James Eberhart, Math Department Faculty at Hyde School, was awarded a fully-funded fellowship to the 2010 Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers offered by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University. This distinguished award, granted to 75 beginning teachers annually, provides faculty with a program of intensive study, specifically designed to make early career teachers more effective leaders in the classroom and throughout the school through an exploration of teaching styles, educational philosophies, issues and personal development. The fellowship provides full tuition for four graduate credits as well as room and board.
The Center attracts and selects educators who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishment or potential for excellence and equips them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for informed and effective practice. The 2010 Summer Institute cohort includes teachers from all areas of the United States in addition to participants from Qatar, Switzerland and Canada.
For two weeks in late June, faculty gathered in Lawrenceville, New Jersey for a variety of workshops, seminars, and collaborative exercises, guided by prominent education experts, talented Teachers College professors, and master teachers. The program challenges participants to embrace the complexities of the classroom and to explore the art of teaching and the delicate balance of subject mastery, judgment, intuition and creativity.
The Klingenstein Center is dedicated to improving the quality of independent school education by developing and strengthening leadership among teachers and administrators who work in independent schools in the United States and throughout the world. Drawing upon a record of success that spans more than thirty years and the full resources of Teachers College and the other graduate schools of Columbia University, the Klingenstein Center stands alone in its capacity to develop leaders for independent schools. All fellowships and graduate programs focus on instructional leadership, collaboration and teamwork, a commitment to social justice and diversity, and reflective practice.
Eberhart had this to say about his experience at the Klingenstein Center:
“It was a wonderful program and a great opportunity to learn more about the world of Independent School teaching. The chance to be surrounded by 77 other very excited and motivated teachers was rejuvenating and inspiring and I look forward to using some of my new teaching tools next year!”