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Dr. Cooper Awarded Klingenstein Fellowship

November 2011
Brewster Academy Head of School Dr. Michael E. Cooper was awarded a Fellowship at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College Columbia University.

For two weeks beginning in late January, Cooper will join 19 heads of school from around the world for intensive study and reflection among peers who confront similar challenges and share common experience as leaders of independent schools.

Participants will examine educational issues and policies, drawing on an extensive reading list and a variety of prominent speakers, and attend seminars that explore current issues facing independent school educators. Heads also will focus on a current issue of importance relevant to their schools. Related readings, research, and group discussions on these topics will guide heads to better understanding of real issues for their individual institutions and the field at large.

“Having the opportunity to interact and share experiences with the Heads of other schools, and with faculty whose primary area of expertise is in independent school education, all within a setting that is conducive to contemplation and examination of contemporary educational issues is invaluable,” said Cooper. “The benefits of these types of experiences are almost incalculable until well after the fact,” he added.

Cooper became Brewster Academy’s 11th head of school in 2003. Prior to that he was vice president of institutional advancement at Clarkson University. He holds a doctorate in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University, a master’s in education from St. Lawrence University, and bachelor of arts from The State University of New York.

In 1977, The Klingenstein Fund established the Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University, the first university based leadership training for those in the independent school field. Through carefully designed programs that are continuously evaluated and improved, cutting edge knowledge and skills for effective practice and well chosen faculty, the Center has sustained a reputation for developing more informed and better prepared leaders to confront independent school challenges and possibilities in a rapidly changing world.

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