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Pearl Kane Honored with the Endowed Chair for the Director of the Klingenstein Center


Pearl Kane Honored with the Endowed Chair for the Director of the Klingenstein Center

Pearl Rock Kane

John Klingenstein, who has been a Trustee since 1979, and has served as Vice Chair since 1997, recently announced that he and his family were establishing The Klingenstein Family Chair for the Advancement of Independent School Education. An endowed chair is one of the most meaningful ways of rewarding faculty whose excellence merits distinction. The first recipient of the chair will be Associate Professor Pearl Rock Kane.

The Klingenstein Family Chair for the Advancement of Independent School Education was established as an instrument for honoring extraordinary achievement and for recruiting and retaining the most distinguished scholars. In providing permanent support for a chair in independent school education, the Klingenstein family is the first to recognize the role of independent schools in American education at a major school of education.

Mr. Klingenstein said he was speaking for the Klingenstein Fund, which was established in 1946 as a vehicle for expressing the personal philanthropic interests of its founders, Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein.

Under the leadership of John Klingenstein and members of the family, the Fund has made leadership for independent education a major programmatic interest.

The mission of the Klingenstein Center is to improve the quality of independent school education by developing and strengthening leadership among teachers and administrators who work in and with independent schools. The aim is to equip these educators with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for informed practice using the resources of Teachers College and drawing upon a wide range of experts in education.

John Klingenstein called the Klingenstein Center "one of the signature programs of the Fund" and called Professor Kane's work as Director of the Center for the last seventeen years, "more than worthy of an endowed chair."

Kane, on hearing the announcement, said,"I am honored and privileged to be the recipient of the chair." She added, "The Klingenstein family is unique in its role as a foundation. They have always been directly involved in a positive and constructive way. Members of the family come to see our programs in action every year. That has made a big difference to the people in the program and to me. They have a keen interest in what we're doing and they are proud of the accomplishments of our alumni/ae."

Kane plans to use resources from the endowment to build on the experience of the Center to promote open dialogue between public and private schools and to foster global understanding through greater involvement with international schools.

To accomplish these goals, the Center will document successful aspects of the Klingenstein programs and study the professional development of teachers and administrators in independent schools. In part, independent schools have justified their existence by claiming to provide models of what might happen in the larger public sector but, in the past, the schools have seldom served that purpose.

"Through the generosity of the Klingenstein Fund, Teachers College has been given the opportunity to make that happen," Kane said. "As someone who taught in public schools in Harlem and Washington Heights in New York City and in Roxbury, Massachusetts in the late '60s, I have a strong sense of social responsibility that shapes my work with independent schools and the content of my teaching. I want all students who graduate from our programs to feel responsible for making a contribution to the larger field of educational practice," said Kane.previous page