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BGAs Griffith awarded fellowship for 2013 Head of Schools Program

The Klingenstein Center's selection committee has awarded Dr. John Griffith, Battle Ground Academy head of school, a fellowship for the 2013 Heads of Schools Program in New York. He was selected from a pool of national and international applicants and will become part of a distinguished group of over 200 school heads who have participated in the program.

The Klingenstein Heads program offers talented individuals the time and resources for true renewal and reflection about their passion and their work in the company of equally committed peers. Every year, 20 heads from around the world immerse themselves in a truly unique professional experience – two weeks of intensive study and reflection among peers, who confront similar challenges, share common experiences, and grow through discussion and research.

“I have benefited my entire career from studying keys issues in education with groups of colleagues, and I would hope that the Klingenstein experience would serve as a continuation of my learning,” said Griffith. “Since I did a year-long program there a decade ago, it is especially nice to be returning. I have come to value the power and joy of critical conversations about issues and challenges that all of our schools face.” 

“I am particularly interested in working closely with other heads from very different schools. There will be a diversity of backgrounds and experiences represented that can only serve to challenge and support me in my work at BGA. As part of the course work, I will be studying the impact of social media as a marketing and admissions tool for independent schools,” he added.

Starting in late January, these leaders will examine educational issues and policies, drawing on an extensive reading list and a variety of prominent speakers. Additionally, seminars and colloquia address current issues confronting independent school educators, with preparatory readings assigned in advance of the program. Heads also focus on a current issue of importance, self-selected for relevancy to their home schools. They will also travel to charter, public, and private schools in the New York City area.

The Klingenstein Center is a part of the Teachers College at Columbia University. Its mission is as follows: “At the Klingenstein Center, we believe that strong schools require strong leadership throughout. We dedicate ourselves to improving the quality of independent schools by developing and strengthening the leadership skills of teachers and administrators at every stage of their careers.”



Posted on: 10/9/2012


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