Robin Pendoley Ed.M

Robin Pendoley Ed.M

Robin Pendoley joined the community of educators working with students in the college transition in 2005. As an educator seeking to change the lives of students and address critical global issues, he co-founded Thinking Beyond Borders, an educational institution offering pioneering international education opportunities, including gap year programs. In addition, Robin spent three years as the Co-Director of the USA Gap Year Fairs, helping to build a national series of events bringing students and parents together with gap year program providers. He served as a founding Board Member of the American Gap Association, a non-profit ensuring US program providers meet high safety and quality standards. Robin also helped lead first-of-its-kind research into the impact of gap years on student development. 

Robin earned a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has lived and worked abroad extensively, both as a student and an educator. Robin committed eight years to public schools in Los Angeles, Oregon, and Boston. He has served as a teacher, administrator, coach, and college access program administrator. Robin’s blog posts on education and social change have been featured on ForbesAshoka, and Innovation Excellence.

Born and raised near San Francisco, Robin spends his free time running trails and enjoying time with family and friends.

Author of

The Transition to College

Students transitioning from high school to college today face challenges previous generations did not. Higher education is a huge investment of money, time, and energy. Gaining real value from that investment requires learning and growth that neither high schools nor colleges are providing. Perhaps more importantly, students are left wanting for experiences that support them in shaping their adult identities and lives to be personally fulfilling and contribute to society. The gap year is providing lessons every student, parent, and educator should consider.

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