Teachers & School Leaders from Around the World Gather at
Teachers College Klingenstein Center’s 25th Anniversary
Recognizes Role of Independent Schools in American Education
The Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Center for Independent School
Education at Teachers College celebrated its 25th Anniversary
recently culminating with a dinner honoring its director, Pearl
Rock Kane. Kane was recently named the Klingenstein Family Chair
for the Advancement of Independent Schools. Attending the event
was John Klingenstein, Teachers College trustee, Patrick Bassett,
President, Nat’l Association of Independent Schools, Darlyne Bailey,
Dean, Teachers College, and Michael Maybury, President, European
Council of International Schools.
The Klingenstein family established the chair this year to honor
extraordinary achievement and to recruit and retain the most distinguished
scholars. The Klingenstein family is the first to recognize the
role of independent schools in American education at a major school
of education, donating over $15 million to support the center.
John Klingenstein, who has been a Teachers College Trustee since
1979, is actively involved in the work of the center, which has
as its mission to improve the quality of independent school education
by developing and strengthening leadership among teachers and
administrators who work in and with independent schools. Through
four different programs, independent school teachers and administrators
are given the knowledge, skills and values necessary for informed
practice using the resources of Teachers College and drawing upon
a wide range of experts in education.
Kane, whose affiliation with the Center began in 1977 when she
was a participant in the Klingenstein Fellows Program, plans to
use resources from the endowment to build on the experience of
the Center to promote open dialogue between public and private
schools and to foster global understanding through greater involvement
with international schools.
work at the Klingenstein Center is aimed at counteracting mindlessness
by continually raising difficult questions about what we are doing
in independent schools and why we are doing it. We have the luxury
of working with experienced educators, seasoned teachers and administrators
who push us to focus on the key issues of teaching and learning,”
says Pearl Rock Kane, director of the Klingenstein Center, she
continues, “Through their independent study projects, participants
work on problems and issues that stem from immediate situations
in their schools, but as a group we also consider big questions,
important for educators to ask - questions that relate to democracy,
equity, the education system at large, and our role in that system
as private school educators.”#
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