Teacher Residencies Make Strides, Encounter Obstacles
Federal funding subsidizes on-the-job training
Federal investments in teacher “residency” programs are illuminating both promising developments and growing pains for the schools of education implementing the hands-on approach to training.
Funded in part through the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnerships grants , the residency programs apprentice teacher-candidates to a mentor teacher in a high-need school for a year. Residents receive a stipend for the on-the-job training, which is supplemented with a streamlined set of coursework. The intensive, yearlong approach is supposed to better align coursework with practical experience than traditional student-teaching, which typically comes during the last semester of the teacher-preparation program.
Successes of the new ventures so far include engaged teacher-candidates and stronger relationships with the local school districts in which...
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