Realizing the Potential of Teacher Residencies

Teaching is one of very few professions that expects new employees to be masters of their craft — where they handle all of the responsibilities of long-serving veterans — on their first day on the job. Historically, new teachers have received limited exposure to life in the classroom. Even today, most traditional preparation programs require Read more about Realizing the Potential of Teacher Residencies[…]

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NCTQ Releases 2018 Teacher Prep Review

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has released its latest ratings for 567 traditional graduate programs, 129 alternative route programs, and 18 residencies preparing both elementary and secondary teachers. Assessing programs on a number of key factors – such as how well they assess teachers’ subject matter content knowledge, classroom management, and the need Read more about NCTQ Releases 2018 Teacher Prep Review[…]

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June Issue Brief: Clinically-Based Teacher Preparation

In the past, it was common for teacher candidates to spend long hours in university classrooms before ever encountering a child. Student teaching was the ultimate capstone where prospective teachers finally had a chance to apply years of accumulated theory. Now, however, teacher preparation programs are reconfiguring themselves to infuse clinical- and practice-based experiences in Read more about June Issue Brief: Clinically-Based Teacher Preparation[…]

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Can Teacher Residencies Help With Shortages?

At a recent meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), The Learning Policy Institute presented findings from a comprehensive study of teacher residencies across the nation. There are currently approximately 50 such programs. The best include the following key characteristics: Strong district/university partnerships Coursework about teaching and learning tightly integrated with clinical practice Full-year Read more about Can Teacher Residencies Help With Shortages?[…]

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New Report by Education First: Ensuring High Quality Teacher Talent

As districts face the recurring problem of ensuring every student has access to a high-quality teacher, a growing number have begun to proactively form deep, mutually beneficial partnerships with teacher preparation programs to produce teacher candidates who match their specific needs. These partnerships, when done well, take significant time and resources on behalf of both Read more about New Report by Education First: Ensuring High Quality Teacher Talent[…]

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New Research from NCEE on Teacher Retention

Teaching residency programs are a model of teacher preparation in which prospective teachers complete graduate-level coursework alongside a year-long fieldwork experience in the district in which the prospective teacher will be hired. The fieldwork experience allows the prospective teacher to practice the craft of teaching and take on increased teaching responsibility under the guidance of Read more about New Research from NCEE on Teacher Retention[…]

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Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation

Urban Teacher Residency United has released a new report titled Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation. This report examines how preparation programs around the country are adopting core components of a residency model to innovate and improve teacher education through robust clinical experiences. A brief overview: Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation (COTP) shares examples of innovative, clinically oriented Read more about Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation[…]

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Building Effective Teacher Residencies

A new report from Urban Teacher Residency United  looks at the inner workings of two highly effective urban teacher residency programs, Aspire Teacher Residency in California and the Denver Teacher Residency. Building Effective Teacher Residencies is the most comprehensive look at the inner workings of successful residency programs to date, sharing findings from a year Read more about Building Effective Teacher Residencies[…]

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Behind the Collapse of a Teacher Residency Program

In the spring of 2011, Pittsburgh Public Schools selected its first 38 recruits for a new teacher residency program.  Nearly 1,000 candidates had applied for the year-long program, which included active teaching service combined with mentoring, professional certification, and a salary of $39,000—in return for a commitment to teach in the Pittsburgh public school system Read more about Behind the Collapse of a Teacher Residency Program[…]

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N.Y. Thinks Outside Teacher Education Box

Under a series of actions taken over the past year and a half by the New York State Board of Regents, the body that oversees P-12 education, higher education, and teacher certification, the doors have been opened for nonuniversity programs to prepare teachers at the graduate-degree level.  Additionally, the first new graduate school of education Read more about N.Y. Thinks Outside Teacher Education Box[…]

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Fellowship Program Aims to Change Teacher Prep

In 2007, Indiana adopted a new teaching fellowship program, established by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, to recruit professionals with STEM expertise.  Fellows, whether mid-career or fresh out of college, were set to work in secondary schools serving disadvantaged populations.  The program seeks to not only address the shortage of STEM teachers, but to Read more about Fellowship Program Aims to Change Teacher Prep[…]

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Teacher Residency Programs: Successes and Barriers

In a recent Education Week article, Stephen Sawchuk turns to teacher residency programs.  These programs apprentice teacher-candidates to a mentor teacher in a high-need school for one year.  Funded in part by the USDE’s Teacher Quality Partnership grants, residents receive stipends for their on-the-job training and take coursework concurrently.  The goal is to better align Read more about Teacher Residency Programs: Successes and Barriers[…]

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