Come Together (virtually)

As we all adjust to life during the Covid-19 global pandemic, the Klingenstein Center is pleased to offer webinars and Kling Chats, lightly-facilitated online conversations, to our alumni and the wider independent and international school community.  All webinars and chats are held via Zoom and require registration. See below for the schedule and registration information. 


  • Learning from School Leaders in Asia - Wednesday, April 1, 8:00 pm EST
    Hear from alumni school leaders from schools in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong about their experiences, challenges, and successes during Covid-19.  Our panel members are

    Karrie Dietz, Heads '20
    Head of School
    Stamford American School, Hong Kong

    John Yi Liu, LA '13
    Regional Coordinator of University and Career Guidance  
    Yew Chung International School of Shanghai & Yew Chung Foundation

    Kelli Sanchez, PSL '14
    Dean of Students
    Keystone Academy, Beijing

    Chris Wilcox, LA '09
    Deputy Principal of Pastoral / Head of University and Careers Counselling 
    The Western International School of Shanghai

    Register here 

Kling Chats

Join these sessions to talk with fellow Klingenstein alumni and independent/international school educators to share your successes and challenges. These are not webinars, but instead lightly-facilitated conversations to help independent and international school educators connect and problem-solve together.  Each conversation will center on 2-3 focus questions. 

  • Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 PM EST - Early-Childhood and Elementary 
    How might early-childhood and elementary teachers build community with our youngest students? How might we support parents of young children as they work with their children on learning tasks?
    Register here

  • Thursday, April 2, 8:00 PM EST - High School 
    How might teachers design for increased independence and intrinsically motivated learning? How can we support high school students dealing with anxiety and the loss of in-person traditions?
    Register here

  • Tuesday, April 7, 8:00 PM EST - Middle School 
    How might we integrate social-emotional learning for middle schoolers into our online schooling? How might we help our students maintain connections and consult with their teachers remotely? What structures or techniques can be used to help students and their parents manage new schedules and educational tools?
    Register here

  • Thursday, April 9, 8:00 PM EST- Heads and Division Heads 
    How might we support adult learning and well-being as teachers adjust to online teaching? What external pressures are you facing and what methods of addressing them have been successful for you?
    Register here

  • Tuesday, April 14, 10:00 AM - Admissions 
    What challenges have you faced in retaining your existing families and what approaches have been successful?  How have you/might we approach recruiting newly-accepted families when campuses are closed?
    Register here

  • Thursday, April 16, 10:00 AM - CFO’s and Advancement Professionals 
    What lessons might we take from 2008 to apply to fundraising and financial management today?  How have you/how might we adjust our financial management and fundraising efforts to account for Covid-19? What are the potential long-term impacts on Covid-19 on a schools’ financial health?
    Register here

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