Director’s Welcome

Shaping the leaders who shape the world

One of the characteristics of independent and international schools is a belief in and sense of optimism about the transformative powers of education. We know how good schools can be because most aspects of our schools are good. We recognize that schools that are strong throughout make the greatest difference in the lives of students. This optimism fuels a desire to share our energy and talents for widespread and lasting impact.

Since 1977, the Klingenstein Center has offered extraordinary independent and international school educators the opportunity to shape their careers, their schools and their profession by focusing on leadership. By recognizing and cultivating the contributions and potential of beginning teachers, mid-career administrators and seasoned heads equally, the Center affirms and furthers the belief that strong  schools require thoughtful leadership throughout.

All Klingenstein Center programs focus on instructional leadership, collaboration and teamwork, a commitment to social justice, ethics, diversity, and reflective practice. Each program has been shaped within a curriculum of intense personal and professional interaction. Klingenstein students grapple with the big ideas as they hone the skills, knowledge, and values that build confidence and preparation for key leadership positions. They are taught by professors who exhibit a genuine passion for teaching, and possess insights gleaned both from research and substantive real world experience. Students benefit from meaningful collegial interaction infused with the rich academic and cultural resources of Columbia University and New York City.

Our nearly 4000 alumni serve their schools as administrators and lead teachers in exemplary ways. They have established the Klingenstein Center as the leader in programs of independent and international school educators in the country.

I invite you to learn more about the Klingenstein Center and to join an incredible group of colleagues dedicated to excellence and teamwork, and to the transformative powers of education.


Pearl Rock Kane Klingenstein Family Chair Professor of Education and Director The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership