Cohorts

Communities for learning, growth, and impact

We believe that leaders need other leaders. Having participated in many cohort groups and learning communities ourselves, we know the power of bringing together diverse talent to challenge and support each other. We're now creating spaces where people in similar roles can think in new and big ways and can have a community of people to lean on when things get tough. We are honored to be leading several cohort programs of inspirational leaders in both academics and talent.

Chief Academic
Officer
Cohort

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Alliance of AI for Equity

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Chief Talent
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Cohort

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Addressing Learning Gaps Cohort

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There is power in people coming together to solve complex problems.

Chief Academic Officer Cohort

Our Chief Academic Officer Cohort brings academic leaders together to learn alongside trusted colleagues in similar roles. Through the cohort, cohort members sharpen their vision, build their skills, exchange resources, problem solve, build relationships, and feel more fulfilled in their roles.

This cohort brings together Chief Academic Officers from high performing charter school networks, working to solve problems and and support each other through the year. Cohort participants share a desire to create more equitable opportunities for all children.

Topics are responsive to the needs of the group, including a cycle of reviewing student achievement data, discussing remediation strategies, and problem-solving specific challenges.

2023-2024 CAO Cohort

Kate Finley

Kate Finley,
DC International School

Nora French 2

Nora French,
Urban Community School

Brittany Jean-Louis

Brittney Jean-Louis, Etoile Academy Charter School

Cassie Pergament 2

Cassie Pergament, DC Prep Charter Schools

Katelyn McGrath 2

Katelyn McGrath, Mastery Charter Schools

Lex Zain 2

Lex Zain,
Leaders In Our Neighborhood (LION) Charter School

2022-2023 CAO Cohort

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Dr. Saskia Brown, Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy

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Dr. Megan Frankiewicz, Vista College Prep

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Ben Johnson,
Ingenuity Prep

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Jeremy Jones,
Eagle College Prep

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Crystal Lane,
DREAM

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Nate Lowry,
Academies of Math and Science

2021-2022 CAO Cohort

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Andrew McRae, Breakthrough Schools

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Anjya Thomas, Ascend Learning

emily fernandez

Emily Fernandez,
Hebrew Public Schools

jonathan mcintosh

Jonathan McIntosh,
Prospect Schools

katie severn

Katie Severn,
DC Prep

leah peters

Leah Peters,
KIPP Colorado

Alliance of AI for Equity

A National Alliance of School Networks to Collaborate on Equity-Driven AI Implementation

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to enhance educator efficacy, efficiency, and sustainability. However, it also has the possibility of exacerbating educational inequity if school systems serving low-income students of color don’t have the support, training, and planning necessary to benefit from this technological advancement. To meet the unique moment, Hendy Avenue Consulting has partnered with Aaron Cuny, founder of the Alliance of AI for Equity.

Hendy is supporting both a Greater NYC cohort and a National cohort where system leaders will:

  1. Learn about AI
  2. Complete AI-related organizational planning
  3. Identify, pilot, and collaborate on implementation of AI use cases
  4. Review AI products
  5. Influence AI policy and funding.

Greater NYC Cohort

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National Cohort

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NYC Chief Talent Officer Cohort

The NYC Chief Talent Officer Cohort functions as a collaborative cohort for senior talent leaders of high-impact school management organizations to share best practices, problem-solve and leverage community to improve outcomes for students.

Since inception in 2018, the cohort has met monthly, establishing a valued space to collaborate with others wrestling with with similar obstacles. Hendy facilitators develop agendas and activities that deepen collective understanding of challenges in the field, offering ideas and resources based on research and national best practices, and guiding the group's experience to support talent leaders in our hometown. Past session topics include Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Compensation, Succession Planning, Leadership Development, and Performance Management.

In the face of Covid-19 crisis and uncertainty, the group began meeting weekly, maximizing the value of what has become a tight-knit community and trusted soundboard to tackle new challenges together.

2018 - 2021 CTO Cohort

emilie christopher

Emilee Christopher,
Public Preparatory Network

lisa friscia

Lisa Friscia,
Democracy Public Schools

betsy goldfarb

Betsy Goldfarb,
DREAM

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Jennice Hyde,
Hebrew Public Schools

rachel modica-russell

Rachel Modica-Russell,
Explore Schools

elaine perez

Elaine Perez,
Prospect Schools

talia shaull

Talia Shaull,
Achievement First

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Ross Thomason,
Coney Island Prep

Addressing Learning Gaps Cohort

The global pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to leaders working to make the best possible decisions for their students, families, and staff. Academic leaders are now faced with the daunting questions of understanding student learning needs and planning to address them in coming years.

