Shelley WilleShelly Luke Wille, HDS '18, Children's Day School, CA

The Klingenstein Head of School Program was an incredible professional experience filled with reflection, inspiration, laughter, fellowship, conversation and deep learning. The ability to immerse myself in my own learning for two weeks with like-minded colleagues from all over the world provided the opportunity to process the complex work we do as Heads and create collegial relationships I cherish and rely upon today.

Cindi Gibbs-WilbornCindi Gibbs-Wilborn, HDS '18, Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, Washington, DC

My experience with the Klingenstein Heads Program was completely transformative! Renewing myself as an educator in this setting with other Heads of School was just what I needed at this point in my career. I was truly able to think of myself as a lifelong learner and return to my school with innovative ideas to share, questions to ponder with faculty, and strong relationships with my Klingenstein cohort that I know will last a lifetime.

Ken AldridgeKen Aldridge, HDS '18, Wilmington Friends School, DE

The Klingenstein Heads Program was a two-week immersion in to critical thinking, thoughtful dialogue, and meaningful research. This deeply enriching professional development is unparalleled. The international cohort model has afforded me global connections in the independent school world, which would be a challenge to create through conferences and workshops.

Takakwitha Pernambocu-WiseTekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise, HDS '18, Sea Crest School, CA

There have been 3 distinct times in my adult life where I experienced deep transformation - studying hula in Hawai`i, engaging in my doctoral research and participating in the Klingenstein Heads of Schools programme. I entered a staunch essentialist and emerged comprehending how constructivism enables the learner to experience rather than merely consume knowledge. I expanded my view not only of education and thought-leadership but perhaps most importantly about the power of having diverse thinkers from myriad backgrounds delve into topics that influence paradigm shifts. The Klingenstein programme was thought-provoking and life-changing for me.

Eric JonesEric Jones, HDS '18, Community Partnership Schools, PA

I'd heard about the inspiring and transformative nature of the Klingenstein Heads experience and how fortunate I was to experience it firsthand. Taking time away from school in the middle of the school year seemed strange at first, but boy did I come back inspired and rejuvenated. What a gift! It proved to be the experience of a lifetime.

John Huber John Huber, HDS '18, Emerson School, MI

Reflecting on my two weeks in the Klingenstein Center Heads of Schools program, the word that jumps most readily to mind is "transformational." This experience truly transformed my work as a Head in a way I've not experienced from any other conference, retreat, or workshop.  The combination of an engaged and engaging faculty, a vigorous curriculum, and a diverse cohort of school leaders ensured that I would be stretched to examine both theoretical and practical issues of pedagogy and leadership.  This program gave equal space to internal reflection and external exploration of the latest school trends. Even months after participating, I find daily application from my experiences at the Heads of School program. I feel most fortunate to have taken part, and I highly recommend this program to all school leaders.

Deanne KingDeanne King, HDS '18, St. Mary's School Waverley, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Klingenstein Heads of School program was a special time of learning, reflection, and personal growth. It was a privilege to experience deep conversation and discussion with significant minds in education, and to establish a sense of collegiality with other heads from around the world. The time I spent at Teacher’s College, Columbia University reaffirmed my commitment to educational leadership and renewed my energy to further the work of diversity and curriculum innovation in my school. New York City provided an inspired setting for this professional experience.

Catarina Song ChenCatarina Song Chen, HDS '17, The American School of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The Klingenstein Center is an exceptional, life changing program for Heads of Schools. It’s an oasis where school heads from around the world can gather and unplug from the fast and furious day-to-day, cultivate meaningful relationships with one another, and replenish the mind, body, and spirit. The fellowship felt like a retreat, surrounded by peer mentors, sharing our beliefs in a crowdsourcing format that allowed for knowledge to be reinforced, reflected on, and retained. I walked away transformed, armed with courage, passion, and know-how for lifelong self innovation. I recommend the program to all school heads.

Steve MorrisSteve Morris, HDS '17, San Francisco School, CA

The Klingenstein Heads Program served as a mini sabbatical of sorts. In addition to broadening my network of Heads colleagues to a worldwide one, it gave me the time to reflect on and grow my leadership, think about and hone my educational philosophy, and see more clearly my vision for my current school.

Marta Medved KrajnovicMarta Medved Krajnovic, HDS '17, Western Academy of Bejing, China

The Heads Programme was a unique experience! What made it unique was a combination of the intellectual depth of the programme, discussions about the relevance of theoretical thought for our strategic work as school leaders, as well as sheer practicality of sharing, listening and consulting with colleagues. I find the Columbia University experience reoccurringly useful in my daily work as a Head.

Jay UnderwoodJay Underwood, HDS '17, High Meadows School, GA

With the day-to-day demands of running a school, we rarely have the time to study, reflect, and connect. The Heads of School Program gave me the opportunity to do each of those to a greater degree than I had even hoped. I left the program renewed, inspired, and eager to return to my school with energy to lead with enduring confidence and joy.

James Calleroz WhiteJames Calleroz White, HDS '16, Galloway School, GA

The Klingenstein Heads of School Program was the best professional development that I have ever participated in as a Head of School. While there is never a "good" time to be away from school, the time spent with amazing colleagues from all over the world was worth every second. We worked hard, learned tons, and felt connected as kindred spirits because of the shared sense of purpose and excitement around our work. This experience has added years onto my career, and I truly believe that my time at Klingenstein has made me a better educator!

Greg O'Melia

Greg O'Melia, HDS '16, Buckley School, NY

The Heads of School Program was an unforgettable experience. My horizons were broadened from working with Pearl Kane and various instructors, the dedicated Klingenstein staff, the enthusiastic graduate student cohort, and eighteen talented heads from around the world. I came back to Buckley refreshed and recharged for the challenges that lie ahead. I also came away with a greater sense of purpose. For all of this, I am especially grateful.

Suzanna Jemsby

Suzanna Jemsby, HDS '15, Washington International School, Washington, DC

It was truly magical. When I realised that I was going to be able to indulge my brain for two whole weeks without the distraction of running a school, I was beyond excited. The learning was extraordinary, and all the more powerful because of the full immersion nature of the experience.  

Bessie SpearsBessie Spears, HDS '14, Tower Hill School, DE

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 simulate both head and heart. 

Peter Howe

Peter T. Howe, HDS '14, United World College Atlantic, United Kingdom

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.  

Kathleen McNamaraKathleen McNamara, HDS '13, Seven Hills School, CA

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!

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