Lead The Change

Masters Degree Programs in Independent School Leadership

Engage in transformative learning.
Build your leadership capacity.
Create the schools students deserve.

Learn more

Build Your Foundation

Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early-Career Teachers

Center your practice in SEL, DEIJB, and Mind Brain Education.
Connect with fellow educators around the world.
Return to your school with fresh eyes and new energy.

Learn more

Recharge and Refine

Heads of Schools Fellowship

Reconnect with your passion for learning.
Refine your leadership practice and vision.
Return to your school recharged and ready for anything.

Learn more

Engage and COnnect

Professional Learning at Klingenstein

Connect with fellow educators.
Engage in honest dialogue about our challenges.
Imagine new possibilities for education.

Learn more
Klingenstein Center is a part of
Teachers College, Columbia University

Full-Year
Master's Program

Take the most direct path to your master's degree in independent school leadership with just one year of full-time study at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.

Learn More

Two-Summers
Master's Program

Earn your degree through intensive summer coursework and project-based learning during the academic year while maintaining your current employment.

Learn More

MA/MBA Degree Program

Complete both your MA in independent school leadership and your MBA in just two years of full-time study through our partnerships with Columbia Business School and INSEAD.

Learn More

Professional Learning Opportunities

Build your leadership capacity and your professional network through these learning opportunities.

Summer Institute for
Early-Career Teachers

Enhance your teaching practice through this fully-funded fellowship designed specifically for teachers with 2-5 years of experience.

Learn More

Heads of Schools Fellowship

Revitalize your leadership though this fellowship designed for current heads of independent and international schools.

Learn More

FORGE

Build your leadership capacity and create meaningful change with a weeklong summer seminar followed by a year of coaching.

Learn More

Featured Events

Connect with fellow educators for a lightly-facilitated conversation to apply ideas from Priya Parker's book The Art of Gathering to our work in schools this year.
Sep 30, 2021 7:00 PM
7:00 pm
-
Sep 30, 2021 8:00 PM
8:00 pm
Online

KlingBrief

KlingBrief is a monthly newsletter sharing recommended books, articles, podcasts, and videos curated for educators by educators.
Subscribe
Submit an Article
View all the KlingBrief Archive
Book

What's the Problem?

Learning to Improve: How America's Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better by Anthony Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow and Paul G. LeMahieu
Harvard Education Press, March 1, 2015

May
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Book

Of Bits and Bricks

Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael Horn and Heather Staker
Wiley, January 1, 2015

May
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Technology
Article

Hand-to-Hand Learning

Can Handwriting Make You Smarter? by Robert Lee Hotz
The Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2016

May
,
2016
Science of Learning
Article

Is it Time to Consider Differentiated PD?

Why Don't We Differentiate Professional Development? by Pauline Zdonek
Edutopia, January 15, 2016

May
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Article

Man Up

Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest by Andrew Reiner
The New York Times,
April 4, 2016

May
,
2016
Gender & Sexual Identity
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

Cause Better Learning

The Secret of Effective Feedback by Dylan Wiliam
Educational Leadership, ASCD, April 1, 2016

May
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Article

What Do We Know?

Why Civics Is About More Than Citizenship by Alia Wong
Atlantic, September 17, 2015

May
,
2016
Current Events & Civic Engagement
DEIJ
Leadership Practice
Book

Of Note: A Place for Justice

Teaching with Conscience in an Imperfect World - An Invitation, by William Ayers
Teachers College Press, April 8, 2016

May
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Book

Beyond "You Know It When You See It"

Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
HarperBusiness, June 3, 2014

April
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Book

Originals Originals

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
Penguin Random House. February 2, 2016

April
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Leadership Practice
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

To Team or Not to Team?

April
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Article

The Making of a Movement

The Maker Movement in K-12 Education: A Guide to Emerging Research by Benjamin Herold
Education Week's blogs: Digital Education, April 11, 2016

April
,
2016
Teaching Practice
DEIJ
Curriculum
Article

What we Know About What We, and They, Don't Know

April
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Article

Managing Student Management Software

Why Online Gradebooks are Changing Education by Laura McKenna
The Atlantic, March 10, 2016

April
,
2016
Technology
Leadership Practice
Article

Leadership, Inc.

