Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers Brochure

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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 three graduate credits from Columbia University’s Teachers College through intensive academic study of curriculum and teaching, equity and inclusion, and leadership. In a collaborative and innovative atmosphere, guided by experts in the field, you and your fellow educators will tackle a diverse and compelling range of topics. You’ll take away practical tools for your classroom and school community, leadership skills for growth in your career, and a connection to a network of talented colleagues.



KSI changed my life! I learned how to question ideas, dissect protocol, synthesize theories, listen respectfully, and engage in meaningful conversations. I returned from KSI with a strong understanding of how to establish a collegial and collaborative teacher learning community. As an early-career teacher, I became hyper-aware of the importance of bringing intentionality to all that I am and all that I do. KSI was the most profound professional development opportunity I’ve ever experienced!

Rakiya Brown, KSI ‘17 Hillbrook School, CA



Deep Connections

THE EXPERIENCE Early career teachers participate in a variety of seminars, discussions, and collaborative exercises that focus on key aspects of success as a teacher-leader: curriculum

Over these two intensive weeks you’ll make deep connections to ideas, to your goals, and to fellow educators from around the country and world.

development, teaching practice, individual identity, and organizational culture. This fully-funded, two-week fellowship brings together a cohort of independent and international school educators on a beautiful boarding school campus to grow and learn from each other, master teachers, and renowned experts. Participants earn three graduate-level credits 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

Reflect on individual identity and school structures

with prominent professors and experts

• Work

Interactive workshops and discussions

in supportive diversity and affinity groups Develop Diversity Action Research Plan

• Work

with master teachers and colleagues in subject area

Develop curriculum and assessments based on best practices

Consider how issues of equity impact students.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM The Summer Institute feeds the body and soul in addition to

Forge new professional connections and friendships with a

the mind. Students dine together over delicious, locally- and

diverse cohort of dedicated fellow educators. From the daily

sustainably-sourced meals. The idyllic campus provides ample

morning meeting to group outings and unstructured time to

opportunities for leisure – play ultimate frisbee on the field,

connect with your classmates, you’ll leave the Summer Institute

relax in the shade with a great book, scale the climbing wall, hit

with lifelong connections to fellow teachers from around the

the gym, or stroll around the beautiful campus.


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

Renew and Grow I didn’t think I could be so deeply impacted by a two-week experience, but Klingenstein proved to be a pivotal point in my work. The insight and experience I gained left me feeling like a different person. I returned to my school with renewed humility, confidence, and excitement. I knew then that I could create change and had a beginners box of tools to do so. More importantly, I gained a community of like-minded colleagues to reach out to through the years ahead and that makes all the difference.

Nathan Vish, KSI ‘14, M.A. ‘17 Georgetown Day School, Washington, D.C.

Reflect and Build The Klingenstein Summer Institute has been the most influential professional opportunity in my career so far. The curriculum and the teachers helped me refine my teaching philosophy in a way that is relevant and centered on my students’ growth. I have continued as a teacher in my career because of the examples of expert educators at the institute and the community of talented teachers who were members of my cohort. I continue to build on the skills and understanding of education that I developed at KSI to find effective ways to improve my practice.

Anisha Vinod, KSI ‘16, M.A. ‘19 Colegio Nueva Granada, Colombia

Connect and Challenge Learning together with a group of dedicated teachers was incredibly valuable to me. We shared experiences and grappled with our teaching philosophies. We investigated dilemmas and explored solutions. I was thrilled to be surrounded by a group of resilient and passionate educators who continued to challenge and modify their teaching practices. Klingenstein was only the beginning of my journey and I believe I can always be a better teacher than before.

Jackson Kuong, KSI ‘16 Woodland School, CA

Summer Institute Program Overview

Admissions Requirements Deadline: January 15TH

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

Applicants must:

intensive study and collaboration for

• have 2-5 years of full-time teaching experience at the time the program begins,

independent and international school

• currently teach in an independent or international school and be planning to teach in an

teachers with two to five years of experience. • Takes place in late June • Cohort of independent and international school teachers • Three graduate credits from Teachers College, Columbia University upon completion of the program

independent or international school for the following school year, and • hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS The online application for Klingenstein Summer Institute requires: • application form with essays; • recommendations from the head of school or a senior administrator, from the department chair or instructional leader, and from a colleague; and • official copies of all post-secondary transcripts. Please note that applicants who completed undergraduate or graduate study at instiutions outside the United States must also submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and may be required to submit additional documentation.


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

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