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.
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.
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 resident will eventually work. Teacher residency programs typically require that candidates commit to teach in the school for a minimum of three years.
Since 2007, NCTR has helped launch more than 40 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).
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