Curriculum

The Seattle Teacher Residency (STR) prepares candidates to become Seattle Public Schools  (SPS) teachers through a curriculum that combines a full-year residency embedded in a Mentor Teacher’s classroom with graduate-level coursework through the University of Washington.

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STR supports teachers’ development of core practices through a common learning cycle, purposefully designed by teacher educators at the University of Washington to require teachers to examine, decompose, enact, and reflect on their own (and others’) instructional practice.  Throughout the year, we engage in a number of learning cycles of practice through “exemplar” video analysis, lesson planning, enactment, analysis of candidates’ video(s), and analysis of K-12 student work.  This learning cycle supports us in developing teacher candidates’ enactment of the core practices of ambitious teaching by couching their practice within authentic and meaningful instructional activities where they engage in intellectually rigorous content with K-12 students.

 

Course Schedule

Residents take an STR course one evening per week (Tuesday) for three hours throughout the school year and also have Seminar one full Tuesday or Saturday per month.  Residents attend a full day of classes (from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) each Friday during the school year located within a partner school in order to facilitate multiple runs through the learning cycle.  Residents also participate in full-time coursework the summers before and after their residency year, and complete a supervised practicum the fall of their first year of teaching.

Residents register through the University of Washington each semester to receive graduate credit for STR courses. Italicized courses are taken in addition to the General Elementary coursework, and represent those taken by SPED Pathway candidates, preparing them specifically to teach in Special Education high-incidence settings.

 

Sample Academic Course Overview

 

INITIAL CERTIFICATION IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION COURSES

SUMMER 2014

    • Field Experience
    • Teaching & Learning in Literacy I
    • Teaching & Learning in Numeracy I
    • Differentiated Instruction: Learning Environments & CLD
    • School & Society
    • Core Knowledge, Foundations, and Characteristics of Students with Disabilities – Special Education Summer Intensive
    • Assessment, Evaluation, and IEP Development in the ESY Experience

In Seminar

      • Classroom Management
      • 3 Child Development
      • 2 Math Institutes
      • 2 Art Workshops
      • Orientation to STR: Resident Evaluation Process

FALL 2014

      • Field Experience
      • Working in Schools
      • Teaching & Learning in Numeracy II
      • Teaching & Learning in Literacy II
      • Differentiated Instruction: CLD
      • Foundations in Special Education
      • Special Education Pathway Seminar

In Seminar

      • Classroom Management
      • Assessment in Elementary Ed
      • Science or SS

WINTER 2015

      • Field Experience
      • Working in Schools
      • Teaching & Learning in Literacy III
      • Students’ Mathematical Thinking, Curriculum, and Pedagogy
      • Differentiated Instruction: CLD
      • Foundations in Special Education
      • Issues of Abuse (on-line)

In Seminar

      • Assessment in Elementary Ed
      • Classroom Management
      • Science or SS

SPRING 2015

      • Field Experience
      • Working in Schools
      • Teaching & Learning in Science
      • Social Studies Education: Elementary School Programs and Practices
      • Multicultural Education

In Seminar

      • Physical Education and Health in Schools

SUMMER 2015

ELL ENDORSEMENT

      • Teaching the Bilingual Bicultural Student
      • Approaches to Assessing 2nd Language Students in K-12 Schools
      • Multicultural Socialization and Development
      • Methods in Teaching English as a 2nd Language
      • Practicum in Teaching English Learners in Context

SUMMER 2015

SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT AND PATHWAY

      • Managing Student Behavior: Positive Behavior Intervention Support
      • Evidence Based Practice in Special Education Curriculum: Developing and Progress Monitoring
      • Summer Field Experience

 

FALL 2015

    • Residents become teachers of record in their first full year of teaching.  Elementary Residents will fulfill their supervised practicum through the College of Continuing Education.
    • Special Education Pathway Residents do not need to complete a Fall Practicum and will receive a Special Education endorsement after the 14 month residency period.