NCTR is the only organization in the nation dedicated to developing, supporting, and accelerating the impact of teacher residency programs.

Our core commitment is to build and develop teacher residencies as a lever to address the enduring and systemic inequities in school systems facing children of color and children living in low-income communities.

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.

Shannon Gray is a teacher resident at the Memphis Teacher Residency. This photo was taken at Cornerstone Prep.

Equity Commitment

NCTR believes that teacher residencies are the best way to recruit, prepare, and retain diverse, culturally responsive teachers to teach students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. NCTR is deeply committed to not just preparing teacher residents to teach students of color, but preparing teacher residents of color to teach students of color. In fact, 69 percent of teacher residents in NCTR Network residencies identify as people of color, as reported in our 2022-2023 Annual Report.

NCTR acknowledges the role of America’s educational system in systemic oppression and takes collective responsibility to challenge and correct these systems and structures. At NCTR, we advocate for a just educational system and believe that being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization will better enable us to achieve our mission and improve outcomes for all the students, teachers, and programs we serve.

NCTR invites individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to identify challenges and enact solutions to teacher preparation challenges. We honor and celebrate each individual’s strengths and aspire to model diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to providing resources and modeling best practices for our partner organizations, who seek to improve teacher pipelines and ensure all students have access to quality teachers.

By the Numbers

Teacher residencies have grown in scale and influence in recent years, and the national teacher residency movement has never been stronger.


NCTR Network members


NCTR Network member programs


Participating Residency Design Academy teams


Teacher residency programs preparing to launch


Teacher residency training sites


Teacher residents enrolled in NCTR Network member programs for 2023-2024


Graduates of current NCTR Network member programs (Cumulative)

Selecting, Recruiting, and Retaining Teachers of Color

Teacher residencies focus on schools serving our highest need and most diverse student bodies that historically have struggled to attract and retain well-prepared teachers of color to eliminate racial disparities in educational outcomes. Teacher residencies are designed to address racial disparities in educational outcomes through the preparation of effective, diverse teachers. They are designed to reduce the systemic barriers that discourage people of color from entering and remaining in teaching. 

Maya Alston is a teacher resident at the Memphis Teacher Residency. This photo was taken at Grizzlies Prep.

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