The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR), through the New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI), offers a robust, team-based professional learning opportunity that supports five California State University (CSU) campuses and school district partners. Each partnership is supported in the development of its emerging or existing teacher residency or the strengthening of its clinically-based teacher education program.

The NGEI Design Series is a newly designed engagement guided by NCTR’s Strategic Consulting team to work extensively with colleges of education in university-led partnerships. The design series includes two years of support. In Year One, CSU and district partners attend three institutes, receive virtual consultation, and participate in a campus visit. In Year Two, continuing partnerships attend two learning institutes, receive virtual consultation, and participate in a campus visit. Throughout both years, partnerships engage in multiple assessment and evaluation measures in order to strengthen their programming and measure their impact.

Institutes: Institutes are in-person professional learning communities that encourage program development and growth in key areas, including: partnership development and sustainability; teacher candidate and teacher educator recruitment and selection; aligning theory and practice; and continuous improvement.

Virtual Consultation: NCTR provides data-backed support, pulled from and linked to the Institutes by addressing the specific design needs of each program as they execute on the core components of clinically oriented teacher preparation and/or the residency model.

Campus Visits: NCTR visits each campus annually to offer differentiated support for program design. Campus visits typically include an observation of a college course, walk-through of a training school site, data analysis, and the examination of the strengths and challenges of the program’s design.

Programmatic Assessment and Evaluation: Multiple assessment and evaluation measures are implemented across the program to measure impact and continuous improvement. Partnerships receive feedback through a series of gateways and deliverables that map out program design. CSU and district partners also complete NCTR’s Program Diagnostic, and NCTR provides an accompanying report designed to facilitate review, reflection and goal-setting to improve the design, implementation, and impact the residency or clinically oriented teacher preparation program.

We look forward to an exciting year ahead with our new CSU partners. Look for more updates from the partners on their work with mentors and residents in the coming weeks!