In 2015, the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) was awarded an $11.7 million Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant from the U. S. Department of Education. The grant is expanding the organization’s reach in developing, innovating, and sustaining highly effective teacher residency programs. In grant year 2017-18, NCTR will support the establishment and expansion of up to four new residencies to collectively support 75 effective residents and 75 high-quality mentors for high-need districts.

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), NCTR seeks applications to launch teacher residency programs that select, prepare, and support highly effective new teachers for a high-need school district(s). Eligible partners will share NCTR’s vision for improving the academic futures of low-income, high-need children and youth by preparing new teachers via a rigorous clinical residency. Selected programs in 2017-18 will be awarded funds of up to $500,000 and will receive two years of NCTR’s New Site Development Program to build, develop, and sustain a high-quality residency at no cost to partners.

Important Questions

Who should apply?

  • Eligible applicants will meet all of the following criteria:
    • You represent a school district, charter management organization (CMO), institution of higher education (IHE), state education agency (SEA), local education agency (LEA), non-profit, or a funder.
    • At a minimum, your partnership or prospective partnership must include a high-need district or high-need CMO’s.
    • You will be ready to launch your residency no later than the 2017-18 school year with your first residents enrolling no later than the 2018-19 school year.

If we already have already launched our residency and have residents enrolled, can we apply?

  • Yes, existing residency programs, including NCTR Network Partners, are encouraged to apply if they are expanding to new districts and creating new partnerships.

How to Apply

The following documents include information about deadlines and other requirements.  Page 4 of SEED RFP Overview & Requirements provides detailed application instructions.  Deadline to submit an RFP is May 1, 2017 by 5pm CST.

Once completed, email the RFP to with “SEED RFP” as the subject line.