Creating and Sustaining Urban Teacher Residencies: A New Way to Recruit, Prepare, and Retain Effective Teachers in High-Needs Districts

Creating and Sustaining Urban Teacher Residencies: A New Way to Recruit, Prepare, and Retain Effective Teachers in High-Needs Districts

A new report from the Aspen Institute and the Center for Teaching Quality finds that while urban teacher residency (UTR) programs are relatively new, they're attracting a fresh pool of talented and diverse recruits, preparing them to be successful in urban classrooms, and keeping them in high-needs schools and subjects. Funded by the Arthur Vining Davis and MetLife foundations, the report, Creating and Sustaining Urban Teacher Residencies: A New Way to Recruit, Prepare, and Retain Effective Teachers in High-Needs Districts (40 pages, PDF), finds that school administrators rate UTR graduates' skills and competencies highly and that almost 95 percent of graduates are still teaching after three years. The report also identifies six steps to determine readiness and implement a successful UTR program.