Le Marquee Le Flora is a Resident at the Memphis TeacherResidency. This photo was taken at Kingsbury High School.

Equitable Access to Teachers of Color Matters

NCTR’s core commitment is to build and develop teacher residencies as a lever to address the enduring and systemic inequities in school systems.

What We Do

The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) is the only organization in the country dedicated to developing, launching, supporting, and accelerating the impact of teacher residency programs.

Through community-based clinical preparation that is tailored to partner school districts’ context, teacher residencies are a proven strategy to increase teacher diversity, effectiveness, and retention.

NCTR disrupts historical educational inequities

by advancing the teacher residency movement to prepare effective, diverse, and culturally responsive educators.

Students of color
and low-income students

have equitable access to effective, diverse, and culturally responsive educators.

Mission

NCTR disrupts historical educational inequities

by advancing the teacher residency movement to prepare effective, diverse, and culturally responsive educators.

Vision

Students of color
and low-income students

have equitable access to effective, diverse, and culturally responsive educators.

What is a Teacher Residency?

NCTR’s residency model blends a rigorous full-year classroom apprenticeship for pre-service teachers with academic coursework that is closely aligned with the classroom experience. Teacher residents learn how to teach by working for an entire year alongside a highly trained, supported mentor teacher in the school district where the teacher resident will eventually work. Teacher residency programs typically require that candidates commit to teach in the school for a minimum of three years.

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Armani Alexander is a teacher resident at the Memphis Teacher Residency. This photo was taken at Treadwell Elementary School.

Why NCTR’s Model is Better

Since 2007, NCTR has helped launch more than 70 teacher residency programs that are preparing diverse, talented, and effective educators.

NCTR’s model has been documented to have a unique impact on the instructional effectiveness of mentors. In a study conducted by Glass Frog Solutions, “hosting a resident in NCTR residency programs has shown to improve teacher effectiveness throughout the residency year” (NCTR Annual Report 2019-2020).

0 %

of graduates were hired to teach in Title I schools

0 %

of graduates return to teach for a third year

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of teacher residents enrolled for 2023-2024 identify as a person of color

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of principals report graduates are more effective than the typical first-year teacher

NCTR in Action

Teacher residency programs impact student achievement and teacher retention, improving outcomes for children in hard-to-staff and high-need schools.

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We build residencies for teachers of color, and advise districts and states. How can we help you?

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