Shut Up and Sit Down: Why the leadership industry Rules by Joshua Rothman
The New Yorker, February 29, 2016

April
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Article

Of Note: Two Dollars a Day

Pearson's Quest to Cover the Planet in Company-Run Schools by Anya Kamenetz
Wired.com Business, April 12, 2016

April
,
2016
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Leadership Practice
Book

The Search for Balance

March
,
2016
Social-Emotional Learning
Student Wellness & Safety
Book

Untangling Myths about Raising Girls

March
,
2016
Student Wellness & Safety
Gender & Sexual Identity
Article

A Vital Reminder

The List by Sarah Stillman
The New Yorker, March 14, 2016

March
,
2016
Student Wellness & Safety
Article

More Languages, More Benefits

The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals by Katherine Kinzler
New York Times, March 13, 2016

March
,
2016
Science of Learning
DEIJ
Article

Reach them with Research

March
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

Stressing the Stressors

Stress in America: The Impact of Discrimination by the American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association, March 10, 2016

March
,
2016
Student Wellness & Safety
DEIJ
Article

Safe, Equitable, Nurturing

Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools by Asaf Orr and Joel Baum
ACLU, Gender Spectrum, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, National Center for Lesbian Rights and National Education Association, August 3, 2015

March
,
2016
Gender & Sexual Identity
DEIJ
Book

Of Note: Small Change

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang
Jossey-Bass, March 7, 2016

March
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Book

Fitting in the Misfits

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire
TarcherPerigee, December 29, 2015

February
,
2016
Creativity
Book

To the Tinkerers go the Spoils

Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith
Scribner, August 18, 2015

February
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Leadership Practice
Creativity
Book

Defragmentation

February
,
2016
Creativity
Leadership Practice
Article

Meaningful Change?

Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions, by Richard Weissbourd in collaboration with Lloyd Thacker and the Making Caring Common team including Trisha Ross Anderson, Alison Cashin, Luba Falk Feigenberg, and Jennifer Kahn
Making Caring Common Project Harvard Graduate School of Education, January 20, 2016

February
,
2016
DEIJ
Social-Emotional Learning
Teaching Practice
Article

To Keep Alive a Mockingbird

Teaching Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Roger Brooks
Boston Globe, February 20, 2016

February
,
2016
DEIJ
Curriculum
Article

The Search for the Search for Meaning

The Math-Class Paradox by Jo Boaler
The Atlantic, December 31, 2015

February
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Science of Learning
Article

Humility Gets its Due

We Like Leaders Who Underrate Themselves by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman
Harvard Business Review, November 10, 2015

February
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Article

Of Note: Looking Out for the Quiet Ones

Why Introverted Teachers are Burning Out by Michael Godsey
The Atlantic, January 25, 2016

February
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Book

Soul of Inquiry

The Power of Questioning: Opening Up the World of Student Inquiry by Starr Sackstein
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, December 28, 2015

August
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Book

Honesty, Reflection, Vulnerability

Raising Race Questions: Whiteness & Inquiry in Education by Ali Michael
Teachers College Press, 2015

July
,
2016
DEIJ
Teaching Practice
Book

Undoing Belittling

The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups by Erika Christakis
Viking Press, February 9, 2016

June
,
2016
Psychology & Human Development
Teaching Practice
Report
Social-Emotional Learning
Curriculum
Article

No Thank You

The Selfish Side of Gratitude by Barbara Ehrenreich
The New York Times, December 31, 2015

April
,
2016
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

Unfixing the Growth Mindset

Beyond Growth Mindset: Creating Classroom Opportunities for Meaningful Struggle by Brad Ermeling, James Hiebert, and Ron Gallimore
Education Week, December 7, 2015

March
,
2016
Science of Learning
Teaching Practice
Article

A Perfect Storm

Why Identity and Emotion are Central to Motivating the Teen Brain by Emmeline Zhao
kqed.org/mindshift, December 10, 2015

February
,
2016
Science of Learning
Teaching Practice
Book

Of Note: Simply Complex

The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching by The University of Texas System, Academy of Distinguished Teachers
University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, April 30, 2015

January
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Teaching Practice
Resource

Of Note: What If? A Seven-Part Journey Through Possibility

Education Eden by Hayley Glatter, Emily Deruy and Alia Wong
www.theatlantic.com, September 4, 2016

November
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Curriculum
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Article

The Promise of Fulfillment

Navigating Exciting PossibilitiesDavid Brooks
University of Pennsylvania Commencement Address, May 2016

November
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

Are You Reliable and How Do you Know?

Noise: How to Overcome the High, Hidden Cost of Inconsistent Decision Making by Daniel Kahneman, Andrew M. Rosenfield, Linnea Gandhi and Tom Blaser
Harvard Business Review, October 2016

November
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Leadership Practice
Psychology & Human Development
Article

Approaching the Height of Social Stress

Teaching Teenagers to Cope with Social Stress by Jan Hoffman
New York Times, September 29, 2016

November
,
2016
Science of Learning
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

In Praise of Architects

The One Type of Leader Who Can Turn Around a Failing School by Alex Hill, Liz Mellon, Ben Laker, and Jules Goddard
Harvard Business Review, October 20, 2016

November
,
2016
Leadership Practice
Article

Approaching Uncertainty

US Leadership in Global Education: The Time is Now by Rebecca Winthrop
The Brookings Press, October 17, 2016

