NCTR has selected four new school district-serving partnerships to launch teacher residency programs as part of our Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) federal grant.

Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico College of Education Teacher Residency Partnership (New Mexico), Apple Tree Fellows Program (Washington, D.C.), New Visions for Public Schools in partnership with Queens College (New York) and Wilmington University Year Long Residency (Delaware) will each receive up to $500,000 and will participate in NCTR’s innovative two-year New Site Development Program, a consulting program designed to develop the core components of an effective residency. Grant support from NCTR totals nearly $2 million.

The new residencies will join NCTR’s two previous cohorts of partners participating in the SEED program. We were awarded $11.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education in October 2015 as part of an initiative to support great teaching and leadership.

The grantees were selected from among 20 applicants seeking partnership with NCTR. We will provide strategic consulting to each program that meets their unique needs and experience with, and differing approaches to the residency model.

Wilmington University (WU), for example, has a long history of developing teacher residents, having embraced the residency model during in 2009 under Race to the Top. We will support WU as it focuses on developing new strategies to recruit more teachers of color and bilingual teachers, prepare teachers for critical needs areas, and increase teacher retention within their partner school districts.

New Visions for Public Schools (New Visions) also has an existing residency program and is currently a member of NCTR’s Next Generation Network. In the coming year, New Visions will work with our Strategic Consulting team to expand their reach by building a new program and providing residency preparation to a currently underserved market in Queens, NY through a new partnership with Queens College.

With NCTR’s partnership, Apple Tree Fellows Program will launch the first early childhood education residency program in the country, and Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico will launch a new teacher residency in partnership with a broad coalition of stakeholders that includes the local Board of Education and teachers’ union.