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Have you been dreaming of an opportunity to step outside the day-to-day challenges of leading your school to find professional reinvigoration and personal renewal? The Klingenstein Center’s Heads of Schools program offers a unique opportunity to spend two weeks with a cohort of independent and international school heads who understand what it takes to lead. You’ll build connections to one another and learn from each other’s experiences and perspectives through coursework, readings, case studies, school visits and discussions. You’ll return to your school with solution-focused academic research, renewed vision, connection to close colleagues who are just a phone call or email away and revitalized passion and energy to lead.

Balancing multiple roles and constituencies is an around-theclock job for heads of schools. The demands of running a school leave little time for much needed academic renewal and discussion, and even less opportunity for meaningful reflection and personal development.

The Klingenstein Center established the two-week, fully-funded fellowship for heads of schools to provide replenishment and reflection in the company of professional peers while creating a think-tank setting for leaders in the field. Philosophical discussions, cutting edge research, thoughtful work and the collegial support of a cohort make for time well-spent. Led by renowned professors at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City, the program has often been described by alumni as the most meaningful professional development of their careers.

We invite you to experience it for yourself as you reconnect with what first drew you to the profession, collaborate with colleagues and reaffirm the value of your work. You owe it to yourself and your school to apply.

Pearl Rock Kane Klingenstein Family Chair Professor and Director The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership



Inquiry with Impact

THE EXPERIENCE School heads discuss educational issues and policies and interact with each other in stimulating sessions with outstanding professors. As part of their studies,

Heads of Schools complete two research projects: one project focused on a problem of practice in their own professional lives and one collaborative project focused on improving the quality of education throughout the world.

heads of schools use their collective experiences to consider possibilities for improving the quality of education throughout the world. Focusing on the nature of education in the 21st century, they collaboratively research and prepare a document based on their work.



Current issues in education

Case study discussions

Schools at the cutting edge

Joint seminars with

• Ethical •

and moral leadership


Full access to Columbia University resources

Rich cultural setting and

Individual and

Cohort dinners

collaborative research

Private museum tour

Theatre outing

master’s students

Using research to inform

• Visits


to NYC schools

location in NYC

The Klingenstein Center is part of Teachers College,

committed for over one hundred years to preparing

one of the thirteen graduate and professional schools of

the next generation of leaders of education, improving

Columbia University. Located in the Morningside Heights

practice in educational institutions, engaging in research

neighborhood of New York City, the college enjoys full

on the central issues facing education and shaping public

access to the libraries and resources of Columbia University

debate and public policy in education. In addition to all

and the rich cultural and recreational opportunities of

that the campus offers, the program takes advantage

this exciting city. As one of the leading graduate schools of

of the city’s rich cultural resources such as theatre,

education in the world, Teachers College has been

restaurants and museums.

Connect with your cohort Having the luxury of time and space to collaborate with colleagues and think deeply about issues in education was a gift I will treasure for a very long time. I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of the program and the bonds formed with my cohort. I wish I could go back every year!

Kathleen McNamara, HDS ’13 The Seven Hills School, CA

Rejuvenation Participating in the Klingenstein Heads Program was one of the most rejuvenating and inspiring experiences in my professional career. The opportunity to be with heads from around the world, to reflect together on our work in schools as well as visiting a wide array of schools in New York, provided a rich combination to stimulate both head and heart.

Bessie Speers, HDS ‘14, Tower Hill School, DE

Empowerment The Klingenstein Heads program was a two-week affirmation of all that I believe in as an educator. The wisdom I received from the professors and my fellow heads will empower me to lead my school to the vanguard of 21st century education.

Peter T. Howe, HDS ’14, United World College, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Invigoration This program ranks as the best professional development that I have ever experienced. It was inspiring to be immersed in the academic milieu of the premier education school in the world. My only regret is that now that I have done the Klingenstein program, I am afraid that I can never top it with something as significant.

Jamie Dominguez, HDS ’12, Stuart Hall for Boys, CA

Heads of Schools Program Overview Fully-funded two-week fellowship aimed at renewal through intensive study and collaboration among heads of independent and international schools from across the United States and around the world.

Admissions Requirements Deadline: May 1ST


• Applicants must be a current Head of an independent or international school and plan to continue as a Head upon completion of the program.

• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Applicants with an undergraduate degree from outside the U.S. or Canada should contact the Klingenstein Center for guidance on submitting a

• Beginning in late January

course-by-course evaluation for U.S. equivalency of a bachelor’s degree.

• Cohort of twenty school heads

The online application for Klingenstein Heads of Schools program requires:

• At Teachers College, Columbia

• two short essays

• a brief research proposal

• resume

• all post-secondary transcripts

University - New York City • Three graduate credits upon successful completion of program


About The Klingenstein Center Teachers College, Columbia University The Klingenstein Center was founded in 1977. The mission of the Center is to develop and strengthen leadership among teachers and administrators in independent and international schools.

Additional programs offered for independent school educators THE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR EARLY CAREER TEACHERS

The Klingenstein Center’s carefully crafted programs draw on the resources of Columbia

Fully-funded two-week fellowship for teachers

University to provide the knowledge, skill and understanding necessary for informed

with two to five years of experience that focuses

and effective practice. In an age in which educators are called upon to understand both

on improving practice and making teachers more

the business of school management and the moral purpose of educating youth, the

effective leaders in the classroom and throughout

Klingenstein Center stands alone in its capacity to develop leaders for independent and

the school.

international schools. MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS • Full-Year (September-May) Master’s Degree in Private School Leadership • Two-Summers (June-July) Master’s Degree in Private School Leadership • MA/MBA Dual Degree from Teachers College and Columbia Business School, NYC • MA/MBA Dual Degree from Teachers College and INSEAD in France or Singapore

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Heads of Schools Program Brochure  

Learn about our fully-funded, two week fellowship for heads of independent and international schools.

Heads of Schools Program Brochure  

Learn about our fully-funded, two week fellowship for heads of independent and international schools.