In 2016, Princeton Day School joined a consortium of leading independent schools and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education to create the Day School Teaching Residency Program (DSTR). DSTR is an innovative two-year fellowship program that enables aspiring and early career educators to receive a Master’s Degree in education while completing a teaching fellowship at Princeton Day School. Solidly grounded in both the theory and practice of teaching, DSTR 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. With an inventive and comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for the day school environment, DSTR features intensive on-site sessions at the University of Pennsylvania in combination with innovative and collaborative distance learning opportunities.
The Princeton Day School DSTR program prepares participants to be:
Outstanding teachers trained to (i) meet the growing needs of a dynamic teaching landscape, and (ii) provide outstanding instruction in a rigorous academic environment.
Self-reflective professionals willing and able to develop strategies for studying and improving their own teaching.
Effective Leaders equipped to plan, build, and evaluate new curriculum and programs.
DSTR confers a Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) and requires the completion of 10 course units over a two year period. Fellows are expected to spend time at Penn each summer, as well as attend a number of weekend events at participating schools. It is also expected that fellows participate in online learning sessions with their cohort of fellows from other institutions.
Additionally, fellows are required to perform the following community roles:
To be involved with teaching a minimum of two courses per term.
To formally meet with the other DSTR Teaching Fellows and mentors once per week.
Fellows are considered members of the faculty and are expected to participate in co-curricular responsibilities and opportunities as outlined by the Head of School.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, Princeton Day School is specifically looking for one Teaching Fellow to join our Upper School, and one Teaching Fellow to join our Middle School.
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to the Director of Human Resources, Marybeth Roach (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once a school recommends a prospective fellow for consideration by Penn GSE, the prospective fellow must then (and only then) apply to Penn GSE. Applications submitted to Penn GSE without a recommendation from a partner school will not be considered.
A bachelor’s degree in the target discipline (or a closely related subject) is required. Experience as a student teacher, teaching assistant, research assistant, coach, or tutor is desirable, but not required. Positions within specific academic departments are determined by community need and the quality of the applicants.