St. Paul’s School is one of the founding partners in the Penn Boarding School Teaching Residency (BSTR) program. St. Paul's is home to 10 teaching fellows, five first year Fellows and five second year Fellows.
About the Program
The Penn Boarding School Teaching Residency (BSTR) program is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania and a consortium of the nation’s leading boarding schools. With an innovative and comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for the boarding schools’ unique setting, the program provides aspiring teachers an opportunity to receive a Master’s of Science in Education degree in concert with the exceptional fellowship programs offered by each school. The flexible format is also designed to accommodate the rigorous schedule of the Fellows and their host schools: brief, intensive on-site sessions that rotate between the Penn campus and the campus of each boarding school, paired with innovative and colalborative distance learning.
The program lasts for two years and involves:
- Summer work at Penn each year.
- Online work with the cohort of Fellows from the other schools.
- One weekend a term at one of the consortium schools with faculty from the schools and from Penn.
- Coursework with a mentor at St. Paul’s.
BSTR Teaching Fellows at St. Paul's School
The regular workload for a Teaching Fellow at St. Paul’s is:
- To be involved with two classes each term. One of these classes will be for the full year and taught by the Teaching Fellow’s mentor. In the fall term of their first year the Fellows observe this class but do not teach it; in the winter the Fellows and the mentors share the teaching load; and in the spring the Fellows take over primary responsibility for the class and the mentor assumes more of an “observer’s” role. The Teaching Fellow’s second class will be to observe master teachers.
- To coach, or assist, an interscholastic team for two terms.
- To live on campus and be affiliated with a residential house and carry out all the duties and responsibilities of house advisers.
- To meet with the other BSTR Teaching Fellows once a week and with their mentors, formally, at least that often.
Objective of the BSTR
The Boarding School Teaching Residency program is built from the foundation up with the understanding that teacher training must be solidly grounded in both theory and practice. For this reason, our program curriculum is designed to integrate the expertise of professional educators from a host of leading institutions, combining the perspectives of scholars and practitioners alike.
The Boarding School Teaching Residency program prepares participants to be:
- 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.
- Qualified Leaders: Equipped to plan, build, and evaluate new curriculum and programs.
The Boarding School Teaching Residency program will confer a Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.). It requires the completion of 10 CU's over the course of two years.