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. We strive to provide meaningful, high-quality learning experience that have a lasting impact on teaching, learning, and leadership.

Upcoming Opportunities

Kenny Graves

Klingenstein Seminar Series at NAIS

Data Use as a Window and Mirror: The Call for Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Leadership in Independent Schools 

Leaders and teachers in Independent schools are often tasked with the incredible responsibility of cultivating excellent and equitable schools. While this can be a rewarding feat, the work of instructional improvement can also feel haphazard, inconsequential, and just plain difficult to plan, implement, and sustain year after year. Recently, educators have embraced data-driven and evidence-based leadership as a window and mirror to help them understand what works in their schools. In this hands-on seminar, participants will explore the principles of data-driven leadership and participate in a hands-on simulation of an evidence-based, data-informed improvement process in structured leadership teams. Participants will also consider the ethical implications of data use in schools and reflect on how data-informed leadership can also serve as a window and mirror in how Independent school leaders interrogate and challenge inequality in elite spaces. Do not worry - no math or statistics is required!
  • Format: In-person workshop
  • Date:  Wednesday February 26, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: NAIS Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA
  • Presenter:  Kenneth E. Graves, Ph.D. has served in public and Independent schools for the past decade as an award-winning English teacher, professional developer, educational technologist, and school leader. Dr. Graves currently serves as the Upper School (9-12) Ethics & Technology Coordinator at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, NY, where leads the academic technology program at the Upper School, serves as a Form advisor, and teaches in the Ethics department. Along with his role at Fieldston, Kenny is also an emerging scholar in the field of education leadership. He currently is an adjunct professor at the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. 
  • Details: Registration information is available via the NAIS Annual Conference Special Events page.


Past Opportunities

Pooja Agarwal

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning at the FCIS Summer Symposium

There is a lot to learn in the world. Students can’t learn everything, and educators can’t teach everything. Especially not over, and over, and over again each time students forget. What can we do to improve learning and reduce forgetting? How can we use our limited amount of classroom time and make learning stick? In this workshop, cognitive scientist Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D., illuminates key discoveries and practical teaching strategies from the science of learning, while challenging our ingrained beliefs about how learning works.

  • Format: In-person workshop
  • Date:  Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Location: FCIS Administrators' Institute, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, Tampa, FL
  • Presenter:  Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. is an expert in the field of cognitive science. She has conducted rigorous research on learning in K-12 public schools for more than 15 years and she has a forthcoming book, Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning. She is the Founder of, a hub of resources and strategies for teachers based on the science of learning. Learn more at and follow her @PoojaAgarwal.
  • Details: Registration information is available via the FCIS Summer Symposium Page.


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Taking the Leap: The Art and Science of Leadership Transitions

Explore research about leadership transitions at all levels of schools with a particular focus on first experiences moving into leadership roles and into administrative leadership positions such as Department Chairs, Academic Deans, Directors of Teaching and Learning, Deans of Students, Deans of Faculty, Division Heads, Admission Directors, Development Directors, Chief Financial Officers, and Business Managers. Leverage design thinking to creatively consider the opportunities and challenges of your personal leadership transition. Think deeply both about your work as a new leader, and also about the expectations others within your school hold for you during this transition.

  • Format: In-person workshop
  • Date:  Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Location: AISNE Workshops, Deerfield Academy
  • Presenter: Carla Pugliese made the transition from teacher to school leader while at the Nueva School, serving as a grade dean, academic team lead, mentor teacher, and assistant division head. After graduating from the Klingenstein Center’s intensive private school leadership program, she founded Beyond Delta Learning Group


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KlingSalon: a conversation among school administrators

Please join the Klingenstein Center for a conversation among school administrators.  How might we support each other as we support and lead our communities in challenging times? As we lean into social justice leadership, how might we sustain ourselves and build resilience in network with each other? KlingSalon aims to strengthen community by bringing together educators in conversation toward sustainable relationships. KlingSalon participants listen, share, and wonder together about challenges shaping education.

  • Format: In-person 
  • Date:  Friday, April 5, 2019 from 9:00 am - noon
  • Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Facilitator: Nicole Furlonge, Professor and Director of the Klingenstein Center
  • Details: Information and Registration

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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: Coursed as of March 2019
  • Location: N/A
  • Presenters: Professors Kevin Mattingly and Pearl Rock Kane
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