November
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Leadership Practice
Gender & Sexual Identity
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Book

A Tonic for Grades

Rethinking Grading by Cathy Vatterott
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), July 1, 2015

November
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Science of Learning
Book

Unself Committment

Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michelle Borba, Ed.D
Touchstone, Simon & Schuster, June 1, 2016

November
,
2016
Psychology & Human Development
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

Of Note: Election and Ever After

Talking Across Divides: 10 Ways to Encourage Civil Classroom Conversations
by Katherine Schulten 
The New York Times, September 28, 2016

October
,
2016
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Teaching Practice
Student Wellness & Safety
Article

Sharing Isn't Enough

October
,
2016
DEIJ
Psychology & Human Development
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

Ruling Over Rules

Our Need to Make and Enforce Rules Starts Very Young
by Alison Gopnik
The Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2016

October
,
2016
Psychology & Human Development
Teaching Practice
Book

Grades Below Average

On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting
by Thomas R. Gruskey, PhD 
Solution Tree Press, July 2014

October
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Curriculum
Book

Quality Claims, Bayesian Statistics, and Information Literacy

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age
by Daniel J. Levitin
Dutton, September 2016

October
,
2016
Technology
Curriculum
Book

You May Already Be a Design Thinker

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
by Bill Burnet & Dave Evans
Alfred A. Knopf, September 2016

October
,
2016
Creativity
Leadership Practice
Book

Efficiency is not the Answer

Education and the Commercial Mindset
by Samuel Abrams
Harvard University Press,  April 2016

October
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Curriculum
Book

A Neverending Curriculum

Intellectual Empathy: Critical Thinking for Social Justice
by Maureen Linker
University of Michigan Press, December 2014

October
,
2016
DEIJ
Teaching Practice
Leadership Practice
Book
Teaching Practice
Leadership Practice
Creativity
Report

Of Note: Teaching Through the Election

The Trump Effect: The impact of the presidential campaign on our nation’s schools
by Maureen B. Costello
Southern Poverty Law Center, April 2016

September
,
2016
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Teaching Practice
Student Wellness & Safety
DEIJ
Article

The Search for Salvific Effects

How Kids Learn Resilience
by Paul Tough
The Atlantic, June 2016

September
,
2016
Teaching Practice
Student Wellness & Safety
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

Contributing Factors

The Limits of "Grit"
by David Denby
The New Yorker, June 21, 2016

September
,
2016
DEIJ
Social-Emotional Learning
Teaching Practice
Article

Mandatory Social Justice

The Long-Term Effects of Social-Justice Education on Black Students 
by Melinda D. Anderson
The Atlantic, July 19, 2016

September
,
2016
DEIJ
Student Wellness & Safety
Curriculum
Book
Creativity
Psychology & Human Development
Book

Past Baseline

Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students
by Michael Sadowski
Harvard Education Press, August 9, 2016

September
,
2016
DEIJ
Student Wellness & Safety
Social-Emotional Learning
Book

Wake-Up Call

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
by Peggy Orenstein
Harper, March 29, 2016

September
,
2016
Student Wellness & Safety
Gender & Sexual Identity
Book

Smooth vs. Jagged

The End of Average
by Todd Rose
HarperCollins, January 19, 2016

September
,
2016
Student Wellness & Safety
Gender & Sexual Identity
Teaching Practice
Leadership Practice
Book

Webbing Your Way Forward

The Best Class You Never Taught by Alexis Wiggins
ASCD, January 1, 2017

November
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Book

Belonging as Beginning

Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why by Paul Tough
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 24, 2016

November
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Social-Emotional Learning
Book

Learning Spaces Unlimited

Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces by John Palfrey
MIT Pres, October 1, 2017

November
,
2017
DEIJ
Teaching Practice
Leadership Practice
Article

All Schools Teach Citizenship and Character

What Kind of Citizens Do We Need? by Joel Westheimer
Educational Leadership, November 1, 2017

November
,
2017
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Curriculum
Article

Getting Hot Without Getting Mad

Kids, Would You Please Start Fighting by Adam Grant
The New York Times, November 4, 2017

November
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Creativity
Article

Portraits of Students, Here and Now

The Purpose of Education--According to Students by Magdalena Slapik
The Atlantic, October 1, 2017

November
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Article

Rooting Out Weak Connections

Work and the Loneliness Epidemic by Vivek H. Murthy
Harvard Business Review, September 1, 2017

November
,
2017
Psychology & Human Development
Student Wellness & Safety
Video

Books, Dolls, Art, Anti-Bias

November
,
2017
DEIJ
Curriculum
Article

Of Note: Beyond Fake News

Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth World by Renee Hobbs
Educational Leadership, November 1, 2017

November
,
2017
Curriculum
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Technology
Book

