Jonathan Cannon is a highly experienced school leader and an expert in managing schools systems. Having completed over 20 years as a school head, he is recognized as one of the preeminent educators in the field. Jonathan’s reputation has been built by the success of the schools that he led; most recently a 12 year tenure at the internationally renowned Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Greater Washington, DC.
Jonathan currently is working with over 40 schools to provide change management support, professional development and leadership guidance. He has delivered keynote presentations at major conferences on 21st Century Skills Based Learning and on leveraging school culture to accomplish change. Jonathan also leads a summer program for the Harvard Graduate School of Education together with the AVI CHAI Foundation.
Alanna Kotler, a former elementary school teacher and administrator, is passionate about raising the level of instruction and student achievement across Jewish day schools. Alanna earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University’s, Teachers College where she developed a variety of curricula that were used by her colleagues in the New York City schools where she taught. In her role as curriculum coordinator at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Alanna led the general studies faculty to design and implement rigorous, integrated, student-centered curriculum.
Currently, Alanna coordinates and coaches several teaching teams that are involved in the JDS Collaborative. Drawing on her expertise as a coach and mentor, Alanna oversees all timelines and implementation of curricular units and teaching practices in Day schools around the country for the Collaborative. In addition, Alanna works with various schools and projects that emerge from the AVI CHAI leadership program in conjunction with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principal’s Center.