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5 ways residency programs boost teacher preparation

Residency programs are focusing on teacher shortages and are changing teacher preparation for the better

Across the country, residency programs are growing in popularity to help address teacher shortages and in teacher preparation. These programs provide alternative licensure for educators who are often changing careers to work in high-need schools–particularly in rural communities–and in hard-to-fill subject areas.

While some larger districts may run their own residencies, there are programs, such as the Boettcher Teacher Residency at Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), that work with districts of all sizes to support this type of teacher preparation model. In this model, residents have the unique and valuable opportunity to be paired with an experienced mentor teacher for an entire school year.

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As a former teacher and elementary school principal, and now as the field manager for the Boettcher Teacher Residency where I help support our coaches and residents, I understand the importance of having teachers-in-training receive hands-on experience facilitated by an expert in the field. This provides residents with the tools, training, and support needed for them to be successful in the classroom.

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