Policy & Advocacy

NCTR's Policy and Advocacy work is aimed at helping policymakers to understand the impact and value of teacher residency programs.

In service to both NCTR's Network and the field of teacher preparation, our practice to policy work is designed to drive the sustainability and expansion of the teacher residency model and strengthen the movement toward clinical-based preparation through advocacy and collaboration with national partners.

Practice to Policy

NCTR collaborates with local, state, and federal governments, as well as national advocacy organizations, to improve conditions for teacher residencies and increase their individual and collective impact.

To transform the ways in which educators are prepared and supported, NCTRs Practice to Policy efforts:

  • Advocate for policies to support the launch, scale, and sustainability of teacher residency programs at the local, state, and federal levels, including improving access to public funding sources for high-quality preparation pathways;  
  • Convene network programs to facilitate collective problem solving, idea sharing, and collaboration, improving the impact of residency programs nationwide;
  • Disseminate evidence-based practices to transform teacher preparation through research, publications, and presentations; and
  • Collaborate with educational advocacy organizations to propel the movement of teacher residencies and increase their individual and collective impact.

To access a 50-State Comparison of teacher residency programs through state statute or regulation, please visit this resource provided by the Education Commission of the States.