At the Klingenstein Center, we want to build our community's capacity to employ evidence-informed strategies to bring about a desired educational future to life across the independent and international school ecosystem. To do so, we engage in timely, critical, forward thinking research that is dedicated to informing, impacting, and transforming independent and international school teaching, learning, leading, and governing practices, as well as our schools' cultures, structures, and policies.

Our faculty and research associates—many of whom are Klingenstein Center alumni and research-practitioners working in schools—engage in dynamic research projects that often involve schools as partners in inquiry. Our graduate students engage in research-practice partnerships with their practicum schools. In focusing on independent and international schools in our research, we are tending to an area that is under-researched, but holds great learning and discovery potential that could benefit the educational ecosystems well beyond independent schools.


The Cover of Teachers College Record

Teachers College Record—“Minding the Gap in Education Discourse: Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Independent and International Schools”—aims to bring attention to independent and international private schools through the lenses of equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Edited by Dr. Nicole Furlonge, Dr. Kenny Graves, Dr. Thu-Nga Morris, and Dr. Sarah Odell, this special issue includes 22 articles in which scholars and practitioners address gaps in education and education leadership discourse regarding considerations of equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The desire and intention informing this special issue is to recognize the urgent need to shift and activate discourse, share ideas, cultivate dialogue, curate towards thought-partnership, and to raise up some of the work that is happening in this robust field of inquiry.

Read the full issue and individual articles via Sage Journals. If you do not have access to Sage, please contact the Center to request assistance.

Current Projects

Inaugural Dissertation Fellowship

The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College supports research and emerging scholarship concerning independent and international education. Doctoral students in departments and programs at TC make inquiry into this global and complex area of education the focus of or an element of their dissertation. To support such dissertation inquiry, the Klingenstein Center offers for the first time a $10,000 doctoral research fellowship for a Teachers College student whose dissertation focuses in whole or in part on independent and international education. The deadline to apply is May 31. Learn More.

Research in Partner Schools