Marin Academy Partners With The University Of Pennsylvania Graduate School Of Education to Launch a Teaching Fellowship Program


Marin Academy and the University of Pennsylvania: Graduate School of Education Teaching Fellowship Program

Groundbreaking. Forward-thinking. Transformative. 

Marin Academy’s ability to adapt and innovate, demonstrate growth, and provide coaching and support around curricular design has earned us a place in a small consortium of leading independent schools across the nation. Marin Academy is delighted to announce a new partnership with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Graduate School of Education. Marin Academy has been selected as one of the partner institutions for the Independent School Teaching Residency (ISTR) program for the Penn Graduate School of Education.

The University of Pennsylvania is one of just three Ivy League schools with a school of education and is tied with Harvard University as the best education school in the country. The selection process was rigorous to join the consortium of 13 leading independent day schools in the country, making Marin Academy the only school on the West Coast to earn this distinction. 

This collaboration celebrates Marin Academy’s seasoned, reflective, and nuanced teaching and aligns with our deep commitment to attract, retain, and continually develop creative, diverse, highly-skilled educators. ISTR is an innovative two-year fellowship program that enables aspiring educators to receive a Master’s Degree in education while completing a teaching fellowship. Solidly grounded in both the theory and practice of teaching, the program is designed to integrate the expertise of professional educators from a host of leading institutions, drawing on the perspectives of a variety of scholar-practitioners. 

Beginning in the Fall of 2022, we will be welcoming two teaching fellows from the Penn Graduate School of Education. Fellows will be paired with mentors from the Marin Academy faculty, and they will work together to create effective, enriching classes in a feedback-rich environment. Travis Brownley, Head of School, shares, “this teaching fellowship program at Marin Academy beautifully dovetails with our strategic goals and our culture of active, inspired, and sustained reflection and educational excellence.” Travis, who began her own career as a teaching fellow, added “through this groundbreaking program, Marin Academy continues to find new ways to live our mission, accept the responsibilities posed by education in our society, and pioneer in education.”

Visit the Penn ISTR program website for more information.