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 65 schools to provide change management support, culture audits, 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 directs the AVI CHAI sponsored Jewish Day School Collaborative, and also leads a summer program for JDS leaders at the the Harvard Graduate School of Education together with the AVI CHAI Foundation. Jonathan has been a consultant on the TV series, West Wing!
Ken Gordon is the Content, Conversation, and Community Strategist at Continuum, the global innovation design firm. He makes Continuum's work and thinking visible to the necessary audiences. He creates superlative content, collaborates with colleagues to do the same, and employs social networks to share it widely.
A card-carrying humanist, Ken co-founded JEDLAB, the Jewish education community, and QuickMuse, the improvisational writing website. He has written for TheAtlantic.com, the Forward, HBR, the New York Times, and many other pubs.
Ken has an English degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany. He framed both diplomas long ago, but can’t seem to find them now—a fact he considers all-too-human.
A dynamic, innovative educator and author, Dr. Shira Leibowitz is founding Lower School Director of Portfolio, an innovative school in TriBeCa, emphasizing creative problem solving infused with technology and the arts through interdisciplinary project-based learning. She is co-author of the book The Coach Approach to School Leadership: Leading Teachers to Higher Levels of Effectiveness, published by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Prior to founding Portfolio, Shira led independent schools in the greater New York City area for 20 years, serving as Department Head and Curriculum Coordinator, Lower School Principal, and Head of School. A recognized leader in project-based learning, educational innovation, and instructional coaching, Shira has coached teachers throughout the country in implementing project-based learning in their classrooms and has led online communities of practice for educators focused on educational innovation, teaching and learning, and instructional coaching.
Karen Wolf is a college and career counselor at Morristown High School. Previously, she was the Associate Director of College Guidance for 12 years at HAFTR HS, a Modern Orthodox co-ed yeshiva in Cedarhurst, NY. Karen is the author of a book on college admissions, “CliffsNotes’ Roadmap to College: Navigating Your Way to College Admissions Success.” Before becoming a college counselor, Karen held several positions in the public and private sectors as a training and development/organization development professional. Karen has Master’s Degrees in School Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.