What is the Seattle Teacher Residency?
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The mission of the Seattle Teacher Residency (STR) is to accelerate student achievement through the preparation, support, and retention of exceptional teachers who reflect the rich diversity in the student population of Seattle Public Schools and are committed to teaching in the district’s Title I schools. A new cohort of carefully selected candidates (typically 20-30) begins the 14-month program each summer.
This teacher training program includes a combination of direct curricular instruction and hands-on observation and practicum in side-by-side placements with SPS mentor teachers. Residents are trained as either elementary teachers with an ELL or SPED endorsement, or as Special Education teachers with General Education training. Upon completion of their training, STR graduates make a 5-year commitment to teach in Seattle Public Schools in high need environments.
STR follows the model of urban teacher residency programs in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and Denver. Residency programs 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.