Have you been dreaming of an opportunity to step outside the day-to-day challenges of leading your school to find professional reinvigoration and personal renewal? This is what you’ve been waiting for...

Come to this fully-funded, two-week fellowship to join a cohort of independent and international school heads at Columbia University's Teachers College. Through intensive study and collaboration, you'll have a remarkable experience that leaves you with renewed vision, passion, and energy to lead your school.


Discuss current educational issues, dive into educational philosophy and ethics, and immerse yourself in reflective-practice. Engage in design thinking and case study work with Klingenstein master's students. Visit independent schools in New York City to observe a variety of programs and ideas.

Heads Cohort


Connect to a cohort of fellow leaders to form lasting relationships. In addition to academic study, participants enjoy time together with all New York City has to offer. The group attends a number of social and cultural events including dinners, a private museum tour and a Broadway show.

Shelley Wille


Balancing multiple roles and constituencies is an around-the-clock job for heads. The demands of running a school leave little time for much needed academic renewal and discussion and few chances for meaningful reflection and personal development. This unique opportunity to spend two weeks with fellow heads will allow you return to your school with solution-focused academic research, renewed vision, and revitalized passion for education and leadership. You owe it to yourself and your school to apply.


Your Klingenstein experience begins with your application via the Teachers College Office of Admissions. Applications are closed for the 2023 cohort.

To be notified when the application for 2024 program opens, complete the 
Contact Us form.

Learn more about the Program requirements and the application process in the
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Meet Latoya Allen

Associate Director of Admission & Enrollment Management

Latoya Allen

Connect with Latoya to learn more about Klingenstein programs and application processes via the Contact Us Form or at 212-678-6666.

Application deadlines

The application deadline each year is May 1.

Program Brochure



The Klingenstein Heads of School Program was the best professional development that I have ever participated in as a Head of School. While there is never a "good" time to be away from school, the time spent with amazing colleagues from all over the world was worth every second. We worked hard, learned tons, and felt connected as kindred spirits because of the shared sense of purpose and excitement around our work. This experience has added years onto my career, and I truly believe that my time at Klingenstein has made me a better educator!
James Calleroz White
HDS '16, Galloway School, GA
The Heads Programme was a unique experience! What made it unique was a combination of the intellectual depth of the programme, discussions about the relevance of theoretical thought for our strategic work as school leaders, as well as sheer practicality of sharing, listening and consulting with colleagues. I find the Columbia University experience reoccurringly useful in my daily work as a Head.
Marta Medved Krajnovic
HDS '17, Western Academy of Beijing, China
The Klingenstein Center is an exceptional, life changing program for Heads of Schools. It’s an oasis where school heads from around the world can gather and unplug from the fast and furious day-to-day, cultivate meaningful relationships with one another, and replenish the mind, body, and spirit. The fellowship felt like a retreat, surrounded by peer mentors, sharing our beliefs in a crowdsourcing format that allowed for knowledge to be reinforced, reflected on, and retained. I walked away transformed, armed with courage, passion, and know-how for lifelong self innovation. I recommend the program to all school heads.
Catarina Song Chen
HDS '17, The American School of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Klingenstein Heads of School program was a special time of learning, reflection, and personal growth. It was a privilege to experience deep conversation and discussion with significant minds in education, and to establish a sense of collegiality with other heads from around the world. The time I spent at Teacher’s College, Columbia University reaffirmed my commitment to educational leadership and renewed my energy to further the work of diversity and curriculum innovation in my school. New York City provided an inspired setting for this professional experience.
Deanne King
HDS '18, St. Mary's School Waverley, Johannesburg, South Africa
Reflecting on my two weeks in the Klingenstein Center Heads of Schools program, the word that jumps most readily to mind is "transformational." This experience truly transformed my work as a Head in a way I've not experienced from any other conference, retreat, or workshop. The combination of an engaged and engaging faculty, a vigorous curriculum, and a diverse cohort of school leaders ensured that I would be stretched to examine both theoretical and practical issues of pedagogy and leadership. This program gave equal space to internal reflection and external exploration of the latest school trends. Even months after participating, I find daily application from my experiences at the Heads of School program. I feel most fortunate to have taken part, and I highly recommend this program to all school leaders.
John Huber
HDS '18, Emerson School, MI
There have been 3 distinct times in my adult life where I experienced deep transformation - studying hula in Hawai`i, engaging in my doctoral research and participating in the Klingenstein Heads of Schools programme. I entered a staunch essentialist and emerged comprehending how constructivism enables the learner to experience rather than merely consume knowledge. I expanded my view not only of education and thought-leadership but perhaps most importantly about the power of having diverse thinkers from myriad backgrounds delve into topics that influence paradigm shifts. The Klingenstein programme was thought-provoking and life-changing for me.
Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise
HDS '18, The Wyndcroft School, PA
My experience with the Klingenstein Heads Program was completely transformative! Renewing myself as an educator in this setting with other Heads of School was just what I needed at this point in my career. I was truly able to think of myself as a lifelong learner and return to my school with innovative ideas to share, questions to ponder with faculty, and strong relationships with my Klingenstein cohort that I know will last a lifetime.
Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn
HDS '18, Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School, Washington, DC
The Klingenstein Head of School Program was an incredible professional experience filled with reflection, inspiration, laughter, fellowship, conversation and deep learning. The ability to immerse myself in my own learning for two weeks with like-minded colleagues from all over the world provided the opportunity to process the complex work we do as Heads and create collegial relationships I cherish and rely upon today.
Shelly Luke Wille
HDS '18, Children's Day School, CA