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Visiting Assistant Professor, Education


Pictured is Marybeth Irvin. Submitted photo.Contact Information


  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Kindergarten Education, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Master of Education in Educational Administration, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, The Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught

  • The Principalship
  • Evolving School Landscapes: Challenges and Reforms


Marybeth D. Irvin has spent 35 years teaching, leading and learning in three different K-12 school systems in Pennsylvania. She has held a wide variety of roles including classroom teacher, building principal, curriculum director and assistant superintendent. Her leadership has received recognition from the National Forum for Middle Grades Reform Schools to Watch in 2009, a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon and Governor's Award for Academic Excellence in 2013 and Title I Distinguished School Award in 2014. She was recently recognized with the Margaret Smith Leadership Award from the Women's Caucus of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators in 2022.

Recently retired as assistant superintendent in the Mt. Lebanon School District, Dr. Irvin has had the opportunity to lead many district-wide initiatives. Most notable among these is the recent and ongoing work on diversity, equity and inclusion. She co-led a school and community task force with a facilitator from PSBA. The resulting work included a set of goals and outcomes that she translated into a multi-year plan focussed on policy reviews, professional learning opportunities and the creation of a public DEI dashboard.

Dr. Irvin's research and study interests include teacher leadership, reflective practice, and professional learning. She was fortunate to work closely in the Professional Development School partnership between the Pennsylvania State University and the State College Area School District. This opportunity was a major factor influencing her thinking about how universities and public schools can partner to develop exceptional teachers and improve outcomes for students.

Dr. Irvin values collaboration and has built a strong network of colleagues throughout her career, by participating in conferences, PDE opportunities and via Intermediate Units. In addition, she has held leadership roles with professional education associations,  including the Pennsylvania Middle School Association (now PAMLE) and Learning Forward PA.  She planned meetings and professional learning for the Western Pennsylvania Assistant Superintendent’s Forum. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she facilitated a group of elementary assistant superintendents and curriculum directors to problem-solve and plan for the return to school. She also serves on the advisory board for UPMC Magee Girls on the Run.

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Certifications

  • Superintendent Letter of Eligibility
  • Pennsylvania Elementary and Secondary Principal Certificate Pennsylvania Professional Certificate, Elementary Grades K-6

Research Interests

  • School leadership
  • Teacher learning and professional development
  • Curriculum and assessment

Selected Presentations and Publications

  • PASCD Conference, March 28, 2022: Professional Learning that Trufy Makes an Impact on Students (note we were invited back specifically to give this presentation again- updated with the new Standards for Professional Learning)

  • MLTSD/Mt. Lebanon Municipality, February 18 (district) and February 20 (community), Building the Beloved Community, speaker Dr. Ali Michael

  • PSBA/PASA Conference, October 17, 2019: Professional Learning that Tru/y Makes an Impact on Students

  • PASCD Conference, November 18, 2018: Professional Learning that Tm!J Makes an Impact on Students

  • PA Educational Leadership Summit (PAESSP, PAMLE, PASCD),July 31, 2018:Qualiry Feedback: Standards-Based Grading6

  • Rubicon Online Webinar, May 24, 2018: Quality Feedback: Standards-Based Grading

  • PASCD/Rubicon PA Curriculum Summit, February 9, 2018: Oualiry Feedback: Standards-Based Grading

  • Pennsylvania Administrator, May 2017: Creating a Shared Sense ef Urgenry and Innovation in Elementary Schools

  • Pennsylvania Middle School Association State Conference, State College, PA, March 2008: Data Driven Decision Making

  • Pennsylvania Middle School Association State Conference, Harrisburg, PA, March 2007: Middle Level Teaching Certification: Issues and Ideas

  • Improving Schools Conference sponsored by PDE and PAFPC,January 2007: From Hindsight to 4Sight: Using Data to Guide Instruction

  • Improving Schools Conference sponsored by PDE and PAFPC, January 2006: Four Krys to Improvement: Variery) Flexibiliry) Collaboration and Data

  • Mifflin County School District Teacher Inductee Workshop, October 2004, November 2005, 2006 and 2007: Cooperative Learning and Lesson Mastery

  • Pennsylvania Middle School Association State Conference, Hershey, PA, March 2003: Getting Involved with PMSA (

  • Mifflin County School District Substitute Teacher lnservice, August 2003: Act 48 Implications for Substitute Teachers

  • Mifflin County School District Teacher Inservice, October 1999: Pennsylvania State Standards in Middle Level Content Areas

  • Mifflin County School District Act 80 Day, September 1994: Alternative Assessment: Using Portfolios in Your Classroom

Professional Development and Trainings

  • Teach Plus: Equity Leadership Institute (ongoing)

  • We ARE (Anti-Racist Educators): Leaders & Learners, March 2022

  • University of Pittsburgh: Assistant Superintendent Collaborative 2019

  • Stanford University: Mathematics Leadership Summit, February 2018

  • Harvard University, Leadership: An Evolving Vision, July 2016

  • Harvard University, Women in Education Leadership, March 2015

  • ALlCE Training for School Safety, July 2013 and July 2014

  • Standards Aligned Systems Workshop by PDE, February 2011 and December 2009

  • MAP Assessment Training (NWEA) December 2010 and January 2011

  • 4Sight Assessment Training, August 2007

  • Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol, Mifflin County Communities That Care, February 2007

  • Social Norming Training, Mifflin County Communities That Care, May 2006

  • Emergency Management and Crisis Response Training, United States Department of Education, May 2006