High Priority Resident Practices: Six Key Practices to Prepare Teacher Candidates for Effectiveness

How to Build an Effective Residency

The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) has helped launch and grow more than 30 teacher residencies since our founding in 2007. Starting in 2017, we worked with these residency partners, drawing on their collective expertise to examine how they implement practice-based preparation. In doing this, we learned that a critical first step for virtually all of these programs was to identify a core set of teacher practices and skills aligned to their district’s teacher effectiveness frameworks. We call these practices “High Priority Resident Practices,” because they represent a core set of practices and skills that set future teachers up for early success and support ongoing development.