What if, in just two weeks, you could hone your teaching skills, become a more confident educator, build a network of amazing colleagues from around the world, and return to your school with fresh eyes and new energy?

Join teachers from around the world for two weeks in late June to explore teaching styles, educational philosophies, and issues facing independent schools. The Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers (KSI) is a fully-funded fellowship and a non-degree, graduate level course at Teachers College, Columbia University. You'll learn from experts in various aspects of independent school education, master teachers from schools across the country, and fellow educators in an atmosphere of intellectual rigor, self-reflective discovery, and collegial support.


In daily whole-group sessions, you'll cover current issues in education such as equity and inclusion, and cognitive science. You'll meet regularly with fellow teachers from your academic discipline and Klingenstein Center instructors to examine current teaching practice and to develop curriculum and assessments that you can use immediately.  Curriculum groups include Elementary Education, English, History, Modern and Classical Languages, Math, Science, Arts, and Experiential Education.


While held online in 2021, KSI has traditionally been an intensive residential program. As it returns to an in-person format, KSI will be held at The Hotchkiss School. Outside of class, you will enjoy delicious meals and enjoy the beautiful campus. Between classes, join your classmates in a game of ultimate frisbee, kayak on the lake, or just relax and enjoy nature. When you depart at the end of your two weeks, you'll be a part of a global network of educators who will be a part of your professional learning network for years to come.


If accepted, you will receive a fully-funded fellowship for the program, which covers all tuition, fees, and boarding costs (when applicable). Upon successful completion of the program, you'll earn four graduate credits from Teachers College, Columbia University which may be applied to future graduate study, including the Klingenstein Center's Masters Degree Programs in Independent School Leadership. Most essentially, you'll finish the program affirmed, inspired, and equipped to continue to improve as a teacher and advocate for your students.


Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers Brochure


Your KSI experience begins with your application via the Teachers College Office of Admissions. To be notified when the Summer 2022 application opens, please complete our contact us form.

Learn more about the Program requirements and the application process in the
FAQ section.

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 deadline each year is January 15.  

Program Brochure

Summer Institute Team


"I returned from KSI with a strong understanding of how to establish a collegial and collaborative teacher learning community. As an early-career teacher, I became hyper-aware of the importance of bringing intentionality to all that I am and all that I do. KSI was the most profound professional development opportunity I’ve ever experienced!"
Rakiya Brown
KSI '17, Director of Enrollment Management, Hillbrook School, CA
"The Klingenstein Summer Institute has been the most influential professional opportunity in my career so far. The curriculum and the teachers helped me refine my teaching philosophy in a way that is relevant and centered on my students’ growth. I have continued as a teacher in my career because of the examples of expert educators at the institute, and the community of talented teachers who were members of my cohort. I continue to build on the skills and understanding of education that I developed at KSI to find effective ways to improve my practice."
Anisha Vinod
KSI '16, LA '19, Middle School Teacher, Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan
"Learning together with a group of dedicated teachers was incredibly valuable to me. We shared experiences and grappled with our teaching philosophies. We investigated dilemmas and explored solutions. I was thrilled to be surrounded by a group of resilient and passionate educators who continued to challenge and modify their teaching practices. Klingenstein was only the beginning of my journey and I believe I can always be a better teacher than before."
Jackson Kuong
KSI '16, Math Teacher, Woodland School, CA
"I don’t think I’m understating it when I say that KSI was the pivotal experience of my teaching career. Prior to that program, I had thought of myself as 'someone who happened to be teaching,' but in the months and years that followed, I increasing came to see myself as a teacher. I attribute much of this shift to the ways in which KSI exposed me to the language of teaching and learning, which enabled me to conceptualize and embrace that facet of my identity, in turn making visible new possibilities with respect to my work as an educator. One of those possibilities was returning to the Full-Year Master's Degree Program at Klingenstein to continue this work."
Kurt Prescott
KSI '17, PSL '21, Humanities Teacher, Maret School, Washington, DC