We created two Spring 2021 Addressing Learning Gaps Cohorts where academic teams from seven high performing charter networks came together to create their organizational strategy to  address academic learning gaps as a result of COVID. We supported them in reviewing their data, aligning their curriculum and pacing to the priority standards, and reviewing their talent structures to support their plans. Each team left with a theory of action and a concrete plan to address learning gaps as well as a training, communications and evaluation plan. 

2021 Addressing Learning Gaps Cohort

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According to Cohort Members

100%

of current cohort members would recommend the cohort to another talent leader

100%

agree that the cohort has helped to strengthen their leadership and allowed them to have a greater influence on their networks

100%

agree they have been able to raise the priority level of talent within their CMO such that organization-wide decisions are being made considering best practices in talent and adult management

100%

report they are extremely or very likely to reach out to another cohort member for support when facing a challenging issue

100%

report their experience was extremely or very valuable

Jonathan McIntosh

Prospect Schools

"Breaking bread in fellowship with folks
in similar roles is a powerful opportunity
in humanizing senior level roles that are
often lonely and isolating."

Anjya Thomas

Ascend Public Schools

"The cohort is an opportunity to connect with other people in similar roles who are local and afar. It’s helpful to know that we’re all facing similar issues and use our collective brain space to come up with solutions to serve kids across the country."

Andrew Mcrae

Breakthrough Public Schools

"The best part of the CAO Cohort is the ability to discuss hardships, challenges, and emotional toll of leadership with peers who truly understand.”

Katie Severn

DC Prep

"I love having dedicated time to
connect with other colleagues in
similar roles in a confidential space
—it helps me feel less alone in all
of the madness. The Hendy team
plans the sessions to maximize the
collaboration time — they create
a fantastic container for learning,
problem-solving, and high quality
collaboration."

Rachel Modica-Russell

Explore Schools

“I’ve considered myself so fortunate to be part of this brainstrust from the start of the year - but especially in this moment. Thank you for the warmth, advice, and space + resources to build and get better.”

Ross Thomason

Coney Island Prep

"Being part of the CTO cohort experience was incredibly impactful on my leadership. It was really empowering to take ideas away form our cohort sessions and go back to my Leadership Team with thoroughly-vetted, peer-reviewed ideas to offer to whatever challenge it was that we were facing. Having the CTO cohort as a resource really amplified talent work at my school broadly. Particularly for a smaller school, to be able to workshop ideas with other talent leaders is really valuable professional development learning opportunity that is not widely available."

Kim Kassnove

Hebrew Public Schools

"Leading in a small start up CMO can be particularly challenging because you are creating everything as you go. Relying on the wisdom, proven practice and resources of this group has made decision making and new program implementation infinitely easier. I know that if ever a question arises that I can't answer on my own (which happens all the time), I have a brilliant group of colleagues in the sector who can help me work it through. I have often boasted about being a member of this group to my colleagues, and they've lamented that there isn't a similar cohort for their roles. This is an incredibly unique opportunity and one for which I am extremely grateful."

Lisa Friscia

Democracy Prep

"Learning from and with other talent leaders with such diverse skill sets and experiences has been incredibly valuable, and helped to push my own thinking and creativity in my role. In the ed space- particularly in charters- there are trainings and programs to support school leaders and their coaches, but not a lot of opportunities for those in the talent space to talk."

Betsy Goldfarb

DREAM

"The shifts due to COVID could've been an incredibly isolating time, as CTOs navigated so many complicated, unprecedented issues. The CTO group came together even MORE often during this time, and in addition to being able to learn from each other, it was just an amazing sense of community, where we never felt alone."

Measuring Impact:

Reflecting on 3 Years of the Cohort Approach

Stronger Leadership Skills

100% of participants agree that their cohort has helped to strengthen their leadership and allowed them to have a greater influence on their networks.

Better Decision Making

100% of participants agree that they have been able to raise the priority level of talent within their CMO such that organization-wide decisions are being made considering best practices in talent and adult management.

Professional Growth

  • Building relationships with peers in similar roles
  • Sharing resources and tools
  • Sharing and learning about best practices
  • Problem-solving around specific challenges
  • Supporting each other through the challenges of COVID

“Alone, we can do so little;
together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller