New Teacher Institute

NTI Overview

New Teacher Institute

New Teacher Institute
In 1990, Town School launched the New Teacher Institute, a two-year program that combines both theoretical and practical aspects of classroom teaching.

Each year there are 15 resident teachers on a two-year rotation. In the Lower School (kindergarten through fourth grade), there is a resident teacher and a head teacher in each self-contained classroom. The Upper School is compartmentalized, with resident teachers working in humanities and science. The art resident teacher works in both Lower School and Upper School. New Teacher Institute resident teachers are chosen from a large and competitive pool of applicants from around the country.

During the program the resident teachers gain experience over two different grade levels, with two different head teachers. The only exception is the art resident teacher who works with the same head teachers as a department for both years. With this constant opportunity for immediate feedback between the resident teacher and head teacher, the returns are enormous for the boys, the resident teachers and the head teachers, all of whom benefit from the mutually rich relationships fostered at Town. D
uring the 2017-18 school year, the New Teacher Institute celebrate​s​ its twenty-​eighth year at Town School​. There have been 181 men and women ​who ​have completed ​the ​two-year program. Many have gone on to hold a number of teaching and administrative jobs in the field of education.

For more information or to apply to our program, please visit our 
program and application pages. Contact the Director of the New Teacher Institute, Jennifer Liu, at 415-746-1163 or, with any questions.