The Residency

The Urban Education Residency Model

Urban education through teacher residency programs adapts the medical residency model to teacher preparation. Across the country, there are more than 20 urban teacher residencies that blend a year of apprenticeship with graduate coursework and resident-mentor relationships. Distinguished from traditional teacher training programs, urban education teacher residencies have dramatically improved the amount of time and quality of teacher candidates’ clinical experiences, ensuring that residents are able to effectively serve students on day one.

KCTR Urban Education Results

  • Gains in student achievement
  • Three-year teacher retention rates between 85 percent and 98 percent
  • Principal satisfaction rates above 90 percent
  • Significant increases in the diversity of the urban education teaching pool
  • Sustainability and scale

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If you’re passionate about setting a higher standard for urban education, whether through applying, partnering or donating, please contact KCTR today at (816) 298-5660.