Saint James faculty members qualify for summer institute

May 06, 2012
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ST. JAMES — Three faculty members at Saint James School have been awarded a fullyfunded fellowship to the 2012 Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers offered by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jonathan Schwab (English, history), Mary Baer (science) and Daphne Clyburn (Spanish) earned the award, granted to 75 beginning teachers annually, providing 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 2012 Summer Institute cohort includes teachers from all areas of the United States in addition to participants from Canada, China, Jordan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.


For two weeks in late June, faculty will gather in Lawrenceville, N.J.,  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 30 years and the full resources of Teachers College and the other graduate schools of Columbia University, the 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. 

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