NCTR Network

We are comprised of partners who operate teacher residency programs committed to disrupting historic educational inequities by advancing the teacher residency movement.

Individually, teacher residency programs have tremendous impact in their community. Collectively, as a Network, they demonstrate the power of the teacher residency model as the standard for teacher preparation nationwide.

What is a teacher residency program?

Derrick Hearns is a Resident at the Chicago Public Schools Teacher Residency. He is pictured with his mentor, Jocelyn Nance. This photo was taken at Mt. Vernon Elementary School.

NCTR in Action

Today there is strong evidence that teacher residency programs are having an impact on student achievement and teacher retention, improving outcomes for children in hard-to-staff and high-need schools.

What is the NCTR Network?

NCTR brings together Network partners to collaborate and exchange best practices to continuously improve their programs and influence teacher preparation nationally. Partners engage in professional development, working groups, coaching sessions and other programming opportunities that support preparation and retention of teachers of color serving students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. 

In addition, NCTR offers Network partners technical, advocacy, and support services.

Network Programming

NCTR Network partners receive in-person and virtual programming, including data-based learning opportunities. This programming is meant to help meet your goals for improvement, to center equity in residency design and implementation, and to advance the field toward effective preparation.

Network programming is designed to:

  1. Strengthen the teacher residency movement through advocacy and policy support for long-term sustainability.
  2. Infuse the Network with innovations informed by both the policy landscape and promising practices from the field.
  3. Embolden Network partners to be critical friends within a professional learning community that prioritizes knowledge creation, acquisition, and sharing.
  4. Strengthen teacher preparation outcomes by promoting ongoing evaluation and the meaningful use of program impact and implementation data.

Network Program Offerings

Join the NCTR Network

Find out how you can become a NCTR Network partner and connect with our community of diverse and effective teacher residencies nationwide.

Explore NCTR Services

We help build and sustain teacher residencies for educators of color in partnership with school districts and IHEs.