The Gregory School is pleased to announce that Amie Bergersen has received a fellowship to participate in the prestigious Klingenstein Summer Institute, hosted by the Klingenstein Center Teachers College Columbia University. Bergersen will join 75 teachers from around the world in Lawrenceville, New Jersey this June for the two-week program designed to make teachers more effective leaders in their classroom and school communities. All participants are current full-time teachers in independent schools with two to five years of teaching experience. The program is fully grant-supported and covers tuition and room and board for those selected to attend.
"I first heard about the Klingenstein Summer Institute when talking with Mr. David Schindel, our college counselor, and was given a brochure for the institute from Dr. Sherrill the next morning," said Bergersen. "It seemed like fate. I didn't know much about it, but I immediately did my research and learned that it was geared to meet the specific needs of independent school teachers. The more I read about it, the more I knew I had to apply."
Ms. Katie Patt, faculty member of The Gregory School, is an alumna of the Klingenstein Summer Institute’s 2007 cohort. “The Klingenstein Institute was a transformative experience. I got to learn, meet with other teachers from independent schools, and it gave me a unique point of view in regards to teaching at an independent school. I'm so excited for Amie. She is going to have an amazing time and will bring back unique nuggets of wisdom for us."
During her two weeks at the Institute, Bergersen will be immersed in an atmosphere of intellectual rigor, self-reflective discovery and collegial support. Daily whole-group sessions cover current issues in education such as diversity and cognitive science. Curriculum based groups meet daily with master teachers in their subject area to examine current standards and to develop curriculum and assessments that participants can use immediately. Participants work with top Columbia University professors, guest authors, and nationally renowned educations.
“I am overjoyed at the chance to be a student again, even for just two weeks,” says Bergersen. “There is something about the process of new learning that is directly applicable to my work that energizes and excites me.”
“I believe professional development is an important thing for teachers to do regularly - it helps us connect with our students' day to day experiences. The opportunity to reflect on our practice, seek feedback, and brainstorm new ways to engage learners is fantastic.”