Penn Fellows

Gilman is a partner in the Penn Fellows Independent School Teaching Residency (ISTR), an innovative collaboration between the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania and a consortium of the nation’s leading independent day schools.

The other consortium schools include Greenwich Academy, Hopkins School, North Shore Country Day, Princeton Day School, Riverdale Country School, Roxbury Latin School, The Shipley School, St. Anne’s Belfield, and Trinity School.

Learn more about the Penn Fellows at Gilman.


With an innovative and comprehensive curriculum, the program provides aspiring teachers an opportunity to receive a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in concert with the exceptional fellowship program offered at Gilman. 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 day school, paired with innovative and collaborative 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 each term at one of the consortium schools with faculty from the schools and from Penn.
  • Coursework with a mentor at Gilman.



Ethan and Sarah will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with their Masters in Education after serving Gilman as Penn Fellows.  


ISTR Teaching Fellows at Gilman School

The regular workload for a teaching fellow at Gilman is:

  • To be involved with the teaching of 1-2 classes each semester.
  • To coach, or assist, an interscholastic team for two seasons.
  • To meet with the other ISRT Teaching Fellows once a week and with their mentors, formally, at least that often.

Objective of the ISTR

The ISTR 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 ISTR 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.
  • Leaders: Equipped to plan, build, and evaluate new curriculum and programs.


The Independent School Teaching Residency program will confer a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.). It requires the completion of 10 course units over a two-year period.

Interested Applicants

Please click here to apply for a Gilman Penn Fellow opportunity.


For more information regarding Gilman Teaching Fellowships, contact:

Peter kwiterovich

Assistant Head of School

410-323-3800, ext. 177

Our Fellowships

Class of 1955 Henry Callard - Penn Teaching Fellow

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Teaching Internships created in honor of 1955’s 50th reunion, supports two teacher-candidates in an intelligent and thoughtful internship that captures the model for teaching at Gilman School.

Michael Howard Cooper -Penn Teaching Fellow

The Michael Howard Cooper New Teacher Development Fund supports one or more Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellows who serve for one year. Established by the Cooper family in 1981 as a memorial to Michael, a member of the Gilman class of 1985, Cooper Teaching Fellows are new to teaching, excel in both character and potential, and combine a concern for academic excellence with an appreciation of those personal and spiritual qualities that lead students to a mature respect for themselves and for all persons.

Johnnie L. Foreman, Jr. Fellow

The Johnnie L. Foreman, Jr. Faculty Fellowship introduces aspiring teachers to careers in education by giving a recent college graduate the opportunity to explore the profession of teaching at Gilman School. The fellowship honors Director of Community and Diversity Johnnie L. Foreman, Jr., has taught, coached, mentored and advised generations of Gilman men. Mr. Thomas H. Broadus III ’86, P’20 and Mrs. Anne Eggleston Broadus P’20 established the fellowship in 2015.

Tickner Writing Fellow

The Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship is an annual writer-in-residence position named in honor of Reginald Tickner, whose 41-year career at Gilman impacted thousands of Gilman students. The first fellow, poet Mary Azrael, taught at Gilman during 1995-96. Learn more about the Tickner Writing Fellow.

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