Different Patterns Among the Shapes

Which One Doesn't Belong? by Christopher Danielson
Stenhouse Publishers, September 1, 2016

October
,
2017
Creativity
Curriculum
Science of Learning
Book

White Fragility and Black Tax

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
St Martin's Press, January 1, 2017

October
,
2017
DEIJ
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Video

The Stories We Don't Tell Tell Us

We Need To Keep Talking About Charlottesville by Brené Brown
Facebook Live, August 15, 2017

October
,
2017
DEIJ
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Leadership Practice
Article

In Service of Leadership

Not Leadership Material?  Good.  The World Needs Followers by Susan Cain
New York Times, March 24, 2017

October
,
2017
Leadership Practice
Article

The Most Emotionally Distressed Young People

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
New York Times Magazine, October 11, 2017

October
,
2017
Student Wellness & Safety
Psychology & Human Development
Article

How to Dismantle Spectacles and Interpret Worlds

High School Reading as an Act of Meaningful Aggression by Giles Scott
The Millions, September 19, 2017

October
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Curriculum
Science of Learning
Podcast

African American Teaching Force

Revisionist History, “Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment,” by Malcolm Gladwell
Podcast, July 1, 2016

October
,
2017
DEIJ
Leadership Practice
Article

Of Note: Unsettling Certainty

Inviting Uncertainty into the Classroom by Ronald A. Baghetto
Education Leadership, October 2017

October
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Science of Learning
Book

Walking the Talk of Balance

September
,
2017
Technology
Social-Emotional Learning
Student Wellness & Safety
Book

Getting Proximate

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Spiegel & Grau, January 1, 2015

September
,
2017
Current Events & Civic Engagement
DEIJ
Book

Young Math

But Why Does It Work?: Mathematical Argument in the Elementary Classroom by Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Schifter, Reva Kasman, Virginia Bastable, & Traci Higgins
Heinemann, April 4, 2017 

September
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Curriculum
Book

Out of the Gray

Managing in the Gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving  your Toughest Problems at Workby Joseph L. Badaracco
Harvard Business Review Press, September 6, 2015

September
,
2017
Leadership Practice
Article

Smartphones: Negative, Positive, Neutral, Delayed

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? by Jean Twenge
The Atlantic, September 1, 2017

September
,
2017
Technology
Student Wellness & Safety
Article

Emotions are Teachers

Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings by Deborah Farmer Kris
KQEd News, February 28, 2017

September
,
2017
Psychology & Human Development
Teaching Practice
Social-Emotional Learning
Article

Myth Unmaking

The Myths That Persist About How We Learn by Ira Flatow
Science Fridays, PRI Public Radio International, September 1, 2017

September
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Science of Learning
Podcast

Uncapping Capitalization

Revisionist History, Season 1, Episodes 4, 5, and 6 by Malcolm Gladwell
July 1, 2016

Episode 4: Carlos Doesn't Remember
Episode 5: Food Fight
Episode 6: My Hundred Little Million

September
,
2017
Current Events & Civic Engagement
DEIJ
Leadership Practice
Website

Of Note: Introducing the Coalition to Support Grieving Students

Coalition to Support Grieving Students by Coalition to Support Grieving Students
September 1, 2017

September
,
2017
Student Wellness & Safety
Social-Emotional Learning
Book

Democratic Initiative

The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education by Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy
Routledge, November 13, 2014

May
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Article

A Faculty for all Children

Why Having One Black Teacher Could Help Keep Black Students In School by Anya Kamenetz
KQED Mindshift, April 10, 2017

May
,
2017
DEIJ
Leadership Practice
Article

Paying Attention to Attention

Executive Function: Implications for Education by Philip David Zelazo, Clancy B. Blair, Michael T. Willoughby
National Center for Educational Research (NCER), Institute of Education Sciences, February 1, 2017

May
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Science of Learning
Article

Discontent and Its Civilization

The Crisis of Western Civ and A Call for Democratic Education  (2 articles) by David Brooks; Stephanie Schroeder
The New York Times; tolerance.org, April 21, 2017

May
,
2017
Current Events & Civic Engagement
Curriculum
Article

How We Don't Learn

Managing the 'Learning Styles' Myth by Keith Lambert
Education World (website), May 1, 2017

May
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Science of Learning
Article

Boldly, Truthfully, Now

Queering Education: Pedagogy, Curriculum and Policy by Darla Linville, Editor
Bank Street College of Education Occasional Paper Series, #37, April 1, 2017

May
,
2017
Gender & Sexual Identity
DEIJ
Article

Working on Homework

Making Homework Matter to Students by Lee Walk and Marshall Lassak
Mathematics Teaching in Middle School, May 1, 2017

May
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Science of Learning
Article

Simple and Outsize: The Study Plan

May
,
2017
Teaching Practice
Science of Learning