In 2012, Lawrenceville joined a consortium of leading boarding schools and the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education to create the Penn Master’s Residency in Teaching. In a typical year, four dynamic fellows join our two-year program. Fellows live, coach, and teach at Lawrenceville while earning their Masters of Science in Education from Penn. The program is unique: a generative marriage of excellence in scholarship and practice. It produces outstanding young teachers who embrace mentoring, feedback, and reflection as avenues to growth.
The curriculum is demanding. Fellows begin each year with an intensive week of classes in Philadelphia, attend once-per-term weekend conferences hosted by the cohort schools, and complete research papers and projects that support their development as teachers. Classes are led jointly by Penn professors and select faculty from participating schools. In addition, fellows participate in weekly online discussion forums facilitated by mentors from both Penn and the sending schools. Beyond the required coursework, Lawrenceville reinforces and extends the program’s lessons through biweekly seminars and weekly one-on-one meetings between fellows and attentive on-campus mentors.
Lawrenceville’s fellows are a vibrant and valued part of our school community. In addition to teaching, fellows inspire and support our students as coaches and advisors. They serve one night of duty per week in our residential Houses but live apart from students in a quiet corner of campus. The design ensures fellows have the time and space required to reflect on their practice and recharge for each coming day.
The Woods Teaching Fellows program is ideal for those who:
Are aspiring or early career educators with an interest in the boarding school context.
Have the ambition and drive to earn a master's degree in education while completing intensive teaching fellowships at host partner schools.
Desire a cohort experience in a collaborative learning community.
Hold a bachelor’s degree in the hiring discipline [or a closely related discipline].
Find collaboration energizing and feedback, an opportunity for growth.
Relish working with young people both in and out of the classroom.
For more information, visit http://istr.gse.upenn.edu/bstr.