We are excited to announce that UTRU has become the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR).  With the new name comes a renewed commitment to transforming teacher preparation through the launch and sustainability of residencies, the sharing of best practices and research, and an expanded policy and advocacy effort. 

Since 2007, Urban Teacher Residency United has supported the launch, scale and sustainability of high-performing teacher residency programs across the nation.  And over the last 8 years, the conversation about effective teachers and rigorous teacher preparation has intensified. Our residency partners are leading models for the country and their best practices and lessons learned are guiding discussions and policy on how to transform teacher preparation.

The evolution to National Center for Teacher Residencies reflects how we have grown to meet increased demand and interest in the effectiveness of the residency model. Leading up to this change, in 2014 we launched a Research and Evaluation department and added four new staff members.  In November, we released Building Effective Teacher Residencies—the first paper of its kind—that offered a deep dive look into two high performing residencies.  And this summer, we released Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation, a major report describing the shifts that occur in programs that move to a school-based model.   NCTR will continue to lead the conversation, serve as the knowledge repository, disseminate ideas, and support teacher residencies within our growing Network as they, in turn, innovate the model and increase access to highly effective teachers for the students in their communities.   

Finally, we’ve completely revamped our website with new content and much more information about NCTR services, the residency model, and our partners.  The website will serve as the primary resource on residencies and clinical-based preparation for a wide range of stakeholders, including potential residents and mentors, school districts, states, community leaders, and policymakers,

Our Network partners are featured on a national map with direct links to the program sites.  And we’re especially excited about a new video describing the residency experience that features residents, graduates, mentors, and the  principal of Gust Elementary School—a huge champion and partner school of the Denver Teacher Residency.

Please take a minute to peruse the new site www.nctresidencies.org and send us your thoughts.  Forward this blog to a friend, tweet us at @nctresidencies, and check out our Facebook page to stay up to date with our latest activity. 

Thank you to our friends, partners, and supporters for helping NCTR continue to Build Better Instructors from Inside the Classroom!