Fellows Program at Trinity

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  • Trinity School is proud to be in partnership with the

    Day School Teaching Residency (DSTR) program
Trinity School is proud to be in partnership with the Day School Teaching Residency (DSTR) program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In connection with eleven other leading day schools, the program seeks to weave together a hands-on teaching experience with coursework in the pedagogical underpinnings of education to foster the development of strong and highly qualified independent school teachers.

The DSTR program prepares participants to be:

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  • Outstanding Teachers

    Trained to meet the growing needs of a dynamic teaching landscape.
  • Self-Reflective Professionals

    Willing and able to develop strategies for studying and improving their own teaching.
  • Leaders

    Equipped to plan, build, and evaluate new curriculum and programs.

About the Program

Over the course of two years, teaching fellows will earn a master of science in education (M.S. Ed.) at the University of Pennsylvania through the completion of ten course units, including intensive on-site sessions, innovative and collaborative distance learning, and the completion of an inquiry project. Grounded in theory and practice, the ISTR integrates the expertise of professional educators from leading institutions—scholars and practitioners alike—with a unique cohort of teaching fellows from other independent schools participating in the program. More information on the DSTR can be found here.

While earning their M.S. Ed degree, fellows spend two years at Trinity learning their craft under the supervision and mentorship of a master teacher. In their first year, fellows spend a significant number of hours observing their mentor and other teachers within and outside of their department to learn best practices, begin to develop their own teaching style and build a strong network of educators. Simultaneously, fellows gradually gain experience in the classroom, under the guidance and supervision of their mentors, first by teaching individual lessons and eventually taking over teaching responsibilities of a single class. The mentor teacher remains the teacher of record for that class and works closely with the fellow to shape and implement lesson plans. In their second year, fellows take on the responsibility of teaching two classes. They are supervised by the principal and department chair while they continue to receive support from their mentor. Throughout the two years, each Fellow is surrounded by a community of Trinity educators that will support the transition from observer to teacher through feedback, evaluation and observations. In both years, Fellows are expected to become involved in the life of the school beyond the classroom.
If you have questions about the Fellows Program, please reach out to director Jennifer Donovan. 
Located on the Upper West Side of New York City, Trinity School is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school for grades K-12. Since 1709, Trinity has provided a world-class education to its students with rigorous academics and outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, peer leadership, and global travel.