“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
– Malcolm X
Urban teacher residency programs, pioneered over the last decade in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and Denver successfully apply the medical residency model to teacher preparation. By blending classroom apprenticeship with aligned, graduate-level course work and an intensive resident/mentor partnership, residencies aim to accelerate student achievement through the training, support and retention of excellent teachers.
Four local Seattle institutions—Seattle Public Schools (SPS), the University of Washington, the Seattle Education Association (SEA), and the Alliance for Education—have come together to launch and sustain the Seattle Teacher Residency. The National Center for Teacher Residencies, the national network of the country’s highest-performing residency programs, provides technical assistance to the design of the project.
The Seattle Teacher Residency (STR) focuses on developing a diverse pipeline of teachers specifically for Seattle Public Schools. Under the leadership of Dr. Marisa Bier, Program Director, a three-tiered planning structure is in place to guide project planning and implementation. The Team, made up of the Steering Committee, Implementation Team & Advisory Council, is comprised of a broad cross-section of stakeholders including representatives of the district, Seattle Education Association, PASS, university and the wider community.
Four cohorts of STR graduates are currently teaching in Seattle Public Schools. The 19 Residents (14 elementary + 5 special education) of Cohort Five began graduate coursework in Summer 2017 and start in SPS classrooms in Fall 2018. Applications for 2018-19 cohort are due January 19, 2018.