Building upon the medical residency model of practicing medicine under the tutelage of seasoned physicians, the teacher residency fuses ideologies of effective teaching with a year-long, in-school residency. During this year, residents practice and hone their leadership skills and knowledge under the wings of a mentor teacher in a high-need urban classroom.
Our targeted recruitment focuses on candidates that are committed to Kansas City, as well as diversifying the educator pool through the addition of teachers of color and male teachers. We very carefully and purposefully match our residents and mentor teachers to ensure the best experience and education for all involved.
The residency is accompanied by a four-week summer intensive as well a rigorous curriculum as students earn their Master’s of Urban Education from Park University. Teacher residents will also receive weekly coaching to further their leadership skills and have practice days with a gradual increase in classroom responsibilities.