Cahn Fellow at Columbia University. He received his bachelor’s degree
from Brooklyn College and holds a Master’s of Science, from New York
University. He is also the recipient of the Time Warner Principals of Excellence
Award and the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from Education Update.