Independent School Education


In 1977, the EAJK Fund established the Joseph Klingenstein Fellows at Teachers College, Columbia University, the first university-based leadership training for those in the independent school sector. John Klingenstein helped establish the program, which he named after his father. The program was the nation’s first of its kind and represented the family’s commitment to professionalize education leadership of independent schools.

The fellows program began with twelve participants. Over the years, Klingenstein Center offerings have grown to include five programs serving early career teachers, mid-career educators, plus administrators and heads of schools. The Center currently has nearly 4,000 alumni working in 50 U.S. states and territories and 65 countries and has been credited with contributing to the professionalization of the field.