Programs & Services NCTR programs and services are built upon its research-based Standards for Effective Residencies, which define the design and implementation targets of high performing residency programs, and identify the benchmarks for program development. NCTR programs and services are offered to emerging and existing teacher residency programs. Strategic Consulting Services All NCTR’s consulting services capitalize on the knowledge gained from years of developing effective, clinically-rich residency programs that prepare teachers committed to improving student achievement in high-need, urban schools. Emerging residencies can participate in NCTR’s Residency Foundations or New Site Development Programs. Targeted Support Services NCTR offers targeted support to existing teacher residency programs, both inside and outside of the NCTR network, helps identify strengths and challenges, refine programming, create opportunities for professional growth for resident-teachers, mentors, residency staff, and evaluate impact and outcomes. Next Generation Network NCTR offers and facilitates responsive, innovative programming to improve impact and outcomes for a growing network of residency programs. Practice to Policy NCTR bridges the gap between practice and policy by focusing on state and federal level education reform initiatives, financial sustainability, and program scale. Research & Evaluation NCTR identifies, explores, and disseminates best practices and lessons learned from residencies to influence teacher preparation practices nationwide and to support the continuous improvement of NCTR’s other core strategy areas.