Online and On-Site Professional Learning Opportunities

In addition to our graduate programs and fellowships, the Klingenstein Center is pleased to offer online and on-site professional development opportunities on a variety of topics throughout the year.  From a MOOC, entitled The Science of Learning - What Every Teacher Should Know, to our annual Klingenstein Seminar Series at NAIS, we strive to provide meaningful, high-quality learning experience that have a lasting impact on teaching, learning, and leadership.

Shamus Khan portrait 5th Annual Klingenstein Seminar Series at NAIS 2019 

Please join us for Elite Education vs. Educating Elites: Thinking about the Role of "Elite Schooling" in Society featuring Dr. Shamus Khan. 

Elite schools serve a kind of dual function. They can be places with astonishing resources and a moral commitment to providing an exceptional education to all students, regardless of their background. However, the resources that make this possible are typically available because these schools are deeply allied with social, cultural, and economic elites. As such, these schools have the potential to both challenge and reproduce inequality. In this seminar, participants will work together to examine this Janus-faced reality - capacity to provide an elite education alongside a tendency to educate the elite - and consider the impact on individuals, schools, and society.

  • Format: In-person workshop
  • Date:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • Location: NAIS Annual Conference 2019 in Long Beach, CA
  • Presenter: Dr. Shamus Khan, professor of sociology at Columbia University and the author of over 80 articles, books, and essays, including Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School. More about Dr. Khan
  • Details: Ticket required ($25) via the NAIS Conference Registration. Registration opens November 1. The cost of this event is underwritten by the Klingenstein Funds.  


MOOC-The Science of Learning What Every Teacher Needs to KnowThe Science of Learning - What Every Teacher Needs to Know

This MOOC (massive online open course) provides a self-paced opportunity to examine common misconceptions and misunderstandings about learning that can prevent students from learning at their fullest capacity. Along the way you will explore the practical implications of cognitive science for classroom teaching in terms of choosing effective instructional strategies, developing useful assessments, motivating student effort, and designing learner-centered curricular units.  The MOOC is offered through EdX and the White House ConnectEd initiative and was created in partnership with Columbia University's Center for Teaching and Learning.  Participants can elect to receive a certificate of completion issued by EdX.
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: Self-paced.  Course will close in March 2019
  • Location: N/A
  • Presenters: Professors Kevin Mattingly and Pearl Rock Kane
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