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What if, in just two weeks, you could hone your teaching skills, become a more confident educator, build a network of amazing colleagues from around the world and return to your school ready to shine? You can. At the Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers, you’ll earn four graduates credits from Columbia University’s Teachers College through concentrated academic study of curriculum, teaching and leadership. In a collaborative and innovative atmosphere, guided by experts in the field, you and 74 fellow educators will tackle a diverse and compelling set of topics. You’ll take away practical tools for your classroom, leadership skills for growth in your career and a connection to a network of talented colleagues.



My experience at the Klingenstein Summer Institute was phenomenal. I expected to be surrounded by passionate educators but I had no idea how much I would learn from them. I was challenged on a daily basis to expand my thinking on what it means to be an educator. I left with numerous ideas I can implement at my school. Everything about the Institute was intentional and had a clear purpose. I am certain that in thirty years, I will look back on these two weeks as a major source of inspiration for my teaching career.

Jonathan Schwab, SI ‘12



Learn from the Best

THE EXPERIENCE Early career teachers participate in a variety of workshops, seminars and collaborative exercises that focus on curriculum, teaching and classroom

Picture a room full of energetic teachers interacting with prominent Columbia University professors, guest authors and nationally renowned educators…

leadership. This intensive, fully-funded, two-week seminar brings together 75 educators on a beautiful boarding school campus to grow and learn from each other and talented professors and master teachers. Participants earn four graduate credits from Teachers College that can be applied to future graduate studies including the Klingenstein Center’s master’s degree in private school leadership.







Current issues in education

• Workshops

with prominent

professors, authors and


practice •

Practical application of

lectures and

Supportive, positive learning atmosphere

Daily meetings with master teachers

lecture topics

educators • Interactive

Reflection on individual

Examination of current standards

Curriculum and assessment development



Not only do Summer Institute participants work with professors

The Summer Institute feeds the body and soul in addition to the

from Columbia University, they also spend a day on the Columbia

mind. Top chefs provide fresh, delicious meals. Participants can

campus. Together with Klingenstein Center graduate students,

use the weight room, jog around the beautiful campus or take a

they attend a workshop and discussion presented by a renowned

swim in the pool. There’s also time for informal conversations,

guest expert such as Carol Dweck or Derald Wing Sue. While in

reflection and bonding with new colleagues.

the city, the group attends a Broadway show.

A New Perspective How does a head of school tap the potential of a promising young teacher or uncover the latent teaching talent in a newcomer to the profession? The answer to these questions for me has been the Klingenstein Center’s Summer Institute. For my school, the professional “return on investment” for our young teachers’ experiences at the Summer Institute has been unquantifiable. More importantly, the Summer Institute has literally served to change their lives. As an alumnus of a Klingenstein program, I have not been surprised by these outcomes; still, I never tire of our teachers returning to campus filled with enthusiasm, direction, and gratitude.

Scott Wilson, HDS ‘06 Headmaster, Baylor School, TN

Renewal I didn’t think I could be so deeply impacted by a two-week experience at this point in my career, but Klingenstein may very well prove to have been one of the pivotal points in my work. The insight and experiences I’ve gained over the past two weeks leave me feeling like a different person. I will be returning to my school with renewed humility, confidence and excitement. I now know I can create change at my school. I have a beginners box of tools to do so. But more importantly, I have a community of like-minded colleagues I can reach out to through the years ahead and that makes all the difference.

Nathan Vish, SI ’14, M.A. ‘17

Reflection The Institute challenged and nurtured me both as a human being and as an educator by delving into the various aspects of sustaining an innovative and inclusive educational institution. I gained a new perspective on teaching from master teachers and a whole community of early career teachers who valued reflection, collaboration and creativity… Every early career teacher should have this experience.

Maritza Solano, SI ’10, Ed.M. ‘13

Affirmation The biggest take away for me was getting re-energized about being a teacher. I came to the program after a tough year and was questioning whether this work was worth the effort. Within a few days of talking with my colleagues, working on curriculum and discussing diversity, I felt affirmed, uplifted and inspired. By the end of the program, I was looking forward to the fall.

Joellen Becker, SI ‘14

Summer Institute Program Overview

Admissions Requirements Deadline: January 15TH

The Summer Institute is a fully-funded two-week fellowship that offers


intensive study and collaboration for 75

• 2-5 years of full-time teaching experience

independent and international school

• Currently teaching in an independent or international school and planning to

teachers with two to five years

teach in an independent or international school for the following school year

of experience.

• Takes place in late June

Applicants with an undergraduate degree from outside the U.S. or Canada

should contact the Klingenstein Center for guidance on submitting a

• Cohort of 75 independent and international school teachers • Four graduate credits from Teachers College, Columbia University upon completion of the program

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

course-by-course evaluation for U.S. equivalency of a bachelor’s degree. The online application for Klingenstein Summer Institute requires:

• two short essays

• recommendation from the head of school and from the division director or

department chair or another supervisor • all post-secondary transcripts


About The Klingenstein Center Teachers College, Columbia University The Klingenstein Center was founded in 1977 with a generous grant from the

Additional programs offered for independent school educators

Klingenstein Fund. The mission of the Center is to develop and strengthen leadership among teachers and administrators in independent and international schools.


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

The Heads of Schools Program is a fully-

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

funded two-week fellowship that offers

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

intensive study and collaboration among

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

heads of independent schools from

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

across the U.S. and around the world.

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

525 W. 120TH Street Box 125 New York, NY 10027 212.678.3156

@KlingensteinCtr /TCKlingensteinCenter /company/klingenstein-center

Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers Brochure  

Learn about our fully-funded, two-week fellowship for teachers with 2-5 years of experience in independent or international schools.

Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers Brochure  

Learn about our fully-funded, two-week fellowship for teachers with 2-5 years of experience in independent or international schools.