Chicago – Dallas Teacher Residency has joined a network of teacher residency programs from across the country through its partnership with National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR)’s Next Generation Network (NGN). The NGN is the only network in the country comprised of a group of 23 high-performing residency programs that maximize educator impact by transforming how teachers are prepared.
NCTR supports NGN partners to strengthen, scale and innovate over time as they strive to improve and adapt in response to student and community needs. NCTR’s membership in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Alliance for Advancing Justice by Transforming Teacher Education project enhances opportunities for NGN partners to collaborate and engage in high quality and relevant initiatives that directly improve student outcomes.
Founded in 2013, Dallas Teacher Residency is the first urban teacher residency program in Texas to partner with both a public state university and a traditional public school district. In partnership with Texas A&M University – Commerce, the residency program prepares aspiring urban school teachers and supports novice and veteran teachers in both Dallas and Mesquite Independent School Districts. Financial support from several strategic funding partners such as, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, The Meadows Foundation and The George and Fay Young Foundation, have been instrumental in allowing the program to accelerate its growth and increase the pipeline of effective and diverse new teachers for North Texas.
“My Co-Founder, Elizabeth Kastiel and I, are excited about the opportunity to join the NCTR Next Generation Network,” said Rob DeHaas, Co-Founder and CEO of Dallas Teacher Residency. “We know that in order to truly move the needle in urban education we have to ensure that every student has access to a highly effective classroom teacher. The NCTR Network will allow our organization to collaborate with and learn from other best-in-class teacher residency programs across the country, and ultimately, enhance our ability to serve as a change agent in the teacher preparation space not only in Dallas, but throughout Texas.”
Teacher residencies are a model of teacher preparation based on the medical profession’s approach to preparing doctors—residents spend a full year teaching and learning in classrooms alongside an excellent mentor to become an effective teacher. In a recent impact report of current NCTR partners, 100% of principals report they would hire future residency graduates and would recommend a residency gradate to another colleague.