Faculty Member Accepts Competitive Fellowship

Faculty Member Accepts Competitive Fellowship
Suzanne Morrissey

World Languages faculty member Steven Davis has been awarded the highly selective Klingenstein Summer Institute Fellowship for Early Career Teachers (KSI) under the auspices of Columbia University’s Teachers College. (He joins English faculty member Simon Sarkodie, who was awarded the Fellowship last year, in this august group of educators.)

For two weeks in June, Mr. Davis will live with other independent school teachers from around the world at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, to explore and learn about the latest and best practices in education.

The Klingenstein Summer Institute is a notable, fully funded fellowship that provides an intensive, graduate-level professional learning experience for teachers with two to five years of full-time teaching experience. Participants in the program explore curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment design in their teaching discipline, informed by current research and practice in three key areas: mind-brain education; equity, inclusion, and belonging; and, social-emotional learning–all to better understand and design for how students learn, grow, and thrive. 

“For those who work in independent schools, the impact of this fellowship cannot be understated, with many sharing that their time in the program undoubtedly became one of the most pivotal, catalytic, and transformative experiences of their teaching careers,” Mr. Davis shares. “As I actively seek opportunities to continue to grow in my craft and evolve and improve my practice, I am thrilled and honored to be able to avail myself of this opportunity, not least because of the time and space it will provide for me to reflect, be in dialogue with other educators, and, most importantly, consider my role and my impact in empowering our young people to be able to thrive in and care for the world they will inherit.” 

Like many teachers of all experience levels, Mr. Davis recognizes that often the day-to-day demands of teaching and learning “prevent us from slowing down, bringing clarity to the conversation, and making sense of the orchestrated chaos inherent to this experiment in collective hope that we call education.” He believes the fellowship will help him do just that, and plans to share the impact the experience has on his teaching and professional growth. Congratulations to Mr. Davis!

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