Sturbridge resident to take part in exclusive program at Columbia

📷 Melissa P. Earls of Sturbridge has been awarded a fully-funded fellowship to the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership’s Heads of Schools program. (Courtesy photo)

Earls one of 20 leaders selected for “distinguished honor”

STURBRIDGE — Melissa P. Earls, Head of School at the Academy Hill School in Springfield, has been awarded a fully-funded fellowship to the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership’s 2019 Heads of Schools program at Teachers College, Columbia University. This distinguished honor, established in 1991, is granted to just twenty heads of schools annually.

The 2019 cohort includes Heads from across the United States in addition to participants from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Myanmar, Taiwan, and Thailand. In January 2019, these Heads of Schools will gather together at the Columbia University campus for intensive study to examine educational issues facing independent and international schools and an opportunity for focused professional enrichment, renewal and reflection.

The Klingenstein Center is dedicated to improving the quality of independent and international school education by developing and strengthening leadership among teachers and administrators from schools in the United States and throughout the world. 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. All fellowships and graduate programs focus on instructional leadership, collaboration and teamwork, ethical decision making, reflective practice and a commitment to social justice and diversity.

Drawing upon a record of success that spans forty years and the full resources of Teachers College and Columbia University, the Klingenstein Center stands alone in its capacity to develop leaders for independent schools. The Klingenstein Center programs include the fully-funded, two week fellowship for heads of schools, a fully-funded, two-week fellowship for early career teachers, master’s degree programs in private school leadership and an MA/MBA dual degree in  cooperation with either Columbia Business School or INSEAD.


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