Daniel Cohan is community superintendent for the Jefferson County Public School District in Colorado, where he supervises elementary, middle, and high schools, K–12. Jeffco Public Schools is striving to become a model PLC district, with over 100 schools of all sizes, levels, and demographics implementing PLC and RTI practices. As community superintendent, and with 29 years of experience in teaching and administration, Daniel supervises and supports schools in working to achieve this goal.
Daniel is the former principal of Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado, where he and his staff implemented highly effective PLC and RTI processes, becoming a model school featured on the AllThingsPLC website. Daniel led Pomona from academic probation and one step away from losing its accreditation to achieving Accredited, High-Performing status for four consecutive years. Pomona has been named as a Colorado School of Distinction and a Creative School of Excellence. The Colorado Department of Education recognized Pomona as a high-performing school based on high student growth scores for three consecutive years.
Even with changing student demographics, Pomona students scored in the top 1 percent for growth scores in Colorado for large high schools in all three measured areas (reading, writing, and math) for three consecutive years. During this time, the graduation rate at Pomona increased almost ten percentage points to 93.5 percent.
Daniel was honored as the 2008–09 Colorado High School Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He was also a top-three finalist for 2009–10 National High School Principal of the Year.
Daniel earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics and teacher certification from the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned a master of arts in administration, supervision, and curriculum development from the University of Colorado Denver.