Building New Programs

The residency model is unlike any other kind of teacher preparation program.

Teacher Residencies are the most comprehensive model of teacher preparation in the nation. They play a critical role in recruiting candidates of color to the profession and in improving district and university goals around teacher diversity, impact, and innovation.

Residency Design Academy

The Residency Design Academy (RDA, formerly known as New Site Development) is NCTR’s nationally known program to build, scale, and sustain a high-quality teacher residency program, “soup to nuts.”  It’s the national technical assistance program for developing highly effective residency programs. NCTR partners are among the most recognized in the nation. 

Consulting is provided twice a month by NCTR staff experts; research and evaluation tools are shared to assess and monitor program quality; Program Showcases and site visits are organized to build community across participating programs and exchange ideas and innovation; and optional Network Promising Practice webinars are offered by NCTR staff, residency program leaders, and other experts in the field. 

Residency Foundations

This six to twelve-month program is designed to guide aspiring programs in determining the feasibility and sustainability of a residency program in their area.  Residency Foundations focuses on making strategic partnership, financial, staffing, and program management decisions, which will enable programs to experience long-term success. Program participants often decide to seamlessly move into NCTR’s RDA.


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