The Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) is designed to accelerate student achievement in local public schools through the recruitment, preparation, and support of highly skilled and diverse new teachers. KCTR’s mission is to serve high-need urban schools in Kansas City, Missouri through the lens of our core values of mission-driven, high expectations, collaboration, growth mindset, care and love, ownership, and persistence. KCTR is a post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program that offers more time and development focused on the competencies of highly-effective teachers, more coaching and support through the Residency year and in the first three years of teaching, and more time in school learning alongside a Mentor Teacher for a full school year.
Pioneered in the early 2000s in Boston, Chicago, and Denver, teacher residency programs adapt the medical residency model to teacher preparation and are designed to provide Residents with the skills, knowledge, and practical experiences necessary to become highly effective teachers. In pursuit of this goal, KCTR is committed to providing the following support: