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Teacher Preparation

By Stephen Sawchuk — December 02, 2014 1 min read

A new report outlines what makes certain teacher “residency” programs stand out, offering lessons for other residency programs and the teacher-preparation field as a whole.

The report, released by Urban Teacher Residency United, a nonprofit group that supports and sustain residency programs, focuses on two programs: the Denver Teacher Residency, which prepares candidates for that city’s schools, and the Aspire Teacher Residency, run by the Aspire charter school chain. It identifies five features of high-quality programs:

• Rigorous and intentional recruitment and selection practices;

• Relevant coursework and seminars;

• Structured coaching and feedback of student-teachers;

• Assessment and evaluation focused on continual improvement; and

• Partnerships with schools and school systems that share program values.

A version of this article appeared in the December 03, 2014 edition of Education Week as Teacher Preparation

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