Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers
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.
Join teachers from around the world for two weeks in late June to explore teaching styles, educational philosophies, and issues facing independent schools. The Klingenstein Summer Institute (KSI) is a graduate level class of Columbia University's Teachers College. You'll learn from top Columbia University professors, master teachers and fellow educators in an atmosphere of intellectual rigor, self-reflective discovery and collegial support.
Daily whole-group sessions cover current issues in education such as equity and inclusion and cognitive science. Curriculum groups meet daily with master teachers in their subject area to examine current standards and to develop curriculum and assessments that participants can use immediately. Curriculum groups include Elementary Education, English, History, Modern and Classical Languages, Math, Science, Arts, and Experiential Education
Fun and Fellowship
KSI is held at The Hotchkiss School, a beautiful retreat in Simsbury, CT. Chefs provide fresh, delicious meals and the campus offers recreational opportunities activities like going for a swim, reading by the lake, playing games, hiking on campus trails, or just bonding with new colleagues.
Credit and Credence
KSI participants receive a fully-funded fellowship for the program, which covers all tuition, fees, and boarding costs. Upon successful completion of the program, they earn graduate credits from Teachers College, Columbia University. More importantly, they finish the program affirmed and inspired to continue teaching. Perhaps best said by an alumna:
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.
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