In an era of unparalleled disruption and low teacher satisfaction, residency programs offer a critical opportunity to reimagine what’s possible for our nation’s teachers.
These programs have been shown to help districts fill hard-to-staff subject areas, boost teacher retention rates, and nurture more diverse pipelines of educators. And when new teachers get support and hands-on training from experienced educators, they're often more effective in their roles and better equipped to help their students thrive.
But it takes money to implement and sustain a strong residency program. That’s why it’s vital for the leaders involved at every level of a teacher’s training—from the state leaders who secure funding for programs to the directors who run residencies and the education school leaders who prepare new teacher cohorts—to work together to create financially sustainable systems.
We partnered with the National Center for Teacher Residencies to study six residency programs and develop a framework for financial sustainability. We found that when leaders make the right strategic resource shifts, they can not only reduce their individual costs but do so without shifting unnecessary financial burden onto the residents themselves.
Explore the findings from our latest analysis to see how to raise the bar for new teacher supports.