The National Center for Teacher Residencies has received a $649,366 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the Mississippi Department of Education in the development of the nation’s first state-run teacher residency. The grant will also fund strategies to better recruit and retain African-American male teachers and provide support to teachers pursuing National Board Certification.

As a state-run program, the Mississippi Teacher Residency will be the first of its kind in the nation. The Mississippi Department of Education will oversee the program’s development and will operate the residency when it is fully functional.

“The Mississippi Teacher Residency is a unique opportunity to build a state-led teacher residency with partners who are focused on developing high-quality teachers for students who need them most,” said Anissa Listak, NCTR’s founder and CEO. “States are increasingly recognizing the residency model as an effective way to address teacher shortages and to develop effective, committed educators for underserved communities.”

“When we looked at the data on teacher retention among teachers trained in residencies, we immediately saw residencies as a strategic way to provide teacher candidates with high-quality training and keep those teachers in classrooms – something we need in Mississippi,” said Dr. Carey Wright, Mississippi State Superintendent of Education.

Read the full news release here.