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Teacher residency partnerships offer a long-term, sustainable solution to drivers that lower teacher recruitment and retention while also offering opportunities to bolster instruction and create systems of teacher support. Partnerships co-construct approaches to address local needs, including strengthening retention, establishing leadership pathways for veteran teachers, deepening professional learning opportunities for new teachers, and improving instruction in schools.

Districts, schools, and preparation programs across the country give aspiring teachers high-quality preparation experiences, including a year-long clinical placement and integrated coursework with their placement experiences. Across the nation, partnerships have successfully designed financial models that make residencies accessible to historically underrepresented teacher candidates. This session will share lessons from a national network of partnerships affiliated with Prepared To Teach, an initiative that leads efforts across the country to develop high-quality, sustainable, funded teacher residencies. Lessons to be shared come from 28 teacher residency partnerships in 22 states.

What are the learning outcomes from this session?

  • How residency partnerships support school and district professional environments, including areas such as creating more accessible pathways into teaching that have the potential to recruit a more diverse candidate pool, supporting teacher retention over time with high-quality preparation, supporting teacher induction into the district/school, offering professional development and leadership opportunities for current teachers within partnering schools, and improving instructional outcomes.
  • How residency partnerships collaborate for mutually beneficial goals like redesigning preparation program curriculum to meet local needs and implementing proven instructional strategies like pre-service co-teaching to support district and school instructional goals.
  • How partnerships shift mindsets and narratives to garner support for these high-quality approaches to entering the profession.
  • How residency partnerships design for financial sustainably, using innovative models that reduce, reallocate, and reinvest funds to ensure aspiring teachers' financial needs are met.

Attendees will also be given access to expansive, free resources on these and other topics, with additional cost-free opportunities to connect and learn